Janet M. Neely, COTA/L, CAPS

1407 Southgate Road

Knoxville, Tennessee 37919


[email protected]

Owner, Being at Home, Aging in Place, LLC

Professional Occupational Therapy Experience:

COTA/L, PRN home health care, May 2018 to present

COTA/L, Amedisys Home Health Care, PRN COTA, Providing OT services to a variety of rural and urban clients in their homes, April 2010 to April 2018

COTA/L, Intelligent Therapy Staffing, Staff COTA, providing OT services in a variety of adult disability clinical settings, February 2009 through April 2010

Faculty and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Roane State Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, 1995 to 2007.

Classes taught: Theory and Treatment of Neurologic Dysfunction, Theory and Treatment of Physical Dysfunction, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Communication, Therapeutic Media, Kinesiology, and Fieldwork Level One and Two.

Office of the Vice President, Design of OTA Lab, January 2008 through December 2008

In addition to teaching at Roane State I also served in the following capacities:

  •  Faculty Senate Vice President 2007-2008
  • Academic and Curriculum Council
  • Health Science Representative to Faculty Senate
  • Coordinated Occupational therapy Continuing Education events
  • Faculty Evaluation Review Committee
  • Multicultural Committee
  • Health Occupations Students of America Judge
  • Honors Program – OTA Student advisor
  • OTA Student Club advisor
  • Oak Ridge Branch Campus Site Team
  • Benroth Award Selection Committee
  • Faculty Senate Political Action Committee
  • OTA Admissions Interview Team

Adjunct Faculty, South College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, 2003-2004

COTA, University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, 1992 -1994.

COTA, CompRehab, home health services, Knoxville, Tennessee, January 1992 to September 1992.

COTA, University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, 1991- 1992.

Assistant Manager and COTA, Therapy Unlimited, Inc., clinical and home health services, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1984- 1990.

COTA, Superior Home Health Care, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1984

COTA, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1982-1983.

Professional Activities:

  • AARP East Tennessee Volunteer Leader, HomeFit Presenter, April 2019 to present
  • Knox County Health Department, Senior Safety Task Force, 2017 to present
  • Mayors Council on Disability Issues, City of Knoxville 2015-present
  • AAA Carfit Consultant 2009 to present
  • AOTA Representative Assembly, Alternate OTA Representative, 2011-2013
  • Director, AOTA Board of Directors, 2007-2010
  • Chair, Tennessee Health Related Board of Occupational Therapy. 2007-October 2010
  • AOTA Membership Ad Hoc Committee, 2007
  • AOTA Ad Hoc Committee for OTA Leadership, 2007
  • AOTA Ad Hoc Committee for Wellness and Prevention, 2006
  • AOTA Commission on Practice: OTA and Community-Based Practice meeting, 2004
  • East District TOTA Chair, TOTA Board Member, 2004, 2005
  • Member, AOTA, 1982 to present
  • Member, East District TOTA, 1982 -2005, then 2007 to present
  • Secretary, East District TOTA 1987 and 1990
  • Conference Committee TOTA State Conference 1997
  • Conference Committee TOTA State Conference 1987
  • Advisory Board, Roane State Community College OTA Program
  • Board Member Planned Parenthood East Tennessee 2002-2003
  • Board Member Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center 2003-2004


Certified Aging in Place Specialist, (CAPS), NAHB, 2010-present

A.A.S., Occupational Therapy Assistant, Roane State Community College, 1996

Certificate Program, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1982

Middle Tennessee State University, Psychology & Studio Art coursework, 1978-1981

University of Tennessee Knoxville, American Studies coursework

(University Transcripts available upon request)

Continuing Education:

