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Cristina graduated from the University of Montreal with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is a member of the “Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec” (OEQ).
She had the opportunity to gain exposure in various fields including strain injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neurology, orthopaedics, geriatrics and pediatrics.
As an occupational therapist, Cristina designs individualized treatment plans to help each client regain movement, flexibility, endurance and strength of the injured extremities after work and car accidents, while taking into consideration the psychosocial and environmental factors affecting her clients’ lives.
Her services include:
- Assessments to determine a client’s physical limitations to accomplish their job
- Home safety assessments
- Basic ergonomic workplace assessments
- Assessments for paratransit
- Assessments for disabled parking permit
- Screening tests for disorders related to child development
- Evaluations and interventions related to hand affections
Cristina also did a systematic review on the effectiveness of video games used in post-stroke rehabilitation of upper arms and on the perception of clinicians and clients about the usefulness of the intervention. She found favorable data about this practice in clinics.
Occupational therapy is a therapy that allows clients to develop a productive, independent and satisfactory quality of life, namely in their activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), their leisure activities and at work.
Occupational therapy is a complementary therapy to physiotherapy in CSST and SAAQ cases. Interdisciplinary collaboration between these two disciplines is necessary to help clients regain maximum capacity in order to regain a satisfactory quality of life and optimal functioning.