Expertise DescriptionI have spent more than 5 years working as an Occupational Therapist. My areas of expertise include providing respiratory, developmental, rehabilitative and restorative services for patients; independently providing appropriate interventions to facilitate learning of skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity; and to restore or maximize independence in daily living. I am offering my services as an occupational therapy expert witness.
Areas of Expertise
I completed my clinical rotations working mainly with children who have neurological impairments, and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on the stroke floor working with an array of patients with traumatic brain injuries, neuro-oncology, orthopedic aftercare, epilepsy, SCI, general debility, and cardiac aftercare. Upon receiving my professional license, I began my career at a retirement community providing both inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services for 3 years, and currently work for a prominent Hospital, a sub-acute/SNF unit. Additionally, I became certified by Klose Training & Consulting as a Lymphedema Therapist, allowing me to proficiently provide Manual Lymph Drainage, Complete Decongestive Therapy, and lymphedema bandaging.
Throughout my career, my services require direct patient interventions, in addition to interaction and adaptive equipment/device training with the patient, family/caregiver, and nursing staff in order to provide appropriate and safety care during and after his or her hospital stay. I have been educated extensively on our scope of practice (which operating Hoyer lifts falls under) providing both training for families and nursing/caregiver staff, or simply using ourselves to participate in therapy, and have provided frequently throughout my career (which includes using the emergency lever). I currently work with 2 COTAs and I am required to provide a plan of care when evaluating a patient and may include goals related to a sit to stand Hoyer lift or being able to tolerate using a sit to stand Hoyer lift as a progression in therapy goals.
I had worked for 3 years at a retirement community which allowed me to experience all three levels of care (skilled, outpatient, and essentially home health). I would follow patients from skilled nursing care to their home setting. In the home setting, we were able to access their gym and relied on physical therapy for their recommendation on adaptive equipment for gait and community mobility. As an occupational therapist, we rely on the physical therapists notes and communication with the physical therapist to ensure good carryover between disciplines- no matter what setting.
|M.O.T.||Nova SouthEastern University|
|B.S.||Pre-Occupational Therapy||Purdue University|
License and certifications:
Certified Lymphedema Therapist (through Klose Training and Consulting)
Board Certified in Occupational Therapy for the state of IL
Basic Life Support (CPR)