Sabrena McCarley, MBA-SL, OTR/L, CLIPP, RAC-CT earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and her Master of Business Administration-Strategic Leadership (MBA-SL) from Dominican University of California in 2004. She obtained her Certified Living in Place Certification (CLIPP) in 2015 and her Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification (RAC-CT) in 2016. McCarley obtained her CarFit Instructor Certification in April 2013 and has been a leader for CarFit Technician Trainings, CarFit Event Coordinator Trainings and CarFit events.
McCarley’ s career has been exclusively in skilled nursing working with the geriatric population with multiple diagnoses and complexities with varying levels of acuity and maximizing their quality of life. McCarley has held staff OT positions, Director of Rehabilitation positions and regional multisite Rehab Specialist and Director of Clinical positions providing clinical trainings and mentorship to licensed physical therapist, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.
In her experience, she has been responsible for partnering with customers as well as interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, administrators, dieticians and social workers to develop and train on topics that have included: compliance, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B billing and coding, MDS 3.0, documentation, ADL coding, geriatric clinical programing for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Pathology (e.g. maintenance therapy and wellness programs).
Her philosophy is that the patient is the center of any interdisciplinary team or holistic approach. In order to get the best outcomes for our patients, we must remember that they are the reason for what we do.
McCarley has been a guest faculty speaker at various Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant programs where she presented on a variety of topics that have included: Advocacy for the Geriatric Patient, Advocating for the profession of Occupational Therapy, The difference between Sub-Acute and Long Term Care, Working with OT’s and PT’s as supervisors, How to enter the workplace, Treatment strategies/approaches and interventions for long term care patients, Fall prevention, Low vision, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B billing, coding and reimbursement as well as documentation.
McCarley is a member of the Living in Place Advisory Panel and is actively involved in the Occupational Therapy Association of California leadership as Chair for Advocacy and Government Affairs and she is a member of The National Association of Rehab Providers and Agencies as a member of the Nominations and Awards Committee. In 2015, McCarley received the Luella Grangaard Political Action Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
McCarley co-authored an article that was published in the October 2016 Vol. 32 No. 10 issue of Advance Magazine for Occupational Therapy Practitioners: Securing Safer Housing Standardizing environmental design for seniors and residents with a disability.
McCarley has presented at State, National and International Conferences and has acted as the AOTA CE Administrator.