Richard Sabel is the Education Director of East West Rehab and a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate's Occupational Therapy Program. For many years, he's successfully integrated occupational therapy and somatic practices of the East and West, into a distinctive approach to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations.
This integrated practice evolved from his personal experience. After 20 years of back pain, Richard discovered the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness, breath work and the Feldenkrais Method. These practices, along with his therapist training, were instrumental in his ability to resume activities abandoned years ago. Richard brought these ideas into his occupational therapy practice and the response was overwhelmingly positive - clients reported less pain and started to make impressive functional gains. Richard's personal experience and the response of his clients have fostered the continued exploration and growth of an integrated therapeutic practice.
He teaches this approach at several occupational and physical therapy programs and divides his clinical time between private and community practice. Richard received a 3-year grant from the Balm foundation to offer his Easy Does It fall prevention/wellness program at 2 senior centers in New York City. Easy Does It has also been adapted for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Richard has been a guest on local cable television and Doctor Radio to discuss this phenomenal integrative approach. He regularly presents at professional conferences and has published a variety of articles reflecting his expertise in both physical and occupational therapy literature.
Financial: Richard Sabel is the Education Director for East West Rehabilitation Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial: Richard Sabel has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.