School of Health Professions banner

Health Professions E-NEWS

P. Fingerhut

Occupational therapists help patients recover, achieve better quality of life

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages to participate in the activities (occupations) they want and need to do.

Patricia Fingerhut, OT, PhD, assistant professor and chair of department of occupational therapy at The University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, said, "our profession began in 1917 as 'reconstruction aides' as soldiers began coming back during World War I. Physical therapy began in the same place, and our specializations eventually split into two distinct groups."