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USM's Lewiston-Auburn College cuts ribbon on new Occupational Therapy clinic

LAC's Occupational Therapy clinic opening celebration

The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College celebrated on March 9 the opening of a new community clinic, offering free occupational therapy care to a variety of patients.

More than 100 people attended including members of the faculty, LAC’s Community Advisory Board, the Lewiston City Council, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and representatives for Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King.

“Congratulations on a lot of hard work,” said Rebecca Swanson Conrad, the chamber’s president and CEO. “This clinic is an example of what I always associate with this institution which is innovation, excellence and leadership."

The new clinic offers free occupational therapy care to a variety of patients. Students in the graduate-level Occupational Therapy program have the opportunity to learn about real-world care under the supervision of faculty from the highly competitive program.

Joyce Gibson, LAC’s dean, praised the work of everyone involved, including Mary Anderson. the clinic's coordinator and a lecturer in the program. Anderson was unable to attend.

“We couldn’t be more proud because the faculty and clinicians are the heart of our program,” Gibson said. “We want to thank you. We really appreciate what you do for us.”

The clinic has been operating since January with a few students and patients. However, it is expected to broaden its work to help adults with other challenges and children.