JAG-ONE PT Certified Hand Therapists
Kathryn Haskins PT, DPT, OCS, CHT: Kathryn graduated first in her class with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2011 and successfully obtained her board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Having developed an affinity for the upper extremity as a collegiate softball pitcher, Kathryn pursued specialization in her field after practicing for a number of years. She completed a Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery and went on to earn her designation of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Kathryn has a special passion for exercising creativity through custom orthosis fabrication, and also enjoys integrating her orthopedic knowledge of more distant movement systems that influence the mechanics and function of the upper extremity.
Melissa Roesch-Kanter OT, CHT: Melissa is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience treating complex upper extremity injuries. Melissa is passionate about creating personalized treatment programs following a comprehensive evaluation of hand function. Melissa educates herself on the most current treatment techniques to help her patients maximize function and return to work and leisure activities. Special skill areas include: custom orthotic fabrication, manual therapy, wound care and management, soft tissue and elbow injuries.
Location: West Orange, NJ
Lynn Simon, OTR, CHT: Lynn is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist with more than 35 years of experience treating complex conditions and injuries to the hand, wrist and elbow. She maintains excellent communication with referring physicians and provides in-depth patient education in order to provide optimal outcomes. Lynn expertly fabricates custom orthosis to protect / immobilize joints in order to maximize function for participation in daily activities, with a special focus on orthosis for athletes to return to competition. In addition, Lynn’s areas of clinical expertise include treating complex elbow and tendon injuries, tendinopathies of the elbow, wrist and hand, and arthritis of the upper extremity.
Location: West Orange, NJ
Carole Anne Andreou MAOTR, CHT: Carole A. Andreou graduated from NYU with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been a therapist for over 30 years and a CHT for over 20 of those years. She has experience in working with the neurological hand in cases of MS and Parkinson's as well as with orthopedic conditions such as fractures, amputations, burns, tendon/nerve repairs. Carole has experience in manual therapy including MFR, mobilization, lymphedema.
Location: West Orange, NJ
Maxcita Alvarez OTR/L, CHT: As an Occupational Therapist specializing in Hand Therapy practice, Maxcita’s absolute passion has been to increase her patients’ awareness/knowledge of their injuries. Through understanding we are able to capture purpose and work harder to achieve goals. Patient education is essential in ensuring compliance and improvement. Her growth as a clinician has been inspired by the most amazing group of therapists and physicians who have mentored and educated her through their outstanding and exemplary work. Each day, Maxcita works to motivate and inspire her patients to do more than the day before. She incorporates her patients’ unique experiences, goals, and purpose, as she works together with each individual patient to get them back to performing their daily life skills and regaining mobility and strength. Maxcita has experience working throughout various hospitals/settings including St. Vincent's, Mt. Sinai, and NYU Student Health Service, Private Practice, and Outpatient Therapy.
Location: Marine Park, NY
Darya Dronov OTR/L: Darya is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She is a graduate of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She specializes in post-operative rehabilitation of the upper extremities and custom splinting. Darya is planning on earning her CHT (Certified Hand Therapist) in the near future. She also dedicates her time as a clinical instructor for OT students.
Location: Westerleigh, NY
Esther Milina: Esther Milina graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She began her career at JAG-ONE in 2019. Esther is a Graston Technique provider and certified in LSVT-BIG. Esther currently splits her time between our Atlantic Terminal & Midwood location and provides hand therapy treatment.
Chris Fasanella, MS, OTR/L: Chris received his BS from the University of Maryland and this MS in occupational therapy from NYU. With an interest in orthopedics during OT school, he completed fieldwork in outpatient rehab with CHTs and CLTs at GWU Hospital in DC and acute rehab in the burn center at NYP Cornell. His primary interests are in upper extremity post-operative rehabilitation and custom splinting. In addition to working in outpatient, he works part-time in orthopedic acute care at Hospital for Special Surgery in order to have a greater appreciation for the rehabilitation process from start to finish. Chris works out of our Jersey City Newport location.
Location: Jersey City Medical Center, NJ
Charles Graci, OTR/L: Charles is a practicing occupational therapist in the Westchester, N.Y. region. Charles obtained a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Dominican College. While working as an occupational therapist, he attended Thomas Jefferson University’s post-graduate hand and upper limb rehabilitation certificate program with the desire to specialize in the hand and upper extremity. Charles has earned his certificate in the hand and upper limb program, and has qualified to take the CHT (Certified Hand Therapist) exam in May 2022.
Location: Hawthorne, NJ
Barbara Golej-Figura, MS, OTR, CHT: Barbara is a certified hand therapist (CHT) and occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. She was educated at Utica College of Syracuse University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy and made the Dean’s List upon graduating. Barbara later went on to attend Temple University, where she received an Advanced Master of Science in occupational therapy with an emphasis on hand therapy. Barbara manages patients with a wide variety of upper extremity injuries and conditions, but most frequently treats wrist and finger fractures, soft-tissue trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive overuse conditions, and inflammation disorders. She takes a highly personalized approach to patient care, making it a top priority to understand how each patient is impacted by injury in their daily activities and emotional wellbeing from the outset of their care plan. Barbara particularly enjoys meeting different people and watching them progress from an injured, painful stage to recovery and a return to work and leisure activities that leaves them satisfied with their outcomes.
Location: Belleville (Clara Maas)
Hand therapy at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy
JAG-ONE Physical Therapy proudly offers hand therapy throughout the local communities of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We understand the importance of returning our hand therapy patients to full function, feeling stronger and pain free! For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient facilities, please contact us today.