CFOT Highlights at OTAC:

The California Foundation for Occupational Therapy celebrated its 33rd Annual Awards Ceremony at the CFOT luncheon on October 17, 2014. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) in Pasadena, CA. The CFOT presented scholarships and traineeships to occupational therapy students, research grants and monies for seed projects to occupational therapists, and CFOT awards. The CFOT also paid tribute to Frank Joseph Biehl.
Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L was the 2014 CFOT Honored Lecturer and the recipient of the 2014 CFOT Humanitarian Award.

CFOT Awards at OTAC:

The 2014 CFOT Awards included the Humanitarian Award and the Honored Lectureship. Both awards were given to Heather Javaherian-Dysinger for her extraordinary efforts in working with individuals who have encountered and survived domestic violence. Her lectureship focused on her work with this population and was titled “Roots Down: Occupational Therapy and Domestic Violence.” It was a moving and inspiring tribute to acknowledging the importance and power of occupational therapy principles and intervention with this vulnerable population. Please see the CFOT 2014 Electronic Newsletter for more information about the work of Dr. Heather Javaherian-Dysinger.

2014 CFOT Humanitarian Award to Dr. Heather Javaherian-Dysing


  • Janice Matsutsuyu Scholarship
    Daniel Pezel - Samuel Merritt University
  • Jaffe Grduate Scholarship
    Kate Lee - University of Southern California
  • Knox-Hirsch Scholarship
    Damien Kristopher Meadows - Samuel Merritt University
  • Ardith Breton Scholarship
    Caitlin Chaney - University of Southern California
  • Fred Sammons Scholarship
    Brittany Thompson - Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • North Coast Medical Scholarship
    Amber Bennett - University of Southern California
  • Fred Sammons Scholarship
    Jenna Jue - San Jose State University
  • Wilma West Scholarship
    Allyssa Concha - University of Southern California
  • Jan Matsutsuyu Scholarship
    Carol Haywood - University of Southern California
  • Dr. Martin Shaperman Scholarship
    Adrianne LeBlanc - Dominican University
  • Bonita Kraft Scholarship
    Samantha Itaya - Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • Michele Berro Scholarship in memory of
    Mary Ann Epstein
    Puja Gohel - Loma Linda University
Pictures above: Front row: Amber Bennett, Kate Lee, Puja Gohel, Damien(Kris) Meadows Back row: Caitlin Chaney, Samantha Itaya, Jenna Jue, Brittany Thompson



  • Janice Matsutsuyu Traineeship
  • Laura Mah - Sacramento City College College
  • Los Angeles Consultants Group Traineeships
  • Amy Moore - Santa Ana College
  • Janine Hardman - Grossmont College
Laura Mah


  • Joyce Cabrera, MOT, OTR/L - Loma Linda University
    "Perspectives of Elementary School Teachers Regarding the Sensory Needs of Students"
  • Teresa Shaffer, MOT, OT/L - Loma Linda University
    "The Emotional Intelligence Needs of Children in a Mental Health Setting"
  • Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L - Loma Linda University
    "Health Profiles and Lifestyle Promotion Among Survivors of Domestic Violence"
Pictured Above: Left to right Teresa Shaffer, Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, Joyce Cabrera


  • Kati Winkle, Emily Moor, Esther Ortega, Emiloy Prendergast, Eugene Tabingo, and Kyle Welsh - Loma Linda University (Pictured below)
    "Health Profiles of Loma Linda University Allied Health Students"
  • Sara Pro, Adrianne LeBlanc, April Wastjutin, Robert Williams, - Dominican University
    "PediApp Finder: Creating a Pediatric Application Database for Occupational Therapists"

Tribute to Frank Joseph Biehl
Frank was a friend to all of us and an ardent supporter of the CFOT.  He initiated the first CFOT scholarship as the North Coast Medical Scholarship which was first awarded in 1985 and every year thereafter.  Frank  and his wife, Loretta (Lori) were pioneers in their support for individuals with disabilities.  Their  commitment to providing opportunities for advancement for all of his employees regardless of skill level or abilities was based on a strong philosophy of “giving back” to the organizations and people that made their company a success.  It was stories about the underlying philosophy of North Coast Medical  that inspired Evie Jaffe, then President of CFOT, to establish the CFOT Humanitarian Award.  Frank and Lori Biehl were the first awardees - they epitomized the principles that formed the criteria for the award.


To honor and pay tribute to this very special man, the CFOT is establishing a permanent Frank J. Biehl Opportunity Scholarship.  Please join us in contributing to this special scholarship in honor of this special man.  Send contributions to Sue Knox, CFOT Treasurer at 3458 La Sombra Drive, Hollywood, CA 90068.

Frank Joseph Biehl