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Ashley Gatewood


Ashley is an occupational therapist who has worked most of her career in inpatient rehabilitation. She has dedicated herself to always improving her skill set for her patients. She started her Career at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital in Richmond, VA. She has practiced in other settings such as outpatient and home health for adults/pediatrics. Ashley is passionate about the neurological population and helping to provide a more independent lifestyle for her patients. She has volunteered her time to assist patients with adaptive sports and other organizations such as The Special Olympics.

Why did you become an OT?

I became interested in OT my senior year of high school through a mentoring program at the hospital in my home town. During my mentoring, I was exposed to several different diagnoses such as stroke, brain injuries and other neurological diseases. There was a certain patient who had suffered from strokes and was unable to complete daily tasks such as dress himself, speak clearly, or even feed himself. The therapist had told me prior to starting the session with him that he was unable to speak clearly or show a lot of emotions. We played a simple game of batting a balloon back and forth for a few minutes trying to get him to interact with us along with other therapeutic activities. It was time for me to leave for the day, so I told the gentleman goodbye and that it was nice to meet him. He responded, to me as clear as he could along with a big smile, “Thank you Ashley, you are great.” From that moment on I knew I was supposed to be an Occupational Therapist.

What settings have you practiced as a therapist?

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Home Health
  • Adult Home Health

What inspires you about Neofect users?

When I first became an occupational therapist I always wanted to be the OT that thought out of the box for my patients. I was blessed to start my career at a hospital that pushed for that along with giving us access to the top rated advanced technology to promote neuro rehab. While working with the technology I became so intrigued by what it was allowing patients to achieve. Neofect was one of the products I used that brought a whole new avenue for patients and home use. As a therapist you quickly find out that patient’s do not do so well carrying over your home exercises that you create for them. Neofect products gives patients that engaging, challenging and motivating exercise. The biggest inspiration is watching and hearing how excited patients get when they start seeing their hand and arm move when they thought they had no movement.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Outside of work for me is always an adventure. I enjoy being outdoors and exploring the world around me. I am a big sports junky so I am always looking to do new things. I enjoy playing basketball, softball, mountain biking and snowboarding.

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**Locations: **I am located in Richmond, Va and I am on the Eastern Time zone
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West Virginia University- Masters of Occupational Therapy
West Virginia University- Bachelors of Arts in Human performance and Health

OT Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed in Virginia
  • BLS CPR Certification
  • LVAD Certified
  • Certification in Disability Studies
  • Kineso-Taping
  • Member of AOTA

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