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Occupational Therapy

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
Joint replacements
Learning disabilities
Vision problems
Head injuries
Degenerative chronic conditions
Heart disease / surgery
Lung disease
Work injuries
Pediatric Development

Services include:
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:

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.

Megan Jones, COTA - Megan graduated from Washburn University with COTA degrees. She lives in Waterville, KS.

Nichole Lower, OTR/L - Nichole graduated from Rockhurst University with her Masters of Occupational Therapy. She grew up near Greenleaf, KS. She started working full time for Crist & Pieschl in August of 2022. She lives in Marysville with her husband, Andrew.

For more information, please contact our rehab office at (785)562-4480.


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