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Hand Therapy Splinting Course | Event Recap

Updated: Mar 29

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - Bayside, NY

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About the Course...

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Professional Seminars Ltd. held a half-day course on hand therapy splinting in Bayside, NY. The course was broken up into two sessions: a beginner session and an advanced session.

The beginner session was designed for clinicians with less than two years of hand therapy experience. The focus of the session was on the fabrication and use of basic splints, such as hand and forearm-based thumb spica splints, wrist cockup splints, and hand/forearm-based ulnar gutter splints. The instructor Dana Town, OTR/L, CHT, was clear and concise, and the hands-on activities were well-paced and informative. Clinicians that attended left the session feeling confident in their ability to fabricate and use these basic splints.

The advanced session was designed for experienced clinicians who wanted to learn more about long arm and dynamic splints, as well as splints used for gaining motion in stiff joints. The instructor Joanna spivack, OTR/L, CHT is an expert in her field, and she shared her knowledge and experience with the group in a clear and engaging way. The hands-on activities were challenging and thought-provoking, and the clinicians left the session feeling inspired to learn more about other hand therapy techniques and splinting methods.

Both sessions were well-attended and well-received by the participating clinicians. The instructors were both knowledgeable and experienced, and the content was created to be informative and engaging.

Who was this course for? Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, with beginner or advance level training, looking to enhance their ability to fabricate custom splints for their patients.

Some of our favorite moments from our Hand Therapy Splinting Course..

About the Instructors

Joanna Spivack, OTR/L, CHT - Splinting Advance Session Instructor

Joanna Spivack, OTR/L, CHT is a Regional Clinical Excellence Director of Hand Therapy for Professional Physical and Hand Therapy. Joanna has been working in Hand Therapy since graduating from Columbia University in 2008 where she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Joanna is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and is an expert in fabrication of custom splints for the elbow, wrist and hand. Joanna is experienced in managing complex conditions including traumas, fractures, and injuries to tendons and nerves. Currently, she is working with Professional, mentoring/training new graduates and prospective employees also aspiring to become Certified Hand Therapists.

Dana Town, OTR/L, CHT - Splingting Beginner Session Instructor

Dana Town, OTR/L, CHT, is and occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at Professional Physical Therapy in Scarsdale, NY. She has been treating patients since January 2014 and has extensive knowledge of the hand and upper extremity. Dana obtained her master's degree in occupational therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed her hand therapy certification in 2019.

Dana began her career as an entry-level hand therapist at a small private practice, where she worked alongside an experienced hand therapist for 6 years. During this time, she gained extensive experience in all aspects of hand therapy, including evaluation, treatment planning, custom splinting and implementation of therapeutic interventions. In 2020, Dana joined the team at Professional PT, where she continues to provide high-quality care to patients with hand injuries and conditions.

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