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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has had a long history of creating and finding ways to enable persons with catastrophic disabilities to return to participation in their home and communities by teaching them new ways to do everyday tasks of daily living that are most important to them.

The multiple years of meeting continual challenges of working collaboratively with patients with extremely diverse backgrounds, interests and disabilities has led to a world renowned department known for its innovation and individualized outcomes to allow those with disabilities to reintegrate into the community at large.

The Occupational Therapy Department welcomes referrals for outpatient consultation and treatment. Providers and patients, please complete the Community Referral and Patient Information forms prior to scheduling an appointment. Submit completed forms by fax to the Rancho Outpatient Referral Office at (562) 401-7604. For appointments and appointment related inquiries please call (562) 401-6536. Office hours are M-F (8:00 am to 4:30 pm).

Clinical Services and Programs

Occupational therapy services include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. American Occupational Therapy Association

Staff Qualifications

Our occupational therapy staff are highly qualified. Many have taught courses, given presentations at local, state and national conferences, authored articles or book chapters and participated in state and national organizations as members of boards and committees. Many of our staff hold specialty credentials to treat specific patient populations. Some of our occupational therapy staff have been practicing at Rancho for over 25 years. Even relatively new therapists quickly become experts in their field as they provide intensive rehabilitation to specific patient populations.

Individual staff hold the following certifications/credentials:

  • Hand therapy from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc.
  • Pediatric specialty certification from the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Neurorehabilitation specialty certification from the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Certification in neuro-developmental treatment from the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association
  • Assistive technology practitioner from the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
  • Driver rehabilitation specialist from the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Vocational rehabilitation (master’s degree held by vocational trainer)
  • Certification in neuro-integrative functonal rehabilitation and habilitation
  • Advanced practice certification for physical agent modalities, swallowing, and hand therapy

Educational Opportunities

Visit the Company section of this web site for information on educational opportunities in Occupational Therapy.

Employment Opportunities

Visit the Company section of this web site for information on employment opportunities in Occupational Therapy.


For more information, contact:

Bertha Cabral, BS, OTR/L
Director, Occupational Therapy and Recreation Therapy
E-mail: ot@rancho.org
Telephone: (562) 401-7464
Fax: (562) 401-6690





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