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Hand Therapy

What is a Hand Therapist?

A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced study, specialized in rehabilitating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.

A hand therapist works with patients who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures or even amputation of the finger, hands or arms.

A hand therapist also treats patients who are disabled with the effects of repetitive motion disorders such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients seeking the care of a hand therapist also suffer from chronic problems such as arthritis or a neurological condition.

Each of our hand therapists has a degree in Occupational Therapy and has completed the requirements for a Certified Hand Therapist. Their combined hand therapy experience totals more than 50 years of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.

Meet our Hand Therapists

Teresa S. Tinsley, OTR/L, CHT

Teresa is our Director of Hand Therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy in 1982 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Masters in Business Administration from Clemson University in 1992. Teresa became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1997.

Ann D. Schaumburg, OTR/L, CHT

Ann received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Ann has practiced in the hand therapy field for over 25 years and has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1991. From 1984 to 1993 Ann was Director of the Gaul Hand Center in Charlotte. 

Sheryl V. Massey, OTR/L, CHT

Sheryl received her undergraduate and masterís degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has practiced occupational therapy since 1987 and completed the requirements to a Certified Hand Therapist in 1995.

Julie Ward, OTR/L, CHT

Julie received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M in 1997 and a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1999. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2005.

She has been married to Eric for 13 years and has 3 boys that keep her busy.  She enjoys reading, going to the lake, and gardening. 

Susan Hall, OTR/L,CHT

Susan Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1993, and her Masters of Rehabilitation Science at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2000.  She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2006. 

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and gardening.  She has been married to her husband, Hank, for 9 years.