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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on an individual’s ability to perform the broad range of everyday life activities. OT promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform these activities and/or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them.

In order to receive OT, a physician’s referral is required. At your first appointment, the occupational therapist will complete a thorough evaluation of your needs, problems, and concerns. Then, the therapist will create a customized treatment plan designed to improve skills and maximize functional abilities based on your priorities and personal goals. The therapist will consider your physical, psychological, and social well-being, as well as environmental factors when developing your treatment plan.


  • Assessing Activities of Daily Living (e.g., bathing, grooming, dressing, meal prep, self-feeding, simple cleaning, community skills)
  • Screening for gross motor and fine motor skills (e.g., bed mobility, transfers and balance, coordination and strength, handwriting, grasp/release, transferring objects) 
  • Assessing visual motor and visual perceptual skills (e.g., attention to visual space, response to visual stimuli, eye contact)
  • Assessing cognitive skills (e.g. attention, orientation, following commands, problem solving, money management, object recognition)
  • Therapy to improve strength, range of median /flexibility for upper extremities and trunk controls. 
  • Therapy to improve Activities of Daily Living, functional and fine motor skills
  • Therapy to improve visual and cognitive skills
  • Recommending adaptive equipment to improve activities of daily living

Alison Oest is a certified occupational therapist with 10 years of experience.  She graduated from Springfield College's Occupational Therapy program with a masters degree.  Alison has worked as an OT in many capacities-out patient, in patient and home care.  Working in Hicksville Physical Therapy, Alison has additional expertise with treating; however, not limited to these common conditons:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Syndrome
  • Fractures of the hand/wrist/fingers
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Trigger Finger

When a patient chooses to be treated at Hicksville Physical Therapy they will have the benefits of being treated by a multidisciplinary team.  We have: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapists and a Personal Trainer on staff.  Each team member assists with the treatment of the patient to aide in a greater and more functional outcome.  Hicksville Physical Therapy is the only facility on Long Island that takes such a multidisciplary approach with their treatment; in addition to using the highest technology in the office.

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17 West John Street
New York, 11801
T: 516 935 2067