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Laura Schaffer

Specialty area(s)

Physical Dysfunction

Neurological Conditions and Treatment

Acute care and inpatient rehabilitation

Facilitator of Regional Spinal Cord Injury Support Group


Strong interest in interprofessional Education and community based practice

Brief biography

Born and raised in the Milwaukee area

Lives on a hobby farm in Barre Mills, WI with husband and 3 children

Joined UWL Faculty 2015

Currently obtaining Post-Professional Doctoral Degree from UW-Madison



Current courses at UWL

Physical Dysfunction II


Critical Analysis of Practice

Health Care Systems

Lab Manager/facilitator for Adult Clinic with community volunteers spring semester


Bachelor of Science (2000) - University of WI-La Crosse
Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy (2003) - College of St. Catherine

Post professional Doctoral degree - UW-Madison - projected graduation date May, 2019

Professional history

Children's Hospitals and Clinics (outpatient) -2003-2005

Gundersen Health System (acute care and inpatient rehabilitation) - 2005-2015

Research and publishing


 - Retrospective study on use of Robot Assisted Therapy in inpatient rehabilitation 

 - Interprofessional Education with GoBabyGo! 

- Capstone project- Developing a role for occupational therapy at a free community medical clinic