Occupational Therapists

Cherron Halvorson
Jamie Hillesland

Jamie Hillesland, OTR/L has been Certified in evaluation of sensory integration skills since 1994. She serves as a consultant in Sensory Integration throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. She works with therapists in a variety of settings to establish SI evaluation and treatment services, including hospitals, outpatient psychiatric centers, schools, and private clinics. She has presented more than 20 conferences to therapists, teachers, physicians, social service professionals, and parents. She has served as the SI Specialty Interest Section liason for the North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association. She regularly attends support group meetings which helps her keep a pulse on parent's / family's needs in addition to a child's needs. She has been employed by Northwood Deaconess Health Center since 1996 where she provides direct evaluation and treatment services to children with Sensory Processing Disorders.

Ms. Hillesland's other specialty practice areas include Hand Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation. She works closely with our local Providers and Hand Specialists to treat simple to complex hand injuries and conditions, such as arthritis, contractures of the fingers, congenital deformities in children, etc.to maximize their function. Ms. Hillesland provides back up hand therapy services through a contract between NDHC and Achieve Therapy of Grand Forks.


Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Chris graduated from the University of North Dakota, in 1992, with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Chris has 23 years of experience as an occupational therapist and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, long term care, home care, school systems, and mental health. Chris has worked for NDHC for 15 years. She is certified in lymphedema management and is involved with falls management and ergonomic work site analysis.

Chris lives in Grand Forks with her husband, John, and their 5 children. Chris’s hobbies include reading, gardening, spending time with her family and friends and playing with her children.


Tammy Olson
Tammy Olson

Tammy graduated from Northwest Technical College, EGF in 1994 with a AA degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked for the Warren Alvarado Oslo Public Schools, Health Dimensions Rehabilitation Inc and at Altru Hospital. She has served on the advisory board for the OTA program at NCTC-EGF for several years and has lectured related to OT in the Schools as well as teaching Therapeutic Media classes. She received the ND Occupational Therapy Assistant of the Year in 2014 for her work in a number of treatment areas including acute care, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and outpatient pediatrics. Tammy has developed a shoe tying methodology that takes the frustration out of this everyday task for children. Tammy is originally from Mayville, ND and currently lives in Alvarado, MN. Family includes husband Paul and 3 children, Alaina, Adam, and Emilie and son-in-law Matt Bahr. In her spare time she enjoys scrap-booking, biking, water aerobics, walking and anything that involves spending time with her family.


Brianna Kosel
Brianna Kosel

Brianna graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 2018. Brianna joined our facility in July 2018. She has worked with children in a mental health setting and adults in inpatient rehabilitation. She is Car-Fit certified and is interested in pursuing certification in Sensory Integration. She enjoys working with all ages and diagnoses, and especially enjoys pediatrics. She is from Thief River Falls, MN and recently got married to her husband Brett who is a CPA. They enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, bike rides, going to the lake, gardening, and yard games. Brianna also is interested in program development, and completed a fieldwork in developing a program to expand Occupational Therapy at a mental health facility.

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