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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health profession that specializes in helping people gain independence with activities that are most important to them following injury, disease, or physical disability. Occupational therapists assist patients in reaching their maximum level of function, while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities. Areas addressed by OT may include basic skills such as dressing, self-feeding, and toileting. Once these basic skills are achieved, other aspects of living such as getting back to work or hobbies may be addressed.

Our two registered occupational therapists use adaptive equipment, exercise, splints, safety awareness training, and ergonomic instruction to improve function after injuries and illnesses. Patients with variety of medical conditions including stroke, arthritis, prolonged bedrest, joint replacement surgeries, hand/wrist injuries, fractures, falls, neurological diseases, and coordination problems may benefit from our services.

Occupational therapy services at Scott County Hospital are offered on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Services are provided upon referral of a physician. OT is a recognized form of medical treatment and is covered by most health insurances including Medicare and Medicaid.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - Scott County Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department offers vestibular rehabilitation, a treatment program designed to assist with dizziness or balancing problems. For more information on vestibular rehabilitation, click here.

Low Vision Rehabilitation - Scott County Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department also offers training and support for patients dealing with low vision. For more information about this program, click here.

Meet Our Occupational Therapist

Sara Hawkins, OT, OT Supervisor

Sara Hawkins is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Scott County Hospital therapy team in 2006. She has enjoyed watching the OT department at SCH grow and flourish over the years, in both staffing and in programs offered to the community. Sara 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). 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 is experienced in helping patients across the lifespan to restore or gain independence, from small children to older adults. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She loves cooking, crocheting, and running-when she is not running to keep up with her busy family!

Bethany Beckman, OT

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 masters 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."