Dr. Lani Wandell earned a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Texas Health (UT Health). Driven by a commitment to continuous learning, she pursued a Post-Professional Doctoral degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Notably, during her doctoral studies, Dr. Wandell initiated a pain management program, demonstrating her dedication to raising awareness about alternative modalities within the field. Her exceptional dedication in this area was acknowledged with an awarded TTUHSC SHP CH Foundation Pain Science Scholarship, recognizing Dr. Wandell’s contributions to advancing pain management techniques.
Dr. Wandell’s commitment to providing holistic care is evident. As a bilingual Spanish speaker, she actively collaborates with students and healthcare teams, fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, while addressing the unique needs of populations.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Wandell garnered extensive experience as an inpatient and acute care therapist in broad scope working with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), stroke (CVAs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs), orthopedic conditions and many more. Her exposure to the medical field inspired her transition to her current role as a professor at KGI. Dr. Wandell’s goal is to apply her experiences to have a positive impact on Occupational Therapy education.
During her spare time, Lani enjoys taking walks with her husband, Adam, exploring new travel destinations, and creating memories with family.