El Cerrito and Oakland
Hand Therapy & Acupuncture

Susan Cupples, OTR/L, CHT, LAc.

Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic

Founder and Director of El Cerrito Hand Therapy & Acupuncture Rehabilitation, estab. in 2001
Founder and Director of Oakland Hand Therapy & Acupuncture Rehabilitation, estab. in 2003. Some clinical Spanish is spoken.

Education:
Ongoing/yearly CEUs in Hand Therapy & Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine
Certified Hand Therapist: 2006
Masters Degree, Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine 2000, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy 1989, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda CA

Previous Experience:
Independent Ergonomic Specialist serving Pacific Bell and SBC and others. 2yrs
Contracting Occupational Therapist/ Home Health Care in all of San Francisco. 5 yrs
Accelerated Hand Therapy El Cerrito, CA. 3 yrs
Ergo Rehab/Hand Therapy. Fremont CA. 2 yrs
San Francisco General Hospital, Acute Care/Rehab. Head Injury & Stroke Rehab. 2 yrs


Shelby Edgar, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Available: Oakland Clinic

Joined us in 6/2016. Shelby speaks fluent Spanish.  Shelby is a Certified Hand Therapist; meaning she has 3 or more years of Hand/Arm injury work and has passed a specialized certification examination. She treats all types of traumatic injuries of Upper Extremity to Hand. As well as many Repetitive Strain injuries of the Shoulder. Shelby fabricates all types of custom splints. Shelby will mentor other OT's in the Hand/Arm Clinic.

Education:
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, with Honors, 12/2009. Washington University School of Medicine. St Louis, Mo.

Previous Experience:
Uganda Institute of Allied Health; Developed curriculums and lectured 1st yr students. Spring/Summer 2015.
Mulago National Referral Hospital , working with patients with Burns and Other Arm/Hand Diagnosis. 2013-2015
Medstar National Rehab Hospital Washington D.C. Orthopedic Rehab. 2013


Erin Brookner, MOT, OTR/L

Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic.

Joined us in 3/2017. Erin possesses Very Good Skills for treating: Complex Repetitive Strain injuries such as: Various Nerve Irritations Elbow thru Hands. All RSI: Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Trigger Fingers. Treating a variety of Arthritis issues; joint protection and splinting fabrication. Erin can quickly teach ERGOnomics; modifying work/station set up. Erin is effective in her treatments for pain reduction using manual treatment and Instrument assisted massage, as well as utilizing Modalities effectively. Erin will continue to be guided and supervised by a CHT and Senior Therapists.

Education:
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy: Florida International University, Miami Florida; 12/2016.
Bachelor of Science : Student Education: with ESOL Endorsement, Cum Laude; 5/2013
Physical Agent Modalities Certification: to be Acquired by 2/2018.
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.

Previous Experience:
Concentra Medical Center: Out Patient Ortho-Rehab; SF,CA 8/2016 - 11/2016.
Internship: Trained and Supervised by a Licensed Occupational Therapist during: Evaluation and Treatment of : Nerve Compression Injuries, Trigger Finger & post op Releases, All Repetitive strain injuries such as: Epicondylitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ganglion/Cyst (& post op removal).
Mount Sinai Medical Center- In Patient Rehab, Miami FL; 5/2015 - 8/2016
Internship Training in OT Rehab for : Brain Injury, Stroke, Hip Fracture ; Self Care and recovery.
Progressive Therapy -Out Patient, Miami, FL; 7/2015-8/2016.
1st internship: OT training: Repetitive Strains, Fractures; UE thru Hand.


Kate Pfeiffer, MOT, OTR/L

Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic

Joined us in 10/2017. Kate treats all types of Repetitive Strain injuries such as Trigger finger, Tendinitis or Nerve irritation From Elbows thru Hands. Kate will be treating your injury to increase your joint motion, decreasing pains, strains, muscle cramping. She will assist you in gaining strength and function in your Arms/Hands. Kate will utilize manual therapies, modalities, and a progressive Home Program. Kate can fabricate an effective Night time gutter splint for (trigger releases, Dupuytren's releases, and Finger Phalanx Fracture). Kate will be mentored by a CHT and supervised by senior therapists.

Education:
Masters of Science Degree: Occupational Therapy: University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas : GPA 3.94 :12/2016
Bachelors of Science Degree: Biology; Sewanee: The University of the south, Sewanee, Tennessee : 2013. Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society

Previous Experience:
Vibrant Care Rehab Castro Valley, Ca : 8/2017- 10/2017. Started as Per Diem , then Asked to Take Over Entire Case Load 3-5 days per week, 10-18 patients per day. Treated many types of Repetitive Strain Injuries.
NHC Hillview, Columbus, TN : 1/2016-2/2016 : OT for Geriatrics, Cardiac, Pulmonary, Dementia issues.
Pediatrics Plus: Conway, AR: 4/2016-6/2016: Autism and Developmental Delays: School based and Out Patient OT treatments.
McMaster Therapy, Conway, AR : 8/2016-9/2016: OT for Out patient UE Orthopedic Injuries. Splinting, Modalities.


Molly Adams, MOT, OTR/L
Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic

Joined us 3/2018.
Molly treats all types of Repetitive Strain injuries such as Trigger finger, Tendinitis or Nerve irritation From Elbows thru Hands. Molly will be treating your injury to increase your joint motion, decreasing pains, strains, muscle cramping. She will assist you in gaining strength and function in your Arms/Hands. Molly will utilize manual therapies, modalities, and a progressive Home Program. Molly can fabricate many effective splints; such as for Trigger Releases, Dupuytren's releases, and Finger Phalanx Fracture). Molly will be mentored by a CHT and supervised by senior therapists.

Education:
Masters of Science Degree: Occupational Therapy: San Jose State University : 12/2017.
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.

Previous Experience:
Skilled Nursing Facilities in Berkeley, Ca 2018.
Oakland and El Cerrito Hand Therapy Aide/Front Office 2013-15.


Valeria Velazquez, MOT, OTR/L
Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic

Joined us May 2019.
Valeria speaks English,Spanish and Romanian. She has many years of experience in Ergonomics; work station and equipment set up instructions. Valeria treats all types of Repetitive Strain injuries such as Trigger finger, Tendinitis, as well as Arthritis, joint protection, and use of adaptive equipment , splinting/ orthosis. Also treating all Nerve irritation From Elbows thru Hands. Valeria will be treating your injury to increase your joint motion, decreasing pains, strains, muscle cramping. She will assist you in gaining strength and function in your Arms/Hands. Valeria will utilize manual therapies, modalities, and a progressive Home Program. Valeria can fabricate many effective splints; such as for Trigger Releases, Dupuytren's releases, and Finger Phalanx Fracture). Valeria will be mentored by a CHT and supervised by senior therapists.

Education:
Masters of Science Degree: Occupational Therapy: San Jose State University : 12/2018.
Bachelors of Arts, Cum Laude Spanish Major. Duke University, Durham NC 1999
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.

Previous Experience:
ERGO Rehab: Fremont, CA . Hand Therapy Rehab work : 10 weeks: mentored by CHT in Hand Therapy Clinic, 2-5/2019.
Labor Occupational Health Program, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, CA, 2004-2014.
Peace Corps , Romania: 2000-2002.
Has written 5 Publications : 2009- 2012.