Office 013, Basement of CSS
Erin Bales is a board certified and licensed occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience, specializing in pediatric, school-based practice. Erin is a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS). She earned her occupational therapy degree from The Ohio State University in 2002 and her post-professional doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah in 2015. Erin is a former adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Division of Occupational Therapy, and at Kettering College of Medical Arts having taught courses related to pediatric and school-age interventions, advocacy and occupational justice, and professional behavior/healthcare ethics. Erin’s professional interests include researching and implementing community-based programs to promote health and wellness, specifically for rural and underserved communities. Erin is currently researching the benefits of equine assisted interventions for school-aged youth to implement learned strategies into community practice. Erin is actively spearheading a Wilmington College therapeutic horse-riding program in collaboration with the Agriculture and Equine Department. The therapeutic horse-riding program allows faculty and students majoring in occupational therapy, agriculture and equine studies to serve our local community.