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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...
The Paralympics
November 10, 2015 11:48 AM by Debra Karplus
I am a member of the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board here in my town. Via a recent city event, I met a lovely young woman who is employed by the city's public works department, specifically recycling. Over dinner, several of us started talking and Read More...
When your Friend has ALS
July 13, 2015 4:53 PM by Debra Karplus
What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Read More...
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...
What Ever Happened to My Favorite Patients?
April 21, 2014 9:29 AM by Debra Karplus
I've been reading the obituaries in our local newspaper for a long time. Apparently, many people do the same. My early work was in nursing homes. When you work with a patient daily for thirty days, you get to know them and their families well by the time Read More...
The Evolution of Wheelchairs Goes Rolling Through Time
April 14, 2014 11:09 AM by Debra Karplus
The first time I ever saw a wheelchair may have been Raymond Burr (post Perry Mason) as the paraplegic Chief of Detectives in the TV show "Ironside" in the late 1960s. It wasn't until I was in occupational therapy school that I was really exposed to wheelchairs, Read More...