Leadership Team

Joan Dostal, OTR/L, Clinical Specialist

Joan V. Dostal brings 35+ years of clinical experience in a wide array of settings. As part of the Cincinnati occupational therapy community she has worked primarily in pediatrics including newborn intensive care, schools, mental health clinic, long term residential care and clinics. She has, for the past 30 years, been with Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute with responsibilities as clinician, co-owner and clinical specialist. Her specialty area is sensory integration where she mentors COTI staff and supports area therapists through consultation and training. Joan has served on a variety of community boards and currently is a member of the Regional Autism Advisory Council. Due to her passion for sharing her understanding of sensory integration and its impact throughout the lifespan, she gives numerous presentations to community parent groups and professionals. Joan also serves as the vice president of COTF.  She was awarded the Virginia Scardina Lectureship Award by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, 2004: the Xavier University OT Department Service Award, 2004 and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2007. She served on the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation from 2002-2005. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Madison with a BS in occupational therapy in 1976.

 

Linda Campbell, MS, OTR/L, Manager of Community Based Services

Linda received her BS from Augustana College in Illinois and her MS in OT from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, MO. She has concentrated her practice on pediatrics and has worked in a variety of settings including school-based programs, private clinic and home health. She is certified in Sensory Integration and Therapeutic Listening. Linda joined the staff as a supervisor at COTI in 2008. Linda has provided educational inservices related to sensory integration to parents, teachers, and professionals throughout Ohio and also served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University. Linda has assisted in the development of several new projects at COTI including COTI’s summer day camp, Camp OdakOTa. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA). Linda is married to Jason and has two wonderful sons.

 

Angela McChord, Office Manager

Angela has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Mental Health/Human Services from Northern Kentucky University. She has a very diverse background with over 15 years experience as an Office Manager in several settings, including government and hospital, and specialty practices in Oncology and Burn. Angela has lead a team of employees through big business transitions and takes great pride in helping clients. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with family, biking, canoeing, and going on road trips to explore new areas!

 

Rachel Pettibone, MOT, OTR/L, Executive Director

Rachel has her Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree with a minor in Psychology from Xavier University.  She also holds her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Xavier University.  Rachel has provided occupational therapy to children throughout her career in both clinic and school settings.  While pursuing excellence in occupational therapy practice she has developed  Rock, Glide, and Ride, a method for teaching bicycle riding.  Rachel was instrumental in developing the system of program evaluation employed in COTI's clinics.

Rachel has been a presenter at the American Occuaptional Therapy Association's annual conference and has had her work published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  She has a certification in Sensory Integration and is trained in Therapeutic Listening.

Rachel is an avid athlete.  She has participated in many races and has successfully completed an Iron Man Triathlon, a race involving a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.

 

Deb Whitcomb, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, President and CEO

Beginning as a subway riding, tenement stair climbing therapist serving children in New York and Boston, Deb’s creativity and initiative drew her to ascend the management ladder at an academic health center in Boston by executing a progression of programming innovations and organizational consolidations and realignments. Upon arriving in Cincinnati, Deb joined COTI and served first as a consultant then as a business manager for five years before purchasing the practice from the four former owners. In 2007, she co-founded the Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit, for which she continues to serve as president. 

Deb Has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University and, in 2010, received their Affiliated Faculty Award.  She has gained recognition for her commitment to service through the award of the first American Occupational Therapy Foundation/Patterson Foundation Award for Community Volunteerism in 2011.  In 2013 she received the Virginia Scardina Lectureship Award from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association and, in 2014, she received the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation for her contributions toward the evolution of sensory integration theory and practice. 

Deb’s work with individual children and their families ignited a passion for expanding our understanding of the interplay of sensory processing and attachment in child development and successful family life. This is the major focus of Deb's publications and presentations.  As a result, she co-founded Connections for Life, a program for young children who have experienced complex trauma.

Deb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University.  She also has Masters Degrees from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management and its Sargent College of Rehabilitation Science. Her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy is from Quinnipiac University.