Phylicia Nieft, COTA/L

Phylicia Nieft, COTA/L

WYOTA President

I am an Occupational therapy assistant working at Casper Orthopaedics. I graduated in 2011 from Casper College, and I have worked in orthopaedics ever since I graduated! I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping,and love playing softball, bowling and watching football! I love spending time with family and friends! I have a long term goal of eventually going back to school through a bridging program to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy!

Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

WYOTA Vice President

Shellie is a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Sensational Kids, LLC. Shellie graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. The first few years of her career were based in outpatient adult therapy. After moving to New Mexico, she began working in the public schools which she continued after moving to Colorado. In 2007, Shellie returned to her hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming and began working at the Child Development Center. Throughout her career, she recognized that the educational setting can't always provide the intensity of therapy needed to help children succeed across all environments. In 2010, she opened her first outpatient pediatric clinic specializing in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder. Recognizing that the need for additional therapy for children is great in many areas of the state, she has since opened clinics in Cheyenne and Casper.

Jacquelin Poole, MOTR/L

Jacquelin Poole, MOTR/L

WYOTA Secretary

Jacquelin graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) in 2015 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She also obtained an Associate's in Psychology from Casper College in 2012, and a Bachelor's in Health Science from UND in 2014. In her first year of practice, Jacque developed her skills in an outpatient clinic specializing in manual therapy in Casper, WY. From there, she continued her career by hiring on with Sensational Kids LLC to become a pediatric outpatient therapist. Being in this setting has helped Jacque refine her skills as a therapist and continue to grow personally and professionally. In her time as an occupational therapy student and practitioner she has always understood the importance of education and advocating of the occupational therapy profession. She is passionate about giving back to the community and helping in raising awareness for causes. In her 1st year with the UND/CC OT program in Casper, she was treasurer of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), and in her 2nd year of the program she was elected president of SOTA. In her free time Jacque does enjoy various activities such as spending time with her husband and dogs, pottery, and the outdoor lifestyle.

Jessica McWilliams, MOTR/L

Jessica McWilliams, MOTR/L

WYOTA Treasurer

I graduated from University of North Dakota in 2009 with Masters of Occupational Therapy degree. I have practiced in pediatrics, geriatrics, inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings for the past 7 years. I currently work in a pediatric clinic, Sensational Kids in Casper Wyoming. I have two beautiful children, a dedicated husband and three dogs. I prefer to work with children since their primary work is play my days are filled with fun activities that help them achieve happy fulfilling lives.