Laura Burden, OTR/L, CMT is a nationally certified and state licensed Occupational Therapist and a state licensed Massage Therapist. She received her Occupational Therapy training at University of North Dakota and spent a number of years working with the severely handicapped populations residing in state facilities. Other work has included working with school children, home health, and, for 10 years, patients in an acute care hospital. More recently, she received training in Massage Therapy at the Springs Bath House School of Massage. She also works as an occupational therapist at the State Veteran's Home once a week. She spends the remainder of the time at Laura's Integrated Functional Therapy (LIFT) in downtown Custer.
While a number of modalities and areas of practice have been used throughout the years, Laura has consistently embraced the sensory integrative approach. This approach can be summed up by saying we can alter the mind and body by changing the sensory input to the body. In the case of massage and myofascial release, contact with the skin is the primary method of activation.
Personal information: Laura lives with her singer/songwriter husband, Keith, in a logcabin he built. (If you go on the Custer State Park Hayrides, you will meet him. He's Kowboy Keith.) They have raised 3 children and enjoy taking vacations to WY and CO to visit them and the 4 grandchildren. Laura enjoys knitting, canning, and harvesting a huge garden. Just don't expect her to shell many peas!