• Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy uses purposeful activity to prevent dysfunction or deformity, maintain health, and maximize independence. This form of therapy addresses a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and household chores, as well as work and leisure activities.

    At SMCH, we help patients of all ages regain independence and physical function in their daily lives after injury, surgery, illness, psychological or developmental impairments.

    Why should I choose Stewart Memorial?

    We are committed to delivering highly skilled care that is tailored to your needs. Our occupational therapists continuously build on their professional skills and have received advanced training and certifications in:

    Adaptive equipment and home adaptations
    Hand and wrist disorders
    Safe driving screening
    Sensory disorders
    Vertigo and Dizziness 

     We Can Help!

    • Activities of daily living therapy focused on dressing, bathing, and household chores
    • Adaptive equipment training for use with activities of daily living
    • Fine motor rehab for writing, grasping objects, fingertip sensation
    • Hand and wrist brace fitting and dispensing
    • Hand and wrist therapy including services for carpal tunnel syndrome, post-surgical and post-fracture rehab, tendonitis and arthritis.
    • Home assessments for evaluation and recommendations on how to make your home work better for you and your physical abilities.
    • Rehab therapy for patients who have become weak through the course of an illness, injury or medical condition and need to recover independence
    • Total joint replacement rehab
    • Vertigo and dizziness
    • Wheelchair seating and positioning

    Treatment Methods

    • Adaptive equipment recommendations and training
    • Hand splints
    • Home adaptation recommendations
    • Iontophoresis
    • Massage
    • Paraffin wax treatment
    • Phonophoresis
    • Range of motion
    • Strengthening and stretching exercise
    • Therapeutic activities
    • Ultrasound

    What should I expect at my appointment?

    For your first appointment, we request that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow for intake paperwork completion. Most therapy appointments are scheduled to give you 40 minutes of one-on-one time with your therapist, so it is important to arrive on time.

    You will complete intake information about your needs, daily activities affected, and medical history.  After your intake is complete, your therapist will perform a personalized evaluation assessing functional abilities with consideration for all aspects of an individual’s life—their current health condition, prior medical history, and the environment in which they live and work. A customized treatment plan is developed to work towards your individual goals.

    How does occupational therapy differ from physical therapy?

    Occupational and physical therapy overlap in many areas and focus on helping patients function better in their daily lives.  Both require advanced degrees and a professional license to practice. 

    Physical therapy focuses on helping improve your movement, mobility, and function. A physical therapist may do this by using a variety of exercises, stretches, or other physical activities. For example, someone who has had knee replacement surgery may visit a physical therapist as part of their recovery. The physical therapist will work with the patient to help strengthen their knee and increase the range of motion in their knee joint. This can help them move more easily with less pain and discomfort.

    Occupational therapy focuses on helping you perform daily tasks more easily. This type of therapy focuses on improving your fine and gross motor skills via exercise and therapeutic activities so you can carry out specific day-to-day tasks. The occupational therapist may also focus on making your home environment more optimal for your everyday life. For example, an occupational therapist may help someone recovering from a stroke relearn how to do daily tasks, like dressing or eating with utensils. They may also make changes in the home, like installing a grab bar in the shower.  Alternatively, an occupational therapist may help a patient who’s broken a finger improve strength and coordination of the healing finger to be able to write or button their shirt.

    Meet Our Occupational Therapists

    Lisa Findley, OTR/L

    • Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota, 1997
    • Bachelor of Arts, Child Development and Family Relations, South Dakota State University,  1990

    • Dizziness and vertigo
    • Hand injury and post-surgery therapy
    • Home adaptation
    • Pediatrics
         o   Sensory and fine motor coordination
    • Wheelchair assessments and fitting

    • Biking, walking and crafting
    • Spending time with my husband, family and cats

    • Founding Therapist for the SMCH Occupational Therapy Department in 1998
    • Iowa Occupational Therapy Association Member
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Member
    • Active Member of the Lake City Union Church and Hand Bell Choir

    Marie Drey, OTR/L

    • Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, College of Saint Mary, 2018
    • Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitation Studies, College of Saint Mary, 2017

    • Geriatrics
    • Hand injury and post-surgery therapy
    • Home adaptation
    • Home-based therapy
    • Pediatrics
         o Sensory and fine motor coordination

    • Reading, biking, boating and traveling
    • Spending time with family, friends and our dog, Mac

    • Iowa Occupational Therapy Association Member
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Member
    • Sac County Fair Queen Coordinator
    • Sac County 4-H Endowment Committee Member
    • Active Member and Volunteer of the Sac City Catholic Church