Jennifer White is an instructor and doctoral candidate with the Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Following a workshop given by our Teaching Commons, Jennifer was referred to our department by Carol Washburn. Jennifer expressed a general interest in 3D printing, and after some discussion and research we found that there is some potential for creating custom sized splints for hand and wrist injuries.
Normal splinting methods require the use of proprietary and expensive materials, create a lot of waste, and cannot be recycled or reused once the injury is healed. By contrast, printed splints use common and inexpensive plastics and can be recycled or allowed to biodegrade once they are no longer needed. We are working with Jennifer to determine the best materials to use, and the practicality of replacing at least some traditionally made splints with these new printed parts.
Jennifer has 15+ years of clinical experience in occupation-based inpatient rehabilitation and acute care services. Her expertise is in the development and management of early mobilization programs for clients requiring intensive care services. Her scholarly interests include clinical education and development of community-based occupational therapy services for underserved populations.