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
Katie Whittle (Owner)Certified Hand Therapist, 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.
Sheralyn BlanchOccupational Therapist, BOccThy, Associate member of AHTA
Sheralyn graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2011. Since then she has worked solely in private practise specialising in hand therapy. Prior to moving to the Sunshine Coast, Sheralyn worked alongside the hand and upper limb surgeons in Brisbane. Sheralyn’s areas of interest include carpal tunnel syndrome, fingertip injuries and finger dislocations.
Bhavana is a physiotherapist specialising in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and physiotherapy following plastic and reconstructive surgeries. She qualified as a physiotherapist from India in 1998. She has since worked as a senior physiotherapist in the UK for 10 years, and served as a director of the British Association of Hand Therapists executive committee for 2 years. She has been working for a private practice in Brisbane since 2015 and has just moved to the sunshine coast. She is interested in clinical research in Hand Therapy, having worked at the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute when she moved to Australia in 2013. She has been published in the British Hand Therapy journal & Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. She achieved her British Accredited Hand Therapist qualification in 2013 & full membership of the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2016. Her special interests are upper limb trauma and tendon injuries.
Emma SayleOccupational Therapist, B.OccThy, Assoicate Member 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.