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Lisa Hanselman, OTR/L, CEAS

Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinic: Saint Paul

Education: 1994 BA in Occupational Therapy from College of St. Catherine. 2009 Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist

Joined Saunders: 2021

Lisa Hanselman, OTR/L, CEAS

Lisa joined Saunders Therapy Centers in 2021. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine in 1994, and received her certification as a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) in 2009. She has extensive background in Industrial Rehabilitation including Work Conditioning/Hardening, Functional Capacity Evaluation, Pre Work Screen, Job Site Analysis and Ergonomic Consultation. She has served in the Occupational Therapist position with the Medical Service Review Board (MSRB ) with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry since 2012.

Lisa is effective in her empathetic and functional “big picture” approach to clients with complicated musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injuries. She is an effective communicator with all parties in the Workers Compensation process. She has a long standing history of successfully optimizing the functional outcomes of her clients.

Lisa resides in the St. Croix Valley and enjoys playing golf and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters camping, biking, hiking and riding ATV’s in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area.

Q&A with Lisa

Why did you become an OT?

I wanted to be an OT because the Occupational therapy department at the long term care facility where I worked in high school had such great energy and was very “crafty” (many years ago!).  What I didn’t realize is how rewarding it would be to work with so many clients to make an impact with their life goals and roles. I have been fortunate to work in many areas of OT including acute care, home care, long term care, orthopedics/hand therapy and industrial rehab.  I have been very blessed to have worked with so many wonderful clients and coworkers over the years!

What can patients expect when they see you in the clinic?

My patients should expect me to make them feel at ease, actively collaborate with them to identify and facilitate ways for them to reach their personalized goals. A little light hearted humor will likely be part of the treatment plan. I want to be part of their success story!

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with family and friends- preferably when golfing, camping, sitting around a campfire or riding my ATV!

What are your favorite ways of staying healthy?

Definitely laughing (it uses 30 muscles)!  I also enjoy hiking, golfing, and bicycling.

Where is your hometown?

Hastings MN (Go Raiders!)

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist, a teacher and an architect! Ironically, they relate to drafting (home exercise programs) and educating clients (to help them reach their maximum potential)!  And you should see my stick figure creations on my client’s exercise sheets- there has been no change in my artistic ability since my career aspiration to become an artist in 2nd grade!

What is your favorite thing about living in Minnesota?

The annual reinforcement to winter in Florida once I retire!