Dr. Mallory Ratliff has always liked the idea of helping people.
That was a big reason she enrolled in the Human Services program at Big Sandy Community
and Technical College (BSCTC) in 2003.
I was fortunate growing up to not have many obstacles, said Dr. Ratliff. I guess I
lived a sheltered life, and the Human Services program helped me find my passion for
people; how to understand problems and circumstances; how to show empathy; and how
to place myself or even walk in someone elses shoes.
Dr. Ratliff completed her Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services in
May 2005. She dabbled with the idea of becoming a social worker, however, when she
was exploring careers she fell in love with occupational therapy.
The idea of being in the medical field was compelling, especially in an area where
I could use my skills in connecting and helping people, said Dr. Ratliff. She completed
her Associate in Science degree in December 2005 and transferred to Eastern Kentucky
University, where she earned a baccalaureate degree in Psychology and her masters
and doctorate degrees in Occupational Therapy.
It was surreal walking across the stage earlier this year with her doctorate degree,
It was a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of people that helped me along
the way, she added. So many people played a part in this dream coming true.
One of those people was Tammy Ball, LCSW, professor and coordinator of the Human Services
program. How Ball and Dr. Ratliff reconnected was unique.
I got a random message from [Mallory] and I remembered the name immediately, Ball
recalled. She wrote me the nicest and most sincere message about how our program helped
her get to where she is today.
Dr. Ratliff said Ball opened my eyes to the world of helping people and demonstrated
how doing this type of work can, in turn, impact our lives.
Ball said Dr. Ratliffs path proves that through hard work and dedication, anything
Her passion for the possible has taken her in several directions, but the most important
factor is the way she is giving back to her community, said Ball. I think thats what
we all strive for in life.
Dr. Ratliff, who resides in Elkhorn City, currently works for the Pike County School
System. She is also a Certified Lactation Specialist and offers local breastfeeding
support services with East Kentucky Womens Care Collective.