April Doebert-Fischer, Carroll University faculty

April Doebert-Fischer

Director of Assessment / Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy / Curriculum Coordinator of Occupational Therapy Get Contact Info


Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Dr. April Doebert-Fischer has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for 8+ years.  She is NBCOT certified.  She has been teaching at Carroll University since 2016.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Doebert-Fischer worked as an Occupational Therapist in the area of Home Health and Skilled Nursing/ALF/CBRF.  She worked alongside and supervised two certified occupational therapy assistants to provide optimal patient care to her caseload.  She implemented a dementia caregiver program and assisted in fall reduction and rehospitalization programs.  She served on the shared governance committee to help institute changes within the facility.
Her current scholarly projects are focusing on dementia and caregiver training and self-responsibility in student learning.  She is also working on implementing IPE courses with other disciplines in the college of health sciences.
Courses Taught Medical Humanity Series OTH501, OTH504, OTH601; Occupations Across the Life Span OTH520, Fieldwork Level I OTH521 and OTH621, Interventions in Physical Dysfunction OTH565, Evaluation and Assessment OTH550, Supervision and Management OTH610


  • Mount Mary University, Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD), May 2018 
  • Concordia University, ​MOT, December 2010         
  • Concordia University, B.A. in Exercise Physiology, May 2007

Areas of Specialization

Geriatrics, Skilled Nursing, Home Health, Dementia 

Service to Carroll University and Profession

WOTA, AOTA member

What is your teaching style?

I like to embrace collaborative and group learning, provide autonomy support and make learning meaningful to occupational therapy and the student learner.

Why do you do what you do?

I teach because I cannot imagine doing anything else. I enjoy spending each day helping students unravel their uniqueness and knowledge in order to develop their personal skillset as future clinicians.  

How do you make learning engaging?

I use a variety of techniques and media to engage all learning styles.

What should students know about you?

I am very approachable and will always listen to student concerns.  I believe in lifelong learning and participation in the profession and use knowledge gained to teach the students the most up to date information in healthcare, the profession and treatment techniques.


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