Occupational Therapy

Nancy Vandewiele Milligan, PhD, OTRL, FAOTA

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Occupational Therapy Department

Education: Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University; MS, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; PhD in Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

Nancy Vandewiele Milligan is the founding director of the entry-level Doctor Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Michigan- Flint. Dr. Milligan received her bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science from the School of Education at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a PHD from Nova Southeastern University in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Milligan’s career in Occupational Therapy includes clinical practice, teaching and research.  Her clinical experience included both hospital and community practice, with a specialization in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Milligan has taught in several levels of occupational therapy academia from associate degree through doctoral degree.  Dr. Milligan has been very involved in Occupational Therapy professional associations on a state and national level. In 2015, she received an award for 35 years of Service from the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.  In 2012, she was inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Roster of Fellows for her work and research in promoting Community Practice and advocating for Social Justice.  Dr. Milligans’ research areas include Neuro-rehab interventions for individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries, Community Participation for Individuals with Disabilities with Ann Arbor CIL, Interprofessional Education for Health Profession Students and Community Education for Individuals with Diabetes, Wheelchair Cushion Safety Study and Perceptions of Incivility of OT and PT students. She currently serves as the founding chair of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Flint Chapter.


Occupational Therapy

Wendy Tremaine, Ph.D., OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Clinical, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Education: Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Georgia (1989); Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California (1994); Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, University of Georgia (2012)

Dr. Tremaine’s thirty year career in occupational therapy includes clinical practice, teaching, and service.  Her clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient adult rehabilitation, long term care, and multiple pediatric practice settings including the NICU, inpatient acute care, outpatient pediatrics, private practice, early intervention, and school-based practice.  Dr. Tremaine has teaching experience in both masters and OTD programs prior to joining the University of Michigan Flint faculty.  Teaching interests include fieldwork and fieldwork related courses, pediatric practice and IPE.


Her training includes a fellowship at the Ayres Clinic in Los Angeles, CA; an internship at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, and a 9 month policy fellowship sponsored by the Institute of Educational Leadership.


Dr. Tremaine has been active in both state and national OT associations.  She has served on the board of the Georgia OT Association and has served on several committees with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) including the Roster of Fellows, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOTE), and participated as a CE Item Writer/Reviewer.  She serves on the scholarship review committee for the Michigan OT Association. 


Research Interests include:  Inter-Professional Education (IPE), efficacy of sensory integrative therapy and auditory therapy (of particular interest is ILS), topics related to fieldwork education, efficacy of sensory-based diet advancement interventions and policy networks and diffusion.

Occupational Therapy

Donna Case, PhD, OTL

Assistant Professor

Education: PhD in Industrial Engineering and Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University, 2003; MLS in Interdisciplinary Technology 1993 & BS in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan, 1985

Research Interests:

Assistive Technology/Technology and its impact on the meaningfulness of life for persons with disabilities including: work, learning and leisure

Teaching Interests: 

Assistive Technology, Development Across the Life Span, Cultural Competencies


Occupational Therapy

Jillian Woodworth, DrOT, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: Bachelor of Arts (BA) from University of New York–Albany in 2005; Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) from Wayne State University in 2011; Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) from Nova Southeastern University in 2016

Research Interests: Transition services and planning for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities; Play therapy in the pediatric population; Interprofessional Education (IPE) among students in health science professional programs.

Clinical Interests: Pediatrics – Maintains clinical practice at the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD), providing interventions and services to young children ages 2 ½ - 7 ½ in the Early Childhood Programs and Services (ECPS) center-based program for Genesee County. 

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Occupational Therapy & Fundamentals of Collaborative Care; Pediatric Conditions & Occupations; Pediatric Assessments & Interventions; Level I Pediatric Experiences.

Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2020 Lecturers

Name Title Contact Information
Elizabeth Yost Lecturer I
Amy Jo De Maagd Lecturer I