Guiding individuals to RISE to their full potential and thrive in everyday life.
Rise Therapy is a mobile outpatient clinic for individuals across the lifespan, offering outpatient occupational therapy in the comfort of your home.
We strive to reduce barriers to participation by bringing outpatient therapy to you in your home, assisted living facility, your child’s daycare or preschool, and other community settings.
Our goal is to empower clients and parents by providing them with tools to optimize independence and facilitate development.
Rise Therapy uses a strength based approach to facilitate independence and participation in daily activities.
Serving birth to 21 years. Our interventions are guided by child interests using a strength based learning approach aiming to empower children and families
Fall prevention and safety
Improve balance and mobility, gain independence and safety in daily activities
Intensive, effective, one-on-one treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions
Maternal Mental Health
Delivering education, prevention, and care to assist mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
Offering mom and baby infant massage classes and workshops
We enjoy offering infant developmental mama+babe classes as well as partnering with local businesses to provide sensory groups for children. More classes coming Spring 2023
Occupational therapy can help children of all ages (birth to 21 years old) improve motor, sensory, cognitive, social, and visual skills to enhance independence, self-esteem and quality of life. We strive to facilitate increased independence and participation in daily activities to help your child thrive at home, at school and within the community.
Through evaluation, an individualized plan is developed to address the child's skills needed for play, daily activities, school performance and what is appropriate to foster learning, social skills and overall development.
Attention to tasks and transitions
Fine motor strength/coordination
Feeding Therapy: “Picky Eaters” & food aversions
Neuromuscular Development Treatment
Pelvic Floor therapy
Primitive reflex integration
Strengthening and endurance
Torticollis & plagiocephaly
Visual Motor/perceptual skills
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Failure to thrive/feeding difficulties
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Retained primitive reflexes
Sensory processing disorders
Traumatic brain injuries
“When my son was around 2 months old I noticed he preferred to look one direction and was developing a flat spot on the back of his head. The best decision I made was coming to see Mariah!
He effortlessly looks both ways now and his flat spot has rounded out and does NOT need a helmet to correct his head shape.
I sing Mariah’s praises to anyone who will listen! My family and I are forever grateful.”
“I took my infant son in for torticollis and Mariah did an awesome job working with him! She explained everything she was doing and gave tips and stuff to do at home for him! I loved working with her and she did an awesome job working with my son! He loved working with her!”
“I started taking my son to Mariah when he was around 6 months old. I noticed he was favoring using one side of his body over the other. He would only roll one direction, would cry if I nursed him on a certain side and when he started eating solids he would only grab with that same side. I wasn’t even sure if I needed to take him in or not. Being a FTM I didn’t know what was normal. Mariah did an eval and noticed he had some tightness on his right side. We then saw her once a week probably four or five times and also taught me how to be intentional with his playing. He is now using both hands and is crawling all over the place thanks to Mariah.
Im so grateful McCook has this available for the community!”
“My husband and I had serious talks about moving to a bigger city with more access to things like this. One phrase we’ve heard from the experts is “one of these days it’ll just click.” I can’t tell
you how blessed we are to have you on our team. It’s like you’re a detective searching for what’s missing and the knowledge you have blows me away and the activites you come up with to make it fun. It’s all just a along and a true blessing for us.”
Mariah Pierson, MOT, OTR/L, CEIM
My name is Mariah Pierson. I’m a wife to an incredibly supportive husband, mother of 3 beautiful girls and have found my passion and my calling serving the Lord as an occupational therapist.
My love for occupational therapy began in high school after learning about my mother’s experience with occupational therapy. When my mom was 19, she was in a car accident and sustained a C5/C6 spinal cord injury and spent months recovering and gaining function at a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado. After being told to expect never to walk again and 13 days of paralysis, she could move one of her toes, she was very fortunate to gain function of her arms and legs and returned home independently 3 months following her accident. My mom always spoke highly about her occupational therapist and talked about how much she loved her OT. She spoke about how they would work on brushing her teeth and painting her nails as well as necessary skills needed to return to home independently. I felt inspired by my mom’s perseverance and her experience with an occupational therapist. I felt that this was a career that I needed to pursue.
I began my career as an OT assistant with a goal to continue my education to become an occupational therapist in the future. After graduation I began working at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Grand Island and quickly realized that I had found my passion. I had the opportunity to work with children of all ages with various conditions and felt inspired every day by these strong, courageous children. I became dedicated to each child and developed many strong connections with my patients and their families. I have experience treating complex cases which include various neurological disorders, developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, visual perceptual and oculomotor dysfunction, retained primitive reflexes, emotional regulation and behavior management, focus and attention deficits, feeding aversions, picky eating and oral motor dysfunction as well as fine motor and gross motor deficits.
My husband and I are both from the McCook area and felt called to return to this community to raise our family. To my surprise, I found a love for working with older adults with a wide variety of conditions when I took a job at a critical access hospital. I gained experience in skilled nursing, inpatient, home health and pediatric outpatient services. As my passion for helping others grew, I continued my education and graduated with my Bachelors of Rehabilitative Science in 2017 and Master of Occupational Therapy in 2019.
Aside from evidence-based research and educational courses related to pediatrics I acquired a certification in a program called LSVT BIG which is an evidenced based program designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. This program addresses walking, balance, self-care and activities of daily living skills such as getting dressed, fine motor skills, getting up from a chair or bed, and more.
I know that God has led me to the OT profession. I believe that I was meant to serve the Lord by helping others. I’m here to encourage, motivate and inspire my patients to achieve their goals of independence and success in everything that they want and need to do. I feel very grateful to work in such a rewarding profession and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve our community and sharing my passion each day!