Lora Smith, OTD/L

Occupational Therapist



Lora was raised in rural Montana and received her Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in Health and Human Performance. Following receipt of her Bachelor’s she spent two years working as a MRI Aide, gaining in depth experience in patient care and radiologic imaging. Following this experience, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota. Her clinical rotations focused in hand therapy, outpatient rehab, and pediatrics where she developed a love for both hands and pediatrics.


She moved to Denver, CO and launched her career in occupational therapy in home health and outpatient pediatrics. While in Denver, Lora discovered a deep interest in feeding therapy, acting as the primary feeding therapist at her clinic. To further her expertise in her new-found passion for feeding therapy, Lora began pursuing her Doctorate, specializing in parent education and support for families with picky/resistant eaters. She completed her doctorate in Fall 2017. Her family recently welcomed their first daughter and chose to relocate to Oregon to be closer to family and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Lora joined Sanders Hand Therapy in 2017 with the goal of providing child and family centered care to our pediatric clients in addition to the specialized treatment of hand injuries for adult patients.



Outside of work Lora enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex their daughter, Dakota, and their brand-new baby boy, Everette. She enjoys any outdoor activity, exploring the abundant microbreweries of the Portland metro, spending time at the coast, drawing, painting, and photography and exploring the mountains with their dog Shadow.