Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health profession that helps persons whose lives have been affected by illness or injury. Examples of people who benefit from OT range from a child with a birth defect to an adult with a fractured wrist to a person affected by the aging process.

The goal of occupational therapy is to assist individuals in achieving an independent and productive lifestyle following illness, injury, physiological, or developmental disability.

Rehabilitation services are beneficial to those recovering from a stroke, brain injury, orthopedic conditions, or muscle pain and injury. Pediatric therapy is also offered, helping children who struggle with pervasive developmental disorders (such as Autism or Asperger’s Disorder), developmental delays, and Sensory Integration Dysfunction.


LSVT LOUD for patients with Parkinson's disease, improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. The treatment helps individuals with the disease recognize that their voice is too soft, convincing them that the louder voice is within normal limits, and helps them become comfortable with their new louder voice.


Occupational therapy staff members work with school age children, patients in the hospital, outpatients, home care clients, and nursing home residents. They also provide consultive services to local businesses for injury prevention in the work place.


Perham Health Nelson Therapy Center (218) 347-1590


Learn more about our therapists:


Ashley Anonen, OTR


Anna Jacobson, OTR


Laura Neitzke, OTR


Lacey Thiel, OTR


Mindy Zimmerman, OTR