Hettie de Beer, B.OT.
Registered Occupational Therapist
Ms. de Beer has been a registered consultant Occupational Therapist in Vancouver since 2004, specializing in brain injury, chronic illness, mental health disorders, chronic pain, and soft-tissue and orthopaedic injuries. She has extensive experience with challenging clinical scenarios in a medicolegal, disability and career contexts. Her expertise includes assessment, direct occupational therapy intervention and case management, as well as liaison with lawyers, insurance providers, community agencies, employers, and allied health professionals.
Ms. de Beer graduated with a Bachelor’s Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in 1984, is a registered member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, and a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (COAT) and the regional association COAT-BC. She has been awarded the Functional Capacity Evaluation and Life Care Planning Certificates from Roy Matheson and Associates, a renowned educator in the field.
Ms. de Beer has occupational therapy expertise with clinically and culturally diverse clients and patients, ranging from high-school-aged students to seniors. Over the years, she has developed a keen interest and experience in working with complex disability cases (multiple injuries in conjunction with challenging life demands and circumstances) and high achievers (professionals and clients with exceptional life and career demands). Her intervention is highly individualized, assisting each client according to his/her restrictions, strengths, values, and goals. Together with the client and other involved parties, Ms. de Beer develops an evidence-based, unique, systematic, and practical plan which she facilitates, leads, and adapts as required. Her expertise also involves writing medicolegal reports, preparing future care plans, conducting mobility assessments, and overseeing the transition from hospital to the home and the return to work.