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Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic

Michelle Klein, MOT, OTR/L, is the clinic supervisor and Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L, and Pat Nellis, OTD, OTR/L, serve as mentors in the Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic. Individuals who have suffered a stroke often receive inpatient medical care and rehabilitation at one of our partner organizations, Barnes-Jewish Hospital or The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). However, they may not either have insurance or if they do , they don’t have the benefits to receive outpatient services, so while they may be able to return to the community with the ability to perform self-care activities, they often struggle to participate in occupations they need and want to do to lead meaningful lives after stroke. The Student-run Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic is designed to provide occupational therapy services to those individuals who have had a stroke, have no insurance or benefits to cover outpatient treatment and need therapy to improve occupational performance.

General Description of Student Activities

Students selecting this scholarly experience will assist a licensed OT in developing occupation-based treatments for individuals who have had a stroke or other disabilities. Students are expected to:

  • Attend weekly clinic sessions to provide occupational therapy services to community dwelling individuals who have experienced a stroke. (Clinic times are selected based on the student’s schedule.)
  • Perform standardized assessments and evaluations for clinic participants
  • Develop and implement evidence-based and performance-based occupational therapy treatments for individuals participating in the clinic
  • Complete a scholarly project either in a group or individually

Examples of Projects

  • Development of a mirror therapy protocol: Translating evidence into practice
  • Development of a training program to increase student clinician competency when communicating with people with aphasia
  • Mental practice for motor recovery in stroke
  • Participation outcomes for stroke survivors
  • Experiential learning outcomes for student learners

Clinic Supervisor

Michelle Klein, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Phone: (314) 286-1615
Fax: (314) 286-1601
mklein23@wustl.edu

Mentors

Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist
Phone: (314) 286-1625
Fax: (314) 286-1601
duanarussell@wustl.edu

Pat Nellis, OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology
Director, Division of Clinical Operations

Phone: (314) 286-2233
Fax: (314) 286-1601
nellisp@wustl.edu

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Current, future and accepted applicants are encouraged to virtual visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our virtual visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion,  followed by a chat with a current student.

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Questions?

Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653