- Position: Program Director, Occupational Therapy
Dr. McDonald has served as an occupational therapy practitioner, educator, and researcher throughout her 30+ year career. She received her PhD, in Occupational Science and MA in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) as well as BA in Education (Special Education) from Arizona State University (ASU). As a lifelong learner, she also holds a MA in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University, Chicago and is an alumna of Harvard's Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program. As a practitioner, Dr. McDonald has focused her work with children and families from diverse backgrounds across a wide range of service settings inclusive of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA), UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as well as homeless shelters, private practice clinics, in-home early intervention, and overseas for the Exceptional Family Member Program (Department of Defense Schools) in Germany. Ann previously served as the Program Director for the OTD and MSOT programs for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and assisted in the development of West Coast University’s OTD and MSOT Programs in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and many pets!
Hear from the Students Who’ve Been in Your Shoes
I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.
MSPA Class of 2022
One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.
My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.
Student, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."
Student, Ayurveda Program
Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.
On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.
Student, Doctor of Chiropractic
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