Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy at the Kinisi Institute focuses on the whole you. We believe that focusing on all aspects of your daily living is the best way to create an individualized treatment plan that can help you increase or regain as much of your mobility, strength and function as possible.

The occupational therapy team at Kinisi has broad experience working with people of all ages who may have physical, cognitive, developmental, psychosocial, sensory or environmental limitations.

We work with you and a wide range of specialists to establish goals, develop plans to help you regain function or adapt to changes due to injury or disability.

The Kinisi occupational therapy team can treat many conditions including:

  • Conditions of the elbow, wrist and hand
  • Decreased ability to complete work, self-care, leisure and homemaking activities
  • Weakness, incoordination, hypersensitivity and decreased sensation
  • Limitations in fine and gross motor skills
  • Decreased memory, safety awareness, problem solving and organization
  • Decreased or changes in vision

Pediatric Occupational Therapy


Many people may think occupational therapy is just for adults—however, children have an occupation too. Their occupation is playing and learning. Our job as pediatric occupational therapists at the Kinisi Institute is to work with children to develop age-appropriate skills in the areas of play, socialization, daily self-care routines, school and home activities.

Our occupational therapy team includes experts in child development and working with individual children and their families. Their goal is to help each unique child meet the physical, mental and behavioral developmental milestones appropriate for his or her age, as well as his or her injury or disability.

Our team works closely with you and other specialists to create a care plan that is customized for your child.

The many conditions our pediatric occupational therapy team can treat include:

  • Decreased ability to complete self-care, school and daily routines
  • Weakness, incoordination and hypersensitivity
  • Limitations in fine and gross motor skills
  • Sensory processing and self-regulation
  • Decreased attention and organization
  • Decreased or changes in vision

Occupational Therapy Specialists

Emily Jansen, COTA

Emily Jansen, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

About Emily

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond
  • I am certified from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • I am also a certified wellness coach
  • I am currently licensed in Wisconsin and Minnesota

What are your areas of special interest?

I am interested in many areas of occupational therapy including: pediatrics, acute care, hand therapy and neurological conditions. I enjoy working with all patients across the lifespan.


What is your approach to patient care?

I believe the patient and therapist should work together as a team with the patient’s best interest at the center. My focus is always to get to know all aspects of each patient, incorporate their goals into occupational therapy treatment and focus on improving each patient’s quality of life. I also believe it is important to work in collaboration with other medical providers and staff to ensure the optimal care for each patient.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

I was born and raised in the area. I am now enjoying raising my own family in the St. Croix Valley and feel fortunate to have our extended family close and a part of our everyday lives.

Christine Davis, OTR/L

Registered Occupational Therapist

About Christine

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I have a strong background in adult and child rehabilitation
  • I am a certified provider of The Listening Program® and Handwriting Without Tears®, which are programs designed to enhance function.
  • I often treat individuals who have elbow, wrist or hand conditions or who are in pain.

What are your areas of special interest?

With the latest research, we are learning better and more successful ways to treat people with painful conditions. I am interested in this and continue to commit time and attention to learning and using these techniques. I enjoy integrating complementary therapies into treatment in order to maximize a person’s ability to participate in the activities they need and want to do. I also enjoy working with children to achieve developmental milestones or provide techniques to help a child function at his or her best.


What is your approach to patient care?

I believe good communication is the key to successful recovery. I believe in working with each individual to achieve their personal goals. I often take a multi-sensory approach to care, which includes a variety of treatment techniques based on the needs of each patient.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

Growing up in a small community, I wanted to raise my children in a small, close knit community as well. The St. Croix Valley is a beautiful place to live and to raise a family. I enjoy the changing seasons, playing outside with my children, and the relationships I have built here.

Mindy Grandaw, OTR/L

Mindy Grandaw, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

About Mindy

What are your areas of expertise?

  • I graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s Occupational Therapy program.
  • I am national board certified in occupational therapy in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • I’ve worked in many occupation therapy settings including in schools, homecare, industry, developmental achievement centers, hospitals and clinics.

What are your areas of special interest?

I particularly enjoy elbow/hand therapy; making custom splints and helping adults with neurologic and orthopedic conditions maximize their independence. I also love to problem solve using simple adapted equipment and modified techniques to help people be more successful immediately after injury.


What is your approach to patient care?

I am guilty of using humor in all aspects of my life including my work as a therapist. I acknowledge that illness and injury are difficult and that therapy is hard work. Sometimes humor makes the work go a little easier. Healing is a process, every person is unique and I try to develop specific patient-centered plans for every individual in therapy.


What drew you to the St. Croix Valley?

Professionally, I was drawn here by the reputation of St. Croix Medical Center. I moved to the area with my family because of the good schools, small town setting and because the beauty and proximity to water remind me of my hometown of Duluth, Minnesota.