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Occupational Therapy

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The Occupational Therapy Department at UPMC St. Margaret is part of UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. We help you improve your level of functioning as much as possible in your activities of daily living (ADLs), which can include:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Writing
  • Cooking
  • Driving

Work and leisure activities may also be addressed.

Conditions We Treat

The occupational therapy department serves patients of most ages. Impairments treated include:

  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Effects of aging
  • Recovering from an injury such as a stroke or automobile accident


Based on your individualized occupational therapy plan, rehabilitation may include:

  • Training in ways to perform daily tasks more effectively and safely
  • Therapeutic exercise or activities
  • Hand therapy
  • Education

Your Treatment

During your initial visit, a registered and licensed occupational therapist will evaluate your problem and work with you to establish goals for treatment. The experienced staff works closely with your physician to provide continuity of care. State-of-the-art equipment and intervention allows you to perform highly defined movements and exercises that measure your rehabilitation progress.

Referrals are accepted from medical doctors.


American Occupational Therapy Association

Our Staff

  • Jill Noaker-Luck, OTR/L, CHT
    Temple University, 1982
  • Michael M. Balandiat, OTR/L, CHT
    University of Pittsburgh, 1988
  • Maria Scolieri, OTR/L, CHT
    University of Pittsburgh, 1990
  • Kristy Ondriezek, OTR/L
    Duquesne University, 1998
  • L. Linda Stofko, COTA/L
    Mount Aloysius College, 1970
  • Jamie Scheller, OTR/L
    University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • Melanie Evans, OTR/L
    Gannon University, 2003
  • Diana Jurewicz, OTR/L
    Florida International University in Miami, 1978
  • Margie Sullivan, OTR/L
    Chatham College, 1998