Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L

Kitsum Li casual photo

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Li was the 6th year Hong Kong-trained graduate into the profession of Occupational Therapy. She furthered her education in the University of New York at Buffalo while experiencing a head-to-toe (freezing toes) cultural shock. In 2005,  she earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Li immigrated to the United States in 1991 and since then, she has worked in a variety of settings from traditional hospital-based in- and out-patient rehabilitation; skilled nursing facilities; community-based home health care to non-traditional onsite therapy for Lifescan and American Licorice; ergonomic consultations for Bank of America and community-reintegration programs for individuals with acquired brain injury.

Being a strong supporter of the evidence-based practice, she firmly believes that this is an exciting time for all practicing healthcare professionals to excel their clinical practices, through the best evidence available, for the benefit of our clients. Dr Li has been actively involved in the implementation of the “ integrated fall prevention” program in both the homecare and hospital settings and she is on the steering committee of the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Taskforce. In addition, she also provides multiple post-graduate training courses on Evidence-based Fall Prevention to allied health professionals. She is a certified FallProof instructor and has been providing the FallProof community programs in the San Mateo County for the past 8 years.

Apart from fall prevention, Dr. Li, is passionate about working with individuals with cerebral vascular accident and traumatic brain injury. She embraces the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) in her practice. The Framework provides a high definition to the professional identity and enriches her clinical practices working with adults and seniors. She believes the secrets of successful rehabilitation are three-fold: the ability to understand your clients through the telescope of OTPF; the commitment to lifelong learning and continuous expansion of your “bag of tricks”; and the ability to coach your clients through the many layers of contexts and environments.

Dr. Li also actively supports the initiative from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She was one of the contributors to test items in the Board Examination Review Modules. Through her contributions and leadership in Critically Appraised Papers, she was invited to administer the Evidence Exchange Program in AOTA.

Advance Trainings

Dr. Li practices lifelong learning principles. She is a Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist (CSRS) and a Certified FallProof Instructor. She is both NDT-trained (certification) and Neuro-Ifrah-trained (certification) in the management and treatment of adult Hemiplegia. She also received advance trainings in Bioness, Myomo and Saebo, which are the more contemporary interventions in the treatment of hemiplegic upper extremities. Her other areas of interest include intervention for individuals with Vestibular dysfunction, low vision and cognitive and visual-perceptual impairments. Dr. Li also holds an advance practice license in California for hand therapy and use of physical agent modalities.


  • California Education Connection,“An Evidence-Based Fall Risks Reduction Program” 1-day (8.0PDU) continuing education courses for  OTRs, COTAs, PTs and PT assistants (2007-present)
  • Home Health Panel – “Use of Psychometric Assessment to identify fall risk in seniors at home,” 2007 CPTA Annual Conference
  • “A Lifestyle Fall Prevention Program: Role of the Occupational Therapist,” 2006 OTAC Annual Conference, Poster Presentation, Co-author “An evidence-based fall risks reduction program,” Lecture presentation at Spring Fling, OTAC (2006)

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Association of California
  • San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force—Steering Committee



Dr. Li likes hiking, traveling and singing. She loves the sun, the beaches and thrill rides, but she doesn’t like to spend too much time in the Museums. Apart from visiting her family, she loves the food experience in Hong Kong the most. Her most favorite place for vacationing is Japan. She performed the “Messiah” with her choir in the Carnegie Hall. She finished her first marathon in 2004, but a badly injured ankle ended her marathon life in 2006.