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chris thompson

OTR, MSOT, CDRS

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Christopher A. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2002. Upon graduation, Chris enlisted in the U.S. Army where he deployed multiple times to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. After leaving the Army, Chris became a contractor for the U.S. government where he helped prepare soldiers for combat using virtual simulation systems. In 2014, Chris’ father was in a serious car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury and paralyzed on his left side.  After being inspired by the team of medical professionals that not only saved his life, but allowed him to regain most of his independence, Chris decided on a career change. After receiving his Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, Chris worked in Florida at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Since becoming and OT, Chris has also gained experience in Home Health and at a hand therapy clinic. Transitioning to driver rehabilitation allows Chris to bring all of his experiences together to help clients achieve their goals of mobility independence.

Education

military

University of Georgia

Bachelor's of Arts and Science 

Spalding University

Master's of Occupational Therapy

US Army

101st Airborne Division

Chris attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia where he dueled majored in Computer Science and Japanese Language. While at UGA, Chris participated in an exchange program where he had the opportunity to study at Hakodate University in Hokkaido, Japan.  

Chris obtained his Master's of Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Chris Graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Eileen Egan award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate student.

Chris served in the United States Army as a Counterintelligence Agent with the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Chris did multiple deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Work

In-patient Rehabilitation

Panama City, Florida

Chris worked at Encompass In-Patient Rehabilitation Hospital in Panama City, Florida as an occupational therapist. His main responsibilities were helping individuals regain their independence with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, and grooming.

Home Health

Clearwater, Florida

Chris worked for Encompass Home Health agency in Clearwater, Florida. The main focus was to allow individuals to maintain or regain independence so they could live in their own homes for as long as possible. Bathing, grooming, dressing, money management, medication management, home management, food preparation, and community mobility were some of the tasks/activities that Chris had to work teach his patients.

Hand Therapy Clinic

Lexington, Kentucky

Chris work at Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy in Louisville, Kentucky where he treated various upper extremity injuries. Responsibilities included taking range of motion (ROM), strength, dexterity, and gross motor measurements. Chris also learned to fabricate various orthotics/splints to protect joints and tissue while healing.

Driver Rehabilitaion

McKinney, Texas

Chris partnered with Brandon Higgs, a fellow occupational therapist, to form their own company called H&T Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, LLC. Their focus is to provide driver evaluations, training, and vehicle modifications/equipment as needed to help their clients maintain independence with driving.

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