Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, professor of occupational therapy, gave her last pediatrics class lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 on A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Arizona campus.
Dr. Diamant has been a member of the occupational therapy (OT) faculty for over 20 years, equating to over 500 lectures. Her specialty in pediatrics and commitment to teaching, service, and scholarship contributed to the attendance at her last lecture.
Ann Lee Burch, PT, EdD, MPH, dean of ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS); Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C Emeritus, director of ATSU-ASHS’ Doctor of Medical Sciences program and former dean of ATSU-ASHS; Jyothi Gupta, PhD, chair of OT; Deanne Fay, PT, DPT, PhD, professor of physical therapy; and Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, director of physical therapy; along with Dr. Diamant’s husband and granddaughter came in to surprise her at the conclusion of her lecture.
Dr. Diamant received a standing ovation from her students in class.
“Dr. Diamant contributed so much over the years to her ATSU community and will always serve as a role model to her students,” said Dr. Burch.
She plans a full retirement commencing at the end of the current academic school year.