Sherry Young, is a nationally board certified occupational therapist. She graduated from Towson State University with a B.S. in occupational therapy in 1989 and launched her career in general rehabilitation settings, as most new graduates do, in order to gain a broad knowledge of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures and how to provide a wide variety of OT services that promote optimal functional independence.
Three years later, she was hired at the Colorado Rehabilitation Institute which provided a multidisciplinary team approach to treating chronic pain and work-related injuries. This quickly morphed into a supervisory position, overseeing the chronic pain program, growing the occupational therapy department, and launching on-site rehabilitation programs in various industrial settings. Life was good.
Things got even better in 1997 when she jumped the corporate ship and hung a shingle in Boulder, CO. There she provided patient treatment and job site analyses, mainly for University of Colorado employees. By joining forces with a physical therapist they landed contracts with Boulder County and Longmont Foods as their sole rehabilitation providers providing treatment, job site analysis, post-offer pre-employment screens/physicals, and functional capacity evaluations from Boulder to Longmont in 3 locations.
While in private practice in Boulder for over 11 years, she used her job site and functional capacity evaluation skills as an expert witness. A family relocation took her to sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Okay, cue the mariachi music!! While touring the facility she fell in love with The Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, its location, and the staff, but could not believe she was headed back into an entry-level OT position. What a blessing in disguise! She was back in a team setting again with some top notch doctors and therapists and was able to “catch up” on the latest and greatest surgical procedures and rehabilitation techniques.
But alas, the bliss slowly subsided as she realized her true passion was missing from her life; functional capacity evaluations and working as an expert witness. So after 3 ½ years she went to an out-patient facility (another center of excellence called Southwest Sport and Spine) to perform FCEs and out-patient treatment. However, it just wasn’t the same in Las Cruces and there was no opportunity to use her skills for medical-legal purposes.
In August of 2013, she and her family returned to Colorado and she purchased Starting Point Rehabilitation to carry on the legacy sparked by Ms. Pat McKenna, OTR, and to pick up where she had left off before leaving Colorado; pursuing her passion of helping those who have been injured or those with chronic conditions by providing them with the most comprehensive functional capacity evaluation you can find in the country.
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