Outpatient Sports & Physical Therapy
Outpatient Hand Therapy
Meet our Hand Therapists
Our Certified Hand Therapists each have over 20 years of experience.
Molly Crawford, OTR/L, CHT
Molly is a St. Louis native who attended Southwest Missouri State University and earned her bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1990 from Washington University in St. Louis. Molly’s specific area of interest is in upper extremity rehabilitation and she has demonstrated her professional commitment of quality care by obtaining her Certification in Hand Therapy in 1996 from the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). She has been treating upper extremity conditions for over 20 years. Molly has triplet girls who keep her busy outside of work. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, traveling and watching many of her girls’ activities.
Suzanne Dickneite, MPH, OTR/L, CEAS II, CHT
Suzanne has 36 years of experience in therapy practice, more than 20 of those years in outpatient settings. She has been with St. Anthony’s Medical Center since 1998. She received her bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in 1990. Suzanne completed her Master of Public Health degree in 2004 from St. Louis University. She achieved her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2014. Suzanne’s training includes a special emphasis on occupational safety. She also is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist II, with clinical expertise in return-to-work strengthening, ergonomics, and job safety analysis. Suzanne is an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys adventure travel, nature photography and hiking.
Why do you need a Certified Hand Therapist?
When the hand and upper extremity are no longer able to function properly due to traumatic accidents, disease, arthritis, fractures, repetitive stress or other conditions, a specialized approach is essential.
The medical community recognizes Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) as experts with specialized training to treat the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
St. Anthony’s Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) have an advanced level of professional knowledge to give you the care you need to return to your normal everyday activities as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation and the quality care we provide to each patient.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of experience, with 4,000 hours in hand and upper extremity care, and has passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. Because of ongoing changes in the profession, every CHT is required to complete continuing education and demonstrate continued development and competency by recertifying every five years.
Treating Your Unique Needs
Our specially trained therapists will perform an in-depth evaluation and design an individualized treatment program, which may include:
- Post-surgical management
- Fabrication of custom splints for the upper extremity
- Wound care
- Edema management
- Range of motion and strengthening exercises
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Scar and soft tissue mobilization
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic agents (heat/ice, fluidotherapy, paraffin, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, etc.)
- Work simulation, including use of Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE)
- Individualized home exercise program
Hand Therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, which may include:
- Post-surgical hand, wrist and elbow conditions
- Traumatic injuries
- Tendon lacerations/ruptures
- Nerve injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Tender or hypersensitive scars
- Work-related injuries