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Inter-Lakes Health offers occupational therapy

The occupational therapy practitioners at Inter-Lakes Health are, from left, Teresa Costin, OTR, Cindy Joubert, COTA, and Sarah LaPointe, OTR.

The occupational therapy practitioners at Inter-Lakes Health are, from left, Teresa Costin, OTR, Cindy Joubert, COTA, and Sarah LaPointe, OTR.

— Occupational therapy services are available in Ticonderoga at Inter-Lakes Health.

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that focuses on maximizing a person’s ability to participate in life independently. With occupational therapy, children and adults, of all ages, facing physical, cognitive or psychosocial challenges can improve skills that help them perform daily tasks.

Inter-Lakes Health has two full-time occupational therapy practitioners and one part time occupational therapy consultant.

Sarah LaPointe, occupational therapist, registered, joined the staff in January 2013. She is a 2012 graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy with a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Cindy Joubert, certified occupational therapy assistant, has 13 years experience and has been with Inter-Lakes Health 12 years.

Teresa Costin, OTR has at Inter-Lakes as a consultant for 5 years and 38 years of experience working in hospitals, nursing homes and home care programs.

Inter-Lakes Health provides occupational, physical and speech therapy in its outpatient department, Moses Ludington Hospital and Heritage Commons Residential Health Care.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 585-3810.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (home, school, work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

Treatment may consist of therapeutic activities to strengthen and increase upper body function, as well as improve coordination and fine motor dexterity. They also provide education in joint protection, energy conservation techniques and training in the performance of daily living skills. Occupational therapy provides education for the use of adaptive equipment as well as fabrication of custom made splints for hand and wrists.

Inter-Lakes Health is a family of health services serving patients from Essex, Warren and Washington counties. The not-for-profit family members include Moses-Ludington Hospital, Heritage Commons Residential Health Care, Moses-Ludington Adult Care, the Inter-Lakes Dental Clinic, and Lord Howe Estates. For more information visit www.interlakeshealth.com. Inter-Lakes Health is an affiliate of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont’s Academic Medical Center. Learn more at www.fletcherallen.org.

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