David Benthall, MS, OTR/L, is a 2011 graduate of our program and is a recipient of the 2011 R.I.S.E award. David has a passion for working with older-adult clients in their homes and communities and has worked in clinical practice areas including home health, hospice, skilled nursing, and primary care. David currently works at the Durham VA Medical Center in an interdisciplinary, home-based, primary care team supporting veterans’ to age in place.
As a clinician, David has embraced his role as a servant leader. He has served on the Board of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association as Gerontology SIS co-chair (2013-2017) and has also been a co-leader of the Triangle Gerontology OT Community (2011-2018). In 2015, David participated in the AOTA Emerging Leadership Development Program and has been a speaker at both NCOTA and AOTA conferences on topics related to older adult practice. He has published articles and textbook chapter content related to OT geriatric practice on topics including occupational therapy and end-of-life care, chronic disease self-management, and expanding occupational therapy’s role in primary care teams. David was the recipient of the 2013 NCOTA NOVA Award and is now serves as the North Carolina Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly. David is a lifelong Tar Heel and is excited to return to his alma mater as an adjunct faculty member.