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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists teach patients with illness, injury, or developmental delay to live as independently as possible.

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Using the latest treatments and therapies, our OTs work with individual patients to detemine what skills they need to function in their daily work and personal lives. We then develop customized, patient-centered programs that enable patients to complete normal activities like bathing, brushing teeth, and preparing food, without the help of others.

Why Choose Occupational Therapy at University of Colorado Hospital?

Our occupational therapists are committed to helping you recover quickly so that you become independent and active as soon as possible.

Specialty Occupational Therapy Services offered at UCH:

Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) provide individualized rehabilitation programs for patients with various upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow) injuries and conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other chronic conditions, to fractures, trauma, and burns. Methods include customized splinting, post-operative management, conservative/non-operative treatment including ergonomic assessment, therapeutic exercises and training, and symptom management.


Upper Extremity Amputation Therapy

Occupational therapists provide rehabilitation for patients with upper extremity (arm/hand) amputations including prosthetic (artificial limb) training and equipment to assist patients increase independence and resume activities of daily living.


Neurologic Dysfunction Therapy

Occupational therapists work with patients recovering from stroke and traumatic brain injuries as well as other neurological diseases ranging from Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Services have a patient-centered approach aimed at improving independence in activities of daily living.


Occupational Therapy: Providers

Karen Bourg, OTR, CHT

Karen is a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1990. For the next five years, she specialized in the treatment of spinal cord injury, driving rehabilitation, and low vision adaptation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She moved to Denver in 1995 and began her work at University of Colorado Hospital preparing for her Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT). Karen sat for examination and fulfilled certification for her CHT in November, 1997.


She has 15 years' experience here at UCH as an Occupational Therapy Specialist in Hand Therapy/ upper extremity disorders and works closely with our Hand Surgery Clinic physicians to provide a team approach to hand rehabilitation. She has additional experience treating peripheral nerve injury, burns and upper extremity amputation/prosthetic training. When not at work, she enjoys Colorado – hiking, snowshoeing, doing jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family and her energetic new black Labrador pup.

Amy Callan, OTR, DOT

Amy graduated from Saint Francis University of Loretto, PA in 2004 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Amy worked for Pennsylvania Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in both hospital and inpatient rehabilitation settings. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Amy worked with an interdisciplinary team to operationalize a multi-site pilot study regarding exercise and the geriatric heart failure population.


In 2010, Amy completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Temple University. Amy has worked with a variety of client populations and currently specializes in treating neurological populations. Amy enjoys being outside jogging, hiking, and enjoying the Colorado landscape.

Tori Channell, MSOTR

Tori graduated from Tufts University with a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2006. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in rehabilitation settings in Boston and San Francisco, then pursued her interest in hand therapy by completing the Evelyn J. Mackin Fellowship in hand therapy at the Philadelphia Hand Center in 2009.


She is a member of the Denver Hand Special Interest Group. She likes the creativity of splinting and strives to incorporate current evidence into her daily practice. Her hobbies include running, yoga, and making jewelry.

Mark Derreverre, CHT, OTR

Mark Derrevere received his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University, in Miami Florida in 1991. He has spent his career treating upper extremity and hand injuries. Mark, received his certification as a Certified Hand Therapist in January 1997, and has completed follow- up recertification twice, most recently in November 2011.


Mark has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and work related injury environments. He is trained in the treatment of traumatic hand injuries, upper extremity burns, and cumulative trauma injuries. Mark enjoys hiking, abstract photography, furniture design, and spending time with his teenage daughter and, rambunctious 1 ½ year old Samoyed.

Tara Haas, MSOTR, CHT

Tara is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where she completed her Bachelor’s in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2000 and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2002. In 2006, Tara completed the Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center, and passed her Certified Hand Therapist exam in November 2008.


She has 4 years of experience as the lead OT on the UCH Burn ICU (from 2002-2006), and continues to specialize in treating this population. As well as treating burns and other upper extremity injuries and disorders, Tara also serves as the Supervisor for the Outpatient OT Department at UCH. Tara loves to be outside skiing, hiking, jogging, and spending time with her husband (who is in Medical School here at CU!), daughter, and golden retriever.


Real Testimonial From Tara’s Clients: “I owe Tara a great deal for her commitment to my successful recovery. She exemplifies the unique skills that make her patients believe and achieve. Always positive, creative in her approach, and shows the numbers to demonstrate to her patients their hard work paying off. Outstanding UCH representative.” - Donald Keller