By Jane Gervasoni, U.S. Army Public Health CommandAugust 22, 2012
Col. Myrna Callison was recognized as the occupational therapy consultant to the Army surgeon general in an Aug. 17 ceremony at the U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Lt. Gen. Patricio D. Horoho, Army surgeon general, selected Callison to serve as the occupational therapy consultant because of her demonstrated excellence in the field, according to Col. Theresa M. Schneider, the Army Medical Specialist Corps chief. Callison also was sworn in as the 19th assistant chief, occupational therapist section of the Medical Specialist Corps, at the ceremony.
John Resta, USAPHC deputy commander for public health, explained that Callison would assist military personnel in the area of occupational therapy to maintain a state of excellence.
"She is an expert in her field," he said, "and this event recognizes her excellence."
Callison's supervisor, Donna Doganiero, director of USAPHC's Occupational Health Sciences Portfolio, said that Callison "has energy and compassion that is both infectious and contagious--in the best way."
"This is an exciting time for occupational therapy," Callison said. "I will be leading the team that will make things happen."
Callison will serve as the surgeon general's clinical expert in occupational therapy in addition to her USAPHC positions as Ergonomics Program manager and OHS Portfolio executive officer.