Bay Path University is pleased to announce that Michael Gerg, OTD has been named director of the University’s master’s program in occupational therapy. Dr. Gerg brings 25 years of experience as an instructor, researcher, author and practitioner to his role at Bay Path. He was most recently an assistant professor and program coordinator at Creighton University in Arizona. Dr. Gerg received both his master’s and his OTD from Temple University.
“Seeing the dedication and passion of the faculty that I met during the interview process and knowing Bay Path's reputation for helping occupational therapy assistants get their masters degrees convinced me that Bay Path was the place for me to be at this point in my academic career,” Gerg said.
Dr. Gerg’s areas of research include: mobile device usage, upper body and hand rehabilitation, and workplace ergonomics. His research on the physical impact of texting has been published by Applied Ergonomics, and his research on upper extremity and hand therapy is currently under review with the Journal of WORK, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare and the Journal of Hand Therapy. Throughout his career, he has maintained his work as an active clinician specializing in hand therapy and ergonomics.
“Dr. Gerg brings a wealth of clinical as well as academic and administrative experience to his new role. We are delighted to have him joining us at Bay Path University and look forward to his many contributions to our students and the occupational therapy program,” says Ann Errichetti, MD, Dean of Bay Path’s School of Education, Human and Health Sciences.
Bay Path has educated occupational therapists for more than 25 years, with 1,455 graduates of its OT programs. In 2015, Bay Path established a campus location in East Longmeadow with its Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, which is home to the occupational therapy graduate program. The 58,000-square-foot facility provides state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and study areas, creating an innovative campus experience for its students.