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Keri Blanchard

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Her clinical interests include soft tissue injuries, traumatic hand injuries and rehabilitation of the wrist and elbow.

Dudley Street office
2 Dudley Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Telephone: 401-457-1580
Fax: 401-831-0500

Kettle Point Campus
1 Kettle Point Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-457-1500
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Shelley Anderson

rhode island hand therapy, rhode island hand therapistsShelley Anderson joined University Orthopedics in 2012. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1988.

She has 15 years of Hand Therapy experience and obtained her certification from HTCC in 2011. Areas of expertise include rehabilitation of post-operative injuries to the hand and elbow, including orthotic fabrication to both the adult and pediatric population.

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Karen Carney

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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 enjoying her return to full-time patient care at our Dudley Street office. 

She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and obtained her certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in 1992. Karen has 25+ years of experience in hand and upper extremity care, with her initial training and experience at Massachusetts General Hospital 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 multiple topics at regional conferences. She is currently active in the New England Hand Society, most recently serving on the board as the therapist liaison. 

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Sara DiIeso

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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.

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Kerry Ebert

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Kerry Ebert received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and her Masters of Education in Occupational Therapy in 2006 from Springfield College.  She then completed additional field work, specializing in hand therapy at University Orthopedics (UOI), and obtained her certification from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in 2012. 

Kerry has 8 years of hand therapy experience.  She worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was the Senior Hand Therapist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, and was the Clinical Education Coordinator at UOI from 2009-2012.  Her areas of clinical expertise include traumatic injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand, soft tissue injuries, and custom orthosis design and fabrication. 

Kerry works at our Dudley St. and Kettle Point Campus offices.

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Heather Jones-Stansfield

Heather Jones-Stansfield received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in December 1998. She earned her hand certification (CHT) from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in November 2005 and her Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) designation from the Kinesio Taping Association in June 2008. Heather joined the Hand Therapy department at University Orthopedics in June 2016. Her clinical interests include: custom orthosis fabrication, soft tissue injuries, wound care and management of post-operative conditions.

Heather’s previous work experience includes: school-based therapy, subacute and acute rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and management of an acute care rehabilitation department.

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Mike Platz, OTR/L

Based in our Dudley St. location, Mike has been a hand therapist with University Orthopedics since 2014. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Areas of interest include joint contractures, compression neuropathies, and wrist fracture management.

East Greenwich office
Greenwich Medical Center
1598 South County Trail
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
Telephone: 401-884-1177 ext. 5
Fax: 401-884-8697

Geraldine Racette

Site Coordinator of our East Greenwich office

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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

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Carla Reves Cuvera

Carla Reves Cuvera joined the University Orthopedics team in 2014 upon relocating from California. She practices at the East Greenwich location. carla reves cuvera, rhode island hand therapy, rhode island hand therapists

Carla has 15 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of the hand and upper extremity. She practiced in hospital-based outpatient therapy for a decade, spending several years working in pediatric hand therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Central California, as well as in private practice. Her clinical skills include post-operative rehabilitation and orthosis fabrication for the wrist and hand in both the adult and pediatric population.

Carla graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of the Philippines in 2000, and obtained certification from HTCC in 2006. She is fluent in Filipino and conversant in Spanish.

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Andrea Tammaro

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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.