Occupational therapy breaks down daily tasks - tasks we all take for granted such as:
- Eating a meal
- Getting dressed
- Using the bathroom
- Brushing your hair
We take the patient through the task step by step in order to build these skills back again to gain independence.
Occupational therapists require licensing and registration both nationally and statewide to practice. We go through extensive education and training on clinical patient care with specialty options such as burn recovery, neurosciences, cardiac rehab, hand therapy, pediatric rehab, neonatal, ICU rehabilitation initiation and mental health.
Occupational Therapy for every age and recovery phase
Our service can be offered to all ages - from newborns through the elderly population. It can be implemented in just about any phase of a patient's treatment – from their bed in the ICU to inpatient rehabilitation facilities to the comfort of their home.
We fabricate or provide a patient with custom equipment needs such as custom upper extremity splints, specialized adaptive feeding equipment, home equipment for showering or toileting needs and more.
Our department does its best to foster a multi-disciplinary approach by coordinating care with other allied staff (including physical therapy and speech therapy), physicians and discharge planning services. Occupational therapy is proud to offer such services, providing "skills for the job of living."
We help make things possible!
A reason to celebrate OT
April is National Occupational Therapy Month – time to share our passion for our profession and help educate about our role!
Here at Community Medical Centers we have an environment which fosters the individual care and attention each of our patients need and deserve. As our department grows we look forward to collaborating more with our healthcare colleagues to build our patient's lives together again!
So, have you met an occupational therapist lately? We are NOT physical therapists nor are we nurses. Just ask us about OT and we’d love to chat about it.
Meet Our Occupational Therapists
(LEFT): Carlos Villareal, OT Rehab Aide; Casey Rusko, OT; Tom Giddings, OT; Amanda Trejo, OT; Rachel Mayu, OT; Shaina Talbot, OT; Linda Puentes, COTA.
Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center
(MIDDLE): Ali Wiggam, OT; Donna Stevenson, OT; Veronica Rodriguez, OT; Sheila Mitchell , OT; Jonathan Koop, OT; Meghan Kroll, OT
(RIGHT): Calvin Ng, OT
Community Outpatient Rehab Services
(BOTTOM): Charles Laurente, OT; Julie Evans, OT; Clint Yada, OT
- The Community Occupational Therapy Team