My professional background includes occupational therapy and education. I currently work as a physical disabilities clinician in acute care rehabilitation. Within occupational therapy, I have worked as a clinician or an administrator in an inpatient psychiatric ward, a state hospital, a home health agency, a day treatment program, and inpatient acute care rehabilitation.
Occupational Therapist, Acute Care Rehabilitation, 10/1996 to 04/2013 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Portland, OR I provide assessment, treatment and discharge recommendation for patients with a variety of medical post surgical conditions.
Occupational Therapist (Flex Staff) Acute Care Rehabilitation, 10/1996 to 12/2012 Oregon Health Sciences University – Portland, OR Occupational therapist in an acute care hospital providing assessment, treatment and discharge recommendations for patients with traumatic injuries, surgeries, neurological or general medical illnesses.
Occupational Therapist, Home Health Agency, 11/1990 to 03/1992 Staff Builders – Portland, OR Clients with a variety of physical disabilities were provided occupational therapy to maximize the client's level of function towards independence. I provided rehabilitation therapies, home evaluations, adaptive equipment, and training and support for caregivers. I communicated recommendations for other treatment strategies and resources to enable the client to live safely at the least restrictive level of care.
Occupational Therapist, Day Treatment Program, 03/1989 to 11/1996 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Portland, OR Occupational therapist on an interdisciplinary treatment team providing psychosocial rehabilitation to 160 clients in a day treatment program. I provided case management for 35 clients, evaluated complex clients to determine baseline levels of functioning, and provided individual counseling, goal setting, and monitoring of the effectiveness of the client's community support network.
Occupational Therapy Program Manager, 02/1987 to 04/1989 Dammasch State Hospital – Wilsonville, OR The program at Dammasch had a primary treatment therapist model and work division offering a Sheltered Workshop, Patient Pay, and Pre-Work Training. As manager of the Occupational Therapy Department, I established O.T> program goals and treatment priorities for those programs. Duties included supervising 12 therapists, recruitment and staff development, and coordinating the student training program.
Occupational Therapist, Inpatient Psychiatry, 12/1984 to 03/1987 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Portland, OR Occupational therapist on an interdisciplinary treatment team for an acute inpatient psychiatric ward.
Master of Science: Occupational Therapy, 1985 San Jose State University - San Jose, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Education, 1973 Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