occupational therapist resume example with 16+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Skilled Occupational Therapist and Clinical Liaison with hands on experience in various clinical settings including acute care, outpatient, and home based therapy. Energetic team player, experience working in high volume medical practice environment. Strong knowledge of medical terminology and prescriptions for a wide range of treatments. Adept at assessing new patients, process management, customer service, and communication. Over 16 years of experience working with patients with various neurological and orthopedic conditions including but not limited to Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebrovascular Accident, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Limb Amputation, Corticobasal Degeneration, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, TKA, and THA.

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • EMR Systems
  • Knowledge of Community Services and Programs
  • Risk Management Assessments
  • Vital Statistics Documentation
  • Medical History Documentation
  • Care Plan
  • Patient Needs Assessment and Referral
  • Patient Safety
  • Benefits Explanation
University of New Hampshire Durham, NH Expected in 09/2005 Master of Science : Occupational Therapy - GPA :
University of New Hampshire Durham, NH Expected in 05/2004 Bachelor of Science : Occupational Therapy - GPA :
  • OTR - Occupational Therapist Registered, NBCOT; Issued by the National Board of Occupational Therapy; Expires March 2025
  • Licensed OTR/L, Issued by the PA Department of State, Expires 2023
  • LSVT Certifications for Patient's with Parkinson's Disease, 2017
  • CPR and AED for Professional Rescuers, Expires 12/9/2023
  • Rock Steady Boxing Certification for Parkinson's Disease, 2020
Work History
Banner Health - Occupational Therapist
Chandler, AZ, 01/2017 - Current
  • Evaluate patients condition, histories, and goals
  • Assist with staff onboarding, including interviewing, training, and mentoring new staff members
  • Follow documentation protocols to safeguard confidentiality of patient records
  • Taught patients and families to use at home medical equipment
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams daily, including insurance companies, physician offices, equipment vendors, physical therapists, speech therapists, and patient family members
  • Work with patients with neurological conditions including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and cerebrovascular accident; ascertain issues and make referrals to appropriate specialists
  • Organize patient records in electronic medical record system to facilitate storage and retrieval
  • Offer simple, clear explanations to help patients and their families understand their diagnosis, therapy policies, and procedures
  • Verify insurance coverage for patients worked with to schedule therapy visits and procure medical equipment
  • Demonstrate respect, friendliness, flexibility, and willingness to help whenever needed
  • Performed duties in accordance with applicable standards, policies, and regulatory guidelines to promote safe working environment and patient safety
  • Certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach for patients with Parkinson's Disease to develop high intensity exercise and balance/agility classes with up to 20 attendees per class
Banner Health - Occupational Therapist
Mesa, AZ, 05/2013 - 01/2017
  • Served in hybrid role, delivering acute inpatient rehabilitation for patients in their 148 bed facility, or outpatient rehabilitations services for 5-6 patients daily following cerebrovascular accident, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or mild traumatic brain injury
  • Administered vision and cognitive assessments to collect and analyze data following traumatic brain injury (concussion)
  • Used critical thinking to break down problems, evaluate solutions and make decisions to guide treatment and procurement of equipment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, corticobasal degeneration, and muscular dystrophy
  • Collaborated with pediatrics and adults to limit overstimulation and cognitive activity in early phases of concussion (including TV, texting, video games, homework or reading).
  • Encouraged pediatrics and adults to gradually resume school/work, initially attending partial or half-days, even if they continue to experience some mild symptoms of concussion
  • Developed temporary, symptom-specific accommodations and/or supports recommended to facilitate successful return to school/work following concussion
  • Collaborated with students, their families, and teachers to coordinate gradual completion of make up assignments and new learning
  • In cases of long term recovery, for students with concussion symptoms lasting 6 months to a year, collaborated with MD to provide detailed recommendations for environmental adaptations, temporary curriculum modifications, and behavioral strategies for students.
  • Quickly learned new skills and applied them to daily tasks, improving efficiency and productivity
  • Recommended equipment to use in home to maximize opportunities and wellness
  • Determined best treatment plans to meet objectives for school, work, and home life for patients with mild traumatic brain injury/concussion
  • Consulted with direct care staff to implement best methods to achieve therapy goals
Banner Health - Occupational Therapist
Sun City, AZ, 04/2011 - 05/2013
  • Treated 6-8 residents daily living at large retirement facility, Rose Tree Place, containing studio apartments, two bedroom suits, and locked memory care unit
  • Collaborated with cross functional teams including executive director, clinical, and non-clinical staff to discuss issues, improve customer satisfaction, and develop programs to deliver quality assurance with residents within building
  • Screened residents for fall risk; implemented fall/incident prevention program to minimize resident admission to hospital
  • Built strong referral networks to increase number of patients on caseload and generate revenue
  • Clinical instructor for two twelve week affiliations for transition of two students to entry level therapists
  • Led monthly Watermark University Series, marketing topics to engage resident participation in wellness lectures, exercise classes, and other leisure activities
  • Established rapport and relationships with residents and their families, monitoring functional and medical status to develop future plans for safe aging in place
  • Reviewed medical charts and served as liaison between resident, doctor, and facility
  • Encouraged residents and families to schedule recommended tests and procedures for changes in mental status, blood pressure, heart rate, and/or memory loss
Banner Health - Occupational Therapist
Glendale, AZ, 09/2005 - 04/2011
  • Designated senior therapist at 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services for 5-6 patients on all three units including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and general rehabilitation (patients with orthopedic injuries and limb amputation)
  • Collaborated with cross-functional members of an interdisciplinary team to deliver, oversee, plan, and coordinate airway management (for patients dependent on ventilators for respiration), quality assurance, neurogenic bowel & bladder plans, wound care, behavior management plans, procurement of medically necessary equipment, and ultimately project discharge
  • Measured effectiveness with team and implemented recommendations for long term improvement (for example, service recovery/role out Press Ganey patient surveys; implementation of strategic sitting protocols for patients following skin graft/flap surgery)
  • Led educational labs for physical therapy students at Drexel University outlining basic to advanced medical equipment used for patients complex deficits
  • Clinical instructor for two occupational therapy students for their twelve week affiliations for successful transition to entry level therapist
  • Maintained inventory of adapted equipment and other rehab supplies for sufficient use in three therapy gyms
  • Coordinated and ran daily groups with 5-10 patients per group for education about diagnosis, complications, nutrition, return to driving, stroke prevention, bowel and bladder programs, pressure sores, peer mentorship, and sex function
  • Delivered excellent patient experiences and direct care
  • Worked flexible hours; weekends and holidays
  • Performed duties in accordance with applicable standards, policies, and regulatory guidelines to promote safe working environment (OSHA Safety Standards)
  • Proved successful working within tight deadlines in fast based atmosphere
  • Maintained high energy and enthusiasm in fast paced environment
  • Completed documentation of care and patient activities
  • Reviewed medical charts and participated in internal chart audits to prepare for external chart audits to ensure revenue obtained for hospital
  • Met with patients and families to discuss care and plant of action for future/discharge home
  • Connected patients with available community resources and peer mentor groups

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  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of New Hampshire

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