Alumni Spotlight: Kimberly Love
Growing up, Kimberly Love knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but was never sure what career path she wanted to pursue. However, the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES School and Business Alliance Health Careers Program gave her the opportunity to explore all of her options.
“I participated in the Health Careers program during my junior year of high school, and at the time, I was looking into attending pharmacy school but was intrigued by all of the professions discussed in class,” said Love. “We were introduced to basic anatomy and physiology, which was a huge help once I got to college. During hospital visits with my class and the summer internship program at St. Luke’s, I learned a lot about how to interact with patients and healthcare professionals, and as a senior, I participated in the bridge program which allowed me to take classes at MVCC full time.”
A 2013 graduate of the Utica City School District, Love continued her education, briefly pursuing nursing at Utica College before changing her major to occupational therapy and earning a bachelor’s degree in health studies, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and passing the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.
Occupational therapists, like Love, help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive change.
For the past two years, Love has been employed as an occupational therapist at Thrive By 5 in Syracuse, where she works with children under age five on a variety of therapies to build self-help skills, motor skills, sensory processing skills and social-emotional skills – a job she loves!
“I’m looking forward to gaining many more years of experience as an OT. I would highly recommend this profession to anyone that wants to help people and make a difference in their lives!”