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IOHS is proud of our exceptional team of occupational therapy professionals. Our years of training and experience across a full range of disciplines and situations mean that you will receive an exceptional level of care. You'll know it as soon as you speak with one of our staff. We're here to help.

Please take a moment to review the bios presented on these pages. We believe you'll agree that some of the best talents in Newfoundland and Labrador are right here... at IOHS!

Jane Simmons, President/Owner IOHS , BScOT, OT(R)NL, OT(C), Occupational Therapist

Jane Simmons

President/Owner IOHS

   

Jane Simmons, President of Integrated Occupational Health Services

Jane graduated from Dalhousie University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since 1990, she has specialized in vocational rehabilitation in hospital-based team and single discipline programs until the establishment of Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS) in March 1994. As president/owner, Jane is committed to quality assurance in all services provided by IOHS.

Jane has had extensive training in vocational rehabilitation including a professional residency program from Roy Matheson and Associates, and ergonomic training from the University of Michigan, along with numerous workshops, conferences and seminars in assessment, treatment, and injury prevention programming. She is certified to administer the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), a standardized assessment of homemaking and everyday living activities. She is certified to administer the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), a structured goal oriented pain management program. She has also completed an ISO 9000 internal auditor course to guide the improvement of our quality assurance program.

Well respected in her field, Jane serves as a leading industry professional. In this capacity she has provided formal presentations to many groups, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada, and on numerous occasions, the OT Atlantic Conferences. In 1996, she received the Times Mirror Book Prize from fellow Dalhousie alumni for her contribution to the profession of occupational therapy in the area of vocational rehabilitation in the Atlantic region. In September of 2006, Jane was honoured with a “True Rotarian Award” for her contribution to Rotary International in the area of Youth Exchange.   In 2009, she was awarded a “Paul Harris Fellow” from Rotary International for her contribution to the Youth Exchange program.

Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).  She currently is a Board Member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest in charge of Youth Services. She is Chair of the Occupational Therapy Practices Committee of CAOT.  Since December of 2004, she has been an active member of Universal Design Network, whose mandate is to promote universal design in private and public buildings and positively impact government policy in this regard.  She was an active member of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission’s (WHSCC) Occupational Rehabilitation Liaison Committee from 1995 to 2001.  Jane served as president of NLAOT from 1996 to 1997.  She is a past board member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employer’s’ Council and CAOT.

At IOHS, Jane specializes in functional assessments, pre-employment screenings, return to work services (physical and mental health conditions), job site analyses, injury prevention and education programs, ergonomic consulting, train the trainer programs, home demands analysis, case management, medical-legal evaluations, and expert witness testimony.

 

Andrea Hutchens, BSc, BMR OT, OT(R)NL, OT(C) Occupational Therapist

Andrea Hutchens

BSc, BMR OT, OT(R)NL, OT(C) Occupational Therapist

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Andrea graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1999 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy. Since graduation, she has worked as an Occupational Therapist providing a variety of vocational rehabilitation services to clients. In January 2004, she joined the team of professionals at Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS).

Continuing education includes a variety of vocational rehabilitation workshops in the area of functional capacity evaluations, work conditioning and work hardening through Roy Matheson and Associates. She has also attended numerous workshops on ergonomics, low back injury prevention, pain management, foot biomechanics and orthotics fabrication courses. In August 2004, she attended a training workshop for The Progressive Goal Attainment Program: A New Program for Minimizing Pain-Related Disability. She most recently participated in a workshop titled “Wheelchair/Seating: The Basics & Beyond.”

Current memberships include the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Andrea's responsibilities include functional assessments, pre-employment screenings, return to work services, job site analyses, injury prevention and education programs, ergonomic consulting, home demands analysis, PGAP programming and case management. She also provides outpatient services in the area of splinting and orthotics.

Carla Evans, BSc (Psych), BScOT, OT(R)NL, OT(C), Occupational Therapist

Carla Evans

BSc (Psych), BScOT, OT(R)NL, OT(C), Occupational Therapist

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Carla graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and furthered her studies at Dalhousie University, where she graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Since graduation, she has worked as an Occupational Therapist providing full service occupational and rehabilitation services to a variety of clients. Her experience also includes two years of disability management in the insurance industry. In May 2006, she joined the team of professional at Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS).

