Occupational Therapy Faculty & Staff

Indya Addison

Indya Addison, B.S.

Director of Admissions, DPT & OTD Programs
(910) 480-8493
McLean 116D
Indya Addison
Indya Addison, B.S.

Director of Admissions, DPT & OTD Programs

B.S., Methodist University

Bio:

Indya Addison is a December 2015 graduate of Methodist University, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. While an undergraduate at MU, Indya was active in the Marching Monarchs, pep band, concert band, the Methodist University Chorale, the Methodist University Chamber Singers, the Treble Tones, the Monarch Review, Leadership Fellows, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Honors Program. Indya is from Wilmington, N.C. and joined the Admissions staff in January 2016 and was named Director of DPT/OTD Admissions in August 2019.

(910) 480-8493
McLean 116D
Earthlyn Armstrong

Earthlyn Armstrong, M.Ed, OTR/L

Instructor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 482-5432
McLean 206D
Earthlyn Armstrong
Earthlyn Armstrong, M.Ed, OTR/L

Instructor of Occupational Therapy

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., Springfield College

Bio:

Earthlyn Armstrong is currently completing her Ed.D. in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

(910) 482-5432
McLean 206D
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Adana Arnold

Administrative Assistant, OTD & DPT Clinical Education
(910) 630-4193
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Adana Arnold

Administrative Assistant, OTD & DPT Clinical Education

(910) 630-4193
Dr. Cindy Erb

Cindy Erb, OTD, MSH, OTR/L, C/NDT, CLT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 482-5409
McLean 220A
Dr. Cindy Erb
Cindy Erb, OTD, MSH, OTR/L, C/NDT, CLT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.S., Mount Mary University; M.S.H., Cardinal Stritch University; O.T.D., South University

Certifications:

OTR/L, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath)(Adult Hemi), Lymphedema Treatment, Cranial Sacral Treatment, ETPS, Kinesiotape Ortho/Neuro Applications.

Bio:

Cindy has enjoyed a diverse clinical, management, and academic career in occupational therapy for over 30 years.  Neuro and orthopedic clinical focus enabled specialty in stroke/traumatic brain injury rehab, shoulder diagnoses, and hand injuries which ultimately enabled exciting opportunities in driver rehab, home modifications, workers rehab, orthotics, and neuro-recovery protocols.  Her most recent academic position was OTA Program Director/Instructor for BMC in Greenville, SC, she also enjoys providing CEU courses for clinicians, especially those which enhance the invaluable relationship of COTA/OTR in practice.  Current research involves identifying the distinct role of occupational therapy in driver rehab. In December 2018, Cindy completed her OTD with South University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

(910) 482-5409
McLean 220A
Dr. Matthew Foreman

Matthew Foreman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 482-5426
McLean 220C
Dr. Matthew Foreman
Matthew Foreman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.S.M.E., Ph.D., Washington University

Bio:

Dr. Foreman’s research focuses on the application of engineering principles and modern technology towards assessment and intervention for persons with neuromotor conditions. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Participation Science from the Washington University School of Medicine. During his graduate work, he gained experience working with video motion capture, force transducers, electromyography, and dynamometers for measuring the kinematics and kinetics of human motion. His dissertation involved the development and testing of a custom software system combining the Microsoft Kinect, online video games, and virtual feedback mechanisms to provide intense and motivating upper extremity therapy for persons with chronic stroke. His current research continues this line of work toward developing and establishing evidence for more affordable, accessible, and customizable rehabilitation solutions for those with motor impairments that affect their participation in daily life.

(910) 482-5426
McLean 220C
Dr. Meredith Gronski

Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Director, Occupational Therapy Program; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 480-8594
McLean 220H
Dr. Meredith Gronski
Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Director, Occupational Therapy Program; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.A., O.T.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Certification:

OTR/L, CLA

Bio:

Dr. Gronski joined the faculty in 2016 as the founding Program Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. In addition to her academic position, she conducts early childhood eligibility evaluations for Cumberland County Schools.  She is nationally certified (NBCOT) and licensed to practice occupational therapy in NC. She holds the academic leadership credential (CLA) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academic Leadership Institute.

