In This Issue:
Therapy Staff Welcomes New President
Therapist Success Story
Upcoming Career Fairs
Employee Spotlight
Little Additions
Have Fun and Stay Safe This Summer Spotlight Cities
 Therapy Staff Star  July 2011
 Therapist Success Story
Linda Harris – COTA 
  1. How long have you worked with Therapy Staff? December 16, 2000           
  2. What made you decide to become a therapist? Had been a cop and wanted an 8-4 job to be with my son.  I had a niece become a COTA with intention to become an OTR.  A bad accident with head injury derailed that plan.
  3. What is the favorite part about your job? Sending people home. Helping someone regain their independence. All the people and their stories.
  4. Any funny stories you can share about working? A 99 year old tiny woman wanted to be put to bed but kept trying to get up and walk so nursing wanted her at the nurses’ station. She begged and begged as I explained about her safety and left her at the nurses’ station.  As I walked away she clearly (and loudly) said, “B***H!”
  5. If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be doing for a living? Sailing…I have crossed the Atlantic on a 52’ registered Tall Ship with an engine from St. John Virgin Islands to Ireland.  I am also a scuba diver. So I would be doing some sort of ocean research.
  6. What are your hobbies or interests? Reading, Gardening, Pottery.
  7. What is your favorite quote? "Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and erase all of the doubt.”

Upcoming Career Fairs We’d love to meet you at... 
Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference 
September 15th–17th
Galena, IL 
September 23rd   
Mount Saint Joe University PT career fair
September 2011  
Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference
September 30-October 1st 
Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference
October 14th–15th
Debbie Manders
Accounting  Department  

What do love about your job?  I love when everything balances (it’s just an accounting thing).

What was your strangest job?  I really never had a strange job.  But, my first one was as a hostess in a (I’m dating myself here) Clock restaurant.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of Therapy Staff?  My number one favorite thing is spending time on our boat with my husband and sometimes our daughter.  I do also love to read.

What is your favorite movie?  It would probably be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Or E.T. because that was the movie my husband and I went to on our first date.

What is your favorite food? Pretty much any type of seafood.

What is the best advice you ever got?  If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?  I water ski

  Little Additions
Congratulations to Marivenkatesh and his family on the birth of their son Abhinav Krishna.
We would like to offer best wishes to
Tolice and her husband Ken
  12 tips to Stay Safe and Healthy this summer! 
It’s summer — time for fun in the sun!

You want to grab your kids for a day at the lake. Or talk your friend into that long-overdue jog through the park. Or maybe peel your hubby off the couch or drag your wife out of the mall and enjoy a long hike together.
But then you remember how it all ended last year … ouch, that sunburn was bad! You picked up a poison ivy rash after visiting the wildlife preserve. And all those itchy mosquito bites still bothered you days after the family barbeque …

"No thanks!" you say, "I'm not going to do that again!"

But wait! You can have summer fun without the pain! Here are tips to keep you safe and happy:
Protect Against the Sun!

Did you rarely get a sunburn when you were younger, but now you get them more often? No, it’s not that you have changed. It’s because the ozone layer around the earth is getting thinner. It lets more of the harmful UV light through.

So, protecting yourself from the sun is more important than ever! And there is much you can do to enjoy some time in the sun without getting burned:

1. Stay in the Shade
Stay inside, or at least in the shade, during the middle of the day! That’s when UV rays are most harmful.
2. Use Sunscreens—All Year Long
UV rays are harmful in all seasons and all weather. At the beach, you burn with a nice cool breeze just as easily as in stifling heat.
The "How To’s" of Sunscreens

Buy sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Pick the type that works best for you:
Creams, gels, wipes, sprays, and sticks are available.


Put it on 30 minutes before going out in the sun.

Use it, even when it’s cool outside or cloudy.

Apply it generously—use more than you think you need!


Take sunscreen with you wherever you go.

Put more sunscreen on throughout the day.

Reapply it right after getting wet or exercising.

3. Cover Up with Clothes, a Hat, and Sun Glasses

Pack a long-sleeved T-shirt, knee-long shorts, or a beach coverup … and actually wear these—at least for part of the time you spend in the sun.

Your head and neck are most vulnerable to cancer. So, sport that wide-brim, colorful hat with confidence! And, if the only hat you own is a baseball cap, make sure to smother your ears and neck with some additional sunscreen … just to be sure.

Sun glasses don’t just add style to your summer outfit; they protect your eyes. So, don’t forget to get a pair of cool UVA/UVB blocking shades, for you and the kids in your life.

4. Drink Enough Fluids!

You’re ready for your day trip. You have your hiking shoes on, some sandwiches packed, and a sports drink in your backpack. But did you know that you should drink 64 ounces of water throughout the day? When doing physical work and in hot weather, your body needs even more.

When you sweat, your body loses water. If you don’t replenish it, you become dehydrated. Dehydration is a serious matter! It can make you more prone to heat exhaustion!
Signs of Dehydration   
  • Don’t have to urinate all day
  • Have a really dry mouth and throat
  • Feel dizzy when standing up
  • Don’t need bathroom breaks; no wet diapers
  • Complain about dry mouth
  • Fuss a lot
  • Cry without tears
  • Seem more drowsy than usual
So, drink up—but do it right!

The best thirst quencher is water. But, if you don’t like plain water, try flavored water or a sports drink. Don’t grab a carbonated soda or alcohol, as these drinks make you even more thirsty.

Have FUN!
 Spotlight Cities
Tampa Florida - There's a sunny side to this West Coast community that makes this a true hot spot among the world's destinations. Travelers will also find plenty to do at Tampa Bay's premier attractions, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's new Cheetah Hunt, the largest science center in the southeast United States MOSI, swimming with the fish at The Florida Aquarium, or at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo where paid daytime admission now includes free, unlimited amusement rides. Those looking for more great performances should take advantage of the many shows and concerts taking place, including Gavin Degraw's only Florida solo concert at The RITZ Ybor and Everclear at the brand new Hard Rock Café. Enjoy world famous beaches along with the ultimate shopping experience. 

Austin Texas - Today, the city bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World." Austin has it all—blues, country, reggae, jazz, conjunto, Tejano, swing and rock—performing in nearly 200 live music venues around the city including nightspots along Sixth Street and the Warehouse District.  Major annual events include South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive conferences in March and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in September.

Austin's 206 parks include more than 16,682 acres of land. Other popular amenities of Austin parks are hike and bike trails in scenic areas along Barton Creek, Lady Bird Lake, Shoal Creek and Blunn Creek, as well as mountain biking trails in areas like Emma Long Metropolitan Park along Lake Austin.  Austin is a starting point for the Presidential Corridor via U.S. 290, Texas 21 to Texas 6 connecting the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Bryan/College Station with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin. 

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