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December 14, 2012

Paul Fontana Given Lindy Boggs Award of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Paul Fontana of Lafayette, LA has been given the Lindy Boggs Award of the American  Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA®).  The Lindy Boggs Award honors a member of AOTA who promotes occupational therapy in the political arena by increasing recognition of occupational therapy in federal or state legislation, regulations, or policies or by increasing appreciation and understanding of occupational therapy by elected or appointed officials. 

Paul, a native of Abbeville and a 1976 graduate of the LSU School of Allied Health Professions is President and Owner of The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. which has offices in Lafayette, LA and Houston TX.  Before returning to his home state in 1986, Paul lived in Augusta, GA where he worked in the VA Hospital and was an adjunct professor at the Medical College of GA.  He also lived in Merrillville, IN for several years where he worked as the Director of Occupational Therapy for a large company that managed allied health services for several hospitals, rehab centers and nursing homes over an 8 state region. Paul has served in several leadership positions in the GA, IN and LA state occupational therapy associations, as well as several positions of leadership at the national level. 

Since the award’s inception in 1982, twenty-six occupational therapists have received the Lindy Boggs Award.

About AOTA
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA®) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.   



May 5, 2007


During the 2007 Annual Conference of the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association (LOTA) in New Orleans, Paul A. Fontana, OTR, FAOTA was bestowed the Award of Merit by the state Association. The award was given to Paul for "his years of leadership to the advancement of the state�s Occupational Therapy Association and the profession of Occupational Therapy, not only within the state but nationally as well. Paul has been an innovative leader in advancing the profession in the areas of work programs with business and industry. He has been an educator both within the state through his work with LSU and the state association as well as across the country through teaching courses on ergonomics, injury prevention and return to work programs. Paul has served the LOTA as President and Vice President as well as a mentor to many within the state.



April 23, 2007


Paul A. Fontana, OTR, FAOTA has just been elected to the Board of Directors for AOTA and was sworn in as a new board member at the recent AOTA conference in St Louis, Missouri. Paul recently attended a meeting in Washington DC as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Board of Directors. As part of his role as a member of the executive board of the association, Paul had the opportunity to attend the President�s dinner as well as meet with members of the Louisiana Congressional and Senatorial Delegation. Paul met with Senator David Vitter and Congressman Bobby Jindal in regards to legislation on health care initiatives, the older driver initiative and low vision issues affecting older Americans. During his visit to Capitol Hill, Paul also had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Jim McCreary (R � Shreveport), Charles Boustany (R � Lafayette) and Charles Melancon (D � Franklin).



January 9, 2007


Paul A. Fontana O.T. FAOTA has recently been awarded two service commendations from The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc. (AOTA). The first commendation was for serving as Chairman and Director of Region III for the AOTA Political Action Committee, for seven years, between 01/01/1999 and 12/31/2006. The second was for being a Member of the Work and Industry Ad Hoc Workgroup for 2006.



JJanuary 4, 2007


Paul A. Fontana, OTR, FAOTA has been appointed to the Lafayette City-Parish  President's Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities.  City-Parish President, Joey Durel, selected Paul for his "experience working with individuals with disabilities as well as for his expertise with the Americans with Disabilities  Act."  The committee serves as a liason between the City-Parish President's office and the disabled residents of the community.  



June 4, 2005

At the Louisiana Transport Association Annual Banquet, Dupre'  Transport was awarded the Overall Grand Champion Award as the safest transportation and logistics company in the state of Louisiana for 2004. Dupre' produced the best safety results of all carriers. Paving the way for this top overall award was Dupre's accomplishments in these categories.

  • ABL Package Fleet took 1st place in the General Commodity Division 1-5 million mile class
  • Site Logistics Services took 1st Place in the Local Delivery Division 1-5 million mile class
  • Tank Group took 1st place in the Tank Division 5-10 million mile class

In addition, Dupre' has also received numerous safety award recognitions for safety performance in 2004 from the Truckload Carriers Association, National Tank Carriers and the National Safety Council.

Al LaCombe, Director of Safety represented Dupre' in accepting the awards. LaCombe said, "Our professional drivers, the operations leadership, the commitment of our ownership, and the safety department all work together to make this possible."

Congratulations Dupre' Transport! The Fontana Center is happy to be a part of your safety team. Click here to see Al LaCombe's testimonail about our services.


May 14, 2005

Paul Fontana of Lafayette, Louisiana, owner of The Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc. at The Fontana Center, recently received the American Occupational Therapy Association (A.O.T.A.) Roster of Fellows Award at the 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, California.


The Roster of Fellows recognizes members of A.O.T.A., who with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association.


The award presented to Mr. Fontana included recognition for his contributions as an Occupational Therapist, Entrepreneur, Ergonomist, and Political Activist. This is one of the highest honors bestowed an A.O.T.A. member.