BFA, BS, OT/L, CHT
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
BACHELOR IN FINE ARTS
CERTIFIED HAND THERAPIST
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HAND THERAPISTS
AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION
CONNECTICUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION
From the age of 10 Heather only wanted to be a professional flutist. Her focus and dedication to her instrument led her to receive her BFA in flute performance from SUNY Purchase in 1991. She went on to freelance work and was on her way to California to do studio work. However, her hours and hours of practicing/performing led to some career altering injuries. She herself was a patient of a hand therapist which sparked her next passion of helping others with injuries to recover. She then went on to obtain a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Hartford in 1998. Heather spent 17 years working at UCONN Health Center in their Hand Therapy department and Musician’s Clinic…..combing her two passions……hand trauma/injuries and Music. Heather is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, has published multiple book reviews for the Journal of Hand Therapy and has co-authored research studies during her time at the health center. Tired of the path the “business” of health care has gone down she decided to open her own clinic to enable her to focus on the patient and patient only.
Besides being a hand geek, she is a mom of a 14 year old soccer and X-Box obsessed boy and an 12 year old dance obsessed girl…….spending many hours on the field and in the dance studio! Heather loves to run with her four legged best friends and stay active…..”If we want to keep moving and living through all stages of our lives it’s super important we stay active and take time for our health.”
Don’t choose me because you “need” occupational therapy or because the doctor told you to go! Choose me because you have things in your life that you love to do, and you either can’t do them, have difficulty doing them or because you just want to stay active for years to come. Choose me because you don’t want to just “rest,” you don’t want to take pain killers or you are trying to avoid surgery.
When you call the office, the first thing I want to know is what it is you are having difficulty with, learn a little more about you and then decide together if therapy is the right choice.
I pride myself in having a different approach to therapy than is the norm of the healthcare business model these days. Your time is precious and I respect that and want you to have the best experience possible when it comes to your healthcare…..your health is the most important thing!
Healthcare these days feels like a mill, a revolving door, people feel like they are just a number and wonder if it was really worth their time and money. I am myself fed up with the “system” and have experienced feeling like a number, feeling like certain treatments just were not worth my time and money and that a provider really didn’t stop to listen to me. Insurance companies play all sorts of games with their providers, reimbursement rates continue to decrease and patient premiums just rise alongside higher co-pays and deductibles. This constant decrease in re-imbursement forces insurance based practices to have to see multiple patients per hour in order to make ends meet. I refuse to play that game because I want to focus on you and what is keeping you from being able to participate in your life.