Our first Shining Star this issue is Allie Wood, OT. Allie works at Mission Healthcare at Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington.

This therapist is particularly skilled at: Mental flexibility. She is always open to trying new strategies while giving great insight in how current practices can benefit from change.

I have seen this therapist “go the extra mile” by: Education with patients and family. She never leaves a patient or family in limbo making sure everyone understands goals and progress. In the words of one of our current patients, “She’s the best therapist I’ve ever had!”

This therapist expresses and emulates the Infinity Rehab mission and vision in the following manner: She always looks to move our team forward by taking current practice and providing insight into how we may try to improve. I can always rely on her for not just good but honest insight to promote the highest level of support to our team and patients!


Our second Shining Star this issue is Patrick Matecko, Rehab Operations Coordinator. Patrick works at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation of Menlo Park in Portland, Oregon.

Patrick is wonderful at communicating with all of his therapists at two buildings and creating a team feeling at each building.

An agency SLP therapist was very worried about a patient that seemed to be aspirating on everything and having severe difficulty speaking.  She spent extra time with this patient and made sure that nursing knew what was happening and the patient was sent to the hospital.  The therapist was really worried about the extra time that the evaluation took her, but Patrick called her later in the day to reassure and update her on the patient and that she probably saved the patients life, so the time spent with this patient was worth it.  This agency therapist felt that Patrick went out of his way to communicate with her what was happening with this patient in order to make her feel better, even through he did not have to.

Patrick truly shows the “art of caring” when it comes to the therapists and patients that are in either of the buildings that he oversees.  He goes out of his way to help the therapists and patients.


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