Friday, November 13, 2020 – Saturday, November 15, 2020
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. While keeping the health safety of our community as our top priority, we are hopeful to hold our conference this fall with the same agenda and speakers. Our new potential 2020 date is November 13-15th, pending the federal, state, and community guidelines surrounding COVID-19. We hope to safely see everyone this fall.
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HTA-CA Board Members
Kinesio Taping for Assorted Upper Extremity Diagnoses
Thursday, April 2, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab-Course Attendance limited to 30 registrants.
Alison Taylor, BA, OTR_L, CHT, CKTI
Alison became a Kinesio Taping Instructor in 2011 and actively lectures throughout the USA on Hand Therapy and Taping.
Alison Taylor graduated with a BA in Applied Science from Sydney University, Australia in 1990. She has worked in and out of the US for over 25 years and obtained her CHT in 2001. Since that time Alison has presented at five ASHT conferences, and has been a guest lecturer for the OT programs at Texas Women’s University (Denton) and University of Sydney Health Science School and LSU- Shreveport.
Dr. Andrew Gutow, MD
Dr. Gutow attended the University of Michigan and is Board Certified in Hand Surgery. He did his residency at the department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital, CT,and a Hand Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Joseph Boyes, University Southern California Medical Center/Los Angeles County Medical Center.
Dr. Gutow also specializes in treating Dupuytren’s Contracture with open surgery, Xiaflex injections or Needle Aponeurotomy. Other areas of interest include: Carpal Tunnel releases both open and Endoscopic. Micro surgical Repairs and the treatment of nerve injuries. He is skilled in all areas of general hand surgery including joint replacement of the thumb, wrist, hand & fingers, ligament reconstruction, thumb tendon graft, hands, vascular injuries of the hand and arm and cosmetic/reconstructive orthopedic procedures.
Dr. Andrew Gutow is actively involved in the field of orthopedic medicine at the national level, teaching other surgeons best practices in caring for their patients’ hand problems through his scholarly writings and lectures. He is the co-editor of an issue of Hand Clinics dedicated to the treatment of distal radius (wrist) fractures, one of the most common hand injuries. Dr. Gutow enjoys regularly speaking at national meetings, including the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He treats patients at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, CA and works as an adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University.
Dr. Brice Blatz, MD, MS
While playing competitive soccer at Northwestern University, Dr. Blatz sustained multiple orthopedic injuries, five of which required surgery. These injuries drew him to learn how the body repairs itself and expand the range of nonsurgical treatments for arthritis, tennis elbow, golfers’ elbow, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, and tendonitis. Dr. Blatz wants to give his patients leading-edge treatment options that may help them avoid surgery and change their lives.
At Pacific Regenerative and Interventional Medicine in San Jose, CA, Dr. Blatz uses the most advanced centrifuge available to help him design custom stem cell treatments for each patient and condition. He also uses special image-guided orthopedic ultrasound for greater diagnostic and placement accuracy. His work is focused on helping patients of all ages return to their sports and their work more quickly with less pain and much faster recovery. In addition Dr. Blatz is the team physician for Archbishop Mitty High School and an associate professor at Stanford Medical School. In his spare time, Dr. Blatz enjoys playing golf, keeping fit with cross-training and high-intensity circuit training, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Dr. Edward Moon, MD
Dr. Moon is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in treatment of the hand and upper extremity. He completed his residency at the University of Washington in Seattle including extensive orthopedic trauma training at Harborview Medical Center, and completed fellowship training in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Moon believes in patient centered care, patient education, and shared decision making. His goal is to fully restore both form and function in a caring and compassionate environment. As an avid hiker, snowboarder, golfer, and musician he understands the importance of a quick recovery and returning to an active and healthy lifestyle. Dr. Moon’s philosophy is to attempt non-surgical treatment whenever possible. However, if surgery is necessary, he employs the most current evidence-based techniques and technology to achieve the best outcomes.
Dr. Ian Bledsoe, MD, MS
Dr. Ian Bledsoe is a neurologist who cares for patients who have Parkinson’s disease, tremors, ataxia, dystonia and other movement disorders. His treatments include medications, botulinum toxin injections and a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation.
Dr. Bledsoe has a special interest in dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary movements, cramps and abnormal postures. He particularly focuses on a form of the condition that affects musicians and other patients whose work requires repetitive movements.
Dr. Bledsoe’s research interests include finding better treatments for dystonia and using neuroimaging – advanced image-producing technologies applied to the nervous system – to improve understanding of what causes the condition. He has also used neuroimaging to study cognitive problems associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Dr.Bledsoe received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in neurology as well as a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and electromyography at Stanford Health Care. At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, he also completed a fellowship in movement disorders and a master’s degree in clinical research.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Bledsoe earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Northwestern University. He continues to play and perform in his free time.
