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Hand Therapy Heroes

Hand Therapy Heroes

By Susan Weiss
Hand therapy heroes was created for you to learn from your peers and hand enthusiasts from around the world. We will have interviews with hand therapy practitioners, patients, surgeons, company representatives and each episode will be designed to help you grow your hand therapy knowledge. Content will range from discussions on diagnosis, new products, to techniques, compelling articles, creative ideas for orthotics, business planning and billing to name a few.
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Difficult Roads can Lead us to Beautiful Places

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Peripheral Nerve Injury: Updated
Super excited to share an amazing podcast Laurie C. Rogers MHS, OT, CHT is an extremely busy practitioner and program manager at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC. She trains therapists and students and was instrumental in the 4th edition of the most popular hand therapy resource "Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, A Quick Reference Guide and Review 4th Edition".  She also serves as the Senior Project Manager and contributed and edited every chapter of the book and appendix. We are offering a promotional course for CRPS: Updates in Therapist Management for this 6 AOTA approved CE class: CLICK HERE  If you enter code: SAVE90 you will save 1/2 price during this stressful time so you will save $90 for this 6 AOTA approved CE class!
10:30
August 4, 2020
From CMCJ OA issues to Shark Tank... every shark was swooning!
Barbara Heilman is an OT and hand therapist who spent her career adapting equipment and creating orthosis for her patients.  When she became a grandma she solved her issue with not being able to get her granddaughters car seat open due to CMCJ OA and created an adaptive piece of equipment that worked great.  Her daughter Becca Davision recognized that what her mom had created could be used by so many people and decided that they would together create the UnbuckleMe system.    Send an email into info@handtherapy.com and we will provide a code if you or anyone you know could use an Unbuckle me and to learn more.  LOVE this team and really had a blast chatting with them.
29:23
June 30, 2020
Building a Hand Therapy Business - Tips and Tricks
JoAnn Keller founded her business Hands For Living in 2011.  She has specialized in hand therapy since 1997. JoAnn is respected by physicians, patients, and other therapists. Joanne is sharing with us some ideas on creating a hand therapy business and the steps you need to consider.  She shares pitfalls as well as resources that will inspire you to "just do it".  We had such a great conversation and so much to talk about that we will have to have a second podcast!  Please email info@handtherapy.com for the info sheet.  
42:36
June 16, 2020
Mentorship and Entrepreneurship with Hoang Tran
Hoang Tran is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist.   Owner of two successful companies Hands-on Therapy Services and Hand Therapy Secrets. Link to her website: www.handtherapysecrets.com Links to her social media: https://www.instagram.com/handtherapy_secrets/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCubievX5JmbBcb0oGV1tW3w https://www.facebook.com/handtherapysecrets/ Link to her mentorship program: https://handsots.lpages.co/hand-therapy-mentorship/
30:43
June 2, 2020
Protocols YES? or No? Thoughts from A New CHT and Strategies For New Practitioners
A casual discussion with Minh Quan Tran OT, CHT from Canada about Protocols.  Minh reviews how protocols are excellent for therapists who do not have a mentor to rely on.  Protocols don't take into account all the variables which is a challenge and if you understand tissue healing and how structures heal you can determine a regime based on these concepts.   Minh shares his experience with an array of cases, how he deals with being a young practitioner and reminds people to seek out concepts and to not get hung up on protocols.   To connect with us: email info@handtherapy.com Facebook:  Linkedin: Youtube: Instagram Twitter Pinterest TikTok
29:23
May 19, 2020
An Interesting Role as an OT: Clinical Specialist, Product Development and More
Meet Jamie McMillan and hear about her unique role as an OT working with Hely and Weber a company which sells supports and braces.  Her skills as an OT/CHT provided her the skill-set to create a new position with the company in 2015 and she has never looked back.  Learn how this type of position could be right for you!  For the info sheet please put Jamie in the email subject line or the body of the email and email info@handtherapy.com
26:27
May 1, 2020
The More You Give The More You Get....
