Get to know Amy Fjerstad, MPH, OTR/L, a CMH occupational therapist

April is Occupational Therapy Month

By Amy Fjerstad, MPH, OTR/L

I started working at CMH after I completed my schooling and have been here almost a year now. I love it! I decided to pursue occupational therapy after seeing the role the therapists played in Amy Fjerstadprioritizing my grandmother’s quality of life when she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when I was younger. Seeing therapists suggest and develop modifications to allow her to feed herself, communicate and live more fully, despite the progression of her illness, made me want to do the same for others.

What I love about being an occupational therapist is that I work with a variety of people of all different ages. I get to be creative when working with people to problem-solve different challenges or barriers to their recovery, and I am there celebrating the small accomplishments with them along the way. 

Some of my favorite moments as an occupational therapist have been seeing kids light up after finally doing what was challenging for them and what we had been working on — such as tying shoes or keeping their balance while walking along a balance beam. This is what occupational therapy is about, helping people see they can still be involved in the activities they love, and I can help them get there. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, making pottery and taking care of my rabbit, Moose.