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Denice Van Driesen, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Administrative Team Leader

1 Patient Story
Denice Van Driesen, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Administrative Team Leader

Denice Van Driesen, OTR/L, is a graduate of Lehigh County Community College in 1975 and spent 15 years as a COTA at Cedarbrook and was instrumental in helping to develop specialty programs for the residents that included both a high and lower functioning stroke group, Parkinson’s group and brain injury group for young adults. Received a B.S in OT at College Misericordia in 1991 and has been employed at Industrial Medicine, later turned Coordinated Health since that time for a total of 25 years. She started as a student intern and is now the OT Administrative Team Leader and works at the 2030 Highland Avenue Campus and also the Emrick Blvd Campus. She is trained and treats diagnoses from the elbow to the forearm, wrist and digits. These diagnosis include fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, tendon lacerations and work hardening. Splint fabrication and job site analysis are also performed.   She has been involved with training of many students from observers to Fieldwork I & II. Some of these students are employees of CH now.

Denice has been part of Coordinated Health when it started out on Schoenersville Road as Industrial Medicine Lehigh Valley. Very proud to be a part of a premiere health care provider in North East Pa.  Incidentally she is also proud to say her older son is employed here as a PT. “It is very fulfilling to see the clients return to pain free, functional usage of their upper extremities and to think I had a small part in helping this happen.”

3 Testimonials
Highly Recommended
“ I am now finished with my therapy and I was extremely satisfied with David and Denice and would highly recommend anyone to go to this facility. Every minute of my time there was worth it! ”
Kelly and Sunshine Went Out Of Their Way
“ Kelly and Sunshine went out of their way to accomadate my needs. Offered all kinds of support and help. Dave and Denise also were helpful. It was wonderful to work with such a caring staff. Their main concern is the patient ”
Hand Therapy with the BEST OT TEAM ever
“ My story began in Mexico with a fall on marble tile. It continued with a brace to allow tendons in my hand to heal. I wore a brace for six long weeks on my right hand. I was so excited when the brace came off and then realized my hand was stuck and did not move or function the way a normal hand should. I learned how to do many common tasks with my left hand. It was not fun and very frustrating at times. I must admit it really stretched my patience at times. Fortunately for me I went to Coordinated Health and the team of occupational therapists from Bethlehem and Easton helped me. I worked with Denice, Dave, Stephanie, and Ben. Every one of these therapists helped me on my journey to a functional hand. They were all very supportive as I learned how to make my fingers and thumb work again. Simple things like opening a jar, turning a key, and turning a door knob were a challenge. But here’s something to keep in mind-tell the therapist what you want to do and he/she will give you an activity to help achieve it. All of the therapists I worked with have a sense of humor. When I first started with a clothes pin activity to pick up marbles I inadvertently had Dave scrambling to pick up the ones that escaped my grip. All the therapists listened and sometimes laughed at my method of doing my exercises in a practical manner. For instance, instead of picking up coins, I picked up M & M’s for decorating my M & M cookies. It seriously improved my fine motor skills. Getting my fingers stronger was very therapeutic. The best part was pounding the clay with a round peg. One of the most important things about therapy is the patient needs to do therapy at home and be seriously invested in healing. Some days I was just not in the mood to play with clay so I did the next best thing: I made cookie dough and yeast dough for cinnamon buns. I am very grateful to all my therapists. You all cared about me and helped me recover from the worst injury I have had in my life. Thank you very much! ”
D D. from Easton, PA
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