Meet the Faculty

Rosemary Batorski

Rosemary Batorski, MEd, MOT, OTR
Associate Professor

Rosemary E. Batorski is a tenured Associate Professor who has served in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis since the program’s inception in 1988. She served as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator until 2008 and has also served as Interim Chair of the Department.  Her research interests, areas of practice and consultation are in mental health, addictions, adult acute care and rehab, home health, adult developmental delay, ethics, public health, accessibility issues and gerontology.

Professor Batorski holds a B.A. in Psychology/Special Education from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA.; an M.Ed. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from  University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. and an M.O.T. from Texas Woman's University, Dallas, TX. and is doing doctoral work toward a degree in Public Health. She is a past President of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) and served for two terms as the Tennessee Representative (RA)to the AOTA Representative Assembly.

Lawrence Faulkner

Lawrence Faulkner, PhD, OT/L
Associate Professor

Dr. Faulkner is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio Occupational Therapy (BSOT), University of Dundee Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) programs. He has taught at Texas Tech University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging. His research interests and clinical practice arc from adult through older adult including assistive technologies, posture and balance (motion analysis and Tai Chi), and community accessibility with an overall focus on clinical test development, occupational performance and quality of life.

Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell, PhD, OTR
Associate Professor

Dr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri in 1983 and a Master of Science degree with a specialty in pediatric occupational therapy from Boston University in 1989. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (concentration in research) from the University of Memphis in 2012. Her practice experience is in pediatrics, and she has taught courses in pediatrics, neurology, and occupation-centered practice at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1990. She joined the UTHSC OT faculty full time in 1992. She has published articles related to pediatrics and education in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and Occupational Therapy International. She has received awards for teaching and research during her tenure at the university. Her research interests include sensory processing, various aspects of fine motor development, and epistemic and ontological cognition of occupational therapy students.

Ann Nolen, PsyD, OTR
Associate Professor
Program Chair

Lisa Tekell

Lisa Tekell, MS, OTR/L, OTD
Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Dr. Tekell received her education from St. Ambrose (B.S. Psychology), Western Michigan University (M.S. OT) and the University of St. Augustine (OTD).  Dr. Tekell has presented nationally and regionally at venues including AOTA, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Foundation for the Blind.  Previous clinical experience includes serving as the director of Community Occupational Therapy Services, a grant funded program serving people recovering from homelessness.  She has also practiced in skilled and assisted nursing facilities and home health.  Her expertise is in community rehabilitation.  Most recently, she provided services abroad in the Dominican Republic.   

Brittany Hoffer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MTC

Brittany Hoffer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MTC
Adjunct Instructor

Brittany is a graduate from Ohio State University (BA) and the University of St. Augustine with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Master in Occupational Therapy. She began teaching for the occupational therapy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2012. Brittany’s area of expertise is outpatient orthopedics. She holds a certification in Manual Therapy and is pursuing her certification in hands. Her professional interests are myofascial release, splinting, orthotics and working with young athletes to return to sport.

Ellen Robertson, MS, OTR/L

Ellen Robertson, MS, OTR/L

Ellen Robertson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and the Spalding University Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy. She has clinical experience that spans the age spectrum within the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings; primarily working as a Seating Specialist serving those with specialized needs in the areas of wheelchairs, seating, and mobility. Her interests include disability access in the community, provision and funding of mobility equipment, and adaptive sports programming.

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Admissions Chair

Anne is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (BSOT) and the University of Memphis (MS). She received a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Memphis in 2010. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Department in 2013. Her practice experience is in pediatrics. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the local public school system. Her research interests include infant and child development and early identification and sensory intervention for children with autism. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.

Stephanie Lancaster, OTR/L, ATP

Stephanie Lancaster, OTR/L, ATP
Faculty Practice Coordinator

Stephanie is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1991. As a school-based OT for almost two decades, Stephanie specializes in pediatrics and holds a certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehab Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Her professional interests include providing intervention services for individuals with disabilities and working with their families and other professionals in the field to promote evidence-based practice and to decrease barriers for people through design, selection, and implementation of A.T. materials and strategies.


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