Occupational Therapy Month Spotlight - Kari Lippert

Date: Apr, 12 2021

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy?

I was a Biology major in 1984 (long time ago!) and my two older sisters stated that I would not make any money with that career(ugh, older sisters!!) . They knew I liked people and like science, and encouraged me to check out Occupational Therapy. . I did and I have been doing it for 30 years!

What helped you determine that this was the career path for you?

I have always liked/loved what impact I can make on someone’s life. I have realized that if I can affect the quality of someone’s life, it is rewarding for me.

Why did you choose to work in the Home Health setting?

As an OT, it is all about functional outcomes. After years in my career, the most realistic impact is right in the patient’s home. You can actually practice a tub transfer with their own tub versus a simulated tub in a facility

Why did you choose to work for Adoray?

A RN friend of mine was working for Adoray, and she stated how much she liked it. I wanted something part-time, and miraculously, there was an opening!

What is the most rewarding part about being in this field?

By far, making someone’s life easier, less painful, preventing a fall, hearing life stories, etc. 

What is the most challenging part about this career?

I am extrovert by nature, and I do miss having co-workers around to laugh with, problem solve, etc.

What is a lesson you have learned throughout your career in Occupational Therapy that you would like to share with others?

Listen to pt’s wants and needs, and respect that. 

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