I have a 30-year continuous working history as an occupational therapist that evolved into a successful private practice in hand/upper extremity therapy. In 2000 I was invited by the hand surgeon with Flathead Orthopedic Center to start a private hand therapy practice in their new building and have had a successful practice over the past 16 years, providing quality care and producing great functional outcomes for patients. I have considerable experience working with all manner of orthopedic conditions including trauma, post-op and elective care.
In 2003, I successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Hand Therapist. I have maintained a high level of continuing education, including the annual Montana Hand Society meeting which our facility hosted twice.
One of the most important skills I have developed over the years is the ability to effectively communicate and work with the referring orthopedic surgeons, including surgeons from the trauma center at Harborview in Seattle.
Certified Hand Therapist 2003 to present
Certification Key Method of Functional Capacity Evaluation 1989 to present
Thorough working knowledge of hand and upper extremity treatment protocols
Excellent communication skills
Extensive experience in custom orthotic fabrication for the upper extremity
Critical thinking skills applied to problem solving and treatment implementation
Education and teaching skills for patient and therapy student populations
Owner/Primary therapist in private practice located in an outpatient orthopedic clinic setting. My job involves networking and interacting with the Board Certified Hand Surgeon and all of the orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants that refer patients. My caseload consists of evaluating and devising appropriate treatment plans for post-op, trauma, elective and emergency surgeries involving the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and selective shoulder conditions, as well as non-surgical conditions.
Therapeutic interventions include custom splint fabrication, education, use of modalities and creating treatment plans that are effective and evolving. This position requires critical thinking skills and close communication with referring physicians.
Member American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT)
Member Montana Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA)
Board Certified Hand Therapist
Certified Key Method of Functional Capacity Evaluation
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