Today we welcome an allied occupational therapy clinician. #BetterTogether
Megan O. Doyle is an occupational therapist who has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings, currently working for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID at their Elks Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2017, Megan obtained her Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification through the International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI), now a part of Evidence in Motion (EIM). She was drawn to pain science as an OT due to occupational therapy’s scope of practice being rooted in mental and behavioral health, in addition to promotion of self-management strategies for clients. Since that time, she has not only been delivering pain neuroscience education (PNE) and interventions one on one, but she is also providing guidance towards comprehensively integrating non-pharmacological pain treatment and PNE for all patients via an inter-disciplinary perspective, especially in the treatment of acute pain in her health system. This effort includes routinely training nursing staff in holistic pain management interventions, advising on policy updates, and providing consultation to other healthcare providers. Megan has presented on PNE topics at the state and national level and is currently completing her Fellowship in Pain Sciences through EIM, of which she will be only the second OT to do so. She has also achieved her Applied Prevention Health Promotion Therapist Certification through The Academy of Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies as their first OT to earn that designation, and integrates a holistic, health-promotion approach with each of her clients.