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Catalina Island Medical Center’s Therapy Services Department provides inpatient care in the acute care hospital setting and community care in the outpatient setting and the home.

Experienced physical, occupational, and speech therapists provide care for individuals with a variety of injuries and/or illnesses. By integrating skilled treatment techniques with patient and caregiver centered goals and education, our therapists help return patients to their highest level of functioning. In addition, we are fortunate to also have a hand specialist on staff for patients who need to improve hand and/or upper extremity function.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists evaluate and treat patients to improve functioning in daily life activities.
Treatment focuses on:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Upper extremity function
  • Self-feeding
  • Functional mobility training
  • Therapeutic positioning
  • Equipment prescription (wheelchair, commode and adaptive aids) and training
  • Splinting
  • Energy conservation/work simplification
  • Ergonomics and home safety assessment and awareness

Physical Therapy  

Physical therapists evaluate and treat patients to improve their strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and mobility skills.  Treatment focuses on:

  • Spine and Extremity rehabilitation
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Functional mobility training
  • Gait and balance training
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Pain evaluation and treatment
  • Equipment prescription (ambulation devices and orthoses) and training

Speech–Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat patients to improve communication, cognition and swallowing.
Treatment focuses on:

  • Communication retraining for aphasia, dysarthria, dysphonia or head/neck trauma
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Tracheostomy weaning protocols/Passy–Muir speaking valves
  • Swallow/dysphagia evaluation and treatment
  • Instrumental swallow assessment (video fluoroscopy, FEES, FEEST)
  • Post-laryngectomy communication options

Hand Therapy

Hand therapists evaluate and treat patients to improve hand and/or upper extremity function.
Treatment focuses on:

  • Splinting
  • Hand function and coordination
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Edema management
  • Pain Management


All rehabilitation therapies require a physician’s prescription. If you or someone you know might benefit from our services, contact your physician for a referral.