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


Veronica Renee Barroga MA,OTR/L, CHT
Available: Oakland Clinic.

Full time Lead Hand Therapist at El Cerrito and Oakland Hand Therapy 4/2007.
Likes to talk and teach about many aspects of your Diagnosis and Injury in great detail. Will give you big Home Exercise Program. Fond of Kinesio taping. Treats some shoulder injuries. Some clinical Spanish is spoken.

Education:
Ongoing/yearly CEU's.
Certified Hand Therapist: 2003
Masters in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern CA, Los Angeles, CA 1989.
Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, CA 1988.

Previous Experience:
Hand and Physical Therapy of Oakland, CA. 5yrs.
Fortanasce & Assoc., Sports Medical Center, Arcadia, CA. 3yrs.


Jennifer Tang, MOT, OTR/L
Available: El Cerrito Clinic

Joined us 10/2017.
Jennifer was a seasoned Occupational Therapist working in Acute Care Hospital setting before she decided to specialize in Hand/Arm Therapy. Jennifer possess a high skill level in treating: Post op: Carpal Tunnel Releases, Trigger Fingers, Wrist Fractures, Thumb Arthroplasty and more. She also Treats All Repetitive Strain injuries from the Shoulder through the Hand. Like all of our OT's/Hand Therapist Jennifer also treats a variety of Arthritis issues : Fabricates custom splints, Teaches joint protection , and use of adaptive equipment.

Education:
Masters Occupational Therapy: University of St, Augustine for Health science, 12/2013
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology: University of CA;Davis; 6/2006
Physical Agent Modalities Certification Aug 2017
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.

Previous Experience:
Stanford Hand Clinic: Residency work 9/2016-8/2017. Hand Therapist Training via 3 Certified Hand Therapists. Supervision while Treating: Large Variety of Upper Extremity, Elbow, wrist and Hand Injuries: Repetitive strain injuries, Fractures, and post operative cases.
Kaiser SF, CA : Senior OT: 8/ 2016 - 2017 . Evaluated/Treated In Patients: Orthopedic and Neurological Dysfunctions ; treatment focus on ADL's = return to Function, Home, Independence.
Palomar Health-Medical Center : OT work : 4/2014-6/2016 . Evaluated/Treated In Patients: Orthopedic and Neurological Dysfunctions ; treatment focus on ADL's = return to Function, Home, Independence.



Megan Willdorf, LAc.
Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic.

Megan joined El Cerrito and Oakland Acupuncture in 6/2013. Skills: Acupuncture treatments for all : Musculoskeletal PAINS in Neck, Back, Arms, Hips , Legs and feet. Internal problems like Head Aches, Digestive Issues, Insomnia ,Female issues. Also, Megan May Provide some Body Work, Massage, Tui Na, for some Isolated Body Parts No full body massages are provided. All Body work can be effectively done with clothing on. Stretches or Exercises may be taught.

Education:
Ongoing Annual classes in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Health and Healing are taken ; at least 26 hours on Continuing Education CEU classes are taken each year.
Masters Degree, Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine 2000, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA


Previous Experience:
Has been in private practice for over 12 years.


Shelby Edgar, OTD, OTR/L

Available: May be available in Febuary 2018.

Joined us in 6/2016. Shelby speaks fluent Spanish. Shelby has a broad International background and is creative in her treatment approaches.

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

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.


Victoria Cheong OTD, OTR/L

Available: El Cerrito Clinic & Oakland Clinic.

Joined us in 9/2016. Victoria speaks some Mandarin and Cantonese. Victoria is quickly gaining high level skills for treating: Repetitive Strain Injuries including: Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Trigger Fingers and Post Op trigger releases. As well as treating Arthritis and Stable Fractures.

Education:
Ongoing/yearly CEUs.
Physical Agent Modalities Certification 12 / 2016.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy: University of Southern California. 8 / 2016.
Masters of Arts Degree , Occupational Therapy, USC. 5 / 2015.

Previous Experience:
Keck Medical Center USC . Out patient : Lymphedema , work conditioning, Home Program Development, Splint Fabrication, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome . USC Residency 8/ 2015- 8/ 2016.
Administrative work for : High level Meetings in China with Top Tier Universities to Promote Graduate level Occupational Therapy Degree Programs. USC Residency 8/ 2015- 8/ 2016.


Kate Pfeiffer, MOT, OTR/L

Available: El Cerrito 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.


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