Outpatient Rehabilitation in West Seneca, NY

Outpatient Rehabilitation

What makes Buffalo Occupational Therapy Different?

Outpatient rehabilitation through Buffalo Occupational Therapy is a complete head to toe rehabilitation approach. We not only address your physical needs through stretching, exercises, guided activity, manual therapy, and modalities, but we also address psychological, social, environmental, and cognitive needs. We begin by addressing your physical function and end with ensuring you can apply these physical performance skills to your daily life through functional performance skills.      

Who do we help and what problems do we help solve?

Buffalo Occupational Therapy uses our physical-based functional neurocentric program to help address a variety of diagnoses and solve many functional performance deficits. Whether you are recovering from a joint replacement surgery and need your range of motion to return so you can go back to work or you have just had a stroke and must now relearn how to walk and perform essential activities of independence, our outpatient rehabilitation program is a one-stop solution to your physical and functional needs. 

We Offer Specialized Services for Rehabilitation

Just as there are specialized doctors of medicine, there are outpatient therapists who focus their research, attention, study, and practice on specific methods and approaches to rehabilitation. Buffalo Occupational Therapy is set apart in their comprehensive approach to restoring function which allows us to great outcomes when addressing specific areas. We use our hybrid method, neurocentric vantage point, and function-based approach to help you get the results you want out of your outpatient rehabilitation experience! 

Why Choose Buffalo Occupational Therapy?

Buffalo Occupational Therapy works with you one-on-one to create a treatment plan that will meet your needs, accomplish your desired outcomes, and restore your hope in recovery.   Our practitioners are committed to maintaining current competencies, meeting monthly continuing education goals,  and being well-versed in the latest evidence-based, research-driven treatment models in order to offer you the best treatment possible.  

Meet the Therapists–

8Current Credentials and Affiliations 

  • Registered and NYS Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L)
  • CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.)
  • Certified Kinesiology Taping Specialist (CKTS)
  • NBCOT Certification – Older Adult Designation (2019)
  • New York Occupational Therapy Association Member and Advocate (2019)


 Michelle Eliason established Aging with Purpose LLC in 2016 as a consulting company promoting livable environments, health and wellness through aging, and aging in place. With her 10+ years of experience in the elder care industry along with her experience as a Director of Rehab in skilled nursing, Michelle saw a need in the community and decided to be a solution. She is currently the founder and owner of an outpatient clinic, Buffalo Occupational Therapy, Adjunct Faculty in an OTA program, Strategic Development Chairperson for NYS Occupational Therapy Association, Coordinator of NYS OT Entrepreneur Collective, Lead Occupational Therapist for the National Brain Injury Institute, and mentor for occupational therapy entrepreneurs through ‘OTPreneur’ services.   


Michelle C. Eliason, MSOT, OTR/L, CKTS, C.D.S.

Owner, Clinical Rehabilitation Director 

Research interests: Neurocommunication and neuromuscular re-education, Alzheimer’s and other related dementias (ADRD), Maintenance of function in Progressive Neurological and neuromuscular conditions


Hannah DiFrancesco, COTA/L, NASM-CES

Lead Treating Practitioner 

Research interests: Kinesiology, Correcting muscle imbalance, Productive Aging


Current Credentials and Affiliations 

  • Registered and NYS Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L)
  • NBCOT Certification (2019)
  • New York Occupational Therapy Association Member and Advocate (2019)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Member and Advocate (2018)


 Hannah graduated in the top of her class at Villa Maria and won the “Outstanding Student” Award. She was the president of the OTA club and led many positive advocacy initiatives for the profession!! Hannah has a heart to serve people and a special interest in working with the geriatric population within a community setting. She enjoys research and investing in professional and personal growth by way of continued competency classes!


Do we accept Referrals?

Buffalo Occupational Therapy accepts self-referrals through

direct access as well as referrals and prescriptions for 

occupational therapy services from medical providers, 

specialists, and Chiropractors. Because we know how 

important it is to get started in occupational therapy right

away, we work with our patients to obtain the necessary

signatures and referrals for maximum insurance coverage. 


Referring to Buffalo Occupational Therapy is simple! 


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