Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L

Tatiana KaminskyAssociate Professor
tkaminsky@pugetsound.edu

Biography
Dr. Kaminsky began work as an occupational therapist in 1996. She has worked with adults, and especially enjoys working with the geriatric population. Those she has treated have had a wide variety of diagnoses, including cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease including myocardial infarction, pulmonary disorders, and fractures due to falls or other accidents. Her areas of interest include cognitive and visual-perceptual rehabilitation and she has worked extensively with people with low vision including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including acute care (including the intensive care unit), inpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, outpatient, skilled nursing, and, most recently, home and community based care. Dr. Kaminsky started teaching full time at the University of Puget Sound in 2005 and teaches in the adult neurological disorders and gerontology courses, in addition to overseeing students completing the Policy, Advocacy, Leadership (PAL) track. She also volunteers with a group called Northeast Seattle Together (NEST), the first virtual village launched in Washington State, which offers services to seniors to assist them in aging in their own homes.

"I started teaching at Puget Sound in 2005 and my favorite part of my job is working closely with the students. I love how engaged they are and love sharing my enthusiasm of this fantastic profession with them. I especially enjoy watching them when they are able to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to treatment with clients in our on-site clinic, giving them a really solid foundation for fieldwork and their future careers. I also love working with dedicated and talented colleagues, both faculty and staff. And the gorgeous setting is great too! I love our new state of the art building and that I can see Mt. Rainier from the patio just outside the OT offices on clear days!"

Research Interests

  • Treatment, especially environmental modification, for adults with visual-perceptual or cognitive impairment.
  • Strategies, including how to use occupational therapy preventatively, to aid older adults to age in place.

Personal Interests
Dr. Kaminsky enjoys swing dancing (including performing with the dance troupe she joined in 2003), running, knitting, painting murals, and spending as much time with her husband and two daughters as possible.