Dr. Nathan B. Herz
Dr. Nathan B. Herz earned his doctor of occupational therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and his master of business administration from Averett University in Danville, VA., As well as his Baccalaureate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1990. He began his career in the military (Army) as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in 1981.
During the past 40 years Dr. Herz, has held numerous positions in private practice and served on the faculty of institutions with respected occupational therapy programs. Currently, he is the new Founding Chair of the Presbyterian College Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, Clinton, South Carolina. Before coming to Presbyterian College, he was serving as the OTD Online Program Director for South University. Prior to working at South University he was the Founding Director and Professor at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Entry Level OTD program in which he created an inter-professional curriculum with both Physical Therapy and the Physician’s Assistant programs which has been recognized as an innovative entry-level program.
Clinically, he has extensive experience in orthopedic and industrial injuries as well as a specialty in degenerative neurological diseases and continues his research career at Augusta University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology in both Movement Disorders and memory care. He has served as the clinical occupational therapist in the Augusta University Centers for Excellence for both Movement Disorders and ALS clinics. He has been an ergonomic consultant to the university faculty and staff, as well as for regional industry. Herz is also recognized as an invited national speaker in the area of Parkinson’s disease and occupational therapy.
He served as associate professor and program director at Augusta University (formerly Georgia Health Sciences University) Occupational Therapy Program, where he treated clients in the Movement Disorder Clinic and devised unique therapeutic strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease using the Wii/Wii fit and Kinect gaming systems for which he has received funded research projects. He has lectured on using virtual reality and gaming as a therapeutic intervention in rehabilitation nationally and internationally.
Herz has also been the treasurer for the American Occupational Therapy Association. He previously served that organization as research and educational liaison for the administration and management special interest section as well as an annual conference reviewer for the last 10 years. He has been a reviewer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the state of Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund and also the state of Maine, Maine Development Loan Competition, both related to technology and rehabilitation. Currently, he serves the profession as an ACOTE Accreditation Evaluator.
He has been on various community boards as well as foundations. He has been on the Columbia Area Parkinson Support Group Board as well as the AbleGamers Foundation as Vice-President from 2010 to 2012 and he served on the Games for Health Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2009-2011. Dr. Herz has been involved with Parkinson’s Disease and the support groups since he came to Augusta University in 2004. Prior to returning to South Carolina, he was speaking throughout the state of Virginia as well as facilitating the Fishersville Parkinson’s Support Group and having many speaking engagements at local and regional symposia.
Dr. Herz is also active with his wife in the area of philanthropy and is involved with the Augusta Ballet, Players, and Symphony. He also coaches the Wardlaw Academy Patriots Sporting Clays team and is a competition shooter himself being named to the Virginia State Sporting Clays Team in 1997. He is married to Paula Jackson Herz and they have a Daughter Sophia who is 9. They currently reside in the Edgefield/Trenton Area of South Carolina.