NMOTA Annual Conference

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NMOTA Annual Conference
August 18-19 2017

Online Registration is Closed! 


Walk in registration is Really Closed -  ( Space Permitting ) Please Check with James -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -- To be put on the cancellations reserve list. 

Over 25 Sessions to choose from - You can mix and match your interests from topics ranging from physical disabilities, pediatrics, falls prevention, mental health, rural practice, patient gardens, mirror therapy, and school practice! And New this year. Take Home CEUs as a conference bonus.

A total of 15 CEUs are Available if you attend the Breakfast with a Scholar session on August 19th and take advantage of the Bonus take home CEUs.

Need more information? Please contact the Conference Committee -- Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This year's conference is a celebration of our 100th Anniversary, and building on the NMOTA commitment to build a network of occupational therapy connection, people power, and outreach from border to border. WE are your PEOPLE!

Our honored guest speaker will be Dr Patricia Crist, a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has received that state association’s highest professional leadership awards from Colorado and Pennsylvania along with many service awards from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Please consider presenting at conference, celebrating our centennial, and planning the future of occupational therapy in New Mexico!



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Some important things to think about:

NMOTA represents Your Profession in the State of New Mexico. Offering opportunities to accumulate educational credits toward licence renewal is not our only purpose. As a membership based organization, engaging both members and students in the legislative process, and affecting positive change across the spectrum of diverse opinions and biases within the bodies that regulate our practice, are two of the most important reasons that organizations like NMOTA exist.

Over the last three years annual memberships have increased by 150%, and conference attendence has significantly increased every single year since 2010, however, every year, we also drop nearly 50 students and more than 120 licensed practitioners from the membership roles. We've somehow been able to absorb those losses, and Still Grow Stronger, but we could be stronger still.

Between July 1st and the end of September, over 280 NMOTA members are up for renewal. Many of those joined during conference last last year and, because they do not attend in 2017, may forget to renew. 

So we're putting out a call to all licensed New Mexico OT and OTA practitioners.

If you are one of the 1500 OT Practitioners and Students who will receive an Invitation to Attend the 2017 Conference, but cannot attend, or do not wish to participate next year, Become a Member Anyway, it's important.

If you attended Conference in 2016 and became a NMOTA Member, but are unable to attend in 2017, remember that your memberships expire in August and early September. We encourage you to renew and continue to add your voice to the effort to Promote and Protect the Profession of Occupational Therapy.


Here's the Link:  NMOTA Membership


For Information about Exhibiting at the 2017 Conference - Please Contact Mary Peschka @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






2016 Conference Highlights:

The 2016 NMOTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting was yet another Milestone on the road to the Centennial in 2017. Over 250 practitioners and students filled sessions to the brim with their enthusiasm for Marriott1advancing practice in New Mexico. Next year, we hope to exceed those numbers and reach our goal of 300 + participants,  A wide range of sessions will be available, Similar to those noted below:


Living with and treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease: Falls, fears and function.  Presented by:  Melanie M. Tidman DHSc, MA, OTR/L


Flipping the classroom: Designing the 21century Classroom. Presented by:  Carla Wilhite, OTD, OTR/L


Sensory Processing Deficits in Children That Have Experienced Trauma or Neglect. Presented by: Heidi M Sanders, MA, OTR/L - Anjuli Sears, MOTS - Jackolyn Apodaca, MOTS



Traditional to Contemporary, Hospital to Community, Rural to Urban: Resources for Recovery. Presented By:

Janice Hinds, MS, OTR/L

Allison Weber, MOTR/L

Laura Carlise, MOTR/L

Rachel Nelson Gillespie, MOTR/L

Renee Soderlund, MOTR/L

The annual Ellen Reavis Soiree will again showcase student posters from OT and OTA programs,  see what is new and cutting edge in the field, outbid one another during the silent auction for the cause of building the NMOTA student scholarship fund administered by AOTF, or visit with New Mexico legislators and tell them how important it is to support our profession. As always, there be snacks and refreshments, and the opportunity to meet with colleagues from all over the country.  

Participants from Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado tout the New Mexico occupational therapy conference as one of the best in the country. And the word is spreading nationally. Join us in August!


Thank you again for supporting Occupational Therapy in New Mexico!


Sincerely: Your 2017 NMOTA Conference Committee:

Ginny Rossberg

Mary Thelander Hill

Jennifer Hill

Mary Peschka

James Prew

Carla Wilhite


Important Information for All Conference Participants

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