Our Therapists

MIranda Materi

Miranda owns and manages Hand Therapy Partners-East.

Miranda received her professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University in 2006. After practicing hand therapy for five years, she became a certified hand therapist. Miranda has a strong interest in research and development in clinical settings and has participated in many studies. She prides herself on treating patients with complex traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries. Miranda's other professional interests include community-based occupational therapy and community prevention programs including fall prevention. Miranda has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Mayo Clinic and currently is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University.

Miranda enjoys helping patients with a variety of diagnoses, including flexor tendon lacerations, replantations, nerve transfers, brachial plexopathies, amputation with and without prosthetics, various fractures, osteoarthritis, as well as orthotic fabrication for various conditions. Miranda is also certified in myoelectric prosthetic training and has worked with all types of upper extremity amputees.

Miranda often treats patients who have sustained life changing injuries. One of her recent more challenging patients got his arm stuck in a conveyor belt while at work. The patient actually had to break his own arm to remove it from the machine. This patient underwent several limb saving surgeries and required months of therapy. Miranda helped him to retrain his dominant hand and regain function in his injured arm.

Josh MacDonald

Josh owns and manages Hand Therapy Partners-West.

Josh is a certified hand therapist (CHT) with extensive experience working directly with hand surgeons to help rehabilitate hand trauma surgery patients. Some of the more common conditions Josh has treated include:

  • Flexor and extensor tendon injuries
  • Amputation revisions
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Soft tissue trauma and grafting
  • Digit and forearm fractures

Josh began his career specializing in pediatrics focusing on outpatient therapy, neurorehabilitation and pediatric hand therapy. In addition to caring for patients, Josh has started and managed therapy clinics and developed pediatric therapy programs for handwriting training, aquatic therapy, inpatient neurorehabilitation evaluation and inpatient therapeutic outings.

According to Josh, some of the most challenging patients have chronically stiff hands. Josh recently helped one of these patient through her recovery process. After a car accident broke most of the bones in her hand, this patient developed a severely stiff hand and fingers. She worked hard at therapy after surgery, but her progress was slow and tedious. She because understandably frustrated when she did not soon regain full motion in her injured hand. But after months of hard work, this patient was able to return to work and independent driving and self-care tasks. Not every patient can regain 100% of his or her hand functions after a severe injury, but Josh works with each patient to help them reach their highest potential.

Josh is fluent in conversational Spanish and is constantly pursuing professional education opportunities. He regularly participates in national conferences sponsored by the American Association for Hand Surgery, American Society for Hand Therapy, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Indiana Hand Care and the Philadelphia Hand Foundation. Josh is very active in the local Crossfit community and has multiple Crossfit certifications. He also coaches children, adults and competitors.

Josh received his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2001 and his Hand Therapy certification in 2015.

Hand Therapy Partners–West specializes in therapy for the hand, elbow and shoulder as well as pediatric hand therapy and splinting for all upper extremity needs.

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