Doris Crofts OT, CHT is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She took some time to tell us about her passion for Occupational Therapy (OT) and Hand Therapy in specific.
“My passion comes from seeing people return to normal active lives.”
What do you specialize in?
I work as an Occupational Therapist and I am a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). I currently practice at Momentum Physical Therapy’s Live Oak and City Base West clinics.
What made you want to be an OT?
I was previously a computer programmer and I missed a lot the human interaction. I found out about Occupational Therapy and loved helping people get back to being able to do important things in life. My passion comes from seeing people return to normal active lives, such as when someone has not been able to ride their Harley, or play basketball and then after therapy, can do what they love again.
What are some non-clinical skills you feel that you’ve developed from being a Hand Therapist?
Some skills I had to some extent, but they have been refined: 1- an awareness of others, there are so many life and work situations, but it all comes down to the belief that we’re all brothers and sisters and have similar dreams, fears, hopes. 2- Empathy, there are so many hand injuries that are traumatic or life-changing, and my heart goes out to these courageous people who are working through these challenges. 3- Communication/listening, everyone wants to talk and “be heard”. Being able to communicate with people to make them feel comfortable and welcome in therapy is a very important skill to help keep promote the best possible patient outcomes.
What is your go-to phrase or quote you say to your patients to motivate them?
You’re doing great!
Who should see a hand therapist?
Anyone who has concerns with their arm/hand.
For patients that want to visit the Live Oak or City Base West locations, what can they expect?
A personal experience where they feel their concerns are being heard and someone knows what’s wrong and will help them get better.
What advice would you give to someone considering pursuing OT as a career?
I advise people to really love what you do and if you love it first because it is a financially stable job, people will see through that, and you will be less effective as a therapist. You’ve got to love it for helping people.
If you are having pain or discomfort in your arm or hand, ask your doctor to refer you to Momentum Physical Therapy. Call or visit any of our 12 locations in San Antonio and surrounding areas and we will get you the help you need.