Cathy Piela, OTR/L, Retired

Cathy Piela FCE Work Hardening Saunders Therapy

Cathy Piela, OTR/L

Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinic: Previously Maple Grove, Retired June 2022

Education: BA in Occupational Therapy from College of St. Catherine 1983

Joined Saunders: 1996

Cathy was with Saunders Therapy Centers for 26 years! Before joining Saunders, Cathy had a variety of experiences in industrial rehabilitation including work hardening/conditioning, functional assessment, return to work consultation and ergonomic job analysis. She was a faculty member and trainer for Polinsky Assessments, a C.A.R.F. surveyor and a senior therapist with Sister Kenny Institute’s industrial rehab program.

Cathy co-authored the textbook Functional Capacity Evaluation – The Saunders Method with Saunders Therapy Centers’ owner Robin Saunders Ryan. She taught national seminars on industrial rehabilitation for The Saunders Group and other organizations.

Cathy is a well-loved and respected individual and clinician. Saunders Therapy Centers staff who worked directly and indirectly with Cathy will miss her and wish her the very best in her retirement! These days, Cathy might be spotted up north at her cabin, spending time with family, helping/volunteering, and generally being a kind, generous, fun person to hang around with.