Governor appoints Oakhurst woman to state board

Laura Hayth, 61, of Oakhurst, has been appointed to the California Board of Occupational Therapy by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Hayth has been an area vice president at Aegis Therapies since 2012, and a freelance writer since 2001. She was compliance resource and lead investigator at Ensign Group from 2011 to 2012, where she was a director of rehabilitation from 2007 to 2011.

Hayth was a rehabilitation program manager at People First Rehabilitation from 2001 to 2007 and a case manager at the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Retardation Board from 2000 to 2001.

A member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Hayth earned a Doctor of Spiritual Studies degree from the Emerson Theological Institute of Oakhurst.

She is the author of “Integrating Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: A Practical Guide.” The book is a hands-on, evidence-based, guide to integrating spirituality into treatment, and a call to action for therapists and other health care providers to realize a greater purpose and join the forefront of the wellness revolution.

“The book inspires health care providers to learn the practical skills they need to make the world a better place, one patient at a time,” Hayth said.

She said she is honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve her profession through the appointment by Gov. Brown.

“I am humbled, but also proud to be part of the California Board of Occupational Therapy,” Hayth said. “I am really looking forward to working with the board and learning how I can help the profession in whatever way possible.”

- Staff Report