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Therapist completes doctorate studies

Published January 20. 2011 05:01PM

Physical Therapy Specialists is pleased to announce the graduation of Dr. Mary Ann Gimbel, PT, DPT, CHT from EIM Institute of Health Professions, in partnership with the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Educational Institute for Private Practice Physical Therapy. This degree combines evidenced- based practice with best business practices in an Executive MBA format. The Doctorate Program combines the rigor of a portfolio review, documentation of advanced clinical experience, and clinical courses with evidenced based integration. Following her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Gimbel also earned a Graduate Certificate in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation from Drexel University and is a Certified Hand Therapist through the Hand Therapy Certification Committee.

Beware. Not all hand therapists are certified. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

Physical Therapy Specialists is fortunate to have one of the most skilled certified hand therapist in the region. Dr.Gimbel is recognized as one of the preeminent hand therapist in the state. She has established a comprehensive hand therapy program that specializes in post operative rehabilitation involving, but not limited to, joint replacements, carpal tunnel, DeQuervain's syndrome, trigger finger releases, traumatic tendon lacerations, ulnar nerve transpositions, burn injuries, wrist and finger fractures.

Dr. Gimbel affirms, " Quality is measured by results. We have a proven track record of guiding our patients with hand injuries and conditions to maximize motion, strength, and function, and return to work, recreation and daily functional activities."

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