Dr. Russell-Thomas is a clinic supervisor in Community Practice’s Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic. Due to the lack of private insurance, people with stroke may receive pro bono medical care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and inpatient services at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL), but may not receive any, or severely curtailed, outpatient services. Under-insured patients may return to the community with the ability to perform self-care activities, but struggle to perform occupations that they need and want to do to support their daily lives. The Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic is designed to provide occupational therapy services to those individuals who have had a stroke, have no insurance 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 occupational therapist in developing occupation-based treatments for individuals who have had a stroke or other disabilities, but lack health insurance for rehabilitation services. Students are expected to:
Each student will also complete a scholarly project either in a group (MSOT or OTD) or individually (OTD).
Examples of Projects
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Current, future, and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.
Upcoming visit sessions*:
*At least two to three visit sessions are scheduled every month. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Click here for more info.