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Director of Hand Therapy
Kathleen Snelgrove is the Director of Hand Therapy for University Orthopedics. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Worcester State College. Kathleen has practiced as a hand therapist since 1993, and joined University Orthopedics in 1995. She obtained her hand therapy certification from HTCC in 2000. Kathleen also holds a certification through the Titleist Performance Institute, as a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. She has participated in several clinical research studies in the field of hand surgery and therapy. Kathleen has attended numerous professional conferences and presented on splinting techniques.
In addition to hand therapy, Kathleen has experience working with the pediatric population within the public school system. Her clinical interests include rehabilitation of wrist injuries, custom orthotic fabrication, pediatrics, and sports specific rehab for both the surgical and non surgical patient.
Keri Blanchard is a Hand Therapist at our Dudley Street office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She has 15 years experience treating upper extremity and hand injuries as well as neurological impairments. She has worked in a variety of settings including the ICU, acute care, outpatient and home care.
Her clinical interests include soft tissue injuries, traumatic hand injuries and rehabilitation of the wrist.
Karen Carney served as the Co-Director of Hand therapy at University Orthopedics for 12 years, and after a period of working part time is now enjoying her return to full-time patient care at our Dudley Street office.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston Universityand obtained her certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in 1992. Karen has 20+ years of experience in hand and upper extremity care, with her initial training and experience atMassachusetts GeneralHospital in Boston.
She has co-authored research on Dupuytren’s disease, a textbook chapter on the rehabilitation of extensor tendon injuries and a second chapter on carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition she has presented on various topics at regional conferences. She is currently active in the New England Hand Society as therapy meeting chair, and as of 2013 will be on the board as therapist liaison.
Sara DiIeso is our reimbursement and documentation coordinator and practices at our Dudley Street office. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and then completed a six-month fellowship at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Louisiana. She obtained certification as a hand therapist by HTCC in 2005 and has practiced at University Orthopedics since 2002. Clinical interests include soft tissue injury, tendon and nerve repair and trauma.
Kerry Ebert is the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Hand Therapy Department. She graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and Master of Education Degree in Occupational Therapy. Kerry completed her clinical fieldwork experience specializing in hand therapy at University Orthopedics, and has been working here since 2008. Kerry obtained her hand therapy certification from Hand Therapy Certificate Commission (HTCC) in 2012. Her areas of interest include wrist pathology, soft tissue injuries, traumatic hand injuries, and orthosis fabrication.
Susanna Gregorzek works in our Dudley Street office.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and Psychology at Worcester State College, and her Master in Health Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences at Drexel University. She also completed the Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation Certificate program at Drexel University. In 2011 Susanna presented at the 13th Annual Hand Therapy Symposium in Philadelphia, PA on the topic of integrating yoga into hand therapy practice.
Before joining University Orthopedics, Susanna's work experience included early intervention, skilled nursing, and hand therapy.
Nancy Griffin Reed
Nancy Griffin Reed works per diem, filling in at both of our offices as needed.
She received her Masters of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. Nancy obtained her hand therapy certification from HTCC in 2001 and has been practicing hand therapy at University Orthopedics for 15 years.
She has presented at a regional conference on assessment of the wrist, guest lectured on wrist anatomy at local occupational therapy assistant programs, published a peer reviewed journal article on rehabilitation of the wrist and co-authored a chapter on extensor tendons.
Kamir Pabon Smith
Kamir Pabón Smith practices hand therapy at both our Providence and East Greenwich offices.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1999, and received her hand therapy certification from the Hand Therapy Certificate Commission (HTCC) in 2007. Kamir has presented at the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association for continuing education on shoulder rehabilitation, and the State conference for clinical management of wrist injuries. She is fluent in Spanish, and her clinical interests include shoulder complex rehab, ergonomics, traumatic hand injuries, and splint fabrication.
Site Coordinator of our East Greenwich office
She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College in Upstate New York. She received her certification from HTCC as a Certified Hand Therapist in 2001. She Joined the University Orthopedics Team in 2005.
Geraldine has over 16+ years of experience in upper extremity rehabilitation. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of traumatic upper extremity injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow. She is accomplished in orthosis fabrication for all types of upper extremity injuries.
Andrea Tammaro practices at our Dudley Street office and is the team leader in charge of computerized scheduling and hand therapy referrals.
She graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1999.
Andrea has over 13 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics and has been with the hand therapy department of University Orthopedics since 2003. She received her hand therapy certification from the Hand Therapy Certificate Commission (HTCC) in 2006, and is interested in rehabilitation of the wrist and elbow as well as orthotic fabrication.
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