Medical Education

Carol Fain, OTD, OTR/L
Program Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Fain received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University. She is a Certified Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) therapist with advanced training in NDT baby treatment, and a Certified Infant Massage Educator. Dr. Fain has extensive clinical experience as an occupational therapist with a special interest in pediatrics, particularly early intervention, and worked in hospital acute and NICU settings, rehabilitation in-patient and out-patient centers, home-care, and pre-school programs. Prior to her appointment as the Occupational Therapy Program Chair, Dr. Fain served as the Occupational Therapy Assistant Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, and was instrumental in developing the master's level OT program for occupational therapy assistants to progress to occupational therapists.

Dr. Fain is originally from New York, although has lived in a number of cities across the country before settling in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, yoga, and ballroom dancing.

Alisha Baker, OTD, OTR/L
OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Alisha S. Baker, OTD, OTR/L is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Master's degree program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Mars Hill University, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Baker's professional experience has been in the role of a lead school-based occupational therapist. She has a passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorder. She has experience in collaboration on multi-disciplinary teams to develop policies and procedures for use of sensory rooms and positive interventions for reduction of restraint and seclusion. She has also served on specialty teams focusing on autism coaching and assistive technology. 

Dr. Baker has served as the Pediatric Special Interest Section Co-Chair for the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association and is currently serving as the Education and Research Special Interest Section Co-Chair. She has participated in professional development activities with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy as a Pediatric Content Specialist Item Writer and the American Occupational Therapy Association as a Critically Appraised Paper Reviewer. She is a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Nancy Murphy, OTD, OTR-L 

Dr. Murphy recently completed her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as a member of the Summer 2015 graduating class. She received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Dr. Murphy has been a team member of Carolinas Rehabilitation for 13 years with experience providing clinical occupational therapy services, in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, to patients across the lifespan, with a particular focus on neurological, pediatric brachial plexus injury, and lymphedema populations, as well as engaging as a member of the leadership team. Dr. Murphy currently also co-chairs the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association's Continuing Education Committee.

Originally from New York, Dr. Murphy moved to the southern region living in Florida, South Carolina, and now making Charlotte home with her spouse for the past 15 years. Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with her family, and engaging in outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking.