Concentra Colleague Spotlight: Yen-chen Yang

04/12/2016

Yen-chen Chang is an occupational/hand therapist at Concentra Advanced Medical Specialty (CAS) in Denver Colorado; she's been part of the Concentra team since April 2014.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Yen-chen accrued five years of OT experience in hospitals and clinics in Taipei city. She subsequently volunteered a month of her time in Nepal, working closely with Helping Assist Nepal's Disabled (H.A.N.D). She was able to help many patients and their caregiving families throughout the beautiful and rural villages in the Himalaya region.

Having moved to the USA in 2005, Yen-chen received a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver. Yen-chen is passionate and dedicated to the task of helping the injured regain upper extremity function, and sees this as the first step in maximizing independence and well-being in her patients. Additionally, Yen-chen has a special research interest in the relationship between individuals' ability to regulate emotions during stressful life events (e.g., loss of job, severe injuries or illness) and their overall well-being. Gleaning from her research, Yen-chen strives to educate her clients in effective emotional regulation strategies to address common psychosocial issues which patients often experience during their recovery process.

Most recently, Yen-chen received her Kinesio Taping Practitioner certification, and is in the process of launching a community outreach program with the Kinesio Taping Association. She has applied Kinesio Taping technique in her hand therapy practice and has observed significant results in pain reduction, posture improvement and an increase in functional hand use. Currently, she is pursuing a potential research opportunity to validate the therapeutic effects of Kinesio Taping on upper extremity injuries.

When not at work, Yen-chen enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, arts & crafts and travelling. Yen-chen can often be found enjoying fine tea in the company of her husband and two adorable and bratty cats, Maomao and Maymay.