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Faculty

William Wrightsman, ScD, MSOT, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Director of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

Wrightsman joined Cedar Crest College as the founding director for the entry-level occupational therapy doctorate program. Previously, Wrightsman had been the founding doctoral capstone coordinator for Touro University Nevada, where he taught for 10 years. His previous experiences include extensive management and leadership positions in the corporate world and academia. His clinical background is in physical dysfunction and rehabilitation, working with adults and older adult populations. His teaching responsibilities focus on adult and older adult populations, qualitative research, and social justice courses.

Wrightsman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master of science in occupational therapy from Touro University, and his doctorate in occupational science from Towson University.

Mirella Deisher, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Doctoral Capstone Coordinator

Deisher joined Cedar Crest College as the founding doctoral capstone coordinator for the entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program. Deisher is also founder and faculty of Virtual Hand to Shoulder Institute, LLC, which offers telerehabilitation services, as well as a virtual hand therapy fellowship program providing advanced level education for clinicians seeking to specialize in upper extremity and hand therapy. Her previous experiences include extensive management and leadership responsibilities within large hospital networks. Her clinical background is in physical dysfunction and rehabilitation within the specialty of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

Deisher received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 1998, and in 2012, her post-professional doctorate.

Aimee Ketchum, OTD, OTR/L, CNMI

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Ketchum is the founding academic fieldwork coordinator for the entry-level occupational therapy doctorate program. Ketchum has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years, primarily in pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation, but has also worked in early intervention, schools, geriatric psych, acute-care, home-care, out-patient, and rehab. She earned her doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University in 2018.

Ketchum’s passion for education led her to create STEM Starts Now through her child development company, Aimee’s Babies, LLC. The Aimee’s Babies family of DVDs, CDs, videos, mobile apps, and educational materials have been featured on the Rachael Ray Show and iPhone Essentials Magazine. Aimee’s Babies Word Gap App was a finalist in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Word Gap Challenge. Ketchum’s articles have been published in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, Babychick.com, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. She has worked with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail Initiative, Zero to Three Child Advocacy Network, and Parents as Teachers to fulfill her passion of educating new parents.

Ketchum recently published a book to help fellow occupational therapists avoid burn out, entitled See Occupational Therapist Run. Ketchum is also a certified newborn massage instructor, an educator for PA Keys, and a certified yoga instructor.