Carla’s education includes certification as a Key Assessment Specialist from KEY Method International, as well as her attendance at a variety of vocational rehabilitation workshops, disability management seminars, as well as foot biomechanics and orthotic fabrication workshops. Carla is also a trained Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider, a community based program for minimizing pain related disability.

Carla is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Carla specializes in functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic consulting, return to work services, job-site analyses, home-demands analyses, medical-legal evaluations, and case-management services.

Theresa Roberts, OT/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s

Theresa Roberts

Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s

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Theresa graduated from McGill University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has specialized in two primary areas over the past 25 years, which include vocational rehabilitation and rheumatology. However, she also possesses over 7 years experience completing home assessments and working with the elderly.

Theresa has continuing education experience in such areas as Workplace Facilitation certification, Custom Orthotic Therapy, Progressive Goal Attainment Program, Universal Design workshop, Arcon (vocational assessment) certification training, Work Skills Review (i.e. Transferrable Skills Analysis) training, Seating and the Elderly, Assessment of Inflammatory Polyarthritis for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, Outcome Measures Workshop, Ergonomics, Determining Employability, and Roy Matheson Work Hardening Workshop.

Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Theresa specializes in functional assessments, home demands analysis, personal care assessments, medical-legal evaluations, and expert witness testimony.

Henriette Brandts Buys, OT(R)NL, OT/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s

Henriette Brandts Buys

OT(R)NL, Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s

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Henriette graduated from the Dutch school for Occupational Therapy in 1972. After working in the Netherlands, mainly in vocational rehabilitation, she came to Newfoundland in 1982, where she worked in the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre. This is where she started to specialize in “Seating.” This specialization has focussed over the years on clients that need complex positioning and/or non-standard wheelchairs. Since 1990 Henriette has worked part time in Adult Rehabilitation with a varied clientele (the Miller Centre and Health and Community Services) and part time as a Seating Consultant.

Henriette has attended international Seating and Positioning Conferences regularly since 1985. She was one of the founding directors of the Canadian Adaptive Seating and Mobility Association (1988 – 1998). Relevant certification courses included the Certification course Matrix System (Vancouver, 1988) and Ride Certification courses — Toronto 2004 and Denver 2007. Other relevant training includes general workshops in the field of postural assessments, pressure-sore treatment and prevention, wheelchair electronics, wheelchair comparisons and training in Universal Design.

In addition to her experience in positioning and wheelchairs, Henriette has 10+ years of experience working with children, 10+ years working in vocational rehabilitation, she has provided some medical-legal advise and she has worked all through her career solving client’s issues related to activities of daily living (ADL).

Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Henriette specializes in seating and mobility assessments, ADL assessments in relation to seating and mobility, provision of prescription for the appropriate mobility equipment, and supervision of all the custom work that might be required to this equipment.

Jeff Williams, BSc (Biochemistry), BSc OT, OT(R) NL, OT(C), OT/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s area

Jeff Williams

BSc (Biochemistry), BSc OT, OT(R) NL, OT(C), Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant: St. John’s and surrounding area

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Jeff graduated from Dalhousie University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon graduation, he began his practice of Occupational Therapy on the Burin Peninsula. A rural setting enabled development of skills in all areas of practice.

Jeff is a past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT). Jeff is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and licensed through the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

Jeff began contractual work with Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS) in November 2007 and regularly completes home demands analysis.

Tina Trickett, Office Manager: St. John’s

Tina Trickett

Office Manager: St. John’s

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Tina is one of our most senior employees at IOHS. She has been employed with IOHS since November 2000. She graduated from College of the North Atlantic in 1990 with a Secretarial Science Program (Medical) diploma. A short while after graduating, she joined a local medical clinic and worked there for 10 years. She also worked as a Laser Technician at a local eye clinic for approximately 7 months prior to joining our team.

As Office Manager, Tina is responsible for scheduling clients and meetings, e-mail and telephone correspondence to referring agencies and consultants, completing transcription/editing reports, accounts payable/receivable and ordering office/medical supplies.

