Elevating the Importance of Occupational Therapy in Health Care
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab defines itself as a hospital designed to treat the whole patient, physically and mentally, as well as their caregivers. Multidisciplinary care teams, which include occupational therapists, help patients with complex conditions—spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury—and common conditions—arthritis, chronic pain, and sports injuries.
OTR Kelsey Watters is the clinical practice leader for occupational therapy and a senior occupational therapist at the AbilityLab. She is responsible for guiding a group of 150 OTs across three levels of care: inpatient, outpatient, and day rehabilitation. Through her leadership and mentorship, Kelsey has an impact not only with her direct clients, but also with clients receiving services from OTs across the organization.