Smith has been an occupational therapist for 18 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Milligan University, a master of science in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University and an occupational therapy doctorate from the University of St. Augustine.
Prior to teaching at Milligan, Jil had her own private practice working primarily with adults with intellectual disabilities. She has also worked as a staff occupational therapist at Greene Valley Developmental Center in Tennessee. Before becoming an occupational therapist, Smith held a variety of positions in the field of mental health including counselor, social worker and case manager.
She enjoys teaching the fun classes in the Milligan occupational therapy program including Play and Leisure, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy I and II, Foundations and Professional Development. She also enjoys providing occupational therapy services on her own and with her students to underserved programs in the area including the Crumley House Brain Rehabilitation Center in Limestone, Dawn of Hope and Adult Day Services in Johnson City. Finding new community based opportunities for students is one of her ongoing projects.
Smith retired in August 2020 but continues to teach as an adjunct.
Topics of Expertise: Creativity and Creative Thinking, Community-Based Practice and Program Development, Cognitive and Neurological Disorders, Complementary Health and Wellness Practices, Animal Assisted Therapy and Expressive Arts