Angela Mart, Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s first full time occupational therapist, has been named regional director for Eastern Oregon for the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon.

The volunteer position is a two-year commitment, to be completed on Mart’s own time, outside of her normal work schedule.

“I have received a lot of support since bringing occupational therapy to Wallowa Memorial Hospital last January,” said Mart, who works as part of the hospital’s Rehabilitation Clinic that includes physical and aquatic therapy.

Mart will represent the 10 counties of Eastern Oregon: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.

According to Mart the region has 33 occupational therapist and certified occupational therapy assistants.

“That’s not very many in this vast landscape,” said Mart, who is the only occupational therapist for at least 65 miles.

“I’m excited to promote the profession in Eastern Oregon,” Mart said. “I’d love to see the annual conference held in our region.”

Larry Davy, CEO of Wallowa Memorial Hospital, is pleased with Mart’s decision to take on the added responsibility.

“Angela Mart has brought a valuable service to our community,” he said

Occupational therapists help people with a temporary or permanent disability develop the skills necessary to be as independent as possible in leisure, work, school and personal care activities.

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