Kathy Richardson — MOT, OTR/L
Kathy joined the FOCUS team in September of 2018, bringing with her over 13 years of experience in working with both adult and pediatric populations. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2002 and then went on to earn her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University in 2005. Following graduation, Kathy moved to Chicago, IL and began working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Shirley Ryan Abilitylab) where she specialized in both pediatric and adult outpatient pain management. Kathy, along with her colleagues, authored the current clinical guidelines for the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Through this publication, she was able to integrate more current treatment strategies (graded motor imagery/mirror therapy) into the treatment algorithm driving best practice for this population. During her time with RIC, she also worked as a clinical researcher for Northwestern University’s Sensory Motor Performance Program where she conducted research using robotic assistive devices to improve functional use of the hand following stroke. Following her time with RIC, Kathy joined Oak Park SD97 as a district wide clinician where she served as department lead for OT/PT services. She also served on Assistive Technology Committee for Oak Park SD97 and on the OT/PT consortium of Northeastern Illinois. Kathy currently works with children of varying diagnoses and their families to optimize their participation in home, school, and community environments. She also works with adults with a variety of chronic pain conditions to return them to daily activities through patient education and targeted interventions of postural/body mechanics education, graded motor imagery, desensitization, work simplification/energy conservation, building functional tolerances to specific activities, as well as environmental/ergonomic assessment. Outside of work, Kathy enjoys listening to jazz, hiking, fencing, reading, traveling, and exploring Alaska with her husband and son.