Aishani Nalla is a second year graduate student studying Occupational Therapy at IONA College, and part of class of 2023. Aishani is originally from Rochester, NY but moved to Long Island during middle school and has lived there ever since. Through the Occupational Therapy Program on campus, Aishani learned about the Hynes Institute and the value of entrepreneurship in healthcare. She participated in the Idea Hack-A-Thon in Fall 2020 and won first place for her idea of how to keep college students connected to their campus with the COVID-19 pandemic. She also participated in the Idea Innovation Challenge along with some of her classmates and created the PocketArm! An adaptable reacher to promote independence among the geriatric population.
Since her first semester, Aishani has always been an advocate for her cohort and became the co-president for the newly established Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) club on campus as well as secretary of the SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association. Aishani has been no new member to leadership roles as she took on leadership roles even in her undergrad and even found time to raise a service dog her junior year.
Outside of school, Aishani works at a non-profit that serves people with disabilities as well as works with a student at IONA with Cerebral Palsy once a week. Her passions include playing sports, baking a treat and embracing nature. She also volunteers often in the community often advocating for the need for occupational therapy. You can usually find Aishani enjoying nature near the beach or going a hike when she wants a break from her busy schedule .
Member of the Dean Search Committee for the NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN IONA SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES at the new Bronxville campus in Fall 2022.
Hynes IIC 2021- Most resourceful award for the Pocketarm
- Along with her Occupational Therapy classmates developed a prototype for an adaptable 3 in one reacher to support the geriatric population.
Hynes Institute Idea Hack-a-Thon 1st place winner- Fall 2020
- Idea of campus programming during covid to connect students.
Raised and trained a black lab puppy named Kelp through Susquehanna Service Dogs in my undergraduate at Penn State
Penn State Panhellenic Dance Marathon 2015-2018 Rules and Regulations Team
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