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
- 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,
- Dr. Mike Buck, PT, PhD,
ATC, Cert. MDT, CSCS
- Jessica Valdez Taves,
- Amie Germain, MOT,
- Dr. Chris McNamara,
PT, DPT, Clinic Director
- Jason Cherry PT, DPT,
- Mike Costello PT,
DSC, OCS, MTC
- 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
- Do I need a referral?
- Occupational Therapy
In order to receive Occupational Therapy services, NYS law requires
a referral from a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse
practitioner, podiatrist, or dentist.
- Physical Therapy
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
- 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.