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Posted: Friday, March 3, 2006 10:42 pm | Updated: 2:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Education: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut

Job title: Occupational Therapist, the Neuro Institute, Tempe, since May 2005

What are your main duties?

Lancaster provides occupational therapy to neurologically impaired individuals. Among other duties:

“Occupational therapists train individuals to maximize their independence level in daily activities such as dressing, grooming and hygiene, meal preparation, work or school activities, mobility and financial management.

“Therapeutic activities may include physical activities such as strengthening exercises, cardiovascular exercise, gross and fine motor coordination activities, functional mobility training (moving self from wheelchair to a toilet or into a car, for example) and others.”

What do you like best?

“My job at the Neuro Institute has been the most fulfilling position of my career. The environment at Neuro Institute is one of optimism and hope. We challenge the status quo of other rehab facilities, where patients are usually discharged from therapy services as soon as possible. It is also inspiring to work for a family-owned rehab company that knows first-hand how stressful a traumatic injury can be.”

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