Sarah (Wilson) Doerrer PhD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT

Sarah Doerrer has worked at Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine since 2007 and is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University and at Trinity Washington University. Sarah earned her PhD in the Philosophy of Occupational Therapy in 2019 from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2001 from Misericordia University. She became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2008 and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in 2005.  Sarah is on the research board for the American Hand Therapist Association.

Sarah believes that occupational therapy for the upper extremity should be science-driven and evidence-based. In her practice, Sarah focuses on learning the participation needs of the client, what he or she wants to do in daily life and structures her treatment plan to emphasize the performance of these desired activities. Sarah uses ADL training, manual therapy, joint mobilizations, orthotic fabrication, modalities, exercise, therapeutic activities, patient education, and neuro re-education to meet the specific needs of each patient. She also uses outcome measures and discusses patient progress at each visit to ensure that all treatment is effective. Sarah recently finished her dissertation on the topic of distal radius fracture.

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