Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the OT/PT Clinic?
The clinic is an educational environment that provides opportunities for students to observe, volunteer and complete some of the clinical components of their coursework. The clinic is open while classes are in session and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the members of Ithaca College community and Longview.
- Who provides care?
Faculty in the Occupational/Physical Therapy department staff the clinic. Students, overseen by a licensed therapist, may also provide treatment through experiential learning programs.
Our clinical faculty include:
Dr. Barb Belyea, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Mike Buck, PT, PhD, ATC, Cert. MDT, CSCS
Jessica Valdez Taves, OTR/L, MS
Amie Germain, MOT, OTR/L
Dr. Chris McNamara, PT, DPT, Clinic Director
Dr. Nick Quarrier, MHS, PT, DPT, OCS, LMT
- What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that works with individuals through the lifespan to participate and excel in daily life activities. Occupational therapy uses daily occupations to assist individuals to excel and safely perform activities that may be limited due to cognitive, physical, social or emotional disabilities.
- What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that uses a variety of techniques to restore, maintain and promote the best possible physical function. Physical therapists can help prevent/treat the onset and progression of various neuromusculoskeletal related problems.
- How do I qualify for OT or PT services?
Any member of the Ithaca College community (student, faculty/staff or their family member, or Longview resident) may receive services at the OT/PT Clinic. Occupational Therapy Services require a physician referral in order to be treated. All OT/PT clinic services are free, and therefore no insurance information is necessary. If the OT/PT clinic cannot provide you with an appointment in a timely manner, a list of area therapists will be provided.
- Do I need a referral?
In order to receive Occupational Therapy services, NYS law requires a referral from a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, podiatrist, or dentist.
NYS allows direct access to Physical Therapy services for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first. Should it be necessary to continue physical therapy after this period, a referral is required in order to continue to receive PT services.
- What is the Performing Arts Clinic?
This is a specified time that performing artists can come and discuss with a physical therapist concerns regarding pain/injury they are experiencing relating to performing. It is on a first come first serve basis. The therapist will do a screen to see if further medical attention is needed.
- When is the clinic open?
The clinic is open selected hours Monday - Friday during the fall and spring semester while classes are in session. Hours will vary with each semester depending upon the availability of our clinical professors.
What should I expect on my first visit?
On the day of your scheduled appointment you should plan on arriving at the OT/PT clinic 10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork. Please wear comfortable clothing to your first appointment. Examples include sneakers and shorts for lower body extremities and a tank top or t-shirt of upper body extremities. If a referral is required for services, you must bring the referral with you to your first appointment. You should plan on one hour for the therapist to complete the evaluation and make recommendations for further visits.