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Jane Simmons

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

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 for persons with physical, mental health, sensory, and cognitive deficits. 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. Over the last 10 years, Jane has completed additional training in cognitive functional testing, advanced functional capacity evaluation, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), brain injury assessment/rehabilitation, and seating/wheelchair assessment.

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, CAOT, 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 Past President of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest (2020-2021) and current Chair of Rotary District 7820 Youth Services. She is a member of the Private Practice Occupational Therapy Network of CAOT. Since December of 2004, she has been an active member of Universal Design Network NL (UDNNL), whose mandate is to promote universal design in private and public buildings and positively impact government policy in this regard. She is current treasurer of UDNNL. She was an active member of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission’s (WHSCC) Occupational Rehabilitation Liaison Committee from 1995 to 2001 and is currently Co-Chair representing NLAOT on this Committee with WorkplaceNL. She is also an active member of the City of St. John’s Inclusion Advisory Committee (2021-2022). Jane served as president of NLAOT from 1996 to 1997. She is a past board member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council and CAOT.

At IOHS, Jane specializes in functional assessments, pre-employment screenings, return to work services/activation programming (for clients with physical, mental health, and cognitive 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.