Dr. Gamhewage has m ore than two decades of experience in public health. She  is currently with the World Health Organisation in Geneva Switzerland and is the Head of Learning and Capacity Development.  She is chatting with us today about how we have the power to give positive energy to our families, colleagues, and our patients.  
24:26
April 17, 2020
COVID-19, Reflection, Daily Reset, and Kinesiophobia...
Thank you everyone for listening.  We are visiting with Sarah B. Doerrer (Wilson) PhD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT.    We are going to chat about the current state of affairs in relation to Sarah's practice and then discuss her upcoming research and touch on kinesiophobia.  Right now I think we are all in a state of kinesiophobia (fear of movment). Tampa Kinesiophobia Scale Click Here For the info sheet on telehealth and more send an email to info@handtherapy.com and please write VIRTUAL on the email
27:29
April 9, 2020
Difficult Roads can Lead us to Beautiful Places
Worrying about the bad stuff will not stop it from happening but it will prevent us from the good.  Cynthia Weinberger, OT/L, CHT  is an inspiration to each of us with her savvy style.  She was able to take a breathe, step back and determine a new and very cool path. This is a wonderful session with a brilliant practitioner who is paving the way for today and for the future.  For the info sheet with her connections and recommendations please email info@handtherapy.com .  Please don't forget to leave us a 5* review.  We love giving back and it makes it SO worth while when you put those in for us.  Thank you everyone! 
34:19
April 2, 2020
Telehealth for Hand Therapists with a Leader in the Industry
Michelle Coil, MOT, OTR, CHT, PYT, CEAS reviews thinking outside the box.  She discusses the platforms for immediate and FREE access for teleheath during the COVID19 situation.  It is important for you to understand HIPAA platform, reimbursement, and how to navigate the virtual world.  For the summary sheet email info@handtherapy.com and we will send you the summary sheet. Check out this link for breaking news! https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet
17:37
March 17, 2020
Brachial Plexus, TOS, and Nerves OH MY!
Dr. Dy is a board-certified orthopedic hand surgeon with sub-specialty expertise in brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury. He graduated from the combined BS/MD program at the University of Miami, where he also obtained an MPH degree. Dr. Dy completed his orthopedic surgery residency and postdoctoral research fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and a fellowship in hand surgery at Washington University Orthopedics. He has received additional training in brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgeries at leading centers in India, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Sweden. Dr. Dy is currently an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Public Health Sciences.  In this episode we will discuss double crush, TOS, nerve repairs and avoiding tension, importance of the surgeon/therapist relationship, and importance of proper diagnosis.  Email info@handtherapy.com for details on the Podcast created by Dr. Dy and Dr. Charles Goldfarb.
33:54
March 5, 2020
PIP Management with the Digit Widget
This hand therapy hero shares with us his journey as an  engineer into health care.  Learn about the digit widget and how it can be an option in your tool box to care for PIP contractures.  Dustin shares tips and tips for effective application and wear and care.  Email info@handtherapy.com and put Dustin in the subject line for an info sheet to learn more.
34:02
February 20, 2020
Lucas on the Lookout!
This episode of hand therapy heroes talks about evidence based practice and practice based practice and how to blend them.  We are introducing Dr. Lucas Richer, OTD, OTR/L a new practitioner who LOVES to delve into research.  I am delighted to have met him as he is fantastic at summarizing the literature.   BONUS:  We are created a one AOTA approved credit CE from listening to this podcast and his summary sheets which are available by emailing us at info@handtherapy.com and we will send you access to the materials.  
44:36
January 31, 2020
Hand Therapist Saves Thousands from Wrist Surgery....
