Certified Hand Therapist

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years. 

Hand Therapy Certification Commission

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). It uses a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function.

American Society of Hand Therapists

Dr. Phyllis Ross OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT
Doctor of  Occupational Therapy
Certified Hand Therapist
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
United States Navy Veteran
21 Years Clinical Experience
Professor of Occupational Therapy
Southern Virginia Native
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
American Occupational Therapy Association