Welcome to Alliance
Alliance Hand Therapy is currently providing care throughout Northern Virginia from our clinics located in Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Springfield, Tysons Corner / Vienna and Woodbridge.
Our Hand therapy Program is a specialized treatment program focusing primarily on conditions affecting the hand and upper extremities. Our Certified Hand Therapists have a high degree of specialization that requires several thousands of hours continuing education and advanced certification.
What can HAND THERAPY do for you?
- Provide preventative , Non-operative or conservative treatment
- Manage acute or chronic pain
- Provide wound care to include care of open and or sutured wounds (prevention of infection and assistance in healing)
- Control hypertrophic (raised and/or swollen) scars or hypersensitive scars
- Reduce swelling
- Instruct in desensitization and sensory re-education following nerve injury or trauma
- Fabricate splints for prevention or correction of injury or to protect surgical sites or to increase movement
- Design and implement home exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, and/or strength
- Train in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment
- Conditioning prior to returning to work
What is so special about Certified Hand Therapists?
- A Certified Hand Therapist (C.H.T.) is an occupational/physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of hands.
- They must have a minimum of 5 years postgraduate experience with at least 4,000 hours in hand therapy and have successfully passed the Hand Therapy Certification Commission exam in order to obtain these credentials.
- CHT’s are dedicated professionals who have a commitment to meet the highest standards of their profession. The hand and arm have an extremely intricate anatomy and complexity. Rehabilitation of the hand and arm requires in-depth knowledge and up-to-date techniques.
- Certified Hand Therapists have the highest level of competence in the rehabilitation of upper extremity injuries.
- Certified Hand Therapists are able to initiate treatment immediately following surgery often while stitches are still in place. Early referral to a hand therapist is effective in preventing further surgeries and obtaining an optimal outcome.
Meet Our Hand Therapists:
Gina Porter, OTR/L
Gina Porter has 26 years of experience as a Hand Specialist. In 1987, she graduated with honors in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana. Since then she has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including outpatient, in-patient, and home health care. Gina is experienced in a broad spectrum of Upper Extremity diagnoses and is particularly skilled in splinting and innovative modalities. While she has also served as the Director of Occupational Therapy at an outpatient rehabilitation center, she finds her passion is in direct patient care and interaction. Before moving to Northern Virginia she worked closely with a orthopedic hand surgeon performing preventative and post surgical therapies. Gina’s interests outside of patient care include hiking, biking, backpacking and other outdoor pursuits. She is also enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with her family.
Kimberly Hartman, OTR/L, CHT
Director, Hand Therapy Program at Alliance Rehab. Kim has over 15 years of experience as a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) with a specialty in Hand Therapy. She graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and later went on to attend one of the premiere schools in the nation for Hand Therapy, Drexel University, where she received a post-graduate level certificate in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation. She combined her academic achievements with over 4000 hours of hand experience to earn her certification in Hand Therapy, after she passed the National Board examination in 2005. She brings advanced skills in the rehabilitation of hand injuries and will be offering a complete spectrum of rehabilitative services.