Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy
“I have a passion for hand therapy and injury problem solving and strongly believe in providing an exceptional quality of care, with a focus on a return to full capacity”
Sally is the owner and principal therapist of Hand Therapy Specialists. She is a Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy and has over 18 years of experience in Hand and Upper Limb specialist therapy.
Sally is also a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), one of only six in the UK, achieving certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (USA) in 2007. A Certified Hand Therapist is a world recognised distinguished credential demonstrating a dedicated therapist who has met the highest standard of proficiency, and is recognised as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty of Hand Therapy.
Sally has previously established and managed her own Hand Therapy private practice in Australia, and has worked at a number of leading Hand Therapy units in London including The Royal London Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and St Georges Hospital.
Sally was also involved in the innovative ‘One-Stop Carpal Tunnel Clinic’, a UK first, run through Charing Cross Hospital. Sally is a trained NeuroMetrix Nerve Conduction Study clinician.
Sally has a passion for hand therapy and injury problem solving and strongly believes in providing an exceptional quality of care, with a focus on a return to full capacity. She provides complete personalised care, using innovative approaches that draw on her extensive knowledge and experience.
Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy
“My desire is that every hand therapy patient I have contact with, will feel empowered, enthused and excited, that together, we will work towards an excellent outcome.”
Raelene has been practising in the area of Hand Therapy for the last 19 years. She has extensive experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of adults and paediatric patients with hand and wrist injuries following trauma and elective surgery. She also has extensive experience in treating patients with acquired conditions such as work-related upper limb conditions, tendinopathies, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological conditions.
Raelene is an Accredited Hand Therapist with the British Association of Hand Therapy (BAHT) and has also completed her Post graduate qualification in Injection Therapy, Acupuncture and Service Evaluation/Innovation in the area of Hand Therapy. She qualified as an occupational therapist at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in 1996, worked in in private practise in South Africa until 2000, after which she relocated to the UK.
She has worked at several London Teaching hospitals in the area of hand therapy and has been working over the past 15 years at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she a Clinical Specialist in this area. She works with both Orthopaedic and Plastic Hand/wrist consultants and use her widespread skills in the fabrication of bespoke splints and other treatment modalities to optimise patients functional outcome following injury and/or surgery.
Raelene has vast experience in the treatment of complex hand and wrist injuries. She has a special interest in treating extensor tendon injuries and has had the privilege of teaching on this subject, both at national and international level.
She is dedicated to continuous professional development and is passionate in staying abreast of new developments and research in her specialist area of practice. She has presented on new innovative treatments in both European and British Hand Therapy conferences. She also has had the opportunity to work with charitable organisations in developing countries.
Clinical Specialist Hand in Therapy
“I am dedicated to using my specialist hand knowledge and experience to provide the best possible care for my patients and maintaining excellence to our hand therapy service.”
Pascalle is a Specialist Hand Therapist with over 15 years’ experience. After graduation from Southampton University she worked at the Wessex Rehabilitation Unit at Salisbury Hospital gaining specialist knowledge in assessment and treatment of chronic hand conditions and rehabilitation of the upper limb.
Prior to starting in Private practice, she worked at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead gaining specialised experience and skills in major hand trauma, burns and plastic surgery reconstruction.
Pascalle has completed a Diploma in Hand Therapy at Derby University and is an Accredited Hand Therapist with the British Association of Hand Therapy (BAHT) She is also an Extended Scope Practitioner and has completed her post graduate qualification in Injection Therapy.
For the last 9 years Pascalle has worked at The Horder Centre in Crowborough providing hand therapy for elective surgery for the treatment of arthritis, Dupuytren’s and other upper limb injuries. Pascalle is enthusiastic about the development of service provision and evidence-based practice. She is currently undertaking a clinical research project to promote and develop patient care and reviewing treatment effectiveness. This will be published in the near future.
Pascalle has a particular interest in hand function and activities of daily living. This includes encouraging functional activity, promoting, work, leisure and interests as a part of patient goals and treatment planning. She also has a keen interest in thumb injuries and complex regional pain syndrome.
Senior Hand Therapist
“Our hands are what make us human. They are also one of our greatest assets. My focus is to make sure our patients can return to their full functional capacity and to minimise any disruption a hand injury can have on their quality of life.”
Ann Garewal qualified with honours in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University in 1995. She specialised in Hand Therapy at UCLH in London in 1997 in the Plastics department where she treated a variety of hand trauma patients including both orthopaedic, plastic and also acquired conditions pre and post-surgery. She has over 12 years’ experience in Hand Therapy having had a career break to bring up her young family in intervening years.
Ann has worked at the world renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital in the Congenital Hand Unit where she gained unrivalled experience in a wide spectrum of Congenital Hand Anomalies including radial club hand, cleft hand, hypoplastic thumbs and other conditions affecting the hand including vascular malformations and Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Ann’s current NHS post is at the Regional Hand and Wrist Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she is a senior clinician. She manages the treatment and rehabilitation of hand and wrist patients following trauma and elective surgery and also assesses and treats congenital hand anomalies and acquired conditions of adult and paediatric patients.
Ann is extremely experienced in treating a wide spectrum of hand and wrist conditions and is dedicated to optimising her patient’s outcome. She is passionate about her continuous professional development and staying abreast of evidence-based practise, which she incorporates as best practice for her patients.
Ann is also working in a voluntary capacity with the Charity “Working with Hands” set up and led by the eminent Hand Surgeon Donald Sammut. She will be travelling to Nepal in January 2019 as a part of a small team of highly experienced hand therapists and will be training local therapists and treating leprosy patients following restorative surgery.
Clinical Specialist Hand in Therapy
“I enjoy working closely with my patients to progress towards individualised functional goals to gain excellent clinical outcomes. There is nothing better than a happy patient!”
Caryn is a specialist hand therapist and occupational therapist. She graduated with an honours degree from the University of Cape Town in 2004. She has experience working in various NHS hospitals and the private sector, providing her with a range of clinical skills in assessment and treatment of various acquired and traumatic hand conditions. Her experience includes conservative and post-operative management of carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dupeytren’s disease, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, complex regional pain syndrome, fractures, ligament injuries and tendon injuries. She also has a particular interest in hypermobility and how it affects hand function, and has experience measuring for silver ring splints.
Caryn was involved in the one-stop carpal tunnel clinic run at Charing Cross Hospital where she administered NeuroMetrix nerve conduction tests and provided a pre- and post-operative hand therapy service to patients undergoing carpal tunnel release.
She obtained a Master of Research in Clinical Practice degree in 2012 through the University of London. She completed her thesis on patients’ expectations, experiences and the determinants of satisfaction following MCP joint arthroplasty. She presented her research findings at regional and national hand therapy conferences and her results were published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Caryn is passionate about working closely with her patients to discuss expectations and work towards individualised functional goals to gain excellent clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Tracy joined the Hand Therapy Specialists team in 2014 as our Office Manager. Tracy has 18 years’ experience as a Medical Administrator/Office Co-ordinator, working both in the NHS and private sector. Tracy is dedicated to ensuring that the patients experience at Hand Therapy Specialists is a pleasant one, with an easy journey from booking the appointment to receiving their treatment. She is always happy to help in any way to provide a high quality service to our patients.