Ep. 46 – Starting Travel Therapy During COVID as a New Grad - Katelyn Byrne, MS, OTR/L

September 20, 2021

On this packed episode, we spoke with a travel OT about her experience starting travel therapy as a new grad during the COVID pandemic. Special guest, Katelyn Byrne, MS, OTR/L, told some incredible and exciting stories, detailing the journey to her first assignment, starting at a new facility during the height of COVID, road tripping through a snowstorm to South Dakota, and more.

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Show introduction and Katelyn’s career background
  • (10:48) Applying for travel therapy vs. permanent jobs
  • (15:26) Katelyn’s journey to her first assignment
  • (16:47) Securing housing for your first travel assignment
  • (22:29) Travel therapy in a remote location
  • (26:07) Starting at a new facility during COVID
  • (36:16) Finding a new assignment as a couple 
  • (43:57) Road tripping to South Dakota
  • (1:00:12) Evaluating the travel therapy experience

About Katelyn Byrne, MS, OTR/L

Katelyn is originally from North Alabama, received her bachelor’s from Auburn University and her master’s in occupational therapy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Katelyn discovered travel therapy in pursuit of her first OT job after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her experience includes 3 SNF assignments in TX, SD, and CA. She has a passion for the outdoors, photography, and healthy living. Travel therapy has fueled not only the development of those passions but her insight and skillset as a young professional. To keep up with Katelyn’s travel therapy adventures, make sure to follow her on Instagram!

About the Show

Producer - Jonathan Cary
Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay
Music & Editing - Aidan Dykes

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