The Hands in Motion podcast will be dynamic discussions with a variety of guests. There will be interviews with a variety of professionals about current treatment trends, hot topics in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, current evidence, case studies, alternative treatment areas, and more. There will also be a variety of guests including consumers and content experts on current trends and issues.
HTCC 30th Anniversary with Martin Walsh, OTR/L, CHT
On this episode we are joined by Marty Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, the executive director of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Marty answers all of our questions about the Certified Hand Therapy Exam and gives some great insight as to how the questions are developed and how HTCC ensures that the designation of CHT maintains its high level of respect.
Martin Walsh, OTR/L, CHT became the Executive Director of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in 2013. He joined the HTCC staff in 2004 as the Manager of Examination Services. He has been involved with HTCC as a volunteer since 1998, serving several terms as an item writer and then as an item writer mentor. Marty was appointed to the Examination Committee and Disciplinary Review Committee in 2002 and has been actively involved in all aspects of examination development.
A Certified Hand Therapist since 1992, Marty received most of his training and experience in hand therapy at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, working with the microsurgeons and therapists at Davies Medical Center. He continues to have a passion for the treatment of patients with traumatic injuries to the hand and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. Marty has lectured both at home and abroad on the topic of complex injuries to the hand. Marty has also volunteered his time working with patients and teaching therapists in South America. He has traveled to Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and has been active with the organization Resurge. In 2010 Marty received the Paul Brand Award of Professional Excellence from the American Society of Hand Therapists.
Knowledge Translation with Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT
On this episode of Hands in Motion we are joined by Mia Erickson, PT, CHT, EdD and Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT - both physical therapists and certified hand therapists - to discuss knowledge translation. We discuss what it is, how it is different from evidence-based practice and how it currently and will continue to effect treatment in hand therapy.
1. AAOS Quality Programs and Guidelines: https://www.aaos.org/quality/quality-programs/upper-extremity-programs/ (https://www.aaos.org/quality/quality-programs/upper-extremity-programs/)
1. AOTA Evidence Based Practice Resources (includes systematic reviews, critically appraised topics, practice guidelines, evidence infographics): https://www.aota.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/2022/~/link.aspx?_id=A23190F777B84A0FB7B8EA162F954B1Cand_z=z (AOTA EBP Resources)
2. APTA Clinical Practice Guidelines: https://www.apta.org/patient-care/evidence-based-practice-resources/cpgs/cpg-development/published-cpgs (List of published CPG's)
3. APTA Evidence Based Practice Resources: (includes tests and measures, clinical summaries, interventions and link to CPG’s in progress) https://www.apta.org/patient-care/evidence-based-practice-resources (APTA EBP Resources)
4. Choose Wisely: https://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/ (Choose Wisely Clinician List)
5. Choose Wisely: https://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/ (Choose Wisely patient list)
6. ECRI Guidelines Trust: https://guidelines.ecri.org/ (https://guidelines.ecri.org/)
7. JOSPT Published CPG list: https://www.jospt.org/topic/clinpracguide?code=jospt-site (https://www.jospt.org/topic/clinpracguide?code=jospt-site)
Marsha Lawrence has been a PT for over 40 years, a CHT since 1991 and earned her
DPT in 2019. She has practiced hand rehabilitation in a variety of settings on the
East Coast and in the Midwest. She served on ASHT’s Board of Directors as the Practice Division Director and as a Board Member at-Large. She presently serves as the Practice Affairs Coordinator for the APTA Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity, their Chief Delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates, the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Academy, serves on APTA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and on the Board of Directors for the American Hand Therapy Foundation.
Collaboration of an OT and COTA in Hand Therapy with Parker Gregory, OTR/L, CHT and Dillon Pittman, COTA
Happy Occupational Therapy Month to all of our OT listeners! On this episode, we are joined by Parker Gregory, OTR/L, CHT, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, and Dillon Pittman, COTA, a certified occupational therapy assistant. We discuss the role of a COTA in a hand therapy practice, the collaborative relationship between an OT and COTA and the process of bridging from being a COTA to an occupational therapist.
Parker Gregory is an occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2014 and has been practicing in outpatient hand therapy for the last eight years, serving as clinic director in multiple clinics much of that time. He is currently practicing hand therapy with Crossroads Rehabilitation in North Mississippi. Parker has special interests and/or certifications in Dry Needling, Impairment Rating Recommendations, orthosis fabrication and wound care. Additionally, he is the founder and co-owner of The Upper Hand, LLC, a social media brand that aims to educate students and therapists alike about all things OT and all things hand.
