A Professional physical therapist working on the left hand of a patient.

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.

How can hand therapy help me?

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.

occupational hand therapist working on patient.

Hand Therapy Locations in New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens

Chelsea

  • Lauren Conheeney OTR, CHT
  • Ozzie Melhado OTR

Phone: 212-741-9288

Here is an image of our well maintained physical therapy clinic. It is located in Manhattan, New York City in midtown west at West 52nd street.

W. 52nd St.

  • Todd Bryson OTR, CHT
  • Ozzie Melhado OTR
  • Stephanie Wu MS, OTR, CHT

Phone: 646-912-9086

Here is an image of our well maintained physical therapy clinic in Glendale, New York.

Glendale

  • Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT
  • Jonathan Tianchon MS, OTR/L

Phone: 718-480-6207

Hand Therapy Locations in Long Island, Nassau County

This is an image of exercise equipment at our physical therapy clinic in Great Neck, New York.

Great Neck

  • Anna Chow PT, CHT

Phone: 516-684-1122

Here is a photo of our clean training room for physical & hand therapy at our clinic in Hewlett, New York.

Hewlett

  • Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT
  • Mary Flaherty OTR, CHT

Phone: 516-374-4248

An image of the interior of our physical therapy clinic in Hicksville, New York. There are six stretch beds and a treadmill in this photo.

Hicksville

  • Sejal P. Parikh OTR, CHT
  • Heather Anderson OTR

Phone: 516-261-9750

Here is an image of the interior of our facility. There is equipment used is physical therapy here in the training room at our clinic in Long Beach, New York.

Long Beach

  • Jaclyn R. Quinn OTR, CHT

Phone: 516-432-3600

Merrick HT

  • Nancy Marder OTR, CHT
  • Grace Budde OTR
  • Michael Saraceno OTR CHT

Phone: 516-868-5302

This is a photo of physical therapy equipment used in our clinic in Rockville Centre, New York.

Rockville

  • Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT
  • Jaclyn R. Quinn OTR, CHT
  • Alyssa Gianotti OTR/L

Phone: 516-255-4263

Hand Therapy Locations in Long Island, Suffolk County

This is a photo of the training room with stretch beds and treadmills at our physical therapy clinic in Bay Shore, New York.

Bay Shore

  • Kristen Kaplan OTR

Phone: 631-647-9124

Here is an image of a table at our physical therapy clinic in Bay Shore, New York.

Bay Shore HT

  • Alexandra Demetriou OTR, CHT
  • Robyn McKenna COTA

Phone: 631-206-3130

An image of the interior of our physical therapy clinic in Commack, New York.

Commack

  • Sejal P. Parikh OTR, CHT
  • Evan Ludin OTR, CHT
  • Daniel Crowe OTR/L

Phone: 631-486-5286

Here is a photo of a large room with stretch beds at our physical therapy clinic in Copiague, New York.

Copiague

  • Karen Bartlett OTR, CHT

Phone: 631-842-4606

Here is a photo of the Professional Physical Therapy sign on the wall at our clinic in Medford, New York in Long Island in Suffolk County.

Medford

  • Robert Klare PT, CHT
  • Jessica Wesley PT, CHT
  • Lori Kloiber-Staco OTR, CHT
  • Evan Ludin OTR, CHT

Phone: 631-207-3600

Here is an image of three stretch beds under the Professional Physical Therapy Hand Therapy sign at our clinic in Melville, Long Island in Suffolk County, New York.

Melville

  • Joanne Kassimir OTR, CHT
  • Jonathan Tianchon MS, OTR/L

Phone: 631-425-7100

Port Jefferson

  • Robert Wilutis OTR, CHT
  • John Gianfortone OTR, CHT
  • Jessica Van Epps OTR, CHT

Phone: 631-331-3608

Here is an image of a stretch bed used in physical therapy at our clinic in Riverhead, New York.

Riverhead

  • Michelle Scarcello OTR/L
  • Meghan Clifton OTR/L
  • Laura Raymond PT, CHT
  • Christine Adan PT

Phone: 631-369-9110

Here is a photo of the beds used for physical therapy at our cliic in Sayville, New York.

Sayville

  • Karen Bartlett OTR, CHT

Phone: 631-589-0999

Here is an exterior shot of our physical therapy clinic in Southampton, New York.

Southampton

  • Karen Bartlett OTR, CHT
  • Michelle Scarcello OTR
  • Elizabeth Sanchez COTA
  • Kristine Raab PT

Phone: 631-353-3600

Hand Therapy Locations in New York: Westchester County

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Hartsdale

  • Joanna Spivack OTR/L, CHT

Phone: 914-946-5685

An image of stairs and exercise balls used in physical therapy at our clinic in New Rochelle, New York.

New Rochelle

  • Karina Manzano, OTR/L, CHT

Phone: 914-636-5595

Hand Therapy Locations in New Jersey

Emerson, New Jersey professional physical therapy clinic stretching tables.

Emerson

  • Rachael Kim MS, OTR/L

Phone: 201-497-6752

Here is a photo of two stretch beds at our physical therapy clinic in East Englewood, New Jersey.

Englewood

  • Mollie L. Sherman OTR, CHT

Phone: 201-408-4477

Here is an image of the exterior to our building. The sign above the building reads Physical Therapy Hand Therapy and is above the doors to our clinic in Hackensack, New Jersey on River Street.

Hackensack / River Street

  • Deana Swanson OTR/L, CHT
  • Lacey Silvano OTR

Phone: 201-820-3730

An image of five stretch beds and an elliptical in our training room at our physical therapy clinic in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Hoboken

  • Natalie Hrynkiewicz MS, OTR/L
  • Mollie L. Sherman OTR, CHT

Phone: 201-683-8058

An image of the interior training room for our physical therapy clinic in Montclair, New Jersey at Greenwood.

Montclair Greenwood Ave

  • Sheena Pasricha OT, CHT

Phone: 973-746-2424

Morristown / Madison Ave

  • Kara Ghedina OT, CHT
  • Suet Lim OTR, CHT
  • Christin Herrington OTR, CHT

Phone: 973-267-0991

Here is an image of five stretch beds along the wall in our training room at our physical therapy clinic in Nutley, New Jersey at Midtown.

Nutley (Midtown)

  • Ryan Wysocki OTR/L

Phone: 973-667-0429

Here is an image of six well maintained stretch beds at our physical therapy clinic in Parsippany, New Jersey. These beds are great for increasing flexibility.

Parsippany

  • Doris Schanzer OTR, CHT

Phone: 973-331-3790

This is an image of equipment used in physical therapy at our clinic in Somerset, New Jersey.

Somerset

  • Jessie Perchaluk OTR/L

Phone: 732-469-5680

This is a photo of the inside of our Union, New Jersey physical therapy clinic.

Union

  • Jyoti Mehta OTR, CHT
  • Victoria Majcher OTR, CHT
  • Brian Lee OTR

Phone: 908-686-8766

This is a shot of some of the equipment used at our physical therapy clinic in West Orange New Jersey.

W. Orange Northfield Ave

  • Marian Moran OTD, OTR, CHT
  • Pauline Gasparro OTR

Phone: 973-731-1950

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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.