Susan J. Harris, OTR/L, Founder
Susan founded Therapy Specialists in 1976 (see our story). Her revolutionary approach to providing comprehensive therapy services helped turn the company into one of the largest independently owned and operated rehabilitation providers in California. She had an unrelenting passion towards helping others as well as towards the rehabilitation industry as a whole. Her commitment led her to become an active member of AOTA, OTAC, and NARA; she served on various industry boards and worked to further occupational therapy through her involvement with university OT programs. Her dedication and contributions to the occupational therapy profession were so significant, she received the 2018 OTAC Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2020 OTAC renamed the OTAC Entrepreneur Award to the OTAC Susan J. Harris Entrepreneur Award.
While our beloved founder passed away in 2020, she left an indelible mark on the many lives she touched. Her legacy continues through the many scholarships she provided and careers she influenced during her lifetime. She will be missed, but we can take comfort in knowing that her commitment to help people achieve their highest quality of life lives on in each of us at Therapy Specialists.