MSOT, OTR/L, CDRS
Brandon Higgs is a U.S. Army combat veteran with prior service on active duty. Currently he serves in the Army Reserves as a non-commissioned officer with 17 years’ experience. After active duty,Brandon used his Post 9-11 GI Bill to go back to college in 2014. Brandon attained both his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in Louisville Kentucky. While in graduate school, Brandon had a level 2 fieldwork experience at Vanderbilt’s Pi Beta Phi’s Rehabilitation Institute. At Vanderbilt, Brandon was introduced to driving rehabilitation. He quickly connected with the clients and gained a desire for working in this setting. After graduation he entered the field of driver rehabilitation as an OT in a private practice setting. Brandon transitioned roles to a hospital-based program and established & developed the first driver rehabilitation program at The Baylor Scott & White rehab hospital in Frisco Texas. Currently Brandon is the owner of a new OT based driver rehabilitation program in North Texas (H & T Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, LLC). Brandon has presented for university OT programs and hospital-based outpatient programs on topics related to research for best interventions in driver rehabilitation (on the road vs. clinic interventions) for the neurologically impaired population.
Master's of Occupational Therapy
Active and Reserves
Driving to Independence, LLC
Baylor Scott and White
H&T Driver Rehabilitation
Brandon used his GI Bill to attain his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Spalding University located in Louisville Kentucky. During his fieldwork experience, he was introduced to Driver Rehab at Vanderbilt’s Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute. There he gained a passion for serving the neurologically impaired population for their driver rehab needs.
While on active duty, Brandon served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He was deployed overseas to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operational Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom. Since active duty he has continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. Brandon is currently a Non-Commissioned Officer serving as a career counselor (retention officer) in the North Texas Area.
After Brandon graduated and passed the National Board Exam for Occupational Therapy, he started work for an OT Based Driver Rehabilitation private practice in Tempe Arizona. He provided comprehensive driving evaluations and behind the wheel trainings for diagnoses including but not limited to spina bifida, autism, ADHD, dementia, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, etc.
Brandon worked as a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist and OT at Baylor White and Scott. He served patients recovering from significant brain injuries and other neuroglial disorders/conditions in in a intensive neuro day program. He also envaulted and trained outpatients with varying conditions effecting adolescents and adult drivers. He built relationships with many North Texas DPS centers, mobility dealerships, non-profit organizations, Texas Workforce Solutions and physicians in the DFW Metroplex area. At Baylor, Brandon honed his skills in driver rehab and develop a community mobility program where one did not exist before. Brandon has prescribed adaptive equipment for drivers, trained clients and helped them through the process of becoming an independent driver through the Department of Public Safety.
After his experiences, Brandon decided to go into private practice along with his fellow OT colleague Mr. Chris Thompson. They created H & T Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, LLC in McKinney Texas. Currently they serve the DFW metroplex and surrounding areas for driver rehabilitation and community mobility. H & T is a flexible company that meets the client in their home and common areas. Occupational Therapists can best help clients when they can assess the person in their own environment, this is the basis for H & T’s vision.
Occupational Therapist Registered Nationally and Licensed with the state of Texas, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, and Licensed TDLR Driver Education Teaching Assistant.
Brandon currently serves as President for the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialist’s Texas chapter.