Amy Nistico, OTR/L

Providing quality, compassionate care for you and your family

Amy Nistico, OTR/L

Personal Biography:

As the assistant manager of the department, Amy’s clinical hours are few, however when she does see patients she specializes in neurological rehab as well as the treatment of hand and upper limb injuries. Amy helped establish the use of Good Sam's safe driver evaluation tool (EDS) and works closely with patients and physicians in determining the viability of safe drivers in our community. Amy has also completed further training in wheelchair seating and positioning and runs Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation's seating clinic in Corvallis. In addition to her clinical specialties, Amy also holds particular interest in the use of aquatic therapy as well as the treatment of upper limb amputees and prosthetic training.

Amy was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and traveled extensively in her youth. She was raised in Salem and found her "home" at Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation in Corvallis more than 13 years ago after completing her master's degree. She and her husband still live in Salem, and in her free time, Amy enjoys kayaking on local rivers, reading, swimming and playing at the coast with her husband and their dog.

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor's degree: University of Washington
Master's degree: University of Puget Sound



  • Occupational Therapy
    Occupational therapy is an overall plan to help you achieve a maximum level of independent living. It helps you perform your day-to-day activities more comfortably and efficiently. You may need occupational therapy if an illness or injury has disrupted your ability to care for personal needs, or participate in work, school, family and/or community life. Treatment may focus on adaptive strategies or on the use of equipment to help you maintain optimal safety and independence.