The Occupational Therapy faculty recently honored three individuals as Friends of Occupational Therapy for their outstanding contributions to the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program.

The three the honorees are:

Dr. Norm Taslitz, Professor in the UNM Department of Family and Community Health was recognized for his dedication to education, serving as an exemplary role model, and his mentorship to the Occupational Therapy faculty.  Dr. Taslitz is a physical therapist with a doctoral degree in Anatomy.  He has been involved in medical education for 41 years at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine.  In 1997 Dr. Taslitz relocated to New Mexico and has been involved in multiple aspects of medical education.  For 10 years Dr. Taslitz has assisted the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program to develop into a nationally recognized educational program.  He has also enriched many School of Medicine education programs by starting the memorial service for people who have donated their bodies to the Medical School, establishing an international office within the School and reviving the Medical Muse, a periodical magazine celebrating creativity. 

The second individual honored was Linda Carroll, OTR/L.  She has been active in the education of the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy students since the program began in the classroom and clinical experience.  Ms. Carroll's private practice is always available to students and potential students for observation and clinical experiences.  In recognition of her dedication and enthusiasm for education, her creativity in teaching splinting and her willingness to accept students for observations and clinical training, Linda Carroll was presented with the 2004 Friend of Occupational Therapy Award.

In recognition of her visionary leadership in administration, advocacy for the profession, development of interdisciplinary therapy services, and education of our students, Erin Moody, OTR/L was also presented the special award.  Within the Albuquerque community and the state of New Mexico, Erin Moody has stepped forward as a leader. She has led by establishing interdisciplinary services for families of children with disabilities, by challenging cuts in funding for therapy services and by establishing state of the art business practices within the field of occupational therapy. Her contributions also include education of occupational therapy students in the classroom and in the community

These 3 individuals have assisted the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program to become one of the top rated occupational therapy educational programs in the country.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322