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Dr. Leslie Sizemore

Leslie Sizemore is an occupational therapist living in Manchester, Kentucky. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University, her specialist degree in education from the University of Kentucky, and her doctor of philosophy in leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. She owns and manages TheraCare, Inc., a private practice therapy staffing company in Southeastern Kentucky. Her clinical practice focuses on school system practice with Clay County Public Schools. She has been a clinical supervisor for both Level 1 and Level 2 occupational therapy students since she became eligible to do so as a young practitioner. She serves as the legislative chair for the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the institutional review board for the state of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and a member of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Health Sciences Advisory Council. In her spare time, Leslie travels, hikes, works as a missionary to Cuba, and dotes on her twin toddler grandchildren. Her current interest is higher education and engaging occupational therapy students through meaningful critical thinking and effective clinical practice.

When asked what motivated her to pursue a doctoral degree she said after 30 years of clinical practice, she had a desire to reinvent herself professionally; she had more to give, but wanted a change. She said she always loved connecting with students, and felt great pride in knowing that when students left her, following a fieldwork placement, she had shared a bit of herself with them and their future clients.  She knew that if she was going to have an even a greater influence in the lives of adult students, she would need to complete a doctorate.  What she didn't realize was that its completion would give her such as sense of pride and fulfillment.  "Investment in education never comes back void."   

Leslie is now a member of the CHS Advisory Council at EKU, when asked about why it was important to stay engaged and give back to her alma mater she said "Giving back as a member of the College of Health Sciences Advisory Council is a great privilege for me.  I consider my diplomas from EKU a share of stock in a great company, I want the University's prestige and influence to continue to grow.  In other words, when EKU shines, it brings even greater value to the degrees that I have been granted, and gives opportunities to others that have been previously afforded to me.  I will always be grateful to the impact of EKU's College of Health Sciences for opening the door to a wonderful career."

Published on November 15, 2021

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