With over three decades of experience in occupational therapy, Carol A. Stormer has worked as an occupational therapist for Independence Rehab in Idaho since 2020. Prior to this role, she did part-time work with both Industrial Therapy Solutions and Consonus Healthcare from 2019 to 2020, as well as work with Career Staff Unlimited, Advanced Therapy and Reliant. She also spent time as an independent consultant for Golden Touch Home Health LLC from 2013 to 2014 and as a rehabilitation manager and occupational therapist with EmpRes Healthcare from 2012 to 2013, having been an occupational therapist with Brookdale Senior Living Inc. from 2010 to 2011 and Infinity Rehab from 2006 to 2010.
An occupational therapist with PreCare Inc. in 2006 and with Samaritan Health Services in 2005, Ms. Stormer spent over a decade with the Providence Health System with only a small interruption when she was a work hardening coordinator and occupational therapist from Progressive Rehabilitation Associates from 1996 to 1998. First joining the system as an occupational therapist at Providence Medical Center in 1989, she then transferred to St. Vincent Medical Center in 1991, where she became a lead therapist in 1992. In 1995, she became the manager of regional worker rehabilitation services with the Providence Health System, and, from 2003 to 2005, resumed her work as an occupational therapist with the system.
Early on in her career, Ms. Stormer found success as the leader of the adult psychiatric unit at the Everett General Hospital in Everett, Washington, from 1988 to 1989, a role she had previously held at Saint Cabrini Hospital in 1988. She began her career as a developer and leader in the adolescent and child psychiatric units at CPC Fairfax Hospital in 1987. Having accomplished much over the course of her career, Ms. Stormer attributes much of her success to her parents and the lessons they instilled in her during her upbringing, and particularly her father, who always encouraged her to do what she wanted with her life. Looking toward the future, she hopes to continue on in her career and explore new opportunities to mentor others and become a public speaker.
Alongside her primary career responsibilities, Ms. Stormer has always been incredibly active in her community. From 2017 to 2020, she volunteered with the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, and did work as an announcer for the Portland Rose Festival from 2011 to 2012. She was also a race announcer for the Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races in 2010, and notably is the founder of the Pacific Dragon Boat Association and past president of the United States Dragon Boat Federation. She has also volunteered her time with the Cedarwood Waldorf School and the Lake Oswego High School, and served as the president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association at Colorado State University.
Ms. Stormer has also served as a developer for various communication groups and websites, and donated her skills to Ergonomic Consultant and to the Oregon fabric industry, for which she wrote a series of articles on the prevention of cumulative trauma. In addition, she has contributed to numerous fundraisers by the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. Taking great joy in nature, and enjoying hiking and kayaking as well, she has acted as a nature guide for the Tryon Creek Nature Park and been involved with the Wildlife Care Center, Portland Audubon, the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy.
Knowing that she wanted to enter the field of occupational therapy before she reached college, Ms. Stormer earned a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy, with distinction, at Colorado State University in 1986. She went on to completed internships at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle and the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Denver. Always striving to stay up to date in her field, she maintains professional affiliation with the Oregon Occupational Therapy Association, where she was board development chair in 2010; the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; the National Association of Professional Women; and Pi Theta Epsilon, the occupational therapy honor society.
For excellence in her career, Ms. Stormer was spotlighted on CUTV News Radio for her many achievements in the field of occupational therapy. She is also a two time recipient of the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Professional Women, first in 2011-12 and again in 2014-15. Furthermore, she was presented with the Shining Star Award during her time with Infinity Rehab and the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with DragonSports USA. Early on, she had been voted the “Most Talented” by Aurora Central High School. In addition to all these accolades, Ms. Stormer is incredibly proud to have achieved her degree from Colorado State University, which, in 2020, once again received an award for being the most sustainable university in the country.