Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy practitioners ask, “What matters to you?” not, “What’s the matter with you?”

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate  in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include  helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Our occupational therapy services are a vital component of our comprehensive Rehabilitation program.  They include consultation, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired. Intervention focuses on achieving independence in all aspects of life. Treatment identifies deficits that hinder function and make appropriate collections to enhance a person’s skills for the job of living.



  • Hand Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Endurance and Strength Training
  • Rehab for Neurological Conditions
  • Shoulder Acute and Chronic Pain (surgical/non-surgical
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Adaptive Equipment Recommendations and Usage Training
  • Treatment to Improve the Ability to Perform Daily Activities
  • Rehabilitation of Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiac and other Serious Chronic Conditions
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Parkinson’s Treatment
  • Repetitive Motion Disorders
  • Patient/Family Education, Prevention and Wellness
  • Drivers Screening
  • Home Safety and Functional Training and Evaluation

Ron Porter, OT

I’ve always enjoyed working closely with people and through occupational therapy, I get to do that almost every day.  It is rewarding to assist patients as they work through the challenges of regaining maximal independence and normalcy.

I earned my degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR in 1992. Areas of expertise include chronic neurological conditions, wrist and hand dysfunctions, functional electrical stimulation, and body mechanics.

I am a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Hobbies and interests include motorcycling, hiking, music, and mentorship.

Have Questions or Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

Call: 928-684-5529


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