Robin Bertram, a Certified Hand Therapist, is the newest member of the team at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Therapy Services in O’Fallon.

Bertram is one of only 6,284 credentialed hand therapists worldwide and 5,891 in the United States. To become certified, therapists must practice for at least three years, gain 4,000 hours of experience and pass a comprehensive exam.

bertram robin“We are very excited to be able to continue to offer this specialized service line at St. Elizabeth’s. Robin has demonstrated a very strong commitment to become an expert in her field with this certification,” noted director of therapy services Tom Dibadj. “We continue to have highly educated therapists to provide excellent care to our community.”

Hand therapy is the art of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, namely the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.

Hand therapists like Bertram, through advanced continuing education, and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, can treat pathological conditions resulting from trauma, disease, congenital or acquired deformity.

The main job of a hand therapist is to bridge the gap from medical management of upper extremity conditions to successful recovery, allowing individuals to function normally in their daily lives.

The hand therapy services are offered in both O’Fallon and Belleville.