Adventist University Occupational Therapists Bring Healing Touch and Scientific Expertise to Serenity Garden Project

Dr. Tia Hughes and Dr. Christine Moghimi participating in therapeutic design charette for the Serenity Garden at the offices of landscape architecture design firm Dix Hite + Partners.

Faculty and graduate students from Adventist University of Health Science’s Occupational Therapy Department recently contributed to a two-day design charette for the Serenity Garden at Wekiwa Springs State Park. “Their participation in the charette elevated the project to a new plateau” said Sarafaith Pekor, the Serenity Garden’s Director of Development. Participating from Adventist University was Occupational Therapy Department Chair and Professor Dr. Tia Hughes, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L, and Professor of the Masters in Occupational Therapy Program, Dr. Christine Moghimi, ScD, MAS, OTR/L. “We are delighted that Adventist University of Health Sciences, Florida Hospital’s University, will be partnering with the Serenity Garden” said Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, FAOTA, who serves as the projects Therapeutic Design Consultant. Three graduate students, Brittney Weaver, Brittney Danehy and Madeleine Nagy participated in the charette as well. Inspired by the project’s therapeutic mission, the three have committed to working with the Serenity Garden on their capstone projects. They will create the groundwork for the first evidence-based research study performed at the Serenity Garden. The purpose of the study will be to explore quality of life impacts of the Serenity Garden’s design and programs for four specified groups: Seniors, People who have lost their sight, ¬†Wounded Warrior Veterans, and children/adults with autism.

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