Licensed Occupational Therapist and Medicare Specialist
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Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L, is an innovative advocate, medicare specialist, and occupational therapist. Clarice graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015 after earning her bachelor’s in music performance and health studies. She then went on to earn her master’s of science in occupational therapy from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2018.
Clarice sought out and earned the opportunity to complete a Level II Fieldwork (12-week internship) with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Federal Affairs Team. Under the guidance of Heather Parsons, Clarice grew her skills and passion in advocacy and Medicare policy. During her fieldwork, she authored a comprehensive ACO report summarized in a policy perspective article in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
After graduation, Clarice was appointed to the Advocacy and Policy Coordinator for AOTA’s Home and Community Health Special Interest Section (’18-’21), service of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association’s (MOTA) Legislative Task Force, and later served as the Director of Practice (’19-’21). As the Director of Practice, she planned two Missouri advocacy day events, spearheaded the development of MOTA’s monthly continuing education program, grew their social media presence on multiple platforms, and spearheaded the initiative to pass the occupational therapy licensure compact through the MO House and Senate during the first attempt.
Clarice is an experienced author and speaker on advocacy, federal legislation, AOTA, value-based care, and Medicare policy. She has provided short courses at AOTA Inspire and state OT association conferences. In 2019, she served as an expert voice on OT’s role in scoring the OASIS at AOTA’s Patient-Driven Grouping Model Speciality Conference. Additionally, she has guest lectured at multiple collegiate programs and presented continuing education courses for state associations. Her written work is published in OT Practice, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and Amplify OT. Please visit the Amplify OT Podcast page for a list of her podcast appearances.
Her clinical experience includes home health, outpatient therapy, lymphedema therapy (primarily lower extremity bandaging), basic wound care, and acute care. She worked in the cardiovascular ICU, COVID-19 ward, and telemetry and orthopedic unit. Due to her leadership and volunteer experience at the hospital, Clarice earned the designation as a Level II Occupational Therapist. Outside of her OT life, Clarice enjoys hiking, visiting national parks, gardening, shopping, and relaxing at home.
She started her latest journey of running Amplify OT while working full-time at the hospital in October of 2020. Right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clarice saw the need for accessible information about advocacy, policy, and healthcare quality tailored to occupational therapy practitioners. She started Amplify OT initially as a passion project to write articles for practitioners and students to access without a membership fee. Amplify OT has grown to include consulting services, continuing education courses, reimbursement guides, consulting, a podcast, and an engaged social media presence.