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Meet Jackie Meagher of RehabGAB in Los Feliz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Meagher.

Jackie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had been working as an Occupational Therapist (OT) for two hospitals in Los Angeles and always struggled on where to recommend my patients go for outpatient therapies after discharge from the hospital. It seemed like at least once a week someone would ask me “Do you know of an OT clinic in ______ (insert seemingly random location I hadn’t yet researched)?”

Over time, I had developed a long list of resources and therapy providers (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, etc.) in Southern California and became one of the go-to people for my colleagues. If we (healthcare providers) were struggling to find resources within the community that fit our patient’s needs, my guess was that the community probably felt the same way. Developing RehabGAB (The Rehabilitation Global Address Book) was created to help build a bridge between patients and rehabilitation professionals so that the community can get the expert help they need within their neighborhood.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Creating and building has not a smooth road! Who knew that launching a resource would mean I’d have to learn about building/maintaining a website, content creation, marketing and business growth? It’s truly hard to balance every aspect of what RehabGAB and the community need, especially when I had no previous experience in anything other than building a list of resources. The website it still growing and will continue to have growing pains, but we’re hoping our community will support us through it all!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about RehabGAB – what should we know? is an online directory that allows the community to search for rehabilitation therapy services, with customized search options. You can search our website by type of provider (ex. PT, OT, SLP), location, age and/or diagnosis (ex. traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cancer, dysphagia, sensory integration dysfunction, etc.).

On the flip side, healthcare workers can create an account and save their favorite locations to always have their list available in one place. Business owners have the ability to create their own page and add any information they want their potential clients and healthcare workers to know (such as languages spoken by their staff, parking information, etc.).

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Jaime Sanam is one of the very first people to reach out to me and was open to exploring ideas for how we could partner with one another. It was, and still is uncharted territory to be in this new space (of building a website/community) that is sometimes lonely and scary. Although we haven’t had much ability to expand and execute a lot of our ideas, I appreciate her openness and compassion. She is an incredible program director and has incredible ideas to serve kids with social skill building needs.

Sarah Bessade – who nominated me for this interview is a trusted friend and light in this world. She is one of the bravest people I know who will move mountains to create one of her visions, while also finding ways to change the world in a positive way. Her ripple effect in this world will be further than she will ever know.


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