Title: Occupational Therapist
Company: Independence Rehab
Location: Hoquiam, Washington, United States
Carol A. Stormer, OT, NBCOT, Occupational Therapist at Independence Rehab, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational therapy.
Driven to pursue a career in health care, Ms. Stormer earned a BS in occupational therapy from Colorado State University, with distinction, in 1986 and achieved a Master’s degree in 2007. Now licensed to practice in the states of Washington and Oregon, she completed internships at the Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle and at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Fort Logan and Denver, Colorado to bring her to her current professional status. Backed by a more than 40-year career in occupational therapy, which she describes as “a holistic perspective on how your mind, body and spirit are genuinely connecting,” Ms. Stormer has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including receiving the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Professional Women in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. She has also been granted the Shining Star Award from Infinity Rehab and the Volunteer of the Year Award from Dragonsports USA. Notably, Ms. Stormer has been spotlighted on CUTV News Radio for her noteworthy achievements in occupational therapy, which she calls a highlight of her career.
In her current venture, Ms. Stormer works at the Independence Rehab in the Greater Twin Falls, ID area. From 2019 to 2020, she utilized utilized her broad range of skills to serve as an occupational therapist for Consonus Healthcare and Industrial Therapy Solutions. In recent years, she has also practiced occupational therapy at Career Staffing, Advanced Therapy and Reliant, as well as an independent consultant via Golden Touch Home Health Care in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Stormer commenced her career in 1987 as a developer and leader of the adolescent and child psychiatric units at CPC Fairfax Hospital, and went on to work in adult psychiatric units at Saint Cabrini Hospital and Everett General Hospital. Her years as an occupational therapist began in 1989 with the Providence Health Systems, working her way to lead therapist by 1995 and serving as manager of regional worker rehabilitation services until 1996. From 1996 to 2013, Ms. Stormer has worked as an occupational therapist for numerous clinics including, Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, Samaritan Health Services, PreCare Inc., Infinity Rehab, Innovative Senior Care/Brookdale Senior Living and Empres Health Care.
Ms. Stormer holds distinguished membership with the Oregon Occupational Therapy Association, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc., National Association of Professional Women, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and Pi Theta Epsilon. Having served as Washington State Mental Health Liaison for Occupational Therapy and First Board Development Chairperson for the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, Ms. Stormer attributes her career success to her parents and the lessons they taught her throughout her upbringing. She also recognizes her mentors, Elnora Gifoyle, Patricia Kriss and Kevin Olsonburn, for their guidance and support throughout the course of her illustrious career.
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