Jacob Ashby MBA-H, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAC
Owner, Occupational Therapist
Jake Ashby, a combat veteran who served in Iraq (2008-2009) and Afghanistan (2011-2012). Ashby has been licensed since 2003 and has worked locally at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Albany County Nursing Home, PRN Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Network, numerous long-term care facilities, and as a consultant developing occupational therapy policy for local home-care organizations. He's held positions as a staff therapist, team leader, department manager, and rehabilitation services director.
Ashby’s work has taken him outside of New York State, including to Billings, MT, where he worked as an occupational therapist at St. Vincent Healthcare in the acute care and in-patient rehab settings. While deployed as a US Army officer in Diyala Province, Iraq Ashby served as a Prevention Team Officer in Charge. He served as a Civil Affairs Team Chief in Khost Province, Afghanistan; and as a Company Commander state side. He led a Civil Affairs humanitarian mission in 2011 to Malawi, Africa. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves in June 2014.
In June 2015, Ashby earned a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY. He is on the Occupational Therapy Board of Advisors for Maria College, where he is also an adjunct clinical instructor. Ashby is also a regular guest speaker for Russell Sage College’s School for Health Sciences.
Scott Homer MS, OTR/L
Scott is an Assistant Professor, OTA Program Director, and Health Sciences Department Chair at Maria College. He has extensive clinical experience as a COTA and registered occupational therapist (OTR), is a regular presenter at the New York State Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, and teaches workshops on anatomy, kinesiology, and neurology. Homer has a master’s degree in OT from Utica College of Syracuse University. His chapter, “Ensuring Purposeful and Meaningful Interventions,” is featured in the textbook, Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.
John Ritrovato COTA/L
John is a 2015 graduate of Maria College, and has been a key contributor to our success. He is a local jiu-jitsu instructor and fitness enthusiast. John is also a trained classical guitarist. This guy does it all.
Kelly Halpin COTA/L
Kelly Halpin has been working as an OTA since graduating from Maria College of Albany NY in 1989. Kelly's experience includes working in the educational setting with children in grades K-12, adult day program & geriatric rehabilitation including LTC. Some previous employments Kelly has worked at are the following:The Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center, Albany Guild Care Adult Day Program, St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Schodack Central School District.