What is occupational therapy?

Clinical Expertise

Apr 14, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Kathryn Leinhauser, OTD, OTR/L
Last Updated: March 30, 2021

Occupational therapists assist clients throughout their lifespan to participate in any and all meaningful activities. Some clients may need assistance with simple daily self care tasks. Other clients may need assistance to return to more complex activities; their job, peer socialization, taking care of their children, participating in sports, manage their finances or medications, you name it! There is no limit to what occupational therapists can help with if it is hindering one’s daily functioning. We complete custom evaluations, develop client-centered interventions, and work towards a safe discharge plan. Throughout the continuum of care we build rapport to incorporate evidence based interventions through mass practice to ensure improvements with our clients and their caregiver’s needs.

We are the WHY to the rehabilitation process.

Occupational therapy practitioners have the opportunity to work and develop their skills through numerous practice areas, specializations, and/ or board certifications.

Practice Areas:

  • Children & Youth
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation and Disability
  • Work/Industry
  • Ethics
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Academia
  • Theory Development


  • Specialty Areas
  • Driving & Community Mobility
  • Environmental Modification
  • Feeding, Eating, Swallowing
  • Low Vision
  • School Systems

Board Certifications:

  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Rehabilitation

Lets here from our own wonderful Brooks Occupational Therapists:

“I love being an OT because I get to be a part of someone’s personal journey of recovery and being a part of a plan that is all about hope, compassion, and overcoming adversity.” –Nissey Murillo (Adults)

“I love the opportunity to make an immediate positive impact on a client and family’s road to recovery. After illness, accident, or injury, helping someone return towards independence in the activities that are most meaningful to them is a privilege and allows everyday working as an Occupational Therapist to be both challenging and rewarding.”- Michael Braun (Assistive Technology)

“I love it when I hear my patients tell me they never knew OT could help them so much with getting back to doing the things they love to do.”- Sylvie Martin (Outpatient)

“I love being an OT because I get to provide patients and families with hope during an extremely challenging time in their life. I also enjoy teaching them skills that allow them to be able to participate in activities that give them purpose.” – Sally Mackay (Pediatrics)

Medical Reviewer

Kathryn Leinhauser, OTD, OTR/L

Neurologic Occupational Therapist
Katie Leinhauser received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern in 2019. Katie is currently a Neurologic Occupational Therapy Fellow for Brooks. She has had a passion for working with clients and their families after a neurologic injury for as long as she has been working towards becoming an occupational therapist. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, reading, and trying to keep up with her 4 year old son, Brayden.
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