People often ask what the differences are between various healthcare professionals. We've outlined our roles for you below:
Occupational Therapist (OT) – Devon Cochrane
Focused on function and how you participate in daily activities (including work, school, sport and leisure). OTs use everyday activities to help you recover. In our program OTs also: provide education about concussion and recovery, do cognitive and visual rehabilitation, and problem-solve with you to overcome difficulties. Our OTs can also communicate with your employer, school or team to coordinate your return. We can do jobsite visits to assess your physical and cognitive job demands and plan your return to work.
Physiotherapist (PT) – Curtis Tait
Focused on physical issues including musculoskeletal issues, exercise, vestibular or balance problems and more. PTs help people through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. If you’re having balance issues, vertigo or dizziness, our PT Curtis can help you with vestibular and balance therapies.
Kinesiologist (Kin) – Jeremy Cote
Focused on the prescription and use of exercise as an intervention for concussion. Our Kin Jeremy will set up and oversee a gradual exercise program tailored to your needs.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) – Laura McKenzie
Focused on psychological aspects of recovery. Our counsellor Laura addresses common issues like anxiety and depression that happen along with a concussion injury. She will help you to manage your symptoms and overcome mental health related challenges.
Tall Tree will help refer you to a professional in the community if needed such as a psychologist, doctor or optometrist.
Sports Medicine Doctor: Physicians with special training in the management of sports-related injuries including concussion.
Neuropsychology: psychologists with special training to treat problems that result from injury to the brain. Neuropsychologists often perform assessment and treatment of emotional, behavioural and cognitive domains like: memory, attention, problem-solving, reasoning, planning, organizing and emotional/personality.
Optometry: optometrists are experts in assessing, diagnosing and treating visual issues following concussion like difficulty reading, light sensitivity, some forms of dizziness and more.