OT Entrepreneur Spotlight: Cami Culwell OTR/L and Founder of Clinitote

Cami has been a true pleasure to work with these past few months! Clinitote has inspired us since we were students, it has been a dream come true to feature their bag in our initial launch OT Objective Box! Below Cami give valuable insight on Occupational Therapy and running her company. We hope you enjoy the EKG bag and use it with pride and your exclusive discount code in your subscription box!

What led you to pursue Occupational Therapy as a career?

I originally wanted to pursue a career in psychology. However, my junior year of college, I heard about this really cool career called occupational therapy. I didn’t know anything about it so I decided to shadow an OT who was working in pediatrics, and I absolutely fell in love with it from that day forward.

What is your favorite thing about being an Occupational Therapist?

My favorite thing about being an OT is the close relationships you develop with your clients. We get to be up close and personal, sharing our clients’ tears of happiness when they‘ve reached one of their goals or tears of heartbreak when they feel that they aren’t progressing as they should be. To me, it is such a privilege to work with people when they are at their most vulnerable.

What settings and populations do you have experience working with?

I have worked with adults in the hospital, nursing home, and home health settings.

What sparked your idea for Clinitote?

I was working at a large skilled nursing facility, and I struggled to keep my clinical tools organized and to manage the demands of productivity. I found that the medical bags on the market lacked organized pockets for clinical tools, occupied too much space, and just didn’t look good! This inspired me to create Clinitote.

Explain what Clinitote is for those who don’t know!

Clinitote is a high quality medical bag company. Currently we have five different bags on the market that were created with clinicians and those working in the medical field in mind. You can buy our products on our website www.clinitote.com.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for over three years now.

What is one long term goal you have for your business?

My goal with Clinitote is to become the go-to clinical bag for clinicians. I hope that our business continues to grow and that our products continue to help make clinicians lives a little bit easier

What is the most challenging thing about running your own business?

The most challenging thing about being the sole owner of my business is that I am not only the owner but the marketing person, the accountant, the salesperson, etc. and managing all of the different roles can be stressful and time consuming at times.

What is the most rewarding thing about running your own business?

The most rewarding thing about running my own business is the freedom that comes with that. I don’t just mean freedom of making your own decisions and hours but mostly the creative freedom of creating something that people (hopefully) love.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I usually work 3-4 days/week at a large hospital which leaves the other days for me to focus on my business. No matter how busy my work schedule gets, I always make time for my family, swimming, and my meditation practice which help to keep me sane.

What advice do you have for Occupational Therapy Students or New Grads?

My best advice for OT students and new grads is to be kind yourself. You are not going to know everything and will most likely make mistakes along the way. This is ok and it’s important to show yourself the same patience, compassion and kindness that you show to your clients and their families.

Website: www.clinitote.com
Facebook: Clinitote
IG: @clinitote_