WHO ARE WE

Specialists On Hand is a private Occupational Therapy (OT) practice dedicated to the provision of a comprehensive and personalised hand and upper limb rehabilitation service.


Our team has over 40 years combined experience in evaluating and treating the hand and upper limb. We have worked in both the public sector and private practice in Australia, UK and the USA.

At Specialists On Hand all our therapists are passionate about keeping up to date with new technology and treatment techniques in the field of hand therapy. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of individualised care to each and every one of our patients. All of our therapists are members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

We are all registered Occupational Therapy providers with Work cover, Department of Veteran's Affairs, the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program and all the major health funds.

Specialists On Hand has three locations; Nedlands, Edgewater and Mandurah. Appointments can be made by calling the clinics directly. If you have any questions you can contact our main clinic in Nedlands or email the therapists directly. You can also find us and make appointments via Health Engine.


Meet the Team

Heather Selfe

CHT, BSc(OT)

As the Principal Therapist and Director of SOH, Heather has over 20 years experience in treating the hand and upper limb. She has worked in both the public and private arenas in W.A. and also spent 11 years in the USA where she was Director of Occupational Therapy and then Adult Services at a large not-for-profit outpatient rehabilitation centre in Texas. Heather also lectured in hand therapy and splinting to university students undertaking the physical therapy course. She has also taught splinting to OT’s in the Peel region.

Heather is also a Certified Hand Therapist, the gold standard for hand therapists in the USA and now recognised in Australia. She enjoys all aspects of hand rehabilitation and assisting patients to achieve their goals and return to functional independence. She has considerable experience and success with treating chronic pain and complex injuries. Shoulder rehabilitation is also a keen area of interest.

Heather is currently an Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and member of The Australian OT Association, and WA Occupational Therapy Association.

When she is not working, Heather is actively involved in her daughters’ sports of rhythmic gymnastics, netball and basketball. She enjoys taking time with family and friends, and walking the family dog at her local beach.


Rosemary Colliver

BSc, M(OT)

Rosemary graduated as a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2004, following an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion. She is passionate about holistic healing, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal integration. Rosemary has worked in a range of settings including: paediatric, mental health and community disability at organizations including The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Active Foundation, two Perth Public Hospitals and local primary schools.

Rosemary has worked at Specialists On Hand since 2009 and is a much valued member of the SoH team. She is also an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

When not at Specialists on Hand, Rosemary is involved in community play and education programs with local conservation group Eco Fairies, or out enjoying the Perth beaches with her young family.


Jade Bickley-Tyler

BSc, M(OT)

Jade has worked at Specialists on Hand following completion of her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2009. Prior to this Jade completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion in 2004.

Jade has experience treating a range of acute and chronic hand and upper limb conditions and has a keen interest in the mechanics of the upper limb and the complexity of its structure. She is particularly enthusiastic in acute fracture and soft tissue injury rehabilitation and orthotic fabrication. Jade has worked in public and community health, disability and paediatrics in Perth and the remote north west of WA.

Jade is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

In her spare time Jade is an active mum to a young family and enjoys playing sport, boating and more recently training ponies.


Emma Staples

BSc, (OT)

Emma joined SoH in March this year. With over 10 years experience, she has worked as a Senior Hand therapist in Perth public clinics as well in the United Kingdom, including establishing a practice at Queens and King George Hospitals.

Emma is a Full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association where she has contributed as a committee member and convenor of the State combined surgeons conference.

Published work includes a Hand therapy outcome assessment review in the BURNS journal. Emma is able to demonstrate her passion for splinting to new therapists and students at annual workshops at Curtin University and public hospitals. She recently contributed to the design of the new technology therapy rooms for the New Children’s hospital – complete with Robotic arms and virtual reality.

Emma enjoys working with children who have difficulties with their hand and upper limb function, assisting them and their families to achieve their goals. Particular areas of interest include Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and managing complex hand and upper limb trauma, disease and acquired abnormality.

When not working, you may find Emma walking her dog Gonzo around the city bridges, or indulging her love of the arts in her home studio or out enjoying Perth’s restaurants, arts and live music.


Dee Niven

Office Staff

Dee is our Office Manager and one of our wonderful front office ladies at our Nedlands clinic. They are always there to assist with any enquiry you may have. 


June Retallack

Office Staff

One of our wonderful front office ladies at our Nedlands clinic. They are always there to assist with any enquiry you may have.