Hand Therapy Heroes has taken off and reached 70 countries as of this episode.  Please continue to share it with others and provide your valuable feedback and emails.  This episode is with Wendy Medeiros OTR/L CHT who has created the "wrist widget" orthosis.   For those of you who have used this you will enjoy learning a bit more about the process of idea to roll-out and for those of you who have never heard if it you will add a valuable tool to your toolbox!  You will be inspired to create and share with others.   We created a lovely handout for those wanting to learn more or connect with Wendy please email us at info@handtherapy.com and put WENDY in the subject line.  Thanks as always for being a part of hand therapy heroes.  Cheers and enjoy the new decade!
31:11
January 17, 2020
Patient Centered Care: Tips For Better Outcomes
Patient centered care will maximize your patients results.  This is the second part of a two part series presented by Ms. Gwen van Strien and we are going to emphasize tips for better outcomes.  Gwen is physical therapist and hand therapist from The Hague in the Netherlands. After receiving her PT degree,  she went on to  attended medical school and received her degree at Leiden University medical school. She moved to the USA were she  received a master’s degree Hand Therapy from VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Currently she holds the position of founder/ course director and lecturer at the school for hand therapy at the National Institute for Post Graduate Allied Health Education in Amersfoort, the Netherlands and she is lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has authored numerous articles on hand rehabilitation and was author of chapters in various textbooks on rehabilitation of the hand and on hand surgery.  For detailed reference list please email info@handtherapy.com and put Gwen in the subject line.  We will also provide you direct access to Gwen.
42:07
January 3, 2020
Patient Centered Care Part 1
Patient centered care will maximize your patients results with focus on tendons.  You will have clinical gems and pearls you will be able to immediately weave into your practice.  This is the first part of a two part series presented by Ms. Gwen van Strien.  Gwen is physical therapist and hand therapist from The Hague in the Netherlands. After receiving her PT degree,  she went on to  attended medical school and received her degree at Leiden University medical school. She moved to the USA were she  received a master’s degree Hand Therapy from VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Currently she holds the position of founder/ course director and lecturer at the school for hand therapy at the National Institute for Post Graduate Allied Health Education in Amersfoort, the Netherlands and she is lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has authored numerous articles on hand rehabilitation and was author of chapters in various textbooks on rehabilitation of the hand and on hand surgery.  For detailed reference list please email info@handtherapy.com and put Gwen in the subject line.  We will also provide you direct access to Gwen.
59:11
December 17, 2019
Time Heals All Wounds... Or does it?
Amanda Higgins BSC. OT, OT Reg(NB) joins us in a session of Hand Therapy Heroes. Amanda is a clinical occupational therapist in upper extremity rehabilitation at the Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH) in New Brunswick, Canada.  She is very generous of her time as she shares her experiences as a hand therapist in practice in a dynamic setting with Dr. Lalonde and an esteemed team of professionals.    She reviews with us an an array of treatment algorithms and ideas that will help you expand your practice immediately.  I have compiled some of the details Amanda shared with us on an info sheet by sending an email to us at info@handtherapy.com and put Amanda in the email.
48:12
December 5, 2019
Dupuytren Disease: A Review of Current Practices
Listeners you will LOVE what you learn in the second part of this podcast with Dr. Charles Eaton is a board-certified hand surgeon with extensive Dupuytren experience. He established the Dupuytren Foundation in 2008. In 2003, he introduced the technique of needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren contracture to the United States and treated thousands of Dupuytren hands with this technique.  Please visit dupuytrens.org and join in with this group  and be a part of the cure.  Email info@handtherapy.com to obtain the info sheet with all the goodies!
48:34
November 27, 2019
A Future Without Dupuytren Disease – Tell Me More!
