Certified Hand Therapist, Hand & Upper Extremity, Splint Fabrication, Stroke & Neurological Disorders, Functional Tone Management
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota
What made you choose a medical career?
I was drawn to Occupational Therapy because it addresses the individual as a whole. We have the skills to not only assess the client’s physical challenges but we can address their cognitive, emotional and psychological issues. We work with the individual to help them regain a meaningful, productive and satisfying life. What career could be more rewarding and satisfying than that?
What are your clinical areas of interest?
I have multiple areas of interests and that is why I love OT so much! Occupational Therapy is never boring and it keeps me wanting to seek more knowledge in the field of health care. I have experience working in acute rehabilitation, acute care and home health care. My passion, however, is hand therapy. I love the creativity needed for splint fabrication. I love the challenge of problem-solving with the client to help them achieve their individual goals for regaining function. It is rewarding to watch the healing process and help my clients evolve from not being to use their extremity to regaining the functional use of it.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I respect and help all individuals, no matter what their circumstance. I strive to have compassion and understanding for each client. I believe that by making the personal and emotional connection with my client, that they then will more readily be able to learn to help themselves through the recovery process. How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer, etc.) I love spending time with my family. I enjoy hunting down old pieces of furniture to refinish and update them.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
My first job as an Occupational Therapist was working in an acute rehabilitation center. One day, one of the physicians who I worked closely with walked up to me in the hallway. He was originally from the Philippine Islands. He was always very kind to his patients and spoke with a soft accent. With a smile, he said to me: “Die-Unn” (Diane), “Die-Unn” (Diane). “You remind me of a good milking cow!” At first I did not know what to say or think. So I smiled and said “ Thank-you!” and walked on. Later, as I pondered what he said. I realized that he was complimenting me. A milking cow is reliable, easy going, and always producing a good product. Ever since then, I strive to maintain that status. I am not yet ready to be put out to pasture. I have plenty of good milking days ahead of me!