Occupational therapists assess and treat a patient's physical and mental skills to help them develop the "skills for the job of living".
Occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants work with people of all ages to gain the skills that are needed for independent and satisfying lives. A certified occupational therapy assistant/licensed (COTA/L) works under the supervision of an occupational therapist registered/licensed (OTR/L).
CMH occupational therapy provides services for inpatients, outpatients, home health patients, long term care residents, and infant toddlers with a physician referral.
Common diagnoses occupational therapy sees:
Spinal cord injuries
Repetitive use injuries, tendonitis
Degenerative chronic conditions
Heart disease / surgery
Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) - skills that everyone needs to complete the job of living such as bathing, dressing, homemaking, mobility, leisure and play.
Fine motor skills - activities such as eating, writing, and buttoning
Hand therapy - range of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, scar management, and splinting to gain function.
Wheelchair positioning - evaluation of the chair and individual for proper fit and comfort, use in environment, and safely.
Ergonomics - evaluating job or hobby and how the work is done to have good positioning to avoid injury or re-injury.
Children's rehabilitation - age appropriate assessment and treatment activities are used to promote function.
Cognitive skills - assessment and development of strategies for memory, problems, problem solving, and sequencing.
Occupational Therapy staff:
Colette Ottens, OTR/L
- Colette graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 1992. She started the occupational therapy department at CMH in 1996. She enjoys the wide variety of patients she sees at CMH, and has a particular interest in hand therapy.
Rachel Feldkamp, OTR/L
- Rachel graduated from University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS in 2010. She started working for Crist & Pieschl Rehabilitation in September 2015. Her interests include pediatrics and autism.
Brandon Goeckel, OTR/L
- Brandon graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS in 2016. He started with Crist & Pieschl Rehabilitation in June 2017.
Rachel Bishop, COTA/L
- Rachel graduated from Central Community College in Grand Island, NE in 2019. She started working for Crist & Pieschl Rehab in May 2019. She likes all aspects of occupational therapy but really enjoys pediatrics.
For more information, please contact Colette Ottens at (785)562-4482.