Dillon Pittman is an occupational therapy assistant (OTA). He graduated from the OTA program at Itawamba Community College in 2016 and is currently pursuing his Master of Science in occupational therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Dillon has practiced in outpatient hand therapy for five years and is currently on staff at Crossroads Rehabilitation in North Mississippi. Aside from orthopedics, his areas of special interest are pediatrics, mental health and OT in the community. In addition to his clinic time at Crossroads, Dillon films and edits content for The Upper Hand LLC, a YouTube channel and social media brand that he co-founded with Parker Gregory in 2020. He also serves as an active member of the OTA advisory board at Itawamba Community College.
Driving Rehabilitation with Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS
We are excited to be joined by Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, an occupational therapist who is also a certified driving rehab specialist. Have you ever worked with a patient who has sustained a life altering injury but wants or needs to return to driving independently and you aren’t quite sure if they are ready for that? That is where Susie comes in. She brings her expertise as an occupational therapist and looks at the entire person to determine what is safe, if any adaptive equipment is needed, or if ultimately they are not safe to get behind the wheel. She discusses all of this and more.
Facebook: Driving Rehab for the OT:
Facebook: Adaptive Mobility Services:
Website: https://adaptivemobility.thinkific.com/ (https://adaptivemobility.thinkific.com/)
Podcast: OT Driving with Susie:
· Adaptive Mobility https://adaptivemobility.com/ot-driver-rehabilitation-specialist-directory/ (https://adaptivemobility.com/ot-driver-rehabilitation-specialist-directory/)
· AOTA http://aota.org/ (aota.org)
· ADED http://aded.net/ (aded.net)
Guest Full Name Including Credentials:
Susie is an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist and owner of Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. She offers extensive clinical and professional knowledge with over 20 years of experience as an OT and driver rehab specialist. In her private practice, Susie loves working with clients to support their highest and safest level of engagement in mobility and teaching other occupational therapists how to become driver rehab specialists. She has volunteered for over 10 years with CarFit, serving as a CarFit instructor and the Pennsylvania CarFit Coordinator. She is a published author, adjunct professor, lecturer, podcaster and mentor.
In short, Susie is a self-proclaimed driving geek who uses her training to live her mission of providing exceptional care for all drivers and education for occupational therapy practitioners.
Fellowship Series: Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Fellowship with Mary “Peggy” Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT
On our third episode of our Fellowship Series, we are joined by Peggy Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT. Peggy is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which recently developed a pediatric hand therapy fellowship that will admit its first fellow at the end of this summer. Peggy discusses the process of developing a fellowship, how she worked with her institution for financial and administrative support, the curriculum of the fellowship, and the various learning opportunities the fellow will have.
Guest Bio: Peggy Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 1999 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2001. She became a certified hand therapist in 2012. he works at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) as the Pediatric Hand Therapy Program Coordinator and Fellowship Coordinator in the department of Occupational Therapy. She and her team of eight CHT's and four pediatric OT's work with patients from new babies to young adults with upper extremity congenital, traumatic, and systemic conditions. Together they provide hand therapy services in the NICU, in-patient, emergency room, operating room, out-patient clinics, and multidisciplinary clinics at multiple CHCO locations across Colorado. She has presented on topics related to pediatric hand therapy nationally and internationally. She serves locally on the board for the Denver Hand SIG and nationally for ASHT Education Division Pediatric Committee.
Fellowship Series: Perspectives From a Past Fellow with Kristen Cullers Slone, MSOT, OTR
On the second episode of our Fellowship Series, we are joined by Kristen Slone, MSOT, OTR, an occupational therapist who completed a hand and upper extremity therapy fellowship in Houston, TX this past year. Kristen shares with us her many experiences from her fellowship in an outpatient orthopedic setting, including the opportunities she had to shadow surgeons in the office and operating room, orthoses she fabricated, and how she eventually transitioned from a fellow to a full-time staff therapist.
Kristen Cullers Slone, MSOT, OTR is an occupational therapist at Houston Methodist Sports and Orthopedics in Clear Lake, TX. Kristen completed the Houston Methodist Hand Fellowship in July of 2021. Raised in Wharton, Texas, she completed her undergraduate degree at Texas AandM University and her master’s degree at Abilene Christian University. Driven by her interest in hand and upper extremity therapy, she takes pride in proving the best care to her patients and plans to take the CHT Exam this year. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys playing tennis and taking care of Brahman cattle on her family’s ranch.
Such a great way to spread great info and knowledge regarding all things related to hand and upper extremity. Love the content! Great job Steph, Cara and all involved in making this podcast happen!