Maryann Elizabeth Rinsch

Title: Occupational Therapist, Sensory Integration Therapist
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Maryann Rinsch, Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Therapist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of occupational therapy.

In preparation for her career, Ms. Rinsch attended the University of Minnesota, originally intending to pursue a major in nursing or home economics. At orientation, however, she encountered a student whose major was occupational therapy, which she had never heard of, and found that the field combined several of her interests. Ms. Rinsch changed her major and completed the occupational therapy program in five years, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1961, and following her graduation she was registered by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Early on in her career, she garnered experience as a member of the occupational therapy staff at Hastings State Hospital in Minnesota, then at both the Neuropsychiatric Institute and California Children’s Services in Los Angeles. Ms. Rinsch became a head occupational therapist at California Children’s Services in 1966, and in 1968, started as a researcher under Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the founder of sensory integration therapy, at the University of Southern California. She cites Dr. Ayres as a major professional mentor.

Throughout her career, Ms. Rinsch is most proud of her tenure at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She was given control of a newly-built occupational therapy facility on a preschool campus, and turned the portable trailer into a fully stocked, highly functional clinic. Ms. Rinsch served the district as a consultant from 1994 until 2001, additionally working on her own in private practice until 2010. She was licensed as an occupational therapist in the state of California in 2003. After retiring from her occupational therapy work, Ms. Rinsch worked as a secretary of the board for Wells Bring Hope, an organization which works to drill wells and bring clean water to West Africa from 2012 to 2018. She maintains memberships to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the California Occupational Therapy Association, and as a testament to her success, she was featured in the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America.

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