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Natalie Miller

Natalie-Miller

What settings have you practiced as a therapist?

  • Acute care
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Subacute rehab
  • Home health

Why did you become an OT? Or What do like most about being an OT?

I consider myself extremely lucky that occupational therapy fell into my lap -- it was truly meant to be! I knew I wanted to work in the medical field, but I wasn’t sure exactly in what capacity. A few things happened around the time that I was about to graduate from college: a friend in my Australia study abroad program took an OT class and shared all of the fascinating and fun things they were learning about, and my grandmother experienced OT services firsthand (and raved about her OT!) I then had a feeling that I should pursue this career path.

I love a lot about being an OT, but if I had to narrow it down, I specifically love interviewing people to figure out what exactly motivates and interests them, and then trying my best to make my treatments be as functional and meaningful as possible. OTs get such a unique opportunity to really hear people out in order to help them as individuals, and I think that is so cool!

What settings have you practiced as a therapist?

I have practiced as an OT for 10 years in inpatient acute rehab, where patients receive intensive therapy and are working hard to recover from all kinds of situations and diagnoses. I have helped people recover from orthopedic surgeries and injuries, spinal cord and brain injuries, and a whole range of illnesses that cause debilitation. My passion is helping stroke survivors during their rehabilitation!

What inspires you about Neofect users/your clients? OR Why are you passionate about Neofect products?

Because of my passion for working with people who are recovering from stroke and other neuromuscular disorders, I am very inspired by the unique opportunity we have at Neofect to give people hope and a chance to take back control over their own recovery.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Outside of work, I am passionate about raising and having fun with my two children, who have taught me a lot about being a better person and an OT! I also love spending time outside exploring all kinds of activities with my husband, kids, and two dogs. I love to dance, and taught an adult dance fitness class for many years (I hope to get back to doing that soon!)

Education

  • Schools, OT certifications
  • Dickinson College - Bachelor’s in Psychology, minor in Spanish
  • University of Florida - Master’s in Occupational Therapy

Licenses, certifications

  • Licensed as an OT in Virginia and Florida
  • Registered with NBCOT
  • Certified in - Electrical stimulation, myofascial release, Saeboflex dynamic functional orthoses, CPR

Occupational Therapy Skills

  • OT Special skills list (links here to validated sources approved by the therapist)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Links to blog articles we wrote

Disclaimer at bottom of all blogs

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Relation Posts

Stroke Lingo
Stroke Lingo: Part 2
To continue our discussion about tricky stroke-related terms, let’s talk about some words that relate to swallowing disorders that can occur after a stroke.
Stroke Management
Stroke Lingo: Part 1
Does it ever feel like you are learning to speak a new language when you are trying to talk about having a stroke?
Stroke Prevention
Warning Signs of Stroke: What to Notice
Have you ever wondered what it may look or feel like when a person is having a stroke? A stroke can happen to anyone at any time; it will not stop to think about whether you are in the middle of something like working, grocery shopping, or driving.
Stroke Management
Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Stroke
A “healthy lifestyle” can really take on a lot of different meanings depending on who you are talking to!
Stroke Recovery
Improving Balance After Stroke - Part 2
Last week we talked a bit about how balance can be seriously affected after a stroke, and we began to talk about things you can do to improve your balance and overall safety.
stroke risk factors
Knowledge is Power: Stroke Risk Factors
We can’t predict the timeline for when a stroke may affect a particular person. But we can definitely spread awareness about risk factors.
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