Making an Impact With a Specialized Treatment
Sleep has been identified as the number one issue that needs to be addressed with clients who have chronic pain. Insufficient sleep contributes to poor mental health and can negatively impact all areas of day-to-day life.
Natalie Rolle, an OTR, is the lead occupational therapist specializing in treating sleep disorders at the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) at Colorado State University. Natalie’s pioneering work recognizes that sleep is integral to a person’s performance of daily tasks and overall quality of life. She supported the development of the evidence-based REST (Restoring Effective Sleep Tranquility) project to improve the quality of life for veterans. This program serves military veterans who are pursuing higher education and who have sleep problems and chronic insomnia. Through this program, Natalie assesses how sleep disorders and chronic insomnia can affect the daily occupations of student veterans. She provides interventions for sleep-related goals, assisting the individual to progress toward improved performance of daily occupations. Her contributions have increased the quality of life for her clients and provided positive outcomes for the multidisciplinary treatment program.
Natalie has been involved in research, program development, student, and continuing education programs at CCP, and she is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her expertise in the treatment of sleep disorders. She provides comprehensive, evidence-based assessments and interventions, addressing sleep issues to help her clients restore their physical and mental health and achieve their goals for meaningful engagement in social and occupational activities.