This interview was done with Dr. Cara Weiss and Christina Marino. Dr. Weiss works as a physical therapy supervisor on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She has worked as an acute care therapist in the outpatient department before returning as a therapist for inpatient rehabilitation. She has a strong interest in working with the limb loss patient population. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Simmons College where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Christina Marino is an occupational therapist who works on that same unit, which is known as HCC9. She has worked in a variety of settings, including Rusk and Tisch Hospital acute care service. She has been treating limb loss patients throughout her career. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Scranton.
In the interview, they discuss limb loss from the standpoint of topics that include: kinds of health problems that result in limb loss, the roles of physical therapy and occupational therapy in treating patients who have lost limbs, different consequences of experiencing upper- and lower limb loss, patient resilience and willingness to participate in rehabilitation, and measures to assess activity performance when prostheses are used.