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

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Marcella 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
 

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Tracey D. Bates, MPS, MS, OTR/L, CLT
Education: New York University, 2009
Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Clinical Interests: Breast cancer rehabilitation, head and neck cancer treatment, orthopedics, post-surgical rehabilitation (wrist and hand)
 

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Melanie Fernando, MS, OTR/L
Education: Florida A&M University, 2009
Certifications: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT BIG)
Clinical Interests: Orthopedic injuries, postoperative rehabilitation (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder), nerve injuries
 

Sheila Jean, MS, OTR/L
Sheila Jean, MS, OTR/L
Education: New York University, 2016
Certifications: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT BIG)
Clinical Interests: Post-surgical rehabilitation (wrist, hand, elbow, shoulder), orthopedic upper extremity injuries, nerve and tendon injuries, wrist and elbow pain disorders
 

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Stephanie Katz, OTR/L
Education: New York University, 2019
Clinical Interests: Amputee rehabilitation, acute and chronic orthopedic upper extremity conditions, neurological rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (AT)
 

Charmaine Lavendar
Charmain Lavendar, OTR/L, CLT
Education: Florida A&M University, 2000
Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist
Clinical Interests: Breast cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema management
 

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Katelyn Berry, OTR/L
Education: Bay Path University, 2016
Clinical Interests: Neurological rehabilitation, post-traumatic rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation