I Love My Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants play vital roles in the world of complex rehab technology. I may be a bit biased, but I have been lucky enough to work and collaborate with some of the most phenomenal OTs in the world throughout my career. In fact many OTs I worked with in my first few years are still trusted colleagues who I speak with on a regular basis even though we work in different settings scattered all over the country.
Angie Kiger (far right) with three of her OT colleagues (Camille, Christina, and Amanda) taken 15 years ago. All four still speak regularly.
In honor of National Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, I reached out to a few OTs to ask them why they chose that career and what they love about the profession:
“I feel as though OT is not something that I necessarily chose but something that life really chose for me. You see I never wanted the accident I was in with my friend Jess in high school to define me. It wasn't until another high school friend was in an accident that I realized healthcare was the route I wanted and needed to take. I still wasn't 100% sure that I chose the right career in graduate school (with so many careers who really knows if they choose right), but it was once I started working that I became completely certain. The way I connect with my patients, the way they connect with me, and the understanding and compassion I can bring makes me know that OT is exactly made for me. I love that OT can take such a holistic approach and make such an impact in so many areas.”
- Catherine, OTR/L – Florida
“I love that OT focuses on FUNction based interventions and outcomes.”
- Amanda, OTR/L, ATP – Virginia
“The fact that I could work with people of all ages across the life span with an endless diagnosis population in various settings drew me to OT. And OTs get to work on so many areas to help maximize function. I never get bored!"
- Debi, OTR/L – New York
“During my final year of pursuing a degree in healthcare administration, I realized that I wasn’t cut out for a desk job. My career path changed course while interning at a pediatric OT and PT center. I fell in love with OT.”
- Christina, OTR/L – Maryland
“I feel passionately about Occupational Therapy: the emphasis on encouraging function and finding potential in each and every patient.”
- Ariel, OTR/L – Washington, D.C.
“Best decision ever! OT makes sense to me...help people learn or re-learn to do the activities that are most important and meaningful to them. I love this job every day!”
- Camille, OTR/L – Maryland
“I loved the idea of being able to work with the "whole person" as an OT. Funnily enough, the one session that really captivated me was back in 1972 during my pre-OT survey course was a demonstration of early version sip and puff power wheelchairs. And here I am, a wheelchair geek OT!”
- Tamara, OTR/L, ATP/SMS – Montana
“While researching different healthcare professions in college, I volunteered on a brain injury unit for 6 weeks. One of the patients admitted into the rehab hospital was a Rancho Level II TBI. I was able to watch her awaken out of a coma. After this experience, I knew I wanted to be an OT.”
- Cindi, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
On behalf of Sunrise Medical, Happy OT Month! To all the Occupational Therapists working to improve the lives of your clients and families each day: Thank you.
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Posted by: Date: 4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Filed under: #OTMonth