Community Integration Research Specialist
Anna Jones, OTD, OTR/L and her husband, Tyler, moved to Toledo in 2012 when Anna was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at The University of Toledo. In the spring of 2015, Anna completed her Capstone Experience with Assistance Dogs as the final component of her doctoral degree. During this experience, she spent four months exploring the potential role of occupational therapists in the provision of assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities.
After graduating, Anna began working as a licensed and registered occupational therapist at several skilled nursing facilities in the Toledo area and teaching in the OTD program at The University of Toledo as a member of the adjunct faculty. Anna also stayed involved with Assistance Dogs through fostering a dog-in-training and volunteering her occupational therapy skills during team training and consumer consultations.
In the summer of 2016, Anna began working as Assistance Dogs’s Training and Kennel Manager. It is a position that brings her great joy and fulfillment as it allows her to combine two of her passions: serving others and working with animals.