Passionate about helping others lead fulfilling lives despite their illness, Cynthia J. Shechter CLT-UE, CORE, IORS, CIMT, OTR/L, MA, has dedicated her life to providing rehabilitation services to patients who live with lymphedema. Since 2013, she has excelled as the owner, president and director of rehabilitation of her own private company, ShechterCare. An expert in breast cancer and lymphedema rehabilitation, she also oversees the daily operations of her business, including the management of documentation, finances, staff training and hiring, and insurance reimbursement. She has been located in Emerson, New Jersey, since 2019. Ms. Shechter’s mission is to educate patients on lymphedema management, enabling them to return to their normal lifestyles. An advocate for individual patient care over “rules,” she believes
Carol A. Stormer, OTR, NBCOT, celebrates over 35 years of experience in occupational therapy and has been noted for her achievements, leadership qualities, credentials, and successes accrued in the field. Her extensive background spans positions in skilled nursing facilities, private rehab facilities and area hospitals, and she is continuing to grow as a director while providing occupational therapy services. She oversees occupational, physical and speech therapies, providing care to persons in the Columbia Gorge, a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Providing care to residents of both Oregon and Washington is an honor and a privilege. To support her career growth, Ms. Stormer is mentored by experienced rehab professionals from EmpRes Healthcare. She
M. Carolyn Baum is the Elias Michael Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy and professor of occupational therapy, neurology, and social work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is internationally recognized as an influential leader in the profession of occupational therapy. Dr. Baum conducts research to understand the factors and effectiveness of interventions to support the daily occupations of older adults as they seek to live as independently as possible. She serves as a mentor to early and mid-career scientists and teaches the next generation of researchers, educators, and clinicians. Earlier in her career, Dr. Baum worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where she started a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Looking for a profession that offered her a creative opportunity to help others, Patricia Moursalian found occupational therapy to be the perfect fit. She loves having the opportunity to rehabilitate patients by maximizing their independence with daily activities; she finds the most rewarding part of her field to be seeing patients succeed and recover, especially when they do things they didn’t think they could do. Ms. Moursalian is separated from her peers by her empathetic nature, which makes her determined to find lasting solutions; she never gives up on those she treats. For more than a decade, Ms. Moursalian has dedicated those passions to her work at the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, OR. The center, which
An occupational therapist is a professional trained in the biological, physical, medical and behavioral sciences, including anatomy, neurology, physiology, human development, orthopedics and psychology. Noted for her excellence in the field and her passion for making a difference, Christina G. Hoagland embodied the spirit of the job, often going above and beyond to help her patients. Some of her primary responsibilities over the years included evaluating and treating people recovering from disabling events and assisting individuals with developing, recovering and improving the motor skills, social skills, and personal skills they needed for success in their everyday lives. Working toward goal of becoming an occupational therapist, Ms. Hoagland attended Loma Linda University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in occupational