April 15, 2010 -
Liz Klawitter, occupational therapist with Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, recently obtained her Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) credentials through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals. This achievement comes on the heels of her completion of a graduate certificate program in low vision rehabilitation through the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Klawitter spent the last three years working toward these distinctive credentials in low vision care. This Training included an internship at the Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, TN, in 2008 and a recent review of competency by a medical director prior to sitting for the final certification exam.
Low vision rehabilitation involves working with people who have a visual impairment from macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, stroke or brain injury. Klawitter works closely with the referring provider – an optometrist, ophthalmologist or primary care physician – in establishing the best care plan for a patient. Low vision rehabilitation includes an assessment of how a patient uses the vision they have in everyday life, identification and training of remaining visual skills, and training in adaptive methods and use of assistive devices, when appropriate. “Activities that can be particularly challenging for those with low vision are reading, writing, medication self management, home making and functional mobility,” says Klawitter.
“Liz has been very proactive in enhancing our low vision program,” says Ken Berkes, director of Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. “Thanks to her skill in this area, Olympic Medical is the only provider in the area who offers low vision rehabilitation at our level. She specializes in low vision rehabilitation with adults and seniors.”
Klawitter also specializes in neurological rehabilitation, home safety evaluation and ergonomic evaluation. An occupational therapist for 20 years, Klawitter has experience working with patients who have a variety of functional impairments from injury or illness. She has worked with Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for more than three years.
For more information on low vision rehabilitation and other occupational therapy services available at Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, please call (360) 417-7728.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.