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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is the only 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). Occupational therapy practitioners 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.

Our Occupational Therapists create individualized treatment plans to address each patient's unique needs and goals. Areas addressed by OT may include basic skills such as dressing and bathing, as well as higher-level skills such as cooking, yard work, hobbies, and return to work. OT's work toward helping people function at their highest level of independence, as well as adapting the environment to meet each individual's unique needs.

In addition to general OT, our Occupational Therapists are trained in many specialty areas, including hand therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, low vision rehabilitation, dementia care, falls prevention, and home safety assessment.

A physician's referral is required for Occupational Therapy, with most health insurances covering Occupational Therapy services. For any questions you may have, please call (620) 874-4848.

Scott County Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department can address:

Self-care problems
Falls, and other safety problems in the home
Vestibular problems, including vertigo, balance problems, and concussion
Upper extremity injuries and surgeries of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder
Splinting needs
Low vision
Neurological diseases
Training for caregivers of people with dementia and other disabilities
Pediatric therapy needs

Meet Our Occupational Therapist

Sara Hawkins, OTR/L, CHT, ASTYM Cert

Sara Hawkins joined the SCH therapy team in 2006. She graduated from Rockhurst University in 2000 with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. While she has worked in many different settings, her favorite is right here at Scott County Hospital. She is very thankful to work for a dynamic facility in a health-minded community, with many opportunities for growth and new experiences as a therapist.

In 2018, Sara fulfilled a career goal of hers by becoming a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). She now works closely with hand surgeons and primary care physicians to provide high-quality hand therapy to residents of western Kansas. She has special interests in custom splinting, and in training, patients to use prosthetics after traumatic finger or hand amputation. While she specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, she enjoys treating patients with a variety of problems and disabilities, including vestibular problems, low vision, and general loss of function. Sara's goal as a therapist is to educate and empower each patient to achieve their full potential through highly skilled hands-on therapy, patient education, and training in-home programs that are tailored to the individual. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys cooking, crocheting, photography, and running - when she is not running to keep up with her busy family!

Bethany Beckman, OTR/L, Astym-Cert,Certfied Dementia Care Specialist

Bethany Beckman Carrillo was born in Phillipsburg, KS and moved to Scott City, KS at the age of four. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's of science in biology in 2009. She then went on to Rockhurst University to receive her master's of occupational therapy in 2011. She is also an Astym certified provider. She has a passion for her career as an occupational therapist with helping her patients to be able to engage in their daily lives as independently as possible. She is experienced in upper extremity rehab, vestibular rehab, cognitive rehab, neurological rehab and helping patients to reach their highest level of independence after injury, illness, or disability. She is also able to speak Spanish to communicate with our Spanish-speaking population.

She was married in May of 2019 to Ferny Carrillo and they now live out by Scott Lake. She enjoys going on mission trips to Ecuador every year to use her skill set to work with children with developmental disorders and with adults with Hansen's disease. In her free time, she enjoys going dancing with her husband, reading and spending time outside hiking or biking.

Brennen Gregory, COTA

Brennen has worked as a COTA for over 2 years in Kansas and Iowa combined. He graduated from Neosho County Community College in Ottawa, KS. Brennen is currently living in Garden City, KS. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up in Aurora, Colorado near the Denver area.

"Living in southwest Kansas allows me to be in close proximity to my families in both Nebraska and Colorado. In my free time I enjoy watching or attending sporting events. I also enjoy reading, naps, and traveling. I look forward to acquiring new skills and growing as a therapist at Scott County Hospital as well as making a difference in this community and helping patients regain their independence."

Janel Slaughter, COTA

Janel is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with over 30 years of experience. She was born and raised in Concordia, KS until she was 21. She graduated from Barton County Community College in 1990 with an Associate of Arts degree as an OTA. She moved to Wichita, KS, and has gained knowledge in several areas. She started out doing 15 years at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, this also gave her experience with acute care, outpatient services, Home Health, and Swing Bed. She has also had employment with Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation in Nursing homes for 15 years.

Janel enjoys watching movies, playing cards, and dominoes. Her Dad lives in Concordia. She has an older sister and brother-in-law who lives in Cannon City, CO. She has 2 nephews who live in CO. She enjoys traveling to visit all of her family. She enjoys target shooting with her nephews. She enjoys going on mission trips with the church. She enjoys listening to old-time radio podcasts when traveling.

"I had a traveling job that brought me to Scott City. I loved it out here and wanted to stay. My contract kept getting extended and finally God made a way for me to be able to stay and I was hired on full time. I am very grateful to be here in Scott City."

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