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When OTs Wore White Shoes

Body Mechanics
January 26, 2016 3:02 PM by Debra Karplus
A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to "retire" much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body Read More...
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OT and English Learner Students
January 12, 2016 2:43 PM by Debra Karplus
Passionate about genealogy, I learned a long time ago that my grandparents and those before them were immigrants -- mainly from Ukraine, Kiev, Pale of Settlement, Poland and Hungary. My ancestors came to America between 1880 and 1921 through Ellis Island Read More...
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Taking Dad Fishing
July 28, 2015 12:32 PM by Debra Karplus
Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods Read More...
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Choosing a Health Care Career
July 7, 2015 3:10 PM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party the other night, one young man, Mike, a newly graduated anesthesiologist, was "holding court," answering "doctor questions" from some of the other guests. One guest, a man with a son in college and a daughter finishing high school, asked Read More...
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Confidentiality and Healthcare
March 18, 2015 1:57 PM by Debra Karplus
I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see "The Bob Newhart Show." On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing Read More...
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Where Did You Receive Your OT Training?
September 22, 2014 9:55 AM by Debra Karplus
I was doing some cleaning and organizing and stumbled upon a few of my old college textbooks. I started thinking about some of my occupational therapy classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the mid-1970s, and about my professors there. I Read More...
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Why Occupational Therapy?
January 20, 2014 4:28 PM by Debra Karplus
It's hard for me to believe that I have been an occupational therapist for nearly forty years. A chance meeting at a summer job with a wise older woman (she was probably in her thirties) was my first exposure to the field. I was headed to college that Read More...
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