Guthrie County Hospital utilizes an Occupational therapist to treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, adults and elderly individuals. Our therapist enables people to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—illness, injury or disability. An occupational therapist works closely with other health care providers, such as nurses, physical therapists and speech therapists.

Our occupational therapist works with patients in acute care, skilled care and in the outpatient setting. We have the equipment needed to provide therapy for a variety of medical conditions, such as:

  • Post-surgeries
  • Arm and hand injuries
  • Deconditioned
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Neurological problems
  • Lymphedema therapy

An occupational therapist’s treatments include:

• Training for ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) such as eating, dressing, homemaking, community activities
• Fine motor planning and functional skills
• Hand skills (improving motion, strength, coordination, and in-hand manipulation)
• Sensory integration (activities to help integrate the senses such as over-sensitivity to sound or touch)
• Accommodation with adaptive equipment
• Ergonomic education and modification in home, work, school and leisure
• Splinting and Bracing
• Strengthening
• Problem solving


Rory Johnston, OTR/L, CLWT

Rory is a registered Occupational Therapist through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  He is licensed in the state of Iowa.  Rory completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, majoring in Psychology.  He attended graduate school for Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota.  Rory treats patients at Guthrie County Hospital, in home through Guthrie County Public Health and is now accepting patients at the Stuart Rehab Clinic.