Star City Six – Marcie Minchow
Old Cheney Rehabilitation provides post-acute care in a distinct environment, allowing the patient to navigate the course home in a short period of time. Marcie Minchow is an occupational therapist at Old Cheney Rehabilitation.
Tell us a little about your business.
Occupational therapy (OT) is all about helping people return to participating in meaningful and purposeful activities—it is the art of helping people regain function and reclaim their lives after an illness or injury.
How did you get started in the business? – I learned about OT my junior year of college from my sister who was a nurse at a rehab hospital at the time. She described the work, and I fell in love with the thought of helping people get back to truly living again.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Not taking my job home with me. I see people in the hardest times in their lives and encounter a lot of sadness. The key for me is helping my patients see the good that comes out of the trials they are facing.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Starting a private business specializing in helping children who have neurodevelopment disorders.
Tell us a little about your family.
My family is my world! I have seven siblings who are truly my heroes. I’m grateful that they all, along with my parents, all live in the Lincoln and Omaha area.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Becoming a mom. Motherhood is a great adventure. My daughter Lily has taught me more about life than anyone else.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I love to read, kayak, and camp. Nature is so healing and relaxing.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I sing and write poetry.
Who inspires you?
My daughter. I wake up every day feeling grateful to be her mama.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Every trial teaches us a lesson and is an opportunity to grow, so be grateful for the valleys.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Stand by You” by Rachel Platten.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Playing the piano and reading music.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I’d be a life coach and help people find their passion.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
The Women’s Resource Center. Their mission is beautiful. They help women who are expecting and educate them on how to thrive as mothers. Being a mom is a gift, even when unplanned.
What is your favorite movie?
The Sound of Music.
What is your favorite TV show?
Gilmore Girls because it reminds me of me and my daughter.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Saint Mother Teresa.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
(531) 739-3200; www.oldcheneyrehab.com