Occupational therapy can help people with disabilities return to their life roles as parent, spouse, employee, homemaker or friend. Through upper body strengthening and coordination, fine and gross motor control development, training in the use of self-help aids and work/home evaluations, occupational therapists promote safety and help people relearn and master the skills needed for self-care, work and play.

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.

What conditions benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy services provided:

  • Individualized evaluation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Hand and upper extremity therapy
  • Custom splint fabrication
  • Training in life skills (e.g., dressing, bathing, homemaking)
  • Strengthening specific muscle groups to improve fine/gross motor coordination
  • Visual or perceptual motor training
  • Training in the use of adaptive equipment
  • Fall prevention
  • Pain/stress management
  • Joint protection
  • Training in energy conservation and work simplification techniques
  • Training with orthotic and prosthetic devices
  • Pre-employment screenings
  • Cumulative trauma management
  • Wheelchair evaluations
  • Ergonomic assessments

Podcast: The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab

Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by the George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology. 

Listen to the podcast

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.

Occupational Therapists

Marcella BassoraMarcella Bassora, OTR/L, CLT
Education: Kean University, 2001
Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Complete Decongestive Therapy
Clinical Interests: Breast cancer rehabilitation, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema therapy, myofascial release


Stephanie KatzStephanie Katz, OTR/L, CHT
Education: New York University, 2019
Certifications: LSVT BIG, Certified Hand Therapist
Clinical Interests: Upper extremity acute and chronic orthopedic injuries including post-surgical rehabilitation of the elbow, wrist and hand; osteoarthritis; nerve compression (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel); scleroderma; De Quervain’s; trigger finger and Dupuytren's contracture; upper and lower extremity amputations


Kevin Kisiedu, OTR/L Kevin Kisiedu, OTR/L
Education: Trinity Washington University, 2021
Clinical Interests: Post-surgical rehabilitation, acute and chronic orthopedic injuries to the upper extremities, Arthritis, Trigger finger, lateral & medial epicondylitis, shoulder impingement, De Quervain’s


Rebecca KrysiakRebecca Krysiak, MS, OTR/L, CBIS
Education: Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
Certifications: LSVT BIG, Certified Brain Injury Therapist
Clinical Interests: Neurological rehabilitation, acute and chronic orthopedic upper extremity conditions, vision impairments and low vision


Carly MontagCarly Montag, OTR/L, CLT
Education: New York University, 2015
Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Clinical Interests: Breast cancer rehabilitation, Cancer survivorship rehabilitation, complete decongestive therapy for lymphedema management


Faviola Santamaria, OTR/LFaviola Santamaria, OTR/L
Education: Towson university, 2020
Certifications: LSVT BIG
Clinical Interests: Neurological rehabilitation, acute and chronic orthopedic upper extremity conditions, amputee rehabilitation.