FAIRBURY – Danielle Dailey OTR/L, CLT, has joined Jefferson Community Health Center’s Rehab and Sports Clinic as full-time occupational therapist.
Dailey has more than 19 years of experience in occupational therapy. She has special interest and emphasis in lymphedema therapy, pediatric therapy and hand therapy, but has experience in all types of occupational therapy with all ages of patients, including home health and hospice patients, and nursing home residents.
Occupational therapy, often called OT, is the use of treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of a patient with a physical or developmental condition.
“My favorite thing about working in the field of occupational therapy is the variety in diagnoses, patients and treatment methods,” Dailey said. “JCHC offers this variety and the opportunity to build the program. I’ve also been pleased at the friendly and supportive environment at JCHC.”
Most recently, Dailey worked in occupational therapy at Myrtle Beach, SC. She has previous experience in the North Platte, Grand Island and Hastings areas, Columbia, SC, and New Jersey.
She is a graduate of Kearney High School and attended Kearney State College; has a bachelor of arts in theater and English from Rutgers, New Brunswick; and received her OT certification from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She currently has partial completion of her Master’s Degree, as well.
“I’m pleased to be back in a small rural hospital where there is an opportunity to work in all areas of occupational therapy, and initiate new services for the community,” Dailey said.
Dailey has had some interesting opportunities in her life, in addition to her work. She spent six months as an aspirant in Washington DC with the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, a Catholic religious order. She has also participated in mission trips, including a trip to the Bronx, NY, where she lived with the Missionaries Charity in their homeless shelter in Harlem.
“It was a very moving experience. It’s neat to see how God works,” she said.
JCHC’s Rehab and Sports Clinic has had part-time occupational therapy service by Barb Bleich, OTR, who will continue on an as needed basis.
“We felt there was a need in this area for full-time occupational therapy service,” said Justin Schardt, PT, DPT. “We are especially pleased with Danielle’s experience in pediatrics and lymphedema and feel it will be a great resource for residents of our area.”
Dailey has family including nieces and nephews in Hasting and the Kansas City area. She is pleased to be back closer to family so she can be a part of their lives.
Anyone with questions about occupational therapy can contact Dailey at JCHC’s Rehab and Sports Clinic, (402) 729-6840.