Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) uses purposeful activity to prevent dysfunction or deformity, maintain health, and maximize independence. This 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. Occupational therapy helps patients of all ages to regain independence and physical function in their daily lives after injury, surgery, illness, psychological or developmental impairments.

Why should I choose Stewart Memorial for my occupational therapy needs?

The occupational therapists (OTs) at SMCH are committed to delivering highly skilled care that is tailored to your individual needs.  Our occupational therapists continuously build on their professional skills to ensure they can meet patient needs for the highest level of care.  Our SMCH occupational therapists have received advanced training and certifications in:
Adaptive equipment and home adaptations
Hand and wrist disorders
Safe driving screening
Sensory disorders
Vertigo and Dizziness

Services and Descriptions

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• Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) therapy focused on: dressing, bathing, household chores
Adaptive equipment training for use with ADLs
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?

The first appointment you have, we request that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled therapist appointment time to allow for intake paperwork completion. Most therapy appointments are scheduled to give you 40 minutes of 1:1 time with your therapist so it is important to arrive on time.  At times, the length of a session may fluctuate based on your individual situation that day.

At your initial appointment, you will complete intake information about your problem, daily activities affected by it 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

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Lisa Findley, OTR/L

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone: (712) 464-4244

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

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
• Dizziness and Vertigo
• Hand Injury and Post Surgery Therapy
• Home Adaptation
• Pediatrics
     o   Sensory and Fine Motor Coordination
• Wheelchair Assessments and Fitting

Personal Information and Interests:
• Biking, Walking and Crafting
• Spending time with my husband, family and cats

Community Involvement:
• 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

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Marie Drey, OTR/L

1301 W. Main Street, Lake City, IA 51449
Phone: (712) 464-4244

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

Professional Interests & Specialized Training:
• Geriatrics
• Hand Injury and Post Surgery Therapy
• Home Adaptation
• Home Based Therapy
• Pediatrics
     o Sensory and Fine Motor Coordination

Personal Information and Interests:
• Reading, Biking, Boating and Traveling
• Spending time with family, friends and our dog, Mac

Community Involvement:
• 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