Jamee Riggio Heelan, OTR/L

Position Occupational Therapist/Henry B. Betts, MD, LIFE Center, Education Program Manager

About Me

About Me

Jamee Riggio Heelan, OTR/L, has 36 years of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist. As an education program manager in the Henry B. Betts, MD, LIFE Center, she utilizes her passion for teaching to empower patients, family, community and health care professionals. She published three children’s books about children living with different physical challenges. Her expertise includes working across all ages with diverse medical conditions such as Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Limb Loss, Stroke, Burns, Brain Tumors, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease, among others. Jamee excels in mentoring healthcare professionals on patient education best practices, leading diagnosis-specific healthcare groups and developing customized booklets with illustrations for children's education sessions on family-related medical conditions.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1983 - 1987
    Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas

Honors & Awards

  • Magnuson Award
    Employee of the year at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Impressa Award Recipient, Joint Civic Committe of Italian Americans, Women's Division
    Italian Women in the Chicago area are nominated each year for this award.


  • Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association