What is Hand Therapy?

The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) defines hand therapy as “the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity of the human body, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. Hand therapists are occupational therapists or physical therapists who, through extra training and experience, have specialized knowledge of upper extremity function. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, hand therapists work with their clients to prevent injury or impairment, restore functional activity, and enhance participation in daily life. A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem relative to the upper extremities. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative, or conservative treatment, or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.”

Locations offering Hand Therapy:

Stamford (Harvard Ave)

Zoraida Santiago OTR/L

New York


David Wallace PT

Kelly A. Scanlon OTR

Emily Wulwick OTR, CHT

Laura Holland MS, OTR, CHT

Murray Hill

Joanne Petrunik


Kelly A. Scanlon OTR

W. 52nd St.

Todd Bryson OT

Great Neck

Anna Chow HT, CHT

Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT


Sejal P. Parikh OTR/L, CHT

Rockville Centre

Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT

Jaclyn R. Quinn OTR/L


Bay Shore

Kristen Somoza OTR/L

Lori A. Kloiber-Staco MS,OTR/L, CHT


Evan Ludin MS OTR/L, CHT

Sejal P. Parikh OTR/L, CHT


Evan Ludin MSOTR/L, CHT

Robert Klare MSPT, CHT

John Gianfortone OTR/L, CHT

Alyssa M. Gianotti OTR/L

Francesco Amato DPT

Port Jefferson

Robert Wilutis MSOTR/L, CHT

Jessica Van Epps OTR/L

Joanna G. Wilkinson OTR/L

Jessica Wesley PT


Robert Wilutis MS, OTR/L, CHT

Laura Raymond MSPT, CHT

Francesco Amato DPT

Michelle Scarcello OTR/L


Robert Wilutis MS, OTR/L, CHT

Karen Bartlett OTR/L

Michelle Scarcello OTR/L



Zoraida Santiago OTR/L


Brooklyn Heights

Emily B. Wulwick OTR, CHT

New Jersey


Lynn Simon OT, CHT


Mollie L. Sherman OTR/L

Hackensack 385

Laurent Griffey OTR, CHT

Carol Mansfield OTR, CHT

Esther Greenberg OTR, CHT


Mollie L. Sherman OTR/L


Sheena Pasricha OT, CHT

Casey M. Ashby OTR/L

Morristown / Madison Ave.

Kara Ghedina OT, CHT

Suet Lim OTR, CHT

Christin Herrington OTR, CHT

Nutley (Midtown)

Deana Swanson OT, CHT

Parsippany 1259

Mariann E. Moran OTD, OTR, CHT

Doris Schanzerr OTR, CHT

Kathryn Shust OT

River Edge

Ryan P. Wysocki OTR/L


Manisha Shroff-Duggirala OTR, CHT

Susan Pritas OT, CHT


Jyoti Mehta OTR, CHT

Victoria Majcher OTR, CHT


Richard G. Sica OT, PTA

West Orange

Richard G. Sica OT, PTA

West Orange / Northfield Ave.

Elizabeth Baumbach MS, OTR, CHT

Melissa Kanter OT, CHT


Richard G. Sica OT, PTA


Hand Therapy Mentorship Program

Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is designed for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists at all stages of experience including new graduates who are looking to gain clinical knowledge of how to treat hand-related injuries, and for those experienced therapists looking to expand their clinical practice knowledge. The program works through the disciplines required to prepare clinicians for the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) exam.

Program Details

Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is an 11 month clinically-based program, with onsite training and education with a CHT mentor to gain proficiency in the evaluation and treatment of hand therapy. The program includes:

  • Manual Skill Training
  • Splinting Workshops
  • Surgeon Lectures
  • Journal Clubs
  • Medbridge Hand Therapy Learning Tracks
  • Monthly Clinical Outline, focuses on specific topics that include:
    • Hands-on-experience
    • Detailed learning documents
    • Monthly readings from The Rehab of the Hand textbook and peer-rated journal articles, as well as other timely articles
    • Open-ended discussion group calls to discuss study material and methods of study. The call is moderated by a different CHT each month, allowing the student to learn from different perspectives.

Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is well-known for its interactive learning forum. Each participant, under the supervision of a mentor, benefits from their guidance and expertise, as well as the collaborative nature of the organization.