Nichole Braithwaite, MS, OTR/L

Nichole is a native of Winchester, and, in 2003, after working at SVWC for six years in the Dining Services Department, she completed her graduate degree from Shenandoah University, with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. At that time, she was able to transfer departments internally, and since then she has progressed to Rehabilitation Director. She now has been an employee of SVWC for 18 years. Nichole resides in Inwood, West Virginia, with her two dogs, Morgan and Grace.

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.