Sophia Swangaroon–Uehara has serviced the Asian/Asian Pacific American Community since she was a student at Arizona State University 15+ years ago. She was inspired by Madeline Ong-Sakata and Dr. Ted Namba to be an active participant and leader for various organizations such as the Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Rim Advisory Council. She has coordinated the Annual Asian Chamber Lunar New Year Banquet, the Pacific Rim Advisory Council's Business Expo and the Asahi Beer Garden at the Matsuri Festival. She has also held positions with the City of Phoenix Police Asian Advisory Board and completed the Phoenix Police Citizens Academy. She had the privilege to influence the governing bodies on the Senate Bill to change "Oriental" to "Asian" in relation to healthcare businesses and representing massage therapists.
Sophia is currently the clinical director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Pima Medical Institute (PMI) in Mesa, Arizona. This was her desired position since she was a student at PMI from 2011-2012. She has practiced as an OTA for six years for the adult population around Arizona and still works for Banner Health Hospitals. Sophia is active within the Occupational Therapy Community to develop growth in the profession. She is part of the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association, assisting with the Approved Senate Bill to allow Outpatient OT services for AHCCS patients and the Occupational Therapy Fall Conference Committee. Sophia has plans to become more represented on a national level to advocate for the profession in healthcare.
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