In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month, we’re highlighting Kelsey, our wonderful Occupational Therapist and Program Coordinator at Alternatives in Motion! We asked her a few questions about her work:
1. Please tell us about the work you do as an occupational therapist.
As an occupational therapist here at AIM, I am in close contact with other therapists and healthcare professionals in the community regarding their patients need for equipment. When I am not working with other clinicians, I am able to help others in the community who may need a little more education and guidance of appropriate fitting equipment to be able to participate in the activities that they want to again!
2. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
This is such a hard question to answer because there are SO many reasons. I think a few of the main ones would include meeting a wide range of people and helping them with something that improves their quality of life. There have been many times where tears have been shed by touching stories and just feeling fulfilled to help make their life better.
3. How did you choose occupational therapy?
I actually choose OT because of my grandmother. As an only child, we spent a lot of time together and when she suffered a stroke, I jumped in working on things with her like dressing and learning words and colors again. I became familiar with the therapies that worked with her and thought, hey I could do this!
4. What would you like others to know about occupational therapy?
OT wears many, many hats!! We work with individuals throughout the lifespan with all different abilities. We can be in traditional settings like a hospital or clinic, but we can also be in non-traditional settings such as non-profits! We are always wanting to learn more to help more people in different ways.
5. How did you hear about AIM and what do you enjoy most as our program coordinator?
Growing up through high school, I had a couple opportunities to hold more of a leadership position and I absolutely loved it. There are many OTs in the West Michigan area, so when I graduated school, I wanted to continue to build on my other skills to support myself as a clinician and found AIM! One of my favorite things about being the program coordinator is the many people and organizations that I am able to talk with and learn about in the community. I am not originally from GR, so it has been so eye-opening learning about all the resources available throughout the city and surrounding.
Thank you, Kelsey for the wonderful work you do and for your passion for people and our community!! #OTMonth