April is Occupational Therapy Month, a time to celebrate all those in the profession.
Life Care Center of LaGrange’s director of rehab services, Michelle Watson, is a certified occupational therapist assistant and has worked at our building for 14 years. She loves being around people.
Watson started her health education at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne as a nursing student and then transferred to Michiana College in Fort Wayne for her occupational therapy degree. Prior to coming to Life Care Center of LaGrange, she did her field work experience at Cameron Hospital and LaGrange Hospital in their therapy departments.
Watson was born in West Virginia. She moved to Auburn, Indiana, when she was 13 years old. She continues to live in Auburn and commutes to Life Care Center of LaGrange.
One thing that means a lot to Watson is seeing patients recover and go home, especially when the odds seem against them. That was the case for one patient several months ago who was urged to go on hospice but who was able to go home with a decent quality of life and outlook thanks to therapy.
“Seeing this significant and life-changing improvement that our team can have in changing a person’s life is why I do what I do,” said Watson. “We helped him to meet goals that he and his family were praying and dreaming of. I take pride in being able to help people achieve their goals and getting them back or even better to where they were before. Not only do I love helping them improve, but I love being able to do it in a fun way!”
Outside of work, Watson loves spending time with her family, especially taking her young daughter to waterparks and riding bikes. She is involved in autism awareness education and support groups and likes crafts and cooking as well.
Happy OT Month to Watson and all our occupational therapy associates!