Bridget Bertschinger

Bridget is a native of Winchester who graduated from Radford University with a degree in recreational therapy. In her first job, she worked as a recreational therapist in a psychiatric hospital near Roanoke. She then attended Shenandoah University, earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Next, she was employed at the Winchester Rehabilitation Center and also worked on a per diem basis here at SVWC.

What Do Occupational Therapists Do?

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people across their life span participate in the daily activities that they want and need to do (such as dressing, bathing, toileting and household tasks). OT intervention can also focus on deficits of the shoulder, arm or hand. Interventions will encompass all deficiencies to include cognitive as well as physical, and are developed with a patient to meet their needs. OTs will also assess the individual’s living environment, where daily activities are performed, and provide recommendations for necessary equipment, as well as any warranted safety training.