Listeners you will LOVE what you learn in part 1 of this two part series podcast with Dr. Charles Eaton is a board-certified hand surgeon with extensive Dupuytren experience. He established the Dupuytren Foundation in 2008. In 2003, he introduced the technique of needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren contracture to the United States and treated thousands of Dupuytren hands with this technique.  Please visit dupuytrens.org and join in with this group  and be a part of the cure.  Send us an email with Dr. Eaton in the subject line and we will send you an info sheet with additional details. Email info@handtherapy.com
30:04
November 19, 2019
Hand Therapists are ALSO Functional Movement Specialists …
In this episode Dr. Jim Wagner shares details about the Blood Flow Restriction techniques and it is indications and contraindications.  He discusses how he uses this unique technique in his practice and for training for himself.  Dr. Wagner also discusses kinesiology taping and his thoughts on research, what does it really do as well as some easier methods the application of kinesiology tape.  Please send us an email for the articles, links to any products discussed (with bonus promotion codes) and upcoming courses that Dr. Wagner will be teaching to info@handtherapy.com and we will get you the details.  Thank you for joining in and please drop us a 5* review when you have a few minutes.
27:43
November 5, 2019
Therapeutic Use of Self using IASTM and Cupping Techniques
This hand therapy heroes podcast introduces the listener to IASTM and cupping techniques and how to practice therapeutic use of self utilizing these modalities.   We need to not do something to patients but need to do treatments with patients.  Dr. Jim Wagner will reveal how you can incorporate this into your practice as well.   Dr. Wagner provides you a starting guide to utilization of IASTM and cupping in an effective manner to help address soft tissue issues in an effective way and in a way that will help save your own hands.  Please send us an email for the articles, links to any products discussed (with bonus promotion codes) and upcoming courses that Dr. Wagner will be teaching to info@handtherapy.com and we will get this to you.  Thank you for joining in and please drop us a 5* review when you have a few minutes.
35:11
October 24, 2019
Relative Motion: Gems, Pearls and Diamonds
Once again we are fortunate to have a second session with Dr. Donald H. Lalonde, MD, BSc, MSc, FRCSC Dr. a Professor of Surgery Dalhousie University Saint John Canada.  In our last episode we touched on Relative Motion and how it plays a role in tendon care.  He is also the He is the co-founder of WALANT.surgery.   In this episode we dive much deeper into the pencil test, how relative motion is utilized for the treatment of hand pain, PIP extensor lag and early protected motion of the K-wired finger.  Dr. Lalonde will really make you think about your current practice and areas you can expand and improve in to provide your clients the best in class treatment.  Please email us at info@handtherapy.com for a list of videos and information discussed in this and the previous podcast.   Thank you for joining in and please drop us a 5* review when you have a few minutes. 
28:18
October 10, 2019
Flexor Tendon Repairs Change People’s Lives
Flexor tendon care in 2019 has changed more than you may think.  This episode features DONALD H. LALONDE, M.D., FRCSC a Professor of Surgery Dalhousie University Saint John Canada who is the current ASSH Council Outreach and International Relations Director and President of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand.  He is also the co-founder of WALANT.surgery. This episode is packed with information you will immediately incorporate into the clinic.  Please email info@handtherapy.com for the information sheet that contains links to discussed videos and content.  Thank you for joining in and please drop us a 5* review when you have a few minutes.
33:58
October 4, 2019
The Wonders of WALANT ...
WALANT - the question is really... why not WALANT?  This is an episode Dr. Phillips joins us from Southampton.  He is the co-founder of WALANT.surgery and is joining us to introduce you to the wonders of WALANT.  Visit WALANT.surgery and register for the online university for FREE.  You will LOVE the resources available on this site.  Email info@handtherapy.com if you want to be added to our list of our upcoming CE course which will review WALANT and the effects on clinical practice of hand therapists.  Just put in the email WALANT and we will keep you in the loop.
39:16
September 21, 2019
Functional Casting? Learn Pros and Cons of this technique
Michelle Coil MOT, OTR, CHT, PYT, CEAS founder of virtualhandcare.com joins us for an exciting discussion about functional casting.  She introduces us to the reasons why or why not to use a functional cast.  Our listeners can obtain an $80 promo code by emailing us at info@handtherapy.com and simply put in cast code on the subject line.  Casting as an alternative to thermoplastics will offer practitioners another tool to have in their toolbox.  Brilliant for therapists who are travelling and have no access to a splint pan.  
