Miranda owns and manages Hand Therapy Partners-East.
Miranda is a certified hand therapist (CHT) with extensive experience working directly with hand surgeons to rehabilitate hand trauma, surgery patients.
Miranda began working for Hand Therapy Partners in 2014. She received her professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University in 2006. After practicing in hand therapy for 5 years I received my certification in hand therapy. Miranda has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Mayo Clinic in hand therapy and currently works for Northern Arizona University as adjunct faculty. Miranda has a strong interest in research development specifically in clinical settings along with treating complex patients with traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries. Miranda's other interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound and treating patients with hypermobility disorders.
Miranda enjoys working with a variety of diagnoses including flexor tendon laceration/repairs, 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 a variety of upper extremity amputees.
Miranda loves treating the more complex patients who have sustained life-changing injuries. One of the more challenging patients I’ve treated was a patient who got his arm stuck in a conveyor belt while at work. The patient actually had to break his own arm to get it out of the machine. This particular patient not only sustained an injury to the bones in his arm, but he also damaged the soft tissue including the nerves, tendons, and ligaments. He went on to have several limb-saving surgeries and required significant amounts of time in therapy. The patient went on to undergo successful hand dominance retraining and has returned to light functional use of the mutilated arm.
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:
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.
Garret works at Hand Therapy Partners-West.
Garret received his professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2019. He first completed his undergraduate degree at Boise State University where he majored in Health Science Studies with a minor in Psychology. Garret chose to spend his 4-month Doctoral Experiential Component/Residency studies working with Josh MacDonald, building experience in hand therapy and treating many upper extremity conditions. He completed many projects for the facilities, which included home exercise programs for clients and the development of a Carpal Tunnel Brochure educating clients and physicians on the conservative management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Garret is constantly continuing his learning through pursuing professional educational opportunities. His professional memberships include the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists.
Garret’s clinical background includes outpatient, inpatient, and home health occupational therapy, and he is excited to build experience treating many conditions of the upper extremity. Garret enjoys helping patients with various upper extremity conditions involving the hand, elbow, and shoulder. He prides himself on helping patients regain their independence and satisfaction completing daily activities or returning to work. In his free time, Garret enjoys going to the gym, going to the movies, taking his dog to the park, and spending time with his wife.
Megan works at Hand Therapy Partners-East.
Megan is an occupational therapist at Hand Therapy Partners-East. Megan graduated with her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2021. She completed rotations in both hand therapy and pediatric therapy and has extensive experience working with fine motor skills and pediatric handwriting. Megan is passionate about learning and treating in clinical settings and has a heart for hand injuries and the pediatric population. She is also interested in self-regulation and sensory integration as well as vision deficits. Megan looks forward to working with patients with a variety of diagnoses and needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and taking care of her plants.
Megan is continuing her learning through pursuing professional educational opportunities. Her professional memberships include the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists.
Allison is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at Hand Therapy Partners East Valley. She graduated with her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy in 2019 from Northern Arizona University and has been working in outpatient hand therapy ever since. In addition to hand therapy, she completed one of her clinical rotations in acute care at Honor Health Osborne. Allison joined the HTP team in June of 2022 and she earned her certification in hand therapy in November of 2022. Allison enjoys working with patients of all ages and enjoys helping them to regain the use of their hands and upper extremities for a full return to meaningful activities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two golden retrievers hiking, and camping.
Emily works at Hand Therapy Partners-West.
Emily received her professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2022. She completed her undergraduate degree also at Northern Arizona University where she majored in Exercise Science. Emily completed her 14-week Capstone Experience at Mayo Clinic in their outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department where she developed an enterprise-wide Evidence Informed Pathway Document for the treatment and management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Emily also completed a 3-month clinical rotation working with Jason Jackson, a CHT in Sedona, building experience in hand therapy and treating patients with various upper extremity diagnoses.
Emily is always excited for new learning opportunities and ways to expand her professional education through research, clinical experience, and courses/conferences. Emily is currently working to complete a grant-funded research study and manuscript on the relationship between Sensory Processing and CRPS.
Emily’s clinical background includes outpatient neurological and vestibular therapy, skilled nursing facility, and hand therapy. She is looking forward to building experience with treating many conditions of the upper extremity including shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Emily enjoys establishing connections with her patients and working collaboratively to design a treatment plan that restores independence and confidence in completing any activity her patient wants or needs to do. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to the gym, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and trying local food/restaurants.
Delaney graduated with her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2023. She completed her rotations in hand therapy with Hand Therapy Partners and inpatient rehabilitation with Encompass Health East Valley. Delaney also completed a 9-month clinical experience with Barrow Neurological Inpatient Rehabilitation where she helped pilot a weekend therapy program targeting the use of robotics devices. Delaney enjoys working with a variety of patients and diagnoses with her primary interests in upper extremity rehabilitation and neurological disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dogs, going camping, and playing sports.
Tristany received her professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2023. She completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University where she majored in Psychology. Tristany completed her 3-month clinical rotation and 14-week Capstone Experience at Hand Therapy Partners West where she developed treatment guidelines for about 20 tendon transfers and gained clinical experience and skills in a hand therapy setting.
Tristany is eager to expand her knowledge of upper extremity rehabilitation through clinical experience and evidenced-based research. One of her goals is to become fluent in Spanish to provide holistic care to all patients. Tristany values creating patient-centered treatment plans and assisting patients to return to doing what they love to do for both their physical and mental well-being. She prides herself in creating therapeutic relationships with her patients centered around empathy, respect, and active listening. In her free time, Tristany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dog, and football season.