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 50 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 four locations; Nedlands, Edgewater, Mandurah and Byford. 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.
BSc(OT), Certified Hand Therapist (USA), Accredited Hand Therapist (AHTA)
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 an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She 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 a Full 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 enjoys yoga and is actively involved in her daughters’ sports of netball, dance and surfing. She enjoys taking time with family and friends, and walking the family dog at her local beach.
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 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.
Dee is our Office Manager and one of our wonderful front office ladies at our Nedlands clinic.
She is there to assist with any enquiry you may have as well as to keep the rest of staff in line to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.
Nothing is ever too difficult and Dee remains 'unflappable' on our busiest of days.
When not at work, Dee enjoys spending time with family including children and grandchildren.
Carmel graduated from Curtin University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and headed straight overseas to work in the UK. she returned in 2000 to work at SCGH in Psychiatry & Respiratory Medicine. In 2003 she commenced work in a private hand therapy practice in Perth and then on to a Senior role at SCGH in the Hand and Upper Limb Clinic.
In 2016 Carmel joined the team at Specialists On Hand and has proven to be a great asset with her extensive experience in both the private and public sector. Carmel is also well known for developing the Rehab Minder hand therapy exercise App for iOS, recently updated and now available on TrackActive Exercise Prescription Software. This is an excellent tool for therapists to use with patients and makes customised easy to follow home exercise programs accessible on smart phones or devices.
Genevieve is the ‘go to’ person at our Nedlands Head office for any special projects that pop up. Researching, organising, and following up, she takes care of our debtors, billing, and supports Dee, our Office Manager Extraordinaire.
Genevieve joined us from a Corporate background in early 2017, she was seeking a part-time sea change and ‘Specialists On Hand’ turned out to be her perfect beach.
She has a keen interest in Energy Psychology, specifically EFT and Allergy treatments which forms the other half of her working week.
BSc,(Hum Biol), MOT
Romy is our newest staff member, graduating from Curtin University with both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Specialising in human biology for her undergraduate degree, Romy has a keen progressive interest in the anatomy and biomechanics of the upper limb. She has experience in treating a wide range of nerve injuries and has a particular interest in orthotic fabrication; fractures and tendon injuries. This makes Romy an ideal therapist for those with both acute and chronic upper limb injuries.
Romy is both a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
When not working at Specialists On Hand, Romy is an excellent baker and makes the most delicious and impressive cakes, much to the joy of the staff who often get to sample her creations!