Author and Instructor
Orit Simhoni, PhD, OTR/L, GCG, NCG
A native New Yorker, Dr. Simhoni earned her BS in Occupational Therapy (OT) from New York University in 1974. After living and working in Israel, she moved to Florida. While working in the field of rehabilitation, she received her MS in Adult Education and Certificate in Gerontology from Florida International University.
While working as an OT assistant professor and fieldwork coordinator at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in the (1995-2002), and research assistant to the Assistant to the President (2002-2003), Dr. Simhoni completed her studies in the NSU Conflict Analysis and Resolution doctoral program. After completing her dissertation, “The Welfare of Elderly Florida Wards in ‘Nightmare Cases’: A Qualitative Inquiry,” she relocated to teach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia (2004-2006) and Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Currently in Silver Spring, Maryland, Dr. Simhoni is the Educational Specialist, Guardianship Division, for Dynamic Learning Online, Inc. and a consultant for Living Solutions, Inc. She provides direct occupational therapy services to adult and geriatric patients in multiple settings, and is teaching part-time in the Towson University Occupational Therapy Program. In September 2008, Dr. Simhoni was appointed to serve as a non-lawyer Guardian on the Washington, D.C. Probate Fiduciary Panel and continues to research guardianship practice issues.
Over the years, Dr. Simhoni has been recognized for her professional contributions in the field of occupational therapy and has published and presented her work in occupational therapy, fieldwork, and guardianship issues. She also holds two U.S. patents.