Who is Teepa?
On a more personal note, Teepa has been married to Dick for over 40 years. They have three grown children, Abby, Manda, and Drew. There are two grandsons, Sebastien, Benjamin, and a third boy on the way, as well as many grand-dogs. She also has a son-in-law, Dan, and an adopted-by-spirit daughter, Lauren. Her mother, Dora Lee, was a major influence in her life, as were both her grandma, Lucille Virginia, and her grandfather on the other side, Roy Boyer. Part of her upbringing was on a working farm in West Virginia and part was in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a short stint in Washington state as a preschooler.
The letters behind Teepa's name represent the following credentials: MS (Master of Science), OTR/L (Occupational Therapist, Registered and Licensed), FAOTA (Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association). Teepa has received numerous awards and recognitions for her expertise and service, including outstanding faculty awards, occupational therapy organization awards, and aging services awards. She is well-known in the health-care community as an innovator and an interactive and extraordinary speaker. She has received the Edward Busse Award in North Carolina for improving services to elders across the state. Her expertise and skill in dementia care and services has earned her a Jim Flood Distinguished Lecturer Award from the University of St. Louis.
Over her career, Teepa has been an active and supportive proponent of clinical research and knowledge dissemination. She has participated in Teaching Nursing Home grants, Area Agency on Aging programs, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center National Initiatives, Medicare-Medicaid Quality Improvement Initiatives and Roll-outs, National Review Boards, as well as having served on clinical research teams, advisory boards, and worked with advocacy groups and organizations. She has worked with numerous universities, colleges, and continuing education organizations to develop and deliver programs to people living with dementia, families, para-professionals, healthcare professionals, legal professionals, law enforcement and public service providers, business owners and bankers, faith communities, developmental disability service providers, teenagers, and children.