Alecia Vaughn is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist who joined Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates in January 2021. Our hand team is continually growing, and Alecia is helping us meet the ongoing need to provide excellent patient care through therapy services.
Alecia grew up in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She attended occupational therapy school at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She received the Rebecca I. Estes scholastic achievement award for graduating #1 in her class. Before coming to Tulsa Bone & Joint, Alecia worked in Dallas, TX in private practice for two hand surgeons for 3.5 years.
Alecia and her husband, Bryan Vaughn, moved to Tulsa to be close to her family. They enjoy spending time outdoors hiking or going on long walks down Riverside with their dog, Brodie. Alecia enjoys exercising, staying active, eating Mexican food, and traveling. Hand therapy is her passion. She loves that she has the opportunity to help people every day and get them back to doing the things that they love.
We’re so glad you’re here, Alecia!
By Rebecca Storey, OTR/L, CHT
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy was founded in 1917 and today has more than 213,000 OT professionals that practice nationwide. Occupational therapy has evolved over the past centennial to encompass a science-driven, evidence-based profession designed to help clients live their lives to their maximum potential through the focus of mind-body connection and purposeful activities. These things can include anything from your job duties, hobbies, or daily activities such as cooking/dressing/cleaning/etc.
How does Occupational Therapy differ from Physical Therapy?
Part of our rehabilitation team here at Tulsa Bone and Joint includes 4 licensed Occupational Therapists and 1 licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In the outpatient orthopedic setting, occupational therapists typically treat the upper extremity. Physical therapists typically treat the spine and lower extremities. This can vary depending on the treatment setting. The occupational therapists in our clinics have many years of experience treating upper extremity conditions. They work very closely with our surgeons and orthopedic doctors, providing custom splinting and patient-centered care for various diagnoses.
April is Occupational Therapy Month
Tulsa Bone and Joint would like for you to join us in celebrating our Occupational Therapists. Look for posts on our blog and Facebook throughout the month as we introduce our staff and share some insight as to what drives them as Occupational Therapists and the experiences that lead them to our practice. #OTMonth