Dr. Wanka joined Elmhurst College after teaching at a master of occupational therapy and post-professional occupational therapy doctoral degree program. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Her expertise includes working with adults in all areas of acute care and as a pediatric occupational therapist working with children across several areas of practice including early intervention, school therapy and private practice.
Dr. Wanka earned her Post-Professional Doctoral Degree and her Master of Occupational Therapy Degree from Governors State University. Her scholarly activities focus on research related to cultural factors that influence child and family centered care.