Advocacy Leadership



Karen Sames is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University.  In addition to teaching, she is the author of the book Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice, 3rd ed. as well as a chapter on documentation in the latest edition of Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy.  Karen has served three terms as President of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), and is now the Chair of MOTA’s Government Affairs Committee.  She currently serves on the American Occupational Therapy Association Board of Directors as Treasurer.   She has an OTD from Chatham University, MBA with a healthcare management concentration from the University of St. Thomas, and a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin.



What does advocacy through MOTA do for you?

  • Monitor issues impacting OT practice
  • Defend and support the practice of OT
  • Reimbursement
  • Scope of Practice; infringement by other professions
  • Barriers to Practice
  • Provide a dedicated lobbyist who monitors committee hearings and bill introductions