Graduate Profile: Amy Doucette
Through her experiences at Alma College, Amy Doucette learned that occupational therapy is more than a profession — it’s a philosophy.
“It is about helping people regain balance and meaning in their lives after a setback, whether physical, mental or social — the scope of treatment is huge,” the 1995 graduate says. “It involves teaching, adapting, promoting recovery, providing resources and rehabilitating the upper extremity in helping people return to their activities of daily living.”
A double major in exercise and health science and art and design, Doucette works in home care as a registered occupational therapist.
“I found the EHS program very fulfilling since health and wellness has been an interest of mine for a long time,” the Sterling Heights native says. “The curriculum had a good variety of interesting courses to choose from in studying the human body.”
The rare opportunity to learn using the human cadaver lab was one unique experience Doucette remembers.
“Anatomy class was an awesome experience,” she says. “My EHS coursework met most graduate schools' prerequisites and was ideal preparation for an entry-level master of science program in OT.”
Attracted to Alma by its academic reputation, campus and small class sizes, Doucette wanted an opportunity to compete in collegiate sports without sacrificing her academic focus.
While at Alma, she played varsity basketball and ran track. She was involved in the Alma College Christian Fellowship, the homecoming committee and volunteered in the community through her major.