(WOODRUFF, WI) – Patience Lamers, an occupational therapist at Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) in Woodruff, has earned the distinguished Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) certification after completing all required examinations and clinical studies.
The requirements include at least five years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist or physical therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation.
“Achieving the Certified Hand Therapist certification was one of my goals since graduate school,” said Lamers. “I’m honored to be able to share this certification with patients in the Northwoods.”
People value the use of their hands; therefore, any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to the public that Lamers has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession of upper limb rehabilitation.
Lamers is one of three providers within 50 miles of HYMC to have earned CHT credentials. There are approximately 5,400 individuals worldwide that hold this marked designation.
“Having a certified hand therapist on our staff is a real benefit for our community and for Howard Young Medical Center,” said Kelly Hamerla, HYMC rehabilitation manager. “We encourage patients to receive services in the Northwoods instead of traveling to other communities.”
According to Dr. Roy Meals, a hand surgeon at UCLA, many physicians direct patients to Certified Hand Therapists to ensure good results after hand surgery. Dr. Meals says, "Treatment of most hand conditions requires modulation of scar tissue. The good news is that scar sticks tissue together; the bad news is that scar sticks tissue together. The hand is such a compact structure that the margin between good and bad may only be the thickness of a few collagen fibers. The only way for a surgeon to look good in this scenario is to enlist a Certified Hand Therapist to oversee the modulation. CHTs are entirely familiar with the diseases and injuries that I treat. CHTs efficiently and effectively manage my patients' hand rehabilitation."
The personal time commitment to achieve the certification is tremendous. “My family, friends, and my Ministry Health Care associates were very supportive during this journey,” said Lamers.
The Howard Young Medical Center physical rehabilitation department offers a full spectrum of rehabilitation services provided by a coordinated team of highly trained health professionals whose goal is to give the highest standard of personal care. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology.
To schedule an appointment with Patience Lamers, please call 715.356.8870.