Faculty & Staff

Departmental Listing


 Dr. Troxtel 

 Rita Troxtel, OTD, OTR/L Assistant Professor, Interim Department Chair

  email: rtroxtel@tnstate.edu


  • B.S. in Business Administration,
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Medical College of GA, Augusta, GA 
  • M.S. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, UT Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • OTD in Occupational Therapy, Rocky Mountain University, Provo, UT


  • Pediatrics 
  • School Based OT 
  • Modalities in OT
  • Occupational Analysis 

  Research Interests: 

  • Behavioral interventions for children with autism & related disorders
  • Technology based interventions for adolescents

  Experience:   14 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings   



 Cathleen St. Dennis, OTD, OTR/L- Assistant Professor

  email: cstdenni@tnstate.edu    

    - B.S. in Occupational Therapy, California State University , Dominguez Hills, CA     
    - OTD. in Occupational Therapy,  Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT   
     - Fieldwork Seminar, Pediatrics Practicum, Physical Dysfunction I and II Practica, Level II Fieldwork Experience I and II  

Research Interests: -  Occupational deprivation, emerging practice areas, OT for populations, OT and health promotion, pet ownership as an occupation

•14 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and adult rehabilitation


 Christine Watt, MS, OTR/L – Assistant Professor 
email: cwatt@tnstate.edu  

- A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market
- B.S. in Healthcare Management, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- B.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana
- M.S. in Rehabilitation Counselor Training, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

-Evidence Based Practice   -Physical Dysfunction  -Research  -Occupational Analysis  -Modalities

Research Interests:
Working with injured workers
Helping elderly persons age in place

12 years of clinical experience as a COTA and OTR

Dr. Bennett


 Guinevere Bennett, DC - Assistant Professor
email: gbennett@tnstate.edu  

   - B.S. in Biology, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 
   - D.C in Chiropractic, Life University, Marietta, GA

    Anatomy, Neurobiology, Biomechanics

Research Interests:
    - Improving patient outcomes with inclusion of Chiropractic in multi-discipline rehabilitation 
    - Cognitive and neurologic changes with vertigo using myofascial therapy

Experience: 4 years Chiropractic Medicine

Lauren Beard


 Lauren Beard, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
email: lwilli49@tnstate.edu

Education: BS - Dietetics, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
                  MS - Occupational Therapy, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN



Elisha Holt, Assistant Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
email: eholt@tnstate.edu

Education: BS - Interdisciplinary Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN


 Scott St. Dennis, Administrative Assistant 

        email: lstdenni@tnstate.edu