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Occupational therapy

Tying your shoes, driving to work, typing on a keyboard or caring for a pet—these are common, routine activities of daily living. And they can be hard to accomplish when you're dealing with an injury, illness or disability, either mental or physical.

The occupational therapy team at Berger Health System can help. We specialize in developing individualized plans that can help you keep moving forward, despite your condition.

Learn more about our services offered at our new Health & Wellness center at 1280 N. Court St. here!

Who benefits from occupational therapy?

Anyone struggling with activities of daily living due to physical, mental or developmental illnesses, injuries or aging can benefit from working with our occupational therapy team. We help people who have sports or overuse injuries, such as:

  • Carpal/cubital tunnel.
  • Fractures of the elbow, forearm, wrist, hand or fingers.
  • Tendon/ligament strain or tear.
  • Tennis elbow.
  • Shoulder therapy.

We also help people recover from or deal with health issues such as:

  • Arthritis.
  • Lymphedema.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Stroke.
  • Brain injury.

We also work with people who have developmental delays or congenital issues that impact their movement and limit their independence.

Occupational therapy services

Since our clients come to us with so many different types of issues, the occupational therapy activities we provide are similarly diverse. We perform an evaluation to determine what type of help you might need, and then we develop a treatment program based on your goals.

Your program might help you learn how to protect your joints, wear a splint or use adaptive equipment. We might help you adjust your posture and body mechanics so you'll put less pressure on your joints and muscles.

We might work with you to help you prepare to return to work, or we might focus on skills you'll use in your home. You will help us guide the program we develop.

Where we offer occupational therapy

We offer inpatient occupational therapy services that begin while you're recovering in Berger Hospital. You will have treatment sessions with the team in the hospital, and you'll be provided with clear discharge instructions when it's time to go home.

We also offer outpatient occupational therapy services for people who need help but who aren't in the hospital right now. This care is delivered in a series of appointments depending on your needs. How often you come in for care will depend on your health and your goals.

Meet our occupational therapists

Our highly professional occupational therapists are specifically trained in assessing and treating rehabilitation needs that vary from the physical to the emotional. All of our therapists are licensed, and they have years of experience in developing and delivering treatment plans for patients in need. Our team has helped hundreds of area residents, so they have expertise you can trust.

Our therapists will work under the direction of your doctor, and they will follow the treatment plan outlined by your doctor in your referral form.

Jacque Brown, OT

Jacque Brown, OT

Jacque Brown grew up in Port Clinton, Ohio and graduated from Port Clinton High School. She received her BS in Health Psychology from Capital University in 1993 and was a member of the Women’s basketball team for her 4 years while at Capital. In 1995, she graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Jacque married her husband Aaron in 1995 and started her first position as an OT at Huntington Physical Therapy, an outpatient clinic, in Huntington, WV. In 1997, they moved to central Ohio and she was hired by Berger Health System as the first staff occupational therapist for the department. Jacque loves working in the hospital setting and has had experience with outpatient, inpatient and inpatient rehab while working at BHS. She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses and various levels of disability. Jacque previously spent 3 years at the manager of Berger’s therapy department until she was able to return to her love of providing therapy to the community. She initiated a program for the treatment of lymphedema. She is certified to administer the Ergoscience Physical Work Performance Evaluation (FCEs). Jacque and Aaron live in Grove City with their two daughters, Morgan and Mallory.

Tracy Huffman, OT

Tracy Huffman, OT

Tracy Huffman is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio. She relocated to Pickaway County during middle school and graduated from Logan Elm High School. Tracy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1992. After working several years in the material handling industry in business development, she chose to pursue a career in healthcare that would allow her to apply principles of process efficiency and increased productivity directly to individuals, in a manner much more meaningful to her. Occupational therapy fit the bill perfectly. She then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Findlay in 2011. Tracy began treating patients in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Berger Health System in September, 2011. She currently works as an outpatient therapist with patients ranging from pediatric to older adult, covering a wide range of diagnoses. She has a strong interest in developing and implementing treatment plans to address neurologic injury and disease processes, as well as upper extremity orthopedic conditions. Tracy recently completed course training by John F. Barnes, PT for Myofascial Release in March, 2017.Tracy lives outside of Circleville with her husband, Marcus, and son, Evan, who are both quite relieved to no longer be living with a college student.

Elayna Richard, OT

Elayna Richard, OT

Elayna is an occupational therapist and has been a part of the Berger family for 5 years. She currently works in acute care with inpatients, but also has experience with outpatient services and inpatient rehab. She graduated with her master's degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 after obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology at Valparaiso University in 2009. Elayna is a certified fieldwork educator for occupational therapy students and is passionate about the future of the profession. She is also a certified instructor for the Delay the Disease Parkinson’s fitness program and is the facilitator of the stroke survivor support group here at Berger. While Columbus is now home, Elayna and her husband Patrick, have lived in many different cities and states. They love to travel and spend time with their dog, Wall-E.

Need more?

Outpatient rehabilitation services are available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You will need a referral from a doctor to enroll.

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