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Changing the way therapists do business!

Our Story

Rehab U Practice Solutions

Our story begins the summer before his senior year in high school, when an accident landed Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L in emergency surgery and then in an outpatient hand therapy clinic 2 days a week for 3 months. In that time, Rafael was exposed to the world of OT/PT and physical rehabilitation. After that experience, Rafael set his sights on a career in Occupational Therapy, to one day work in a hand clinic. Graduating from graduate school with a degree in Occupational Therapy, Rafi started out on his journey as a rehab practitioner. From managing OT caseload across multiple skilled nursing facilities to leading an outpatient specialty OT clinic at a VA medical center, Rafael has treated patients with a variety of physical, neurological, and psychosocial dysfunctions.

During that time, Rafael has become recognized as a leader in field of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and in the field of Occupational Therapy, being asked to serve on multiple committees for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT), as a subject matter expert for examination test content development. In August of 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He was also appointed to the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy, as a licensed board member. He has taught courses on Evidence-Based Rehabilitation and Applied Kinesiology for the OT department that he was graduated from at Augusta University.

After several years as lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic, Rafael left the VA to begin consulting with the State of Georgia, assisting in transitioning individuals from State-run institutions to community residences; a position that allowed him to leverage his clinical knowledge & expertise as well as his ability to effectively communicate, educate, and train people in order to ensure that the individuals transitioning from these institutions received the highest quality care and support possible. His role in developing provider training materials and templates became a crucial part of transition planning for the State of Georgia. He also worked to develop a framework for community engagement as part of the transition process.

Through all of these experiences, Rafael became aware of one glaring issue: the healthcare system in the US is broken. Regulations abound. The way therapists provide services and do business is broken. Therapists are getting burned out, trying to hit productivity numbers and pumping patients through their clinics like a factory assembly line. Patients feel that the services they receive are cookie-cutter and sub-par at best. Neither therapists nor patients are achieving the outcomes they desire. Rafi knew something had to change, and that’s when he started Rehab U Practice Solutions.

Combine his knowledge & clinical expertise with a gift of education & speaking, a unique understanding of the rehab world & healthcare environment, and a desire to empower therapists to radically change the way they do business & break out of the paradigm that causes burnout and poor clinical/professional outcomes, and you get Rehab U Practice Solutions.


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We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes to develop customized, unique strategies to improve reimbursement, grow referral lists, and create additional sources of revenue. We specialize in tightening up documentation, discovering niche market opportunities, and getting the word out about your practice.

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