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NW Hand and Occupational Therapy

We have three hand therapy clinics. One clinic is located in Gig Harbor and two in Tacoma. Between the three clinics, we have 3 Occupational Therapists on staff, two are certified Hand Therapists and one is an assistant.

Conditions We Treat

  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Work Related Injuries
  • Traumatic Upper Extremity Injury
  • Repetitive Strain
  • All Hand Injuries
  • Upper Extremity Sports Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Over-Use Injuries


Cathy Elvins, OTR/L, CHT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Washington 1982
  • Certification in Hand Therapy 1991

Memberships:

  • American Society of Hand Therapist
  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association

Educational Courses:

  • Hand and Wrist Trauma
  • Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand
  • Sports Injuries in the Upper Extremity
  • Manual Therapy for the Upper Extremity
  • Myofascial Release in the Upper Quadrant

Interest in O.T.:

  • Hand Therapy – Has worked in specialty area of Hand Therapy since 1986
  • Job site analysis and other related Injured Worker Issues
  • Adjunct faculty at University of Puget Sound – Teaching Splinting and Biomechanics of the Upper Extremity
  • Sports Injury in the Upper Extremity

Hobbies:

Running and physical fitness, skiing, family activities, cooking, knitting and gardening.

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Brian Chase, MOTR/L, CHT

Education:

  • 1997 B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University
  • 2002 Master’s of Occupational Therapy from University of Puget Sound
  • 2010 Certification in Hand Therapy

Memberships:

  • American Society of Hand Therapists

Educational Courses:

  • Trigger Point Release/Myofascial Work
  • Ergonomic Evaluation
  • Functional/Physical Capacity Evaluations
  • Scar Management
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

Interest in O.T.:

Splinting, soft tissue mobilization, myofacia release, trigger point release, repetitive strain injuries, tendon repair, ergonomic assessment, injury prevention and work conditioning

Hobbies:

Backpacking, cooking, hiking, mountainbiking and skiing.

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April Blankenship, COTA

Education:

  • Associates in Arts Degree (AA) – General Studies Degree 2012 Tacoma Community College
  • Associates in Applied Science (AAS) – Occupational Therapy Assistant 2014 Green River Community College

Memberships:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association – AOTA
  • The Washington Occupational Therapy Association – WOTA

Con. Education Courses:

  • Finger Fx and surgical procedures.

Interests in O.T.:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Tendon repair
  • Injury prevention
  • Work conditioning

Hobbies:

Time spent with family and friends, most outdoor activities, yoga, and relaxing with a good book or movie.



Dorothy Xaudaro

Education:

  • BS in Occupational Therapy
  • Worcester State College, 1998
  • Certificate in Hand Therapy, 2009

Memberships:

  • American society of Hand Therapy

Educational Courses:

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Trauma
  • Surgery and Rehab of the Hand
  • Fractures, Tendon Repairs, Wound Care
  • Manual Therapy for the Upper Extremity

Special Interests in PT:

  • Traumas
  • Tendon repair
  • Wound Care
  • Splinting
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

Second Career Choice:

  • Medical Doctor

Favorite Movie:

  • Under The Tuscan Sun

Best Achievement:

  • Finding the Love of My Life!

Personal Interests:

  • Spending time with Family and Friends, Cooking, Wine Tasting

Favorite Quote:

  • “Nothing Good Comes Easy”

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