Occupational therapy at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence is designed to improve quality of life for patients so they are able to return to work after a musculoskeletal condition or injury. Treatment is focused on rebuilding strength, endurance, and mobility.
You play an integral role in your care after an occupational injury. Our occupational therapists (OT) work with you to ensure your recovery and rehabilitation meets all of the goals we set at the beginning of treatment.
Your OT will develop an individualized treatment plan to improve balance, restore function, and reduce or eliminate pain so you can get back to work quickly and safely. We invite you to learn more about our occupational therapists.
Melanie recently completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. Prior to her time there, she graduated magna cum laude from Regis University with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and from the University of California, Berkeley with her Master of Science in Metabolic Biology. She is actively involved in research, including serving as a member of the American Society for Hand Therapists Research Division. During her career in hand therapy, she looks forward to blending clinical practice with her background in the biochemical sciences, focusing on improved patient outcomes and wellness. She is originally from Colorado, and is thrilled to be returning home to both join and learn from the CCOE team as she works toward becoming a certified hand therapist!
Andrea graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s in MN with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her career started in Minnesota at a level one trauma hospital where she had the opportunity to treat traumatic and often significant injuries of the upper extremity. This is where she discovered her passion for the rehabilitation of the hand and improving ones quality of life after such injuries.
Being a military spouse, Andrea has had the opportunity to work in numerous clinics across the country and gain valuable knowledge through each experience.
Andrea has earned the prestigious designation of a certified hand therapist. She works closely with CCOE physicians to treat a broad spectrum of upper extremity injuries, from the very common overuse injury to the most complex post surgical conditions.
Angie has practiced hand therapy for over 25 years. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1996, she started her career in Jackson Hole, WY. In 2001, Angie became a Certified Hand Therapist.
As a military spouse, Angie gained extensive experience working in several world class clinics throughout the country. She is excited to bring her depth of knowledge and experience to CCOE.
Dianne graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She started her hand therapy career in 1987 along the Mississippi gulf coast where she met her husband. As a military spouse, she has worked in clinics throughout the country. She has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and NHL.
She has extensive experience in post trauma rehab and orthosis fabrication and feels she is always learning and expanding her skills as a certified hand therapist.
She and her family have called Colorado Springs home since 2005. She is excited to be joining the CCOE and getting to work with an excellent team of surgeons and therapists.
Meg Miller is a Certified Hand Therapist with more than 26 years of experience in rehabilitation of the upper extremity. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1995 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has a wide range of experience including level one trauma centers, burns, post-surgical care, sports injuries, and cumulative trauma disorders. She has been a member of the CCOE team since 2015.