Barbara Divincenzo, OTR/L
Barbara founded Premier Rehab, Inc in 1993. She saw a need in the DeLand area for quality Out-Patient therapy, as there were few to no places that offered Occupational and Speech therapies. Together with a mutually highly respected Speech Pathologist, Premier Rehab, Inc was established December 7th, 1993 and opening the doors on January 3th, 1994. Barbara began with a passion for Occupational Therapy her Junior year in high school, she was accepted and graduated with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy in 1986 from Utica College of Syracuse University, New York. She completed her internships from MCV-VCU and Richmond Psychiatric Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia.
She worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital as an inpatient therapist and quickly was instrumental in developing programs and groups in assist in recovery of patients. After a year, she was chosen to take over the Out-patient department of Occupational Therapy, growing it from a part time to a full time position. She moved to DeLand, Florida in the early 1990s, following her husband’s education at Embry Riddle and employed at local hospitals, and nursing homes offering inpatient rehabilitation programs. She continued to love and desire the Out-Patient experience and when an opportunity arose, she faced the challenge and founded Premier Rehab, Inc.
She has a vast experience and education with hand based therapy and striving to earn a certification in Hand Therapy. She has also a background and extensive knowledge in neurological disorders including working with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain disorders. She has been working with pediatric clinics for the past 20 years. She is a dedicated, hard working, patient oriented therapist and business owner that strives for excellence in this field.
Barbara is not only an outstanding therapist, but she can be found volunteering in the community most notably at the St Peter Oktoberfest, she is also a wife and mother of three and loves to travel especially with family. She is dedicated to health and enjoys exercise on a regular basis.