Kelly graduated from Nazareth College in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2009. She is board certified with the HTCC (Hand Therapy Certification Committee).
Kelly has worked over 17 years in Hand Therapy specializing in post-surgical and conservative management of fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, as well as complex cases of ligament reconstruction of the hand and upper extremity. Over the years, Kelly has found that working closely with the physician and the patient has been most productive in achieving optimal patient outcomes by providing an individualized treatment approach. The goal for independence in all aspects of the patient’s life is first and foremost. Customized fabrications of orthotics/splints for her patients are also utilized as needed to enhance functional use of the hand or arm.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.