Elena Wong Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Belmont University, School of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Espiritu currently serves as an Assistant Professor, teaching both in the masters and entry-level doctorate programs.  Prior to coming to Belmont, she worked for 10 years in the adult physical disabilities setting (acute care, inpatient acute rehabilitation and outpatient) both as a clinician and team coordinator.  Dr. Espiritu received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (1997), her MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (2003) and her post-professional occupational therapy doctorate with an emphasis in education and advanced clinical practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2012).  Based on her clinical experience, Dr. Espiritu recognizes the importance of a strong interdisciplinary team to provide the best care to patients for maximum participation in meaningful activities.  She believes that students cannot be trained in silos and then be expected to know how to effectively interact with other care team members once they enter the workforce; therefore, it’s important to provide these opportunities for hands-on practice during their professional program training in an intentional, guided environment.