Elizabeth Fain - Ed.D, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy Program / Assistant Dean of Applied Health Science
Dr. Elizabeth Fain “Beth” is the Occupational Therapy Program Director at Pfeiffer University. Her education to become an occupational therapist began at the Medical College of Georgia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1981. From there she attended the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989 earning a Masters of Health Science and later attending the University of St. Augustine in 2009 earning a Doctorate in Education. She has extensive clinical practice in diverse settings over the lifespan. Dr. Fain is passionate about occupational therapy and academia demonstrated through her many accolades, awards for teaching, and research. However, her primary mission is to advance the future of the profession through higher-order thinking (HOT) education, service, and scholarly projects.
Dr. Fain is married to Scotty Auld and has a dog named Princess Katie. In her spare time, she has trained multiple therapy dogs for utilization in occupational therapy practice and at home. In addition, she has participated in several international trips advancing the profession of occupational therapy.
Susan Blair - OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, BCG
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor
Dr. Blair has practiced occupational therapy for over 33 years in a multitude of settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, home health, skilled nursing, and assisted living. Much of her 33+ years of experience was spent as the system float OT and OT clinical educator for Novant Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Her area of expertise is frailty prevention and helping older adults age well. Susan maintains AOTA Board Certification in both Physical Rehabilitation and Gerontology. She is a requested national-level presenter, published author and has collaborated on clinical research with several academic OT programs. Susan has completed evidence-based research with older adults in both rural and urban areas to determine whether perceptions of frailty change with community education by Occupational Therapy. She is an Assistant Professor and the Capstone coordinator for Pfeiffer University’s Occupational Therapy MSOT program.
Susan lives with her husband, Grant in Clemmons. They have two grown sons, one in Colorado and the other finishing at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. They enjoy camping in the RV and exploring new places. Susan was born in England and came to the US on a sailboat when she was 14!