Our Therapists

Hand Therapy is the specialised rehabilitation of the upper limb performed by Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists. Sunshine Coast Hand Therapists are committed to best and latest therapies to achieve return to a productive lifestyle.

Principal Therapist Profile

<strong>Katie Whittle (Owner)</strong>
Katie Whittle (Owner)Accredited Hand Therapist (AHTA), Occupational Therapist, B.Occ.Thy., P.D. Hand Rehab., CHT, Member of AHTA
Katie has run her own hand therapy practice since 1994 after working in hand therapy units in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the UK and qualifying as an Occupational Therapist at UQ in 1987. She moved to the coast in 2001 and founded Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy. She has continued to develop her considerable knowledge and experience  in this specialised field and is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT USA). Katie keeps abreast of new developments in therapy through her membership of Australian and US organisations. She has excellent links with local and Brisbane Hand Surgeons and mentors undergraduate therapists.

Therapist Profiles

<strong>Aleesha Tocino</strong>
Aleesha TocinoOccupational Therapist, B.OccThy, Associate Member of AHTA.
Aleesha commenced employment at Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy in 2011 as a receptionist whilst studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She graduated in 2016 and began working as an Occupational Therapist at Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy in 2019.  Aleesha is currently partaking in continuing education courses in hand and upper limb management; and is being mentored by senior Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy colleagues.  She enjoys being part of the rehabilitation process and enabling clients to participate in meaningful activities in the clinic and in their daily lives.
<strong>Emma Sayle</strong>
Emma SayleOccupational Therapist, B.Occ.Thy., Associate Member of AHTA, Bsc.Sport and Exercise

Emma graduated in 2015 from University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Prior to working in hand therapy, she was working along-side osteopaths, acupuncturists, and naturopaths in private practice as a remedial therapist after completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2002 at USC. She is enjoying gaining knowledge in all areas of hand therapy from continuing education courses as well as being mentored by her Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy colleagues.

<strong>Kristy Gerlach</strong>
Kristy GerlachOccupational Therapist, B. Occ. Thy, Associate Member of AHTA, MSc. in Hand Therapy, P.Cert. Soft Tissue Injury Management
Kristy graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 1999.  She has worked in both the public and private health sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.  She has experience in the fields of hand therapy, burns management, plastics reconstruction, trauma and neurological rehabilitation.  Kristy’s areas of interests include soft tissue trauma and sports injuries.  She continues her professional development by attending regular workshops, receiving mentoring from senior colleagues to achieve full accreditation and with the aim to publish her own research paper.