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
Emma is an occupational therapist who graduated from UniSC in 2015. She had previously completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (2002) and Diploma of Remedial Therapy. Emma worked alongside a private allied health team before turning her focus to her current occupation therapy path of hand therapy. She is an accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by The Australian Hand Therapy Association and loves being able to facilitate the recovery of her patients young and old. She has a special interest in wound and scar management and care of traumatic conditions and post operative care.
Kim has extensive post graduate education and continues to stay current with the latest methods though her professional group membership and attendance of continuing education.
Kim has years of experience working with a variety of Musculoskeletal Injuries. She has worked in the USA as well as Australia as a physiotherapist. She has previously been an owner/director of physiotherapy clinics in Hawaii, and NSW.
She has also worked with preprofessional and professional dancers In Sydney.
She has treated many non surgical and surgical shoulders in her physiotherapy career. Treating clients with rotator cuff tendinopathy, rotator cuff tears post op, shoulder dislocations, and AC separation.
Her knowledge in treating the spine and nervous system is advantageous for treatment of carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel pain syndromes, and all upper limb neural pain.
She has extensive experience in treatment of tendinopathies of the Upper limb. Examples of these tendonopathies are tennis elbow, golfers elbow, DeQuervian’s Syndrome ( thumb tendonopathies) and trigger finger.
She also has extensive experience in management of osteoarthritis of the hand.
Kim enjoys staying active with bike riding, hiking and dancing.
Therese has over 20 years experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 and earned her Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) qualifications in 2004. Therese developed a passion for the field of hand therapy early in her career, working in several premier Hand Units in both the public and private sectors in Australia, UK and USA. She has extensive experience and actively seeks to remain current through attending conferences and undertaking course work. On her return to working in Australia she is excited to have joined the Sunshine Coast Therapy team and is looking forward to working with passionate clinicians in the pursuit of excellence.
Hikaru is from Japan and moved to Australia in 2022.
He graduated from Tohoku Fukushi University in Japan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Hikaru spent three years as an occupational therapist at a preeminent rehabilitation hospital in Japan focusing on stroke patients. He also gained experience providing therapy for clients facing a broad range of other conditions such as cervical spondylosis, limb amputation, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Hikaru lives on the Sunshine Coast and looks forward to assisting clients and his fellow therapists while further developing expertise in upper limb therapies.
Lily graduated in 2022 from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours – First Class). Lily developed a passion for hand therapy during her clinical placement at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) in 2021.
Passionate about ongoing learning, Lily pursued an Honours research pathway and presented her findings at international conferences in Canada and Singapore. Lily also gained valuable experience as a Health Research Assistant at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she contributed to the design of physical function assessment tools including grip strength devices.
Lily is looking forward to pursuing further training in the field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and working under the guidance of the dedicated team at Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy to deliver excellent outcomes for clients.