I SPEAK: English
MY EXPERTISE: Brain injury, concussions, chronic pain, mental health, complex orthopaedics
MY SERVICE AREA:
Greater Toronto Area
Brain injury, concussions, chronic pain, mental health, complex orthopaedics
Situational Assessments for Criteria 3-8
Attendant Care Needs Assessment
Comprehensive Cognitive Assessments
Occupational Therapy Assessments
Hospital Discharge Assessment
Home Safety Assessment
Medical Legal Assessments
Certified Catastrophic C-CAT (FO) Assessor recognized by the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA)
Certified in the 3rd Edition of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) for pain management and psychosocial dysfunction
Experienced in equipment prescription and is an Adaptive Device Program (ADP) authorizer for seating and mobility aids
Completed Certification courses in Micropoint Stimulation (MPS) Therapy for pain management, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and HeartMath Interventions Program for anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions
Completed various certification courses offered through Ontario Brain Injury Association at Brock University
Karen Forse is very passionate about her work and takes great pride in helping others regain their independence, improve their quality of life and helping them achieve the goals that are most meaningful to them.
She is a Registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario in good standing, and a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.
Karen obtained a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2005. Her professional experience has focused extensively on providing assessment and rehabilitation services to clients who have complex orthopaedic injuries, acquired brain injuries, neurological conditions, amputations, chronic pain and psychosocial impairments.
Her assessment experience includes catastrophic determination and situational assessments, comprehensive cognitive assessments, mobility assessments, worksite and ergonomic assessments, psycho-social assessments and in-home functional assessments. Karen’s treatment experience includes hospital discharge planning and coordination of care into the community, cognitive rehabilitation, prescription of mobility aids, designing and implementing return to work or school programs and return to activities of living program.
She is devoted to life-long learning and regularly attends conferences and courses to continuously enhance her knowledge base and keep up to date with evidence-based practices.
In her leisure time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, travelling and you can frequently find her at the rink watching her boys play hockey.
“It has been such a pleasure as a Case Manager to work with PiOT and their dedicated therapists – special mention to Occupational Therapists Daniella Caskie and Lisa Martin! The PiOT team are diligent, conscientious, skilled, proactive and have been delightful to work with. Arvinder has clearly fostered a team of Occupational Therapists committed to positively impacting the lives of clients and families with ABI and complex injuries!”
“It has been our pleasure to work with the professional team and staff at PiOT in assisting our injured clients and their families after a serious accident. We have always found the team at PiOT to be responsive, compassionate and dedicated, and the feedback from our clients has been consistently positive. I highly recommend the Occupational Therapy team at PiOT.”
“Lina creates a space where you meet others who share your experience with concussions so you can learn, grow and be inspired together. She encourages you to share and support each other through an interactive process full of info and insights. You’ll have fun and feel connected to a community of survivors.”
“This program allowed me to share my experiences with others and get my thoughts back on track again! I have been able to catch myself when thinking negative thoughts early, so I don’t spiral down and get sad.”
“These sessions were my first opportunity to connect with other folks who have had similar injuries. The opportunity to hear both positive and challenging experiences from week to week really helps to show that you are not alone in your experience and is different than reading or listening to people telling their stories.”
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