We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Archer to the Community Practice team. Jamie, who started with us on October 13th, will be providing services for the adult populations, with a specific emphasis in program development. Here, she will be instrumental in helping launch services for clients with Huntington’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
Jamie comes to us from Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), where she worked as an OT in acute care for 5 years. In her time at BJH, she gained experience in both the surgical and cardiothoracic division, as well as in neurology, which is where is she spent the majority of her time. She has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with a wide array of neurological disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and a variety of autoimmune disorders. She’s also worked with populations pre- and post-neurosurgery for diagnoses such as brain tumor resections and spinal fusions. As the lead therapist on the burn specialty team at BJH, she provided care for patients following acute burn injuries.
In addition to her role as a therapist, Jamie was a program lead for the neurology rehab team for over three years, where she oversaw the daily operations of her team, which included occupational, physical and speech therapy services. Throughout this time, she also led several standards of care initiatives to improve best practice models; led a team that created and implemented minimal evaluation guidelines for OT; and worked on several multidisciplinary teams within with department of neurosciences to improve communication methods among all members of the team. She has also served as a clinical instructor for multiple Level I and Level II fieldwork students, as well as students who are seeking additional opportunities for professional growth in a particular area of practice.
Her experience and skills will be an excellent addition to the team as well as the clients and populations we serve.
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