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occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is the profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Our Occupational Therapists  enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Driving Rehabilitation Services:  includes a two-step process for evaluation including (step 1) clinical testing such as checking vision, thinking, sensation, strength, coordination, and any skills needed for safe driving, followed by (step 2) Behind the Wheel evaluation, in which the patient will drive with the therapist in order to evaluate fitness to drive. Outcomes will be determined and discussed, which may include return to full or restricted driving, further training or introduction to adaptive driving equipment, or driving cessation. 


If you or a loved one are noticing any of these changes or characteristics, a driving evaluation may be beneficial: slower reaction time, slower attention span, lagging reflexes, stiff joints or weak muscles, poor or changing vision, hearing problems, reduced memory or forgetfulness, physical impairments, increased accidents or near misses, recent medical events, frequent falls.


Adaptive equipment: Our driving rehab specialist is skilled at identifying and training drivers in the use of adaptive equipment for driving including hand controls, left foot accelerator and steering devices. Adaptive equipment training involves the comprehensive driving evaluation, individualized training, equipment prescription, and fitting to ensure equipment works in your personal vehicle. 


Referrals and scheduling: To participate, you will need a valid driver's license and an order from your doctor. If you do not have a valid license or have questions, give us a call for assistance. 


Our Occupational Therapy Team

Mary Jo Lee, MSOT, OTR/L

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Mary Jo Lee, MSOT, OTR/L, has worked as an occupational therapist in Hawarden since the beginning of 2013. She earned her master's degree in OT from the University of South Dakota. She has experience working in a wide variety of settings, from acute inpatient to pediatrics to home health.  Additionally, she works with a range of clients, including children, hand patients, and stroke victims. She has received extra training on sensory integration, fine motor delay, and feeding difficulties. Mary Jo is passionate about patient education and ensuring that when patients leave therapy, they are equipped to successfully handle the challenges they face in everyday life.

Mackenzie Feldhacker, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Mackenzie Feldhacker has been a member of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2014.  She is a graduate of Creighton University with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.  She specializes in treatment of Lymphedema and is a certified therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America.  She has experience treating spinal cord injury, stroke, arthritis of the hand and wrist, carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes, Parkinson's disease, and fractures of the hand and wrist. She is passionate about returning clients to the activities they find meaningful, particularly with the use of adaptive equipment, wheelchair seating and positioning, assistive technology, and therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Marlee Vanderham, MSOT, OTR/L

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Marlee Ericson joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in 2018.  She graduated with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.  Marlee has a passion for helping patients of all ages improve their ability to complete the tasks and activities they need and want to do every day, both through restoring skills and providing equipment or education regarding new techniques after experiencing a condition or injury. She has a particular interest in working with pediatric patients, including those who experience sensory processing difficulties or developmental delays.