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

Shane O’Shea OTR

New York


Kelly A. Scanlon OTR

Lauren Conheeney OTR CHT

Murray Hill

Joanne Petrunik OTR, CHT


Joanne Petrunik OTR, CHT

W. 52nd St.

Todd Bryson OT, CHT

Ozzie Melhado OTR

West 96th Street

Sharon Fong PT, CHT

Great Neck

Anna Chow PT, CHT


Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT

Mary Flaherty OTR, CHT


Sejal P. Parikh OTR, CHT

Daniel Crowe OTR

Merrick HT

Nancy K. Marder OTR, CHT

Grace Budde OTR

Rockville Centre

Richard G. Scalise OTR, CHT

Jaclyn R. Quinn OTR/L

Alyssa Gianotti OTR/L


Bay Shore

Kristen Kaplan OTR

Joanna Wilkenson OTR

Bay Shore HT

Alexandra Demeitriou OTR, CHT

Heather Anderson OTR

Robyn McKenna COTA


Sejal P. Parikh OTR, CHT

Evan Ludin OTR, CHT

Daniel Crowe OTR


Lori Kloiber-Staco OTR, CHT

Joanna Wilkinson OTR

Robert Klare PT, CHT,

Jessica Wesley PT, CHT

Port Jefferson

John Gianfortone OTR CHT

Jessica Van Epps OTR


Michelle Scarcello OTR

Meghan Clifton OTR

Laura Raymond PT, CHT

Christine Adan PT


Karen Bartlett OTR, CHT


Karen Bartlett OTR, CHT

Michelle Scarcello OTR

Elizabeth Sanchez COTA

Kristine Raab PT


New Rochelle

Shane O’Shea OTR


Zoraida Santiago OTR/L

Shane O’Shea OTR


Brooklyn Heights

Emily B. Wulwick OTR, CHT

New Jersey


Lynn Simon OTR, CHT


Sheena Pasricha OT, CHT

Deana Swanson OTR/L, CHT


Mollie L. Sherman OTR, CHT

Hackensack 385

Carol Mansfield OTR, CHT

Deana Swanson OTR/L, CHT

Lacy Silvano OTR


Mollie L. Sherman OTR, CHT


Sheena Pasricha OT, CHT

Lynn Simon OTR, CHT

Morristown / Madison Ave.

Kara Ghedina OT, CHT

Suet Lim OTR, CHT

Christin Herrington OTR, CHT

Jessica Ramirez OTR

Nutley (Midtown)

Ryan Wysocki OTR/L

Parsippany 1259

Doris Schanzerr OTR, CHT

Jessica Ramirez OTR

River Edge

Deana Swanson OTR/L, CHT


Manisha Shroff-Duggirala OTR, CHT


Jyoti Mehta OTR, CHT

Victoria Majcher OTR, CHT

Brian Lee OTR

West Orange / Northfield Ave.

Marian Moran OTD, OTR, CHT

Elizabeth Baumbach OTR, CHT

Melissa Kanter OT, CHT

Pauline Gasparro OTR




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.