R. Lynette Walsh developed an interest in the health care industry from a formative age. Discovering her interest in occupational therapy due to her intrigue with treatment modalities after individuals suffer from accidents, she earned a diploma from the St. Loyes School of Occupational Therapy in England in 1965, going on to serve as an occupational therapist at Exe Vale Hospitals in Exeter, England, from 1965 to 1967. Ascending the ranks to senior occupational therapist at Cowley Rd. Hospital in Oxford, England, in 1967, a role she held for three years, she immigrated to the United States in 1970 and began serving as an occupational therapist at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, for the following year.
Relocating thereafter to Texas, Ms. Walsh served as an occupational therapist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from 1971 to 1973 and subsequently became a consultant occupational therapist at the Wicomico County Health Department in Salisbury, Maryland, from 1973 to 1975. She was then employed by the Deers Head Center in Salisbury as chief occupational therapist for two years before moving to California for the remainder of her career. She started out as an occupational therapist II at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte in 1977, holding the role for nearly a decade before serving in the same capacity at the Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitation Medicine in Pomona until 1994. Concluding her career in 2004, she was an occupational therapist at Beverly Rehabilitation for a decade. She continued to serve as a preceptor and guest lecturer at Loma Linda University since 1989.
Alongside her primary responsibilities, Ms. Walsh has been a preceptor for occupational therapy students at several academic institutions including the University of Boston, the University of Texas at Galveston, the University of Puget Sound and the University of Southern California. Civically involved as well, she has been a choir member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church since 1978 and previously served as a junior warden and vestry member.
Notably, Ms. Walsh received distinction in the Psychological-Occupational Therapy Practical Exam in 1965 upon graduating with a diploma. In the current day, she is retired, but maintains involvement with her local church’s choir, where she has been making and selling jam for fundraising efforts for the past 40 years.
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