Muskegon, MI

945. E. Sherman Blvd.
P. 231.737.4374

Grand Rapids, MI

4095 Park East Court SE
P: 616.259.4028

Grand Haven, MI

16760 Lincoln Street
P: 616.935.3300

NOCHS, Grand Haven, MI

1015 S. Beacon Blvd.
P: 616.847.5293

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a unique branch of the rehabilitation team that focuses on patient treatment from a truly functional perspective. Occupational therapists promote health and well being through involvement in activities of daily living or occupations. Our occupations are all of the things we need and want to be able to do in a day. For a child those things may include feeding themselves, playing with their toys and interacting with friends. For an adult, OT may need to focus on getting dressed, driving a car, managing time, returning to work or participating safely in leisure tasks.

Occupational therapists are trained to consider a person holistically and help them achieve their goals through activities that are meaningful to them. Occupational therapists understand that a complex combination of social, environmental and biological factors may cause a person to have difficulty completing a task. An OT may adapt an environment to promote safety, modify a task to increase independence, teach a new skill, remediate a deficit area, or even work with you and your family to understand your overall health. An occupational therapist will apply evidence based practice to assure the best personal goal outcomes for you and/or your loved one in order to live life to its fullest!

Our OT team works collaboratively with our Speech and Physical Therapy teams to treat the WHOLE person, helping achieve the highest level of function.

Services Provided under our Occupational Therapy Programs

Adult Neurological Services
Pediatric Specialist
Industrial Rehab
Drive Safe Assessments
LVST BIG Therapy
  • Adult Neurological Services

    Diseases and injuries to the nervous system can have dramatic effects across the body affecting ones ability to function. Simple tasks can become extremely difficult and one’s independence can be lost. The nervous system controls the muscles of the body, joint movements, balance and coordination. It is important to note that with the right kind of therapy you can improve your level of function, relieve pain, improve your balance, and enhance walking and safety.

  • Pediatric Specialist

    Our Specialist work with children with special needs and their families (Including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Feeding Difficulties, Neurological/Genetic Disorders)

  • Industrial Rehab, Work Hardening, and Functional Capacity Evaluations

    Includes Industrial Rehabilitation, Work Hardening, and Functional Capacity Evaluations

  • Drive Safe Assessments

    Clinical driving assessments are used to identify underlying medical causes of any driving performance deficits and offer ways to address them, so driving remains a safe option.

  • LVST BIG Therapy

    LSVT BIG is an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson’s disease. It is based on the principle that the brain can learn and change. LSVT BIG works on using a single therapy focus (BIGNESS of movement) to improve movement quality for patients. This intensive therapy is 4 hours per week for 4 weeks, a total of 16 sessions. Led by certified LSVT therapists, the clinical outcomes are incredible.

Our Best Health Programs are devoted to provide consultation and interventions to prevent, assess, manage and return employees to work as quickly as possible.

Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy requires a special set of skills in the areas of manual therapy, post-surgical rehabilitation, and static and dynamic splinting. Hand function is so essential to life, and rehabilitation needs to be highly technical due to the complexity of the hands nerves, vessels, bones, tendons and ligaments.  While most of the hand therapy is provided by occupational therapists, physical therapists may team up with the hand therapist to provide a dual approach to managing hand function.

Conservative treatment of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are just a few of the conditions that the team has special training to address. Postoperative treatment includes close contact with your surgeon regarding tendon repair, carpel tunnel release, arthroplasties and fracture management.


Lymphedema Services

Our lymphedema team has participated in many hours of training, learning manual techniques, as well as critical thinking in the use of purposeful compression strategies.

Often a supplemental pump or long term pressure garments are needed for long-term maintenance of results. Treatment requirements are initially intense with daily treatments for approximately 1 hour per day, but response is usually rapid, with progress readily noted and tracked in our computerized volume studies.


Vision Rehabilitation

The goal of Vision Rehabilitation is to help those with low or impaired vision live productive and satisfying lives as independently and safely as possible.

Occupational Therapists work with clients who are challenged by a variety of vision conditions that impact their ability to function. These conditions may include, but are not limited to: glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Our goal is to keep individuals independent and safe doing day-to-day activities in their own homes, despite the vision condition. We can also provide home assessments to determine what low vision modifications can be recommended.

Occupational therapists can also help address the visual deficits that may arise following a sudden neurologic event such as a concussion, brain injury, or stroke, which may cause oculomotor deficits, double vision, and visual field cuts.

We offer this program at our Muskegon, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids clinics!


Cognitive Care

Cognition is composed of memory, attention, problem solving, reasoning, and planning/organizing skills. Each of these components are critical for safe and independent living. Cognition may become impaired following a brain injury (accident, fall, concussion, stroke, etc.) or progressive in nature (dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc.).

Our Occupational Therapy teams specialize in cognitive assessment and appropriate treatment paths to maximize brain function and maintain spared skills. Our focus is on use of appropriate compensatory strategies to aid in cognitive success.

We offer two specialty programs that focus on cognition:

Post-Concussion Recovery: A collaborative team effort between physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

Cognitive Care Program: Involves clinical observation, interview, and formal assessments (with speech therapy and occupational therapy) to identify accurate cognitive stage/level and severity

Meet our Occupational Therapy Team

Megan Dickerson, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Mia Fick, COTA
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Heidi Kelley, COTA
Clinical Manager | Occupational Therapist Assistant
Kim Mylenek, COTA
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Annie Swinehart, COTA
Occupational Therapist Assistant | Clinical Manager