Tina is also trained in First Aid and CPR. She has also been trained as IOHS’ Worker Health and Safety Representative.

Karla Harris, BSc, MSc(OT), OT(R)NL

Karla Harris

BSc, MSc(OT), OT(R)NL, Occupational Therapist

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Karla graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Science in 2008. She went on to further her education and completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University in 2010. Since graduating, Karla has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the public healthcare system in both physical and mental healthsettings, including adult inpatient rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, acute care mental health and outpatient mental health.

Karla is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

She joined the Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS) team in April 2011 with a focus in Home Demands Analysis (HDA).

Danielle Hogan, BA, BScOT, OT(R)NL

Danielle Hogan

BA, BScOT, OT(R)NL, Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant

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Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Certificate in Criminology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996. She then went on to obtain a Diploma in the Occupational Therapy Assistants Program from College of the North Atlantic in 2000. From there she went on to graduate from Dalhousie University’s Occupational Therapy Program in 2004. Danielle has held various positions within the public and private sector since graduation specifically in mental health, case management services, cardiology, critical care, occupational rehabilitation and physical medicine (primarily stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, progressive neurological conditions, musculoskeletal, and orthopedic injuries).

Danielle has 10 years experience in vocational rehabilitation services with specialized training in Ishernhagen and Key Method Protocol Functional Capacity Evaluation Assessments. Danielle is also trained in the Progressive Goal Attainment Program and completed a workshop titled “Independent Living Through Home Modification and Design” to increase her knowledge of home assessment and accessibility issues.

Since graduation Danielle has been actively involved in provincial, regional and national committee levels. From a provincial perspective, she was part of the Newfoundland andLabrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT) Executive from 2005 – 2009; acting as education chair (2005 - 2006) and president (2006 – 2009) and an Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP) Board Member for St. John’s Metropolitan region 2010-2011. From a regional perspective, Danielle held the position of Chair of the Occupational Therapy (OT) Regional Council 2008 -2010. From a national perspective, Danielle has been a member of the Certification Exam Committee with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) since 2010 and is currently acting Chair. Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Danielle is carrying out functional assessments, home demand analysis, ergonomic workplace assessments and medical-legal evaluations. Since 2004, Danielle has performed a variety of home assessments and personal care assessments for numerous referral sources including the WHSCC, disability insurance companies, insurance adjustors, legal representatives and Veterans Affairs. Recommendations to improve a client’s function, independence, safety, home accessibility, and quality of life were provided. Presently, Danielle is working as an occupational therapist/clinical supervisor with the Strengths Team – Case Management Services, Mental Health and Addictions program within Eastern Health while continuing as a contractual consultant with IOHS.

Kathy Pennell, Bkin (Hon), OT(R)NL, OT(C) OT/Contractual Consultant

Kathy Pennell

Bkin (Hon), OT(R)NL, OT(C) Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant

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Kathy graduated from Memorial University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (honours) and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University in 2006. She is currently employed with Eastern Health in Occupational Health and Rehabilitation.

Kathy has worked in both community-based and hospital-based settings in a variety of practice settings. She worked in Ontario for two years with an Assertive Community Treatment Team, providing skills training, symptom management, life skills and counseling to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Kathy returned to Newfoundland in 2008, at which time she started to explore a number of practice areas including orthopedics, general surgery, and medicine, before starting her current position in injury prevention and recovery management for long-term care and community-health services in St. John’s.

Continuing education includes many workshops held in Ontario and St. John’s over the past two years, including Bariatric Seating, Office Ergonomics, Motivational Interviewing, Authentic Leadership, Concurrent Disorders and Workplace Wellness.

Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).

At IOHS, Kathy is responsible for home demands analyses, ergonomic workplace assessments and mental-health return-to-work programs.

Amy Pearce, Bkin, MscOT, OT(R)NL, OT(C) OT/Contractual Consultant

Amy Pearce

Bkin, MscOT, OT(R)NL, OT(C) Occupational Therapist/Contractual Consultant

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Amy's bio to follow.