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Occupational Therapy

Helping you live a satisfying life

Your life is made up of occupations – meaningful, everyday activities. Your occupations can include many roles, such as being a parent, a spouse, an employee, a tennis player, a cook or a musician. We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have trouble doing them.

Whether an accident or injury, developmental delay or chronic medical condition, this is where an occupational therapist may be able to help. Occupational therapists assess physical and mental abilities, then work with you to improve or accommodate these abilities so you can do things like feed yourself, bathe, dress, complete homemaking and leisure tasks, or even return to work. Occupational therapy helps people develop the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.


At Bryan We Can Help you Develop Skills for Living Including:

  • Neurologic diagnosis
  • Hand and arm pathologies
  • Upper extremity orthopedic issues
  • Splint fabrication
  • Hand therapy

Schedule an Appointment Today

Bryan Medical Center:
To schedule an appointment, call 402-481-5121
For information and questions, call 402-481-9445

Crete Area Medical Center:
To schedule an appointment, call 402-826-6541

Merrick Medical Center:
To schedule an appointment, call 308-946-3015

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Linda Jeffery, manager, Bryan West Campus outpatient rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation

Linda Jeffery, MAA, OTR/L, is the manager for outpatient rehabilitation services on Bryan West Campus and inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation services on Bryan East Campus. She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University and her master’s degree in administration from Doane College. She began working in the Lincoln area in 1992 and joined Bryan Health in 1998. Linda has attended numerous continuing education courses including: Saebo and Bioness for upper extremity motor improvement following stroke, hand therapy including tendon repair, physical agent modalities and kinesiotaping. Linda’s outpatient expertise includes treating neurologic and orthopedic diagnoses, hand therapy including post-operative rehab, and fabrication of custom hand splints.

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Laura Anderson, occupational therapist

Laura Anderson, OTD, OTR/L, received a bachelor’s degree in health science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Laura is certified in Neuro-Development Treatment Parts I and II for stroke survivors; has her Lee Silverman Voice Treatment-BIG certification for those with Parkinson’s disease; is a CarFit technician and coordinates certifications for elderly drivers; and has her CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification. Laura typically treats the elderly in skilled nursing, home health, and hospital-based therapies.

Provides therapy at: Crete Area Medical Center

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Alec Johnson, occupational therapist

Alec Johnson, OTD, OTR/L earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in human resource development with a communications minor. Alec then went to Creighton University in Omaha where he earned his doctorate in occupational therapy. Alec joined the outpatient team with a focus on treating those with neurological and orthopedic difficulties. Alec also is certified in physical agent modalities and LSVT BIG for Parkinson's disease. He is a member of the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Provides therapy at: Bryan West Campus

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Kelly Little, occupational therapist, certified lymphedema therapist

Kelly Little, OTR/L, CLT, earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at Creighton University. She also received a graduate certificate from Drexel University in advanced practice hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, and a graduate certificate from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. She is a certified hand therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist. Kelly specializes in hand therapy and upper extremity orthopedics, lymphedema treatment, neurologic disorders, and geriatrics.

Provides therapy at: Crete Area Medical Center

christina flodmanChristina Flodman, OTD, OTR/L

earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Done College in Crete, Nebraska, and a clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has worked in skilled care nursing, home health, acute care and outpatient rehab settings. Christina has a passion for geriatrics and dementia patients. She received LSTV-BIG certification, and enjoys implementing that in her practice.

Provides therapy at: Merrick Medical Center

Kari ValentineKari Valentine, Occupational Therapist

Kari Valentine, OT, earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Since graduating she has worked in hospital inpatient care, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes and public schools. She has provided hand therapy/splinting services as well as non-traditional therapies including hippotherapy and aquatic therapy. She is certified in assistive devices, IMC (interactive metronome), Saebo upper extremity devices, and physical agent modalities. She has extensive experience in treating a wide range of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, chromosome abnormalities, stroke, upper extremity injury/amputation, developmental and motor delays, and Down Syndrome. Her passion is working with children, and she has done specialized training in sensory processing disorder, Handwriting Without Tears, wheelchair fitting/training, adaptive equipment and Beckman oral-motor treatment.

Provides therapy at: Merrick Medical Center

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