Kirsten Reecy, OTR/L

Kirsten Reecy, OTR/L

Training Highlights
  • Therapeutic Specialty:
    Hand trauma
  • Licensing:
    National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy
  • Undergraduate Degree:
    Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas – graduated with highest distinction
  • Associations & Memberships:
    American Occupational Therapy Association
    National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy
    Nevada Occupational Therapy Association
    Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
Bio
Kirsten Reecy was working as a lifeguard the summer after her sophomore year at Colorado State University when a few parents made a request that would change the course of her life. They asked if she’d be willing to teach their physically disadvantaged children to swim. After that first lesson, Kirsten was hooked. Seeing the look of joy and accomplishment on the kids’ faces convinced her to pursue therapy as a profession.
 
Kirsten transferred to the University of Kansas in Lawrence Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She returned to Illinois to practice and went on to earn board certification in hand therapy through the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy — one of the first occupational therapists in central Illinois to earn that distinction.
 
Twenty years later, Kirsten still loves the challenge and the reward of teaching people to accomplish something they’ve struggled to do or don’t believe they can do. She also appreciates the variety of her work, helping patients of all ages, with all types of impairment, in all the aspects of their life – from work to school to hobbies to day-to-day activities.
 
During her career, Kirsten has worked in plastic surgery, intensive care, neuro special care, rheumatology and orthopedics. She had built therapeutic programs from the ground up and served as an educator. Most recently she worked with the University of Illinois College of Medicine evaluating medical students to help improve their training. While she works with all types of injury and impairment, Kirsten specializes in the treatment of hand trauma.
 
When she decided to leave her native Illinois, Kirsten did her homework. She sought a medical practice with a patient-centered approach to care that mirrored her own philosophy. She found it in Great Basin Orthopaedics where like-minded caregivers share her commitment to collaboration to ensure the best patient outcomes. She also scored an amazing back yard in the Sierra Nevada where she can enjoy all her extracurricular activities. 
 
Born into a family of athletes (Kirsten’s dad played basketball for the University of Kansas and won a Gold Medal for the US in the 1960 Olympics in Rome), Kirsten spends much of her free time playing in the outdoors. She enjoys snow and water skiing, hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, strength training and flying. (Yes, this therapist also has her pilot’s license.) She is also an active volunteer with organizations that include St. Jude Kids, Skiing for MS, Special Olympics, riding therapy and the Arthritis Foundation. A recent transplant to Reno/Tahoe, Kirsten looks forward to showing off her new home town to her three adult children.