Dr. Gronski has served the profession as a member of AOTA’s Commission on Practice, Emerging Leaders Development Committee, and the Knowledge Translation Content Development Board.  She is currently serving as President (2019-20201) of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA). Dr. Gronski’s most recent peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters address occupational therapy interventions for young children to support self-care skills and sleep.

Dr. Gronski has served on the Executive Board of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County since 2017 and is an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, serving as a lector and a faith formation catechist. In 2019, she was honored as one of the Fayetteville Observer’s “40 Under 40”.

Research Interests:

Early childhood, movement and learning, pediatric food allergy impact and self-management, early powered mobility (“GoBabyGo” program), teaching and learning outcomes in doctoral occupational therapy education, interprofessional education and faculty development

Personal Interests:

Cooking, raising boys, road trips, eliminating clutter, small towns and local eateries

(910) 480-8594
McLean 220H
Dr. Dana Kolbfleisch

Dana Kolbfleisch, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
(910) 482-5514
McLean 220F
Dr. Dana Kolbfleisch
Dana Kolbfleisch, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

B.S., M.O.T., University of Pittsburgh; O.T.D., Chatham University

Bio:

Dr. Kolbfleisch has worked as an occupational therapist for 15 years and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She has previously worked in the pediatric setting, including schools, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics. Dr. Kolbfleisch has also spent time working in home health, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities at a clinical level and in various management roles. She has previously taught courses in the OT departments at Kaplan Career Institute and Winston-Salem State University. She currently works in the acute care and inpatient rehab settings at WakeMed Hospital, in addition to her academic role. Dr. Kolbfleisch also has an earned advanced certificate in Health and Wellness in Occupational Therapy from Salus University. Her research interests include health promotion and wellness, maternal/women’s health, self-management of chronic disease, healthcare management, dementia care, and sensory integration.

(910) 482-5514
McLean 220F
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Suzanne Langley

Administrative Assistant, OTD Program
(910) 483-5518
McLean 220B
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Suzanne Langley

Administrative Assistant, OTD Program

(910) 483-5518
McLean 220B
Professor Susan Misciagno

Susan Misciagno, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT

Instructor of Occupational Therapy
Professor Susan Misciagno
Susan Misciagno, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT

Instructor of Occupational Therapy

B.S., Escuela Colombiana de Rehabilitación; OTD, Creighton University

Bio:

Susan A. Misciagno has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include management of rehabilitation services at skilled nursing facilities coordinating and supervising daily operations. Before joining Methodist University, she held educative roles as part of the doctoral experiential component as a distance-education teaching assistant at Creighton University; and she worked as an adjunct professor in the OT Masters’ program at Winston Salem State University.

For over four years, she was a clinical instructor for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant fieldwork students while she held the lead occupational position at a program designed to provide all-inclusive services for the elderly (PACE).

Her research interest includes older adults, social justice, aging in place, and validating the occupational-centeredness of interventions and assessments. Dr. Misciagno is the Academic Capstone Coordinator and will assist students in completing their doctoral capstone experiences.

Dr. Amy Spence

Amy Spence, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
(910) 482-5304
McLean 220E
Dr. Amy Spence
Amy Spence, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

B.M., M.S.Ed., University of Dayton; O.T.D., Chatham University; Certificate of O.T., Ohio State University,

Certifications:

OTR/L; Certified to give the Sensory Integration Praxis Test; Certificate of completion through AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program

Bio:

Dr. Spence has practiced in a variety of settings, acute, rehabilitation, and pain units, and has 20 years’ experience as a school-based clinician.  Her professional history includes a Bachelor’s of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton, collaboration with the Every Moment Counts project, adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College, and a clinical tutor at Xavier University.  Research and clinical interests include sensory processing disorders, early intervention and collaborative approaches, and transition programming for adolescents and young adults.  She is licensed to practice in Ohio and North Carolina, and has served as Pediatric Chair for Ohio’s Occupational Therapy Association- West Central Ohio District, and is a Transition Member on the AOTA Pediatric Workgroup.

(910) 482-5304
McLean 220E