Therapy Center News: OT Student Spotlight on Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor grew up in Grand Lake, Louisiana, a small town south of Lake Charles. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Sara recently completed a one week rotation with Therapy Center in the in-patient rehab at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings. We asked Sara to tell us about her experience while on her first rotation and here is what she had to say!

Why did you choose Occupational Therapy for your career?
“From a very young age, I knew that I had a desire to work with people in the medical field, but I wanted to choose a field in which I could interact with others on a personal level to reach their goals. Enabling clients to recognize their worth and their abilities, even in the presence of disease or disability, is very important to me. Occupational therapy strives to be client-centered and recognizes the needs of the client in their everyday environment in the home, workplace, school, or community to guide each client’s therapy goals. Utilizing this approach, occupational therapists must remain dedicated to the unique situation of each client and form creative approaches to best treat each individual.”

What is the biggest thing that you learned while on rotation with us?
“During my rotation, I learned so much about therapeutic activities and interventions, but the lesson that will remain with me the most is the importance of communication both with clients and among staff members to deliver the best possible treatment to each client.”

What was your favorite part of working with the Therapy Center team?
“Every Therapy Center staff member that I had the opportunity to work with treated me with a great deal of respect and was eager to answer my questions, teach me something new, and guide me to discover things about myself and how I worked with others. More importantly, each staff member treated his or her clients with the same level of respect and enabled them to play an active part throughout their rehabilitation process.”

What else you should know about Sara Taylor!

When Sara is not in school, she enjoys running, water sports, golfing, spending time with her family, and going to festivals and community events in New Orleans. She has a special interest in community wellness promotion, and hopes to someday incorporate her experience and knowledge into working with families or corporations who desire to lead healthier lives.

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