Michelle Zabin

ORT/L

Occupational Therapist

Michelle Zabin is an Occupational Therapist specializing in Hand/Upper Extremity Therapy.  She has 25 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, with the majority being in UE/Hand Rehabilitation.  She has also treated patients with various neurological conditions.  Michelle’s passion is building strong relationships with her patients throughout the rehabilitation process, using her proficient skill and experience to provide the best possible outcome for her patients.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994

Get To Know Me

What led you to become an Occupational Therapist? 

A strong motivation for me to become an Occupational Therapist was caring for my grandfather who had Multiple Sclerosis for over 29 years.  He eventually became completely debilitated by this devastating disease, which drove me towards a health profession dedicated to helping people recover from injury or illness.  My desire is to help them be as functionally independent as possible and to help them become the best version of themselves in the face of unexpected challenges. 

What is something people may be surprised to learn about you?

So many things to choose from!  I am allergic to hyenas.  My first career was in the legal field and I worked at a top Chicago Law Firm.  I also trained with a Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion in Thailand a few years ago.  

What would your perfect afternoon off include?

My perfect day would either be a long walk on a hot, sandy beach; a boat day out on the water; or a fabulous motorcycle ride to an unknown destination!