26:23
August 27, 2019
Manifesting healing
Roxie Cariere, M.A., MHt, CMM Masters in Counseling Certified Master Hypnotherapist is with us today to provide tools to help you facilitate your clients and yourself the ability to manifest healing, health and wellness. She encompasses a holistic approach to care. Send an email to info@handtherapy.com to connect with Roxie for a complimentary consultation (10 minutes).
12:49
August 21, 2019
Belgium has the best waffles, french fries and Orfit
This was an exciting episode with  Björn Le Roy  occupational therapist and hand specialist .  Albeit a bit tired we were super excited to record in Belgium with Orfit  https://www.orfit.com/  Send an email to us at info@handtherapy.com and simply say on the subject line: ORFIT and save $50-150 on all of our orthotic courses.  We will email you all the custom codes.
09:08
August 16, 2019
Casting to Resolve Stiffness? Really?
This episode will rock your world if you are not familiar with CMMS - Casting Motion To Mobilize Stiffness.  Robyn Midgley has created a means for us to understand how cortical function allows patients to regain motion which they may have lost for a very long time.  She has a vision of curing stiff hands around the world and she is set to do just that.  She will discuss with us why our classic means of treating stiff hand with repetitive passive motion or traditional orthosis has left us scratching our heads with what else to do for chronically stiff hands.  She shares with us why focused motor attention is needed and how CMMS will address this.  Listen to Robyn and open your mind to the idea that active motion can increase passive motion with the proper redirection.   Our listeners can receive access to 25% off her  comprehensive course with a promo code we will send to you when you email us at info@handtherapy.  Simply put on the email CMMS.
39:12
July 5, 2019
Love the Life You Are Living
This is a wonderful podcast and Courtney will lift you and your patients spirits.  Please feel free to share with your patients as Courtney inspires us to love the life we are living. To access the FREE 1.5 AOTA CEU course (retail $14.99) please click here  must enter promo code: COURTNEY  To connect with Courtney please click here  - Courtney is accepting speaking engagements and is working on her first book!
42:04
June 21, 2019
Let's talk about Pain....
Susan Stralka PT, DPT, MS has information which will revolutionize the way you treat pain patients.  Susan shares ideas and concepts in our interview to help you understand if your patient may have central pain and some effective strategies for intervention.   These are the books Susan recommends during this podcast:  • Butler David. (2000) The Sensitive Nervous System:  Pain Mechanisms and Peripheral Sensitivity, NOI Group Publication • Buter David. ( 2013) Explain Pain 2nd Edition, NOI Group Publication • Sluka, Kathleen (2016). Mechanisms and management of pain for the physical therapist: Second edition. International Association for the Study of Pain • Louw, Adriann et al. (2018)  Pain Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, 2nd edition Here are the current courses Susan has on liveconferences.com  Pain: Whats My Brain Got To Do With It?   Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Motor Imagery Program   Brachial Plexus: Secrets of Treating TOS  If you want the evaluation tool Susan discussed please email us at: info@handtherapy.com and let us know and we will send you the PDF document. Thank you everyone - Please share our podcast with your network and give us a 5 star review.
19:09
June 12, 2019
Celebrate Hand Therapy Week
We are celebrating hand therapy week with Sue Hammerich OTR/L who just found out she passed her CHT exam! We are so excited to hear her exciting news about passing her CHT exam and just in time to celebrate hand therapy week.   She practices hand and upper extremity rehabilitation in San Leandro California at  Fairmont Hospital which is part of Alameda Health Systems.  The Alameda County Infirmary admitted its first patient on August 16th 1864!  Talk about history...  Sue shares some study tips for preparing for the CHT exam in our exciting interview.  WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! Congratulation Sue!
17:46
June 6, 2019
Ready? Set? Let's do this...
This is the first podcast on hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. I am so excited to start this off by introducing myself as an occupational therapist, hand therapy specialist, business entrepreneur, mother and wife.... PHEWW I am tired just typing that!  
14:38
May 31, 2019