HEALTH PROFESSIONAL LIAISON
Brooke O’Steen, OTR
With over 10 years of occupational therapy experience, three of which including significant upper extremity prosthetic
experience, Brooke is a part of SRT’s Upper Extremity Program and provides one-on-one education to therapists, medical professionals, and patients during their therapy treatment sessions; brainstorming and problem solving to provide optimum patient care.
Brooke was the keynote speaker at the Skills for Life III Conference in Denver, Colorado in 2012, speaking on the success of the only two upper extremity patients who had undergone the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation surgery in the nation outside of beta testing.Brooke began her occupational therapy career at IU Health in Goshen, Indiana and then worked in the outpatient therapy and burn unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 7 years. She now serves as the SRT Prosthetics & Orthotics Health Professional Liaison.
Although Brooke does not provide occupational therapy within SRT, she does provide a multi-level educational program for occupational therapists, focusing on introductory and advanced technologies in upper extremity prosthetics as well as ADL training for physical and occupational therapists working with lower extremity amputees. Course objectives include an introductory session on the basics of upper extremity prosthetic care, as well as introducing more advanced technologies such as the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation surgery. In addition to the upper extremity program, Brooke also facilitates a hands-on ADL focus group for lower extremity amputees; tackling occupational issues such as toileting, dressing, car transfers, and general home management.