I’m a Los Angeles native who moved to the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington with the goal of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. I graduated with my masters in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California in 2015, became a certified occupational therapist in October 2015, and became certified in the Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in November 2015. In addition to treating hand conditions and lymphedema, I also treat clients with neck and shoulder problems as well.
I decided to specialize in hand therapy after taking a ‘Hand Rehab’ course in graduate school where I learned about the intricate anatomy of the hand, as well as the numerous things that can go wrong with our hands. Seeing these conditions in fieldwork and hearing anecdotes of how it affected peoples’ lives, I learned to appreciate and value our hands. Our hands are what allow us to participate in the activities that we love to do. Which is why I’m pursuing to become a CHT. In order to become one the following requirements must be achieved:
- Have >5 years of clinical experience as an OT or PT
- Work >4000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy
- Pass a comprehensive test of advanced skills and theory in upper quadrant rehabilitation
Besides hitting the books, I enjoy playing tennis, cycling, going on brisk walks, exploring healthy recipes, and playing with my two furry friends, Melody and Rory.