Hand Therapy at TOCA

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Hand Therapy at TOCA

The TOCA Upper Extremity and Hand Therapists (Certified Hand Therapists) provide services that improve function, increase motion, relieve pain, increase independence in activities of daily living, increase strength and dexterity for return to home, sports or work.

TOCA's Hand Therapists work with individuals of all ages with a variety of injuries or conditions. Their areas of expertise involve evaluation, treatment and custom splinting of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand and fingers.

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Such therapy is performed by a provider with a high degree of specialization that requires continuing education, and often advanced certification. This enables the hand therapist to work with patients to hasten their return to a productive lifestyle.

Who is a candidate for hand therapy?

Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands, or arms. Others include patients who suffer from the effects of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition (i.e., stroke).

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What Does Hand Therapy Provide?


Our Hand Therapists: Quality Care From People Who Care.

Gretchen Bachman

Gretchen is a Certified Hand Therapist and is the Hand Therapy Manager for TOCA. She has a Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy with an emphasis in Hand Therapy. Gretchen is the Editorial Board Member for HAND (The official journal of the American Association of Hand Surgery). She was previously a Board member for the American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Association of Hand Surgery.

Gretchen has been published in the Journal of Hand Therapy and a book chapter on fracture management in Advanced Concepts of Hand Pathology  & Surgery:  Application to Hand Therapy Practice.

Additionally, Gretchen is an Education Committee member for the International Federation for Societies of Hand Therapy.

Connie Johnson

Connie has over 40 years experience in the field of Upper Extremity and Hand evaluation, custom orthoses and treatment. She is a Founding Member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Connie developed a Seminar business, which has been adjunct faculty at two universities, and she has developed and managed multiple hand clinics, performed research and has been a national speaker in the her field. 

Stephen Desjardins

Stephen is a Certified Hand Therapist. He specializes in rehabilitation of traumatic and cumulative trauma, and hand/upper extremity disorders.

Stephen fabricates custom static, static-progressive, and dynamic splints. He has been practicing since 1996.


Leonie Chin-Duncan

Leonie is a Certified Hand Therapist. Her special areas of interest include wrist injuries and arthritis management. She has been practicing since 1991.


Debbie Rhoads

Debbie is a Certified Hand Therapist. She is experienced in Pediatric Therapy and she is an Adult Neurological Specialist. She has been practicing since 1993.

Lani McEvers

Lani is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Her special area of interest is in manual therapy. She has been practicing since 2013.

Locations for Hand Therapy

TOCA Locations

   Glendale                                          Mesa                                                  Phoenix                                         Tempe