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Occupational Therapy -- Providing Rehab for All of Life’s Occupations 

Susan Grispino loves the challenges of her job as an occupational therapist with St. Francis Rehab & Sports Medicine.  A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, she brings a wealth of experience to the hospital.  Although she spent her first several years working in several large hospitals, she feels the best care she has ever seen is in Maryville.  For 20 years she has worked with patients of all ages who have experienced a multitude of conditions that affect daily functioning. She has helped her patients and their families move beyond the effects of conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, strokes, hand injuries, debility-related to aging, and a multitude of developmental conditions in children. She says that the depth of her experience as well as that of her coworkers means that the rehab team “can take care of our own community-right here at home.” 

She states that a small hospital like St. Francis can have unlimited potential.  “When you combine the heart and the mission of St. Francis with a strong background of experience, training, and education, the possibilities are endless,” she says. Grispino, who also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, readily digs into program development.  She has extensive training in ergonomics and states that St. Francis is able to provide Functional Capacity Evaluations, Prework Screens and Functional Job Analysis to help industries keep their workers safe and productive. 

For her entire 20 years of practice, Grispino has also pursued ongoing advanced education for childhood and adult neurology, autism, sensory processing, visual processing, orthopedics and upper extremity conditions.  Always ready for a challenge involving special kids, she recently authored an article for Autism Asperger’s Digest. Grispino also provides OT services for the Maryville R-II school district.  “At the hospital, we address medically- and functionally-based issues with our kiddos such as self feeding or physical issues like regaining function after an incident such as stroke or head injury,” she notes.  “And then we can help the parents and child transition back to school where therapy must be related to the school environment.” 

As a team, we provide OT, PT and speech services for tiny babies on up to our 100-year-old elders.  “And we love them all,” she emphasizes.  “We have to help people make the best of a situation and that’s what we do in rehab.  As occupational therapists, we help people to achieve functional goals.  A person’s occupation is work, play and self-care - all of the things we take for granted each and every day unless something unfortunate happens. “

Occupational therapists work with people to regain the skills behind their everyday activities - sensory processing, movement, visual skills, cognitive functioning, etc.  And they help people adapt and learn to do things differently so that life can go on. “There is nothing like that ‘aha’ moment when someone realizes ‘I can do it,’” Grispino says.

For more information on Occupational Therapy Services at St. Francis Rehab & Sports Medicine, call (660) 562-7908 or go online at www.stfrancismaryville.com.

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