Dr. Don Kallembach is the founding program director for Maria College’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences. Dr. Kallembach is a Registered/Licensed Occupational Therapist.
Dr. Kallembach has worked in human services for more than 30 years and has been an occupational therapist since 1998. Prior to becoming and occupational therapist, he worked for 10 years in social service agencies in both direct service and administrative roles. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Kallembach has worked in mental health, pediatrics, developmental disabilities, community practice and physical dysfunction settings. Notably, he has worked full time in higher education as faculty and program director, for both occupational therapist assistant and occupational therapy training programs, for 13 years.
He is a strong advocate for liberal arts education. His core professional values include the use of evidence-based practice informed by Humanistic and Existential philosophy that places students and clients as the center of education and practice. He believes fervently in service to others, social responsibility, the value of the arts and opportunity education, which are at the core of the Maria College’s Mission.
Dr. Kallembach is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has presented at national conferences. He has also presented for Occupational Therapy Associations in Missouri, Illinois, and New Mexico. His scholarship work is in the areas of reflective hermeneutics and ethics.
- Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University
- Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College
- Masters of Arts degree in Healthcare Ethics from Saint Louis University
- Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Chatham University