OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (OT)
The occupational therapist’s approach to rehabilitation is a holistic one that goes beyond an isolated upper limb injury to include the entire person and each individual’s functional needs and roles. The ultimate goal is the patient’s return to participation in his or her daily activities.
CERTIFIED HAND THERAPIST (CHT)
To be certified, one must have minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and successfully pass a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation
Our OT’s combine occupational therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, CHT’s provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.
- Adhesions or tightness (e.g., musculotendinis, capsular)
- Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
- Congenital anomalies/differences
- Crush injuries
- Cumulative trauma disorders
- Developmental disabilities
- Dislocations and subluxations
- Dupuytren's disease
- Ligamentous injury and instability
- Muscular strains, tears, and avulsions
- Nerve injuries and conditions (e.g., neuropathies, palsies, nerve repairs)
- Neuromuscular diseases – ALS, MS, MD
- Pain (e.g. complex regional pain syndrome)
- Replantation and revascularization
- Spinal cord and central nervous system injuries
- Tendon injuries and conditions (e.g., lacerations, transfers, tendonitis, ruptures)
- Thermal and electrical injuries
- Vascular disorders
- Wounds and scars
- Compression therapy
- Design and/or selection of adaptive/assistive devices
- Ergonomic and activity modification in home, work, school or leisure
- Functional activity
- Joint protection instruction/energy conservation instruction
- Manual therapy
- Splint design, selection, fitting, fabrication and training:
- Patient education
- Scar Management
- Sensory re-education
- Training in ADL/adaptive/assistive devices
- Wellness education
- Work conditioning
- Work hardening
- Wound care
Gus Kruse, OTR/L
In addition to providing Occupational Therapy at both our Minot and Kenmare facilities, Gus is certified in Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and provides Ergonomic and Work Site Analysis services.
Danielle Sandstrom, MOTR/L, CHT
Along with her Masters in OT, she is nationally certified as a Hand Therapist and has worked for 10 plus years.
Nicole Kutch, OTR/L, CHT
A veteran OT with 20 plus years, she is a nationally certified hand therapist. Nicole has experience in a range of clinics & specialty units throughout the US and has been a guest lecture to a variety of organizations.
Combined, our staff has the expertise and knowledge to assist any individual in their rehabilitation needs so they may participate in their daily activities.