Jessy Ohlsen, OTR/L
Jessy Ohlsen first heard about Bacharach while looking for a job at top-rated healthcare facilities after graduating from Quinnipiac University with her degree in occupational therapy.
“I knew I wanted to help people regain their independence and return to doing what was important to them,” said Jessy. “Occupational therapy allows me to utilize my creativity to treat patients individually based on their needs and difficulties.”
Jessy setting up a patient for therapy on the Tyromotion Diego upper extremity robot
This is Jessy’s 18th year working at Bacharach and she works in just about every rehabilitation department there including inpatient, outpatient, acute care, and home care. “I enjoy being able to work with patients in all different levels of their rehabilitation process,” said Jessy.
Jessy’s favorite clients to work with are those with brain injuries, and she feels especially comfortable addressing visual and cognitive deficits from these injuries. For three years she worked under a neuro-optometrist at Bacharach learning how to evaluate and treat vision deficits. “I’ve learned to appreciate how an issue with vision can affects a person’s daily life,” said Jessy. “Someone with a visual disturbance might have trouble with their daily activities, mobility, getting back into their community, and getting back to driving.” Jessy is also involved in the Driving Program at Bacharach, completing about two Pre-Driver Evaluations each week. During this test, she assesses a client’s vision, attention, reaction time, and all of the cognitive and physical skills needed in order to drive safely.
Bacharach’s strong sense of community is one of the reasons that Jessy loves working here. “We have so many different clinicians to learn from here,” said Jessy. “We also have many resources to utilize, especially our new robotic and computerized therapy tools, which help us do more for our patients using technology. Our therapists and clients have found the robotics a useful addition to our traditional treatment practices.”