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 the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor 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!
Crystal Gaddy - OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Crystal Gaddy entered the field of occupational therapy, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2003. She has practiced occupational therapy for over 16 years in various settings, including acute care, inpatient behavioral & mental health, skilled nursing, outpatient adult and pediatrics, and school systems. Half of those 16+ years were dedicated to working with pediatric students, 3-21 years of age, addressing developmental growth throughout that lifespan. In 2015, Dr. Gaddy continued her education, receiving in 2019 a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and Certificate in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Crystal has presented and actively advocates on regional and state levels with North Carolina’s Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA), focusing on evidence-based research within pediatrics, healthcare ethics, and interprofessional education and practice. Research completed includes addressing the occupations of school-age children, with a focus on occupational therapy’s role in identifying how school and classroom participation is important for children. She is an Assistant Professor for Pfeiffer University’s Occupational Therapy MSOT program.
Crystal is a North Carolina native, born in Fayetteville. She is currently relocating from Greenville, NC, to Concord with her husband, Marek, and three wonderful children, Maison, Maliyah, & Christian. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing games, traveling, and dancing. She is also an active member of her church and enjoys serving and ministering within membership care services.