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Richard, 62, has been married for 38 years and before he retired he was an engineer. Richard, when he first started having knee issues was told by a doctor to wait to have any surgery. He was able through exercise to put it off successfully. Later, Richard saw another doctor who told him that all of his joints—hips and knees—were not in good shape but it was actually the left hip, which was in this worse condition-totally bone on bone. A doctor guaranteed him that he was going to need a hip replacement but Richard put it off. Finally, after he had trouble playing with his grandchildren, Richard decided to have the surgery.

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The National Association of Women honored Wendy L. Keller, Owner and Occupational Therapist at LKPress-OTR, as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Keller was recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in Occupational Therapy. After suffering a serious physical injury, Wendy Keller knew that her career as a Financial Analyst was over. The expert team of therapists, who helped in her recovery, encouraged her to consider Occupational Therapy as a field of study. “My initial reaction was to ignore the suggestion to consider Occupational Therapy as a career but as time went on I saw the sense in it,” says Ms. Keller, who has been a practicing occupational therapist for more than seven years. She teaches people who have both physical and mental interruptions how to recover or gain the ability to achieve as much independence as possible. She works with private students in grades K-12 and adults with physical injuries or mental interruptions; she is also a private life coach to those who are looking to over come hurdles they face in life that are keeping them from reaching even higher. At 42, Wendy had to undergo bi-lateral knee replacement due to injuries that mounted up over a 15-year career as a dancer. Ms. Keller considers overcoming her own disability to be her greatest accomplishment and one that has made her an expert Occupational Therapist. Her disability has given her tremendous insight into the challenges that her patients face and the ability to provide them with the compassion, understanding and encouragement they need to turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of San Diego Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy University of Southern California Master of Communications Management, University of Southern California

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Richard, 62, has been married for 38 years and before he retired he was an engineer. Richard, when he first started having knee issues was told by a doctor to wait to have any surgery. He was able through exercise to put it off successfully. Later, Richard saw another doctor who told him that all of his joints—hips and knees—were not in good shape but it was actually the left hip, which was in this worse condition-totally bone on bone. A doctor guaranteed him that he was going to need a hip replacement but Richard put it off. Finally, after he had trouble playing with his grandchildren, Richard decided to have the surgery.

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