More and more people are experiencing a decreased quality of life due to chronic diseases and pain. While there is increased awareness by primary care providers and specialists of the impact of lifestyle choices on their patients’ health, most don’t have the time or the expertise to really help their patients follow through on their recommendations for lifestyle changes to prevent, manage (and sometimes even reverse) many health issues. That’s where I come in!
Within the field of occupational therapy, there is a growing movement toward treating within a wellness model and addressing lifestyle factors when treating clients with chronic illnesses and injuries. The OT Department at the University of Southern California (USC) has developed an OT-specific, lifestyle-focused treatment program called Lifestyle Redesign. The program is evidence-based and has been very successful within the USC health care system in treating a variety of medical diagnoses. Utilizing the unique training and skill set of OT’s, the Lifestyle Redesign program is serving as an example of how OT’s can effectively help those who want to change their health habits.
I have taken the Lifestyle Redesign training course series through USC and have incorporated this treatment method into my existing occupational therapy, ergonomics, and pain management practice. I’ve combined my skills as an OT with my training as an ACE-Certified Health Coach to offer a unique service in the Seattle area. With my Lifestyle OT services, I incorporate my clinical skills and professional experience as a therapist with a health coaching approach to support clients who want to make lifestyle changes for improved health.
Who I Treat
I work with clients who need professional guidance in making lifestyle changes to manage chronic health conditions and/or injuries such as:
- chronic pain conditions
- diabetes (including nerve pain)
- reaching and maintaining a healthy weight (for pain or other health reasons)
- musculoskeletal diagnoses (such as neck and back pain, lateral epicondylitis, tendonitis of the hand and wrist, etc.)
- neurological diagnoses (such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, etc.)