Occupational/Hand Therapy


Occupational Therapy

Hand Therapy

The hand therapy program at Mendelson Kornblum Physical Therapy specializes in the following conditions and treatments:

  • Custom splinting
  • Post-operative
  • Custom upper extremity orthotics
  • Range of motion and strengthening
  • Coordination/dexterity training
  • Wound and scar management
  • Edema control
  • Sensory re-education
  • ADL training
  • Individualized home exercise programs
  • Joint protection and ergonomic recommendation
  • Post-op care


Common Diagnosis seen by a Hand Therapist

For more information, search the patient education information at American Society of Hand Therapists.

Meet Our Hand Therapy Specialists

Denise Claiborne, Certified Hand Therapist (Livonia)Claiborne-Denise-web

The hand therapy program at Mendelson Kornblum Physical Therapy is headed by Denise Claiborne, MS, OTRL, CHT. Denise earned her recognition as a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991 and has since established herself as a respected practitioner in the areas of upper extremity injuries, splinting, and cumulative traumas. Denise graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in occupational therapy. A certified hand therapist, she has been practicing for nearly 20 years and specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, custom orthotics, and ergonomics.


Amy Hauxwell, Occupational Therapist Specializing in Hand Rehabilitation (Warren)

Amy Hauxwell, OTR is an occupational therapist at Mendelson Kornblum Physical Therapy in Warren. Amy has over 13 years of  upper extremity rehabilitation experience and specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, custom orthotics, and ergonomics. She has a passion for treating hand-involved injuries where she applies her splinting and specialized training to treat patients, and for learning new information and being on the leading edge of intervention for the hand, wrist and elbow. Outside the clinic, Amy has been an instructor for Macomb Community College teaching in the COTA program.

Marcie Moran, Occupational Therapist Specializing in Hand Rehabilitation (Livonia)

Marcie Moran, COTA/L, BS, received her Associates Degree as certified occupational therapists at Schoolcraft College and her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of St. Francis in Illinois.  Marcie has over 35 years of exclusive hand rehabilitation experience.





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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Our highly experienced and regarded orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and nerves of the extremities and spine. They are proud to be affiliated with both St. Mary Mercy Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital..

Back, Neck & Spine

You’ll have the advantage of the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in back and neck pain. A team approach to your spinal problems may include physical therapy, medication, exercise, weight loss and therapeutic spinal injections. Additionally, we offer the area’s best orthopedic spine surgeons for repair or reconstruction of structural disorders.

Pain Management

The pain management / physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians at Mendelson Kornblum have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge regarding pain-relieving techniques and treatments. Areas of specialty include back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, post-surgical pain, cancer-related pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and rehabilitation for back and neck injuries. If you have acute or chronic pain that affects your mobility and ability to function, Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedics can help restore your quality of life.

Physical Therapy

Our rehabilitation approach complements your surgeon’s intervention with continual sharing of diagnostic information that can help promote a speedy recovery. In addition, due to our exclusive dedication to orthopedic conditions, we have developed many techniques that can significantly reduce the amount of pain during your rehabilitation.