Certified Hand Therapists in Columbus, OH
Extraordinary therapists move the healing process forward.
Our Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) and Physical Therapists work on-site and in collaboration with our surgeons to provide coordinated, beginning-to-end care that is unmatched in the region.
While the name may be misleading, our Certified Hand Therapists are occupational therapists who specialize in treating individuals with conditions affecting the upper extremities. They’re skilled at evaluating and treating conditions of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder. Our Physical Therapists specialize in orthopedic conditions of the shoulder, back, knee and ankle. They work with patients to help them improve movement and reduce pain.
Our therapy teams are essential in helping you bridge the gap from the medical management of your injury or condition to a full and successful recovery. Your ability to regain full function means restoring a sense of normalcy to your life – and that is the driving purpose behind our therapeutic approach.
With over 150 years of combined therapy experience, along with one of the highest number of CHT’s in one clinic in the state of Ohio, you can trust that you’re in the best hands with our expert therapy team.
Meet Our Therapists
Angela Stephens, OTR, CHT, Regional Director
Angela is a certified hand therapist and occupational therapist with 16 years of experience. She specializes in upper extremity care and hand therapy. She especially enjoys meeting new patients and helping them regain function. Outside of the office, Angela loves spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kathy Villacres, OTR/L, CHT, Clinical Director
Kathy has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years, spending 23 of those years practicing as a certified hand therapist. She specializes in hand and arm trauma, rehabilitation and custom orthosis fabrication. When Kathy isn’t at The Hand Center, she enjoys spending time with her two grown children, as well as traveling to visit family members and reading a good book.
Anthony Long, MPT
Anthony received his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 2001. He specializes in the treatment of outpatient orthopedic conditions as well as sports medicine. Anthony enjoys working with patients from all walks of life to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. When he’s not in the office, Anthony serves on the Board for Youth Athletics and enjoys spending time with his family.
Janet M Bailey, OTR/L, CHT
Janet has been an occupational therapist for 41 years and has spent 26 of those years practicing as a certified hand therapist. She specializes in fabricating custom splints and orthoses, as well as in creating adaptive equipment. The most exciting part about Janet’s job is when her patients are able to see their own progress and improvements since their injury as a result of therapy. Outside of the office, Janet enjoys being active in her community, reading, traveling and playing with her grandson.
Susan Johnson, OTR, CHT
Susan has 17 years of experience as an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She specializes in hand therapy and loves seeing her patients smile knowing she’s helped them get back to doing what makes them happy. When Susan’s not working, you can find her boating or camping, watching OSU football or taking her children to football, baseball and gymnastics.
Jim O’Shea, OTR/L, CHT
Jim has 18 years of experience as an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. He specializes in upper extremity care and hand therapy. He loves to help patients understand their injury, and to see the progression of a patient in pain getting back to regular function and doing the things they enjoy. Outside of the office, Jim loves to travel throughout the U.S. and to other countries, whenever he is not spending time with his dog. He enjoys snowboarding as much as possible when traveling.
Jason Suda, OTR, CHT
Jason is a licensed occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist with over 10 years of experience. Jason is an annual presenter at the Philadelphia Hand Symposium and the Upper Extremity Tutorial, where he discusses a variety of topics including hand, wrist, shoulder and elbow conditions. Helping people persevere through their injuries is one of the things Jason likes most about his job. Outside of work, Jason tries to stay active and has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons and triathlons.
Angela Rutty, CHT
Angela is a certified hand therapist and has specialized in Astym soft tissue therapy for over 10 years. She enjoys the level of creativity her field brings, along with the gratification of being able to reduce her patient’s pain and increase their function and mobility. Angela’s favorite part of her job is getting to know her patients and helping them reach their goals. In her spare time, you can find Angela spending time with her children, reading a good book and writing poetry.
Learn more about our therapy services here.