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Ms. Shelly (Wasielewski) Davidovich MOT, OTR/L

Shelly Wasielewski Davidovich

School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Psychology
Academic Department: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2013
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Shelly's Story

What have you been up to since graduation?

Moved cross country to San Francisco California. Now I am working full time in a hand therapy outpatient clinic in Oakland California. Also, I recently got married in Sept 2013 and adopted a puppy from the SPCA.

Why did you choose your program of study at Saint Francis?

The faculty was so inviting from the very first time meeting them. I felt like I was alredy home and knew OT was the path I wanted to pursue.

What projects or service learning experiences did you participate in?

Relay For Life, OTO Club, Psi Chi (Psychology International Honor Soceity), Fieldwork Level II in Australia.

Where you involved in other activities at Saint Francis?

Work Study @ DiSepio Gym and in the Athletic Training Department, all 4 years.

How would you characterize your department’s personality?

Inviting, fun, caring, and sincere.

How did Franciscan values shape your experience?

The values were always a guiding light in shaping how I wanted to treat clients and the type of therapist I wanted to be.

What were your experiences with the equipment/facilities?

HPL Lab and Toy Library for pediatrics/SI class.

What are your favorite memories from campus?

Spending time with friends and splint labs!

In what ways did your Saint Francis experience shape your career/life?

SFU allowed me to travel and perform my fieldwork rotations across the world-- San Francisco and Oakland CA & Adelaide, South Australia. SFU prepared me with a hand therapy class which has allowed me to now begin my career in this area!

Why should a prospective student consider Saint Francis and your program of study?

Absolutely. SFU has a great opportnity for a 5 year Masters/Bachelors program. The class and department size is small enough to be personal and top notch. Very caring and knowledgable staff/faculty.

What advice do you have for our current students?

Study hard, practice a lot with clinical/lab skills, and REACH HIGHER!!! Work hard for the opportunities and experiences that you dream of and you can achieve anything; you get as much out of the program as you put into it!


The department chair (Don Walkovich) was kind enough to take me as a advisee and help me shape my curriculum to accomodate a double Bachelor's Degree. All OT faculty staff was more than happy to always help and go the extra mile for my success. I especially enjoyed Dr. Mihelcic and all of his infamous quotes. "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck-- then it's probably not a duck!"

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