Jemma Bohlar Class of 2019
Jemma Bohlar is a second-year occupational therapy student. She was born and raised in Sweeny, Texas. She attended Texas A&M-College Station right out of high school and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a math and science emphasis upon graduation she became a certified teacher for the EC-8th grade.
She became interested in becoming an occupational therapist while attending Texas A&M. “My pawpaw had a traumatic fall that severely injured his dominant hand. He had a hard time coming to terms that he could no longer do all the functions he had been doing his whole life. This is when I learned that an occupational therapist could improve his quality of life,” she said.
The reason she chose UT Health San Antonio was because of the professors. After attending the annual open house for the occupational therapy program, she got a chance to meet with the professors and hear the current students’ opinion of them and that is when she knew she would do well here because the instructors are so passionate, intelligent and caring.
After graduation, she is planning on working in a pediatric setting until she can get certify in neonatal therapy. “However, as I get more experience through the program, I become more open to other opportunities within the field of occupational therapy,” she said.
Outside of school, she enjoys walking her Great Dane named Cain with her classmates and their dogs. She also likes to wake surfing, traveling to other countries, watching Fighting Texas Aggie football and trying new restaurants.