Rachel has been an occupational therapist since 1999. She received her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from Towson State University and completed her Master’s in Public Health at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Rachel is both a certified hand therapist and certified lymphedema therapist. She has served on a volunteer basis with the American Society of Hand Therapists since 2009 and holds the position of President in 2021.
In our debut episode, we have the current American Society of Hand Therapists President, Rachel Pigott, MPH, OTR/L, CHT, discussing equity in hand and upper extremity therapy. We discuss how equal care is different from equitable care and how we as therapists can work to improve access to therapy services for all people groups. The COVID-19 pandemic required therapists to look at providing our services through a new lens and our profession discovered a way to reach our clients when we couldn’t be face to face. What if now we incorporated this approach to increase access to our specialty services to those clients with limited resources? Rachel also gives us suggestions on how we can advocate for equity in hand and upper extremity therapy.