Updates coming soon

  • National Aging and Disability Transortation Center: U.S. Dept. of Transportation Technology Webinar, December 2016
  • CarFit, OT support, August 2016
  • Effective Communication + Access to Healthcare Services: The Protections and Safeguards of Title III of the ADA 2016
  • AOTA National Conference 2015
  • The Future oif Aging in Place Remodeling -NAHB Access 2012 Webinar March 2012
  • Build Profit and Possibilities With Home Helath Technology -NAHB Access Webinar October 2011
  • Certified Aging in Place Specialist, CAPS, NAHB certification, 2010
  • AOTA National Conference, Orlando, 2010
  • Carfit Trainer certificate, May 2009
  • Marketing and Communication Strategies for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS I), 2009
  • Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS II), 2009
  • Business Management for Building Professionals, 2009
  • TOTA Ethics and Jurisprudence, 2009
  • The ABC’s of Home Modification for Patients with Physical and Neurological Disabilities, 2009
  • NBCOT Occupational Therapy State Regulatory Conference, 2009
  • AOTA National Conference, Houston, TX, 2009
  • AOTA National Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2008
  • “Disability At-Risk Transition Success (DARTS) Symposium, April, 2008
  • Mediation Training, Community Mediation Center, Knoxville, 2007
  • TOTA State Conference, 2007
  • TOTA Ethics and Jurisprudence, 2007
  • AOTA National Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2007
  • “The Impact of Cognition and Perception in Community Mobility with Emphasis
  • on the Senior Population” 2007
  • Carfit Coordinator Training, 2007
  • Drivewell Training, 2007
  • AOTA National Conference, Charlotte, NC, 2006
  • Mediation Training, Community Mediation Center & UT College of Law, 2006
  • WebCT Faculty Academy 2006
  • AOTA National Conference, Long Beach, CA 2005
  • Forum on Marriage, Justice, & LGBT Liberation, 2005
  • TOTA Physical Agent Modalities, 2005
  • TOTA State Conference, 2005
  • TOTA Physical Agent Modalities, 2004
  • WebCT Faculty Academy, 2004
  • Copyright and Plagiarism Workshop, South College, 2003
  • East Tennessee Consortium for Higher Learning, 2002
  • “Technology for Traumatic Brain Injury”, Jonesborough, TN, 2002
  • “Ticket to Work” Seminar: Knoxville, TN, 2002
  • Great Southern Occupational Therapy Conference, 2000
  • AOTA National Conference: EDSIS Faculty Council Meeting, EDSIS Program Directors Combined Councils Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 1999
  • TOTA State Conference, 1997
  • “Self-Paced Instruction for Clinical Education and Supervision (SPICES):A Workshop for Clinical Educators”, Tuskegee, AL, 1996
  • “MALTA: Fieldwork Supervisor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Conference”, 1995
  • “The Affolter Concept: A Perceptual - Cognitive Approach in the Treatment of Neurological Deficits,” Nashville, TN May 1994
  • “Rehabilitation of the Hand: The Basics,” San Antonio, TX, October 1993
  • “NDT and Orthopedic Management of the Hemiplegic Shoulder” New Orleans, LA, January 1993
  • “Upper Quadrant Soft Tissue Dysfunction: Total Treatment Strategies,” St. Louis, MO, June 1992
  • “Management of the Shoulder in Adult Hemiplegia,” Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,1990
  • Great Southern Occupational Therapy Conference, Nashville, TN, 1990
  • “Sensory Integration: It’s Relationship to Human Development,” Cincinnati, OH, 1989
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association State Conference, Memphis, TN, 1989
  • “Right Hemisphere Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment,” Dallas, TX, 1988
  • “Assessment and Intervention Strategies for the Minimally Involved Child,” Augusta GA,1988
  • Great Southern Occupational Therapy Conference, Charleston, SC, 1988
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Geriatric Education Center Conference on Aging, 1987
  • “Principles of Seating and Positioning,” for COTA’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1987
  • “Understanding the Principles of Neurophysiology,” Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1987
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association State Conference, Sevierville, TN, 1987
  • “Role of Occupational Therapy with the Elderly,” (ROTE), Pittsburgh, PA, 1986
  • “Understanding the Principles of NDT and PNF,” Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1986
  • “Evaluation and Treatment of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, I and II,” Knoxville, TN, 1985
  • “Basic Principles of NDT for the Adult Hemiplegic,” Chattanooga, TN, 1984


  • Keynote Speaker, Milligan College Occupational Therapy, Transition Ceremony, May 2010
  • “AOTA Update”, EDTOTA, May 2008
  • “A Dead Issue? White Supremacy in Modern America” RSCC Faculty Forum, April 2008
  • “Sexuality Through the Ages” RSCC Faculty Forum, October 2006
  • “Carfit”, East District TOTA, September 2006
  • “Visual & Perceptual Disorder Treatment Strategy”, East District TOTA, 2005
  • “Visual & Perceptual Disorders”, East District TOTA, 2004
  • “Ergonomics for Radiologic Professionals”, Tennessee Society of Radiologic
  • Technologists, TN State Conference, 1999
  • “Geriatrics & the Role of the COTA”, Roane State Community College OTA Program, 1993
  • “Contract Negotiation”, Roane State Community College OTA Program,1994
  • “Basic Principles of Splinting”, Roane State Community College PTA Program, 1991
  • “Role of the COTA”, East District TOTA, 1991
  • Seating and Positioning, TOTA State Conference, Memphis, 1989
  • “Seating, Positioning, and Treatment Techniques for the Adult Hemiplegic”, Nashville State Technical Institute OTA Program, 1989


T.O.T.A. Tennessee Pioneer Award, 1999

T.O.T.A. East District Award of Recognition, 1991

“Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2006


  • Collaborated on Successful Grant Proposal for RSCC Children's Mobile Resource Center, 2008
  • Co-Organized and hosted “The Impact of Cognition and Perception in Community Mobility with Emphasis on the Senior Population” 2007
  • Co-Organized and hosted Carfit Coordinator Training, 2007
  • Co-Organized and hosted Drivewell Training, 2007
  • · Initiated, organized, and hosted TOTA Therapeutic Modalities Course, August 2005
  • Incorporated transportation training (with Knox Area Transit System)into Level II FW Incorporated ADA assessments of existing facilities into OTA coursework
  • Incorporated level one FW clinical experiences in driving rehab setting.
  • Initiated relationship with the City of Knoxville Disability Services Coordinator and Roane State Students to enhance ADA assessment skills.
  • Served as a Community Volunteer Mediator for Juvenile and Circuit Courts.
  • Karolinska Hospital Neurological Clinic and Occupational Therapy Department, Stockholm, Sweden, 1989