Dr. Igor Immerman, MD
Dr. Igor Immerman is an orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. Treating all conditions of the upper extremity, from the simple to the complex, Dr. Immerman’s philosophy of care is that each patient should be treated as a unique person and not by a cookie-cutter, protocol-only approach. He spends time getting to know each patient and works with the patient to tailor their individual treatment. Dr. Immerman grew up in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Maryland in his teens. He graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and he received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. After medical school, he completed residency in Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, and he also received subspecialty training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. After fellowship, Dr. Immerman studied hand and peripheral nerve surgery in Israel and Russia, including a fellowship at the birthplace of the Ilizarov fixation method in Siberia. Throughout his career, Dr. Immerman has been active in research, and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals. In addition to his full-time clinical practice, Dr. Immerman serves as a volunteer reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, participates in several committees in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and takes part in international medical missions with Health Volunteers Overseas.
Dr. Joy Macdermid
Dr. Joy MacDermid is a professor at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science. Dr. MacDermid is a physical therapist, hand therapist and epidemiologist, and holds The Dr James Roth Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation (KT). She has published > 500 peer-reviewed publications and is the Editor-in Chief for the Journal of Hand Therapy. She is the Co-director of Clinical Research at The Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London Ontario.
She is also Co-director of the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) Clinical Research Lab. She is cross-appointed into Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her teaching and research emphasizes evidence-based practice, clinical measurement, and knowledge translation. She has many recent publications in textbooks as well as journal publications.
Dr. Keith Denkler, MD
Dr. Keith Denkler is a plastic surgeon, serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. His private practice in Larkspur, Marin County offers both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Denkler is also a clinical professor of plastic surgery at UCSF.
He is internationally renowned for his use of multiple approaches in treating Dupuytren contracture. His pioneer investigational work documenting the safety of epinephrine with local anesthesia contributed to the origination of “wide-awake hand surgery”. Dr. Denkler was the first doctors to publish a study showing that Dupuytren contracture can be surgically released in an in-office procedure under local anesthesia with epinephrine.
His expertise in the release of Dupuytren contracture also includes Needle Aponeurotomy (NA), and Xiaflex, a subcutaneous injection of collagenase that digests the contracture. Dr. Denkler introduced needle aponeurotomy to the West Coast in 2005.
Dr. Luc Fecteau, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Fecteau started his physical therapy career in Montréal, Canada, working both in private practice and with athletes at Université de Montréal. Looking to broaden his horizons, he joined Cirque du Soleil as a physical therapist, treating an international high performance patient population as supervisor of performance medicine. After years of practicing with several shows around the globe, Dr. Fecteau settled with his family in California, where he completed a doctorate in physical therapy as well as a fellowship in manual therapy. Dr. Fecteau is passionate about expanding professional knowledge to improve treatment outcomes and is excited to start a new chapter mentoring the next generation of physical therapists at UCSF. Dr. Fecteau’s treatment approach is based in the three pillars of evidence based practice: current research, clinical expertise, and a patient’s own response and experience, and he believes that the true art of physical therapy lies in appropriately tailoring evidence based practice to specific patient needs.
Dr. Rudolf Buntic, MD
Dr. Buntic is a plastic, hand and microsurgeon. A native of Canada, he obtained his B.A. from Harvard University and then his M.D. from McGill University. He did his post-graduate residency training in general and plastic surgery at Stanford University. After this, he undertook a fellowship in hand and microsurgery with Doctors Harry and Gregory Buncke at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco.
Dr. Buntic is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is board certified in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Clinical Associate Professor Affiliated in Plastic Surgery at Stanford and on the Clinical Faculty of the University of California. He is a member of several societies, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Buntic has published scientific articles, book chapters and presented at national meetings related to a wide variety of plastic, hand and microsurgery topics. He has a strong interest in microsurgical reconstruction of the breast and extremities, and his practice includes all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. His practice is in San Francisco at the Buncke Clinic.
Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT
Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT, received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois in 1978 and started her career in burn care in Chicago. She developed a strong interest in Hand Rehabilitation based in part on the difficulty rehabilitating hands following thermal injury. She earned her CHT in 1991 and her DPT in 2017 from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. She has worked in a variety of settings including the Curtis National Hand Center, Duke University Medical Center and a solo private practice. She served on the Board of Directors of ASHT on the Legislation and Reimbursement Division, eventually becoming the Division Director, Practice Division Director and has just completed a two year term as a Board Member at Large. She serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison and Practice Chair of APTA’s Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy. Marsha presently works full time treating upper extremity injuries and conditions at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Megan Meisenheimer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, CHT
Dr. Meisenheimer is a born and raised Californian who became interested in a therapy career after participating in competitive sports and sustaining injuries of her own that required rehabilitation. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Biology at UC Davis, where she was a student athletic training intern who travelled with and treated the Women’s Soccer team, the Track and Field Teams and the Division I Football team. After her undergraduate studies, Megan began a unique program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA where she received both a Masters in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is dually licensed in the state of California as both an Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist. After graduation, she took positions in the SF Bay Area focusing on treating patients with upper extremity injuries. She has a passion for treating post-op patients and enjoys learning about the latest surgical techniques through professional conferences and visits to the OR. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2018 and is currently working to accredit a Hand Therapy Fellowship for Agile Physical Therapy. Outside of work, Megan is an avid reader and loves cheering on her teams: the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.
Nancy Byl, PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA
Dr. Byl has been a practicing clinician in physical therapy for 56 years. She assumed leadership as Department Chair and participated in academic development, teaching and administration in the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. As a researcher, she transitioned from animal based models of wound healing and overuse syndromes to clinical research studying the etiology of focal dystonia and the applications of rehabilitation technology and learning based intervention strategies to facilitate recovery of function in patients with focal dystonia, CVA, Parkinson’s Disease and brain trauma. Working with collaborators in neuroscience, she designed an animal model to study the etiology of focal hand dystonia and created a paradigm shift in the understanding of focal dystonia as a case of neural maladaptation of sensory and motor processing. Using imaging techniques, she demonstrated that learning -based sensorimotor training for patients with focal dystonia improved sensory discrimination, accuracy and modified the topography of the sensory cortex, improving the neuronal firing patterns to be closer to normal. She provides consultations, direct patient care, group exercises and classes of intensive exercise for patients with Parkinson’s and FHD (Focal Hand Dystonia). Dr. Byl currently serves as a volunteer faculty member in the Osher Learning Center, University of Nevada, Reno and volunteers as a clinician in the Boyd Etter Physical Therapy Practice (PTN) in Reno. In California, she continues to serve on the Education Committee, Chair the Quality Practice Committee and serves as President of the PT Fund.
Dr. Robert E. Markison, MD
Dr. Markison is an experienced and innovative Hand Surgeon and UCSF Clinical Professor of Surgery with more than 30 years of experience maintaining the creative hands of creative people. He is widely known and trusted for fair and thoughtful resolution of complex medicolegal matters.
Dr. Markison is particularly interested in the ergonomics of music, arts and crafts, and himself is a musician and artist. He received his B.A. in Biology from Columbia University and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Markison completed his surgical residency at UCSF, where he then completed his hand surgery fellowship. He remained in San Francisco to continue his microsurgical training at the Buncke Clinic. From 1981-1989 Dr. Markison served as the Chief of Hand Surgery/Trauma Team Surgeon. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSF and an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Saba Kamal, OTR/L, CHT
Saba is a Certified Hand Therapist and was the American Society of Hand Therapists – California Chapter President for 2010, 2011 and 2018 and recipient of 2010 and 2011 National Chapter awards. She now serves as the Annual Program Chair for the Hand Therapy Association of California conferences. She is a member of American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET), a group of multidisciplinary professionals in the area of shoulder and elbow rehabilitation who place a high value on efficacious and high quality patient care. She is also a member of American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS) and was invited to a round table discussion of Emerging practices in Dupuytren’s Disease and has written an article for them on this topic and on Management of Dystonia via Taping. She was invited to speak at the 2018 AAHS conference in Arizona on Neuropathic Pain. In 2019 she was invited to host a panel discussion at the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapists in Berlin, Germany, as well as at the American Society of Peripheral Nerves (ASPN) meeting on the latest in modalities for the treatment of nerve injuries, held in Palm Desert 2019. She has written a chapter on Reasoning and Critical thinking in Hand and Upper extremity Rehab for the textbook “Fundamentals of Hand Therapy.”
Stephanie Greenspan, PT, DPT
Dr. Greenspan earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Her post-graduate training included residencies in orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy and a fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy. She is a board-certified specialist in both orthopedics and neurologic physical therapy. Her teaching experience includes entry-level and post-professional physical therapy education in the United States as well as in Kenya and Vietnam. She currently teaches in the Samuel Merritt University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program in Oakland, CA, where she is the principal investigator for ongoing research about injuries in circus artists and also the biomechanics of aerial movement.
Dr. William Slikker, MD
Dr. Slikker III always had an interest in upper extremity surgery, even early on as a medical student. He graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2010, then completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. During medical school and residency training, Dr. Slikker participated in several medical outreach trips in Kenya, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Slikker continued his education with fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slikker works in San Leandro, CA and 1 other location and specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Slikker is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-San Leandro.
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