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Occupational Therapy


Valley Regional Hospital
243 Elm Street
Claremont, NH 03743


Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 5pm, subject to change



Valley Regional offers both outpatient and inpatient Occupational Therapy services, with the goal of working with you to achieve a greater quality of life. Our Master’s level clinicians will work with you to create and achieve goals of increasing independence or efficiency with your daily activities. This may include basic skills such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, or meal preparation in order to live more independently at home. This may also include more complex skills of community access, returning to work, outdoor activities, and other important routines or hobbies.

Our occupational therapists are trained to address difficulties including (but not limited to) pain management, decreased strength, coordination problems, neurological disorders, low vision, cognition problems, sensation problems, lymphedema, and hand therapy. Following each evaluation, your occupational therapist will work with you to develop a personalized plan of care that addresses all of your needs.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy provides:

  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Hand Therapy
  • Cognitive Assessment & Treatment
  • Visual-perceptual Assessment & Treatment
  • ADL Training
  • Fine motor training/re-training


Common Diagnoses treated in outpatient Occupational Therapy:

  • Lymphedema (see Lymphedema page for more information)
  • Post TBI
  • Post CVA
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Cubital tunnel
  • Post wrist fracture
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • MS
  • Functional decline


Inpatient Occupational Therapy provides:

  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Cognitive Assessment & Treatment
  • ADL Training/re-training
  • Home safety assessments (as applicable)
  • Basic life skills training
  • Discharge planning with the interdisciplinary team
  • Energy conservation training
  • Short-term rehab


Common Diagnoses treated in inpatient Occupational Therapy:

  • Post CVA
  • CHF
  • General weakness
  • COPD
  • Post total hip replacement
  • Post total knee replacement
  • Post amputation
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Dementia
  • Post orthopedic surgery
  • Post cardiac surgery/event
  • Patients who have/had COVID-19
  • Home Safety Assessments

Occupational Therapy Team

Mary Shawver, OTR/L - occupational therapist Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont NH
Valley Regional Hospital
Joined VRH: 2023
Areas of practice focus:Inpatient Rehab, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Services
Jessica Lawler, MS, OTR/L, CLT
Valley Regional Hospital
Joined VRH: 2011
Areas of practice focus:Inpatient Rehab, Occupational Therapy, Oncology Rehab, Rehabilitation Services
Location: Rehabilitation Services
Brian Johnson, COTA
Valley Regional Hospital
Joined VRH: 2021
Areas of practice focus:Lymphedema, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Services
Erin McGeggen - occupational therapist LSVT BIG Provider Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont NH
Valley Regional Hospital
Joined VRH: 2021
Areas of practice focus:Inpatient Rehab, LSVT BIG® Movement Program for Parkinson’s Disease, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Services
Dana Tinker, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Valley Regional Hospital
Joined VRH: 2022
Areas of practice focus:Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Services