We were fortunate enough to have two 2012-2013 Hand Therapy Fellows, Wai-Kwong Hui, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS and Rae Mannino, OTR/L. Read their interviews by selecting the links below. Carol Page, PT, DPT, CHT is Senior Director at HSS Rehabilitation and directs the fellowship program. Questions about the program can be directed to Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol: Tell us about yourself and why you applied for the HSS Hand Therapy Fellowship program.
Wai-Kwong: I’m a physical therapist and have been at Hospital for Special Surgery since 2010. The hand is one of the areas with the least concentration in our education as physical therapists. Early on in my career, observing other therapists treat injuries related to the hand sparked my interest in learning more about this specialty and led me to apply for the fellowship.
Carol: Has what you’ve learned as a hand therapy fellow surprised you in any way?
Wai-Kwong: Treating hand injuries is much more difficult and challenging than I realized. I like the biomechanical orientation I’ve been taught. I’m very interested in the motion of the hand- it’s so challenging and complex.
Carol: Tell us a little about yourself and your interest in the specialty of hand therapy.
Rae: I am an occupational therapist from NYC with 5 years of inpatient and outpatient experience. My interest in hand therapy began 2 1/2 yrs ago as a hospital rotator working in the Bronx. As a huge advocate for the profession, I really enjoy incorporating my foundation as an OT (along with my inpatient and psychology work background) into my work as a hand therapist.
Carol: Why did you apply for the HSS Hand Therapy Fellowship program?
Rae: When I began transitioning into hand therapy, I jumped right in and was often terrified because I was so green. I was working in a small hand therapy private practice setting before learning about and applying for the fellowship. I worked alone and wasn’t able to surround myself with mentors or a team of experienced therapists to learn from. So after 1 to 2 years of teaching myself, attending conferences, and reading anything and everything, I decided to apply for the HSS fellowship. I knew that if accepted I’d have an incredible opportunity to work with the best of the best, and grow much more quickly as a hand therapist.