Hand Therapy (CHT)
What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is a specialization within Physical and Occupational Therapy that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of injuries or impairments related to the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Non-operative, preventative, and post-surgical hand therapy can be provided for the following disorders of the upper extremity:
- Soft tissue repairs/reconstructions (nerve repairs, nerve transfers, tendon repairs, tendon transfers, ligament repairs, DRUJ reconstructions)
- Joint replacements (CMC, MP, PIP)
- Ulnar shortening osteotomy
- Amputation or replants
- Peripheral nerve compressions
- Trigger finger release
- Tumor/Cyst removal
- Dupuytren’s release
- Dequervain’s tenosynovitis
- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
What is a Hand Therapist?
A hand therapist is a physical or occupational therapist who, through advanced continuing education, clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, has become proficient in treatment of complex finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries. Many hand therapists receive advanced certification in hand therapy earning the designation of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Interventions offered by our hand therapists include:
- Custom orthotic fabrication for elbow, wrist, hand, fingers to protect complex repairs, stabilize joints, or restore range of motion
- Design and implementation of activity and exercise programs
- Management of edema and pain
- Wound and scar management
- Joint protection strategies
- Adaptive equipment recommendations
- Ergonomic evaluations and recommendations
JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Proudly Offers Hand Therapy in the Following Locations:
Our 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.
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.
Taylor Pendergast OTR/L: Taylor graduated from the University of Scranton with a Master's in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Taylor has been working in the West Orange New Jersey area treating a variety of specialized and complex upper extremity diagnoses. She has completed various continuing education courses that have shaped her skills in orthotic fabrication, manual treatment techniques, and implementation of treatment programs. Taylor continues to stay current on the up-and-coming practices of hand therapy, as well as the advancements of hand surgery.
Shari Bensadoun, MS, OTR/L, CHT: Shari Bensadoun is a licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. She is a graduate of Touro College School of Health Sciences with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008 where she earned a place in the Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society. After working as an Occupational Therapist and dedicating her time to continued learning she decided to further her career within the field of Hand therapy and become a Certified Hand Therapist. She specializes in post-operative rehabilitation and custom splinting and is certified in the Graston Technique. She also dedicates her time as a fieldwork supervisor for OT students.
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.
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.
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.
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.