Kelly Tharp, OTR/L

Providing quality, compassionate care for you and your family

Kelly Tharp, OTR/L

Personal Biography:

Kelly was born and raised in Corvallis, Ore., and is a fourth generation Oregonian. After completing her graduate level course work in Colorado, Kelly returned home to start the first occupational therapy department at the new Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis over 35 years ago.

She is a lifetime member of National Ski Patrol, a member of the Corvallis Lion’s Club and is the annual Mrs. Santa Claus with Mr. Claus in the Corvallis Holiday Parade. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys painting, writing science fiction and gardening.

Kelly specializes in stroke rehabilitation, visual and perceptual dysfunction, the treatment of neurological conditions such as MS and Parkinson’s disease, head trauma, pediatrics, and advanced wheelchair assessment for powered mobility. She sees patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings and home health in Linn County.

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor's degree: Colorado State University



  • 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.