Nicole Tester, PhD, MOT, OTR/L

Nicole Tester, PhDOccupational Therapist – UF Health Rehab

Nicole joined UF Health Rehab as an occupational therapist at the University of Florida’s Movement Disorders Clinic in 2017.  She conducts evaluations and provides treatment for a variety of movement and neuromuscular disorder diagnoses.  She is the lead occupational therapist on the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Team and has made substantial contributions to the program development of their Center’s MS Fatigue Clinic.  She also has been instrumental in developing community resources such as the Gainesville Exercise Group for MS (GEMS).

Nicole Tester graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from Millikin University in Decatur, IL.  Following her Bachelor’s degree, Nicole received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in 2006.  Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Nicole worked at the Malcom Randall VAMC and held an adjunct position in UF’s Department of Physical Therapy.  She had private and federal grants from a variety of different agencies that provided her laboratory with funding to conduct clinical research in spinal cord injury.  She focused on developing novel rehabilitation strategies to promote neuroplasticity and functional recovery of breathing and walking.   She then obtained her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 2016.  She was 1 of 4 students recognized nationally with the highest award granted by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.