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:
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.
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.
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