A vital component of any orthopedic practice are its physical and occupational therapists, and OrthoNeuro is no different.  April is National Occupational Therapy Month and OrthoNeuro would like to recognize its Occupational Therapists.

Occupational therapists focus on the things you want and need to do in your daily life. Occupational therapy intervention uses everyday life activities (occupations) to promote health, well-being, and your ability to participate in the important activities in your life. This includes any meaningful activity that a person wants to accomplish, including taking care of yourself and your family, working, volunteering, going to school, among many others.

To become an Occupational Therapist, you must earn a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) certified school. You must also perform at least 6 months of occupational therapy work experience as part of an internship under a licensed Occupational Therapist, pass the Ohio Jurisprudence examination, and pass the NBCOT OTR examination.

The practice has 4 occupational therapists within the organization.

OrthoNeuro Occupational Therapists

Cody Metropoulos, OT, CHT – Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist
Lauren Dillon, OT, MSOT – Occupational Therapist
Danielle Farnlacher, OT, OTD – Occupational Therapist
Ashley Beamer, OT, MSOT – Occupational Therapist

Two of our occupational therapists shared some of their thoughts.

Cody Metropoulos, OT, CHT – Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Occupational therapy has provided me with numerous opportunities to help people regain their function and independence with daily life.  As an occupational therapist I am able to help individuals by treating the whole body, engage them in work, self-care, and play so that their deficits can have the lowest possible effect and they can get back to what they need to do and what they love to do with greater ease.  I love getting to know my patients and see them succeed.

Ashley Beamer, OT, MSOT – Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy has allowed me to help others regain their independence with daily activities and occupations that are most meaningful to them. This profession allows me to use my skills to provide unique and individualized care based on what each patient needs. I love being a part of their journey as they progress through therapy and watching them succeed. It is incredibly rewarding to help others regain their function while building a therapeutic relationship and learning about different walks of life.

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