HTC Jebb & Vera discussing a patient

About us

Meet our team

It’s always good to know who you’re going to be seeing when you have a medical appointment – it can make the process more comfortable.

We have a team of six qualified hand therapists working between our two clinics. We also have a separate admin team in each location who are your point of contact for appointments.

Felicity

Director/Principal Hand Therapist

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and AHTA member

Felicity has over twenty years’ experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1995, she gained her Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) qualification in 2003, before completing a Master in Public Health in 2007.

Felicity has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK. She’s a full member of the AHTA and has been involved in teaching their level one splinting course. She’s also involved in teaching undergraduate students at the University of Newcastle.

Clinical interests:
Complex trauma, wrist instabilities, arthritis

Vera

Hand Therapist

Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and AHTA member

Vera graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a degree in physiotherapy. She’s been treating hand injuries since 2005 and gained most of her experience working at the Westmead Hospital Hand Therapy and Plastic Unit.

Vera successfully completed her Certified Hand Therapy exam in 2009 and is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Since moving to Newcastle in 2008, she has been a vital member of the Hand Therapy Centre team.

Clinical interests:
Complex traumatic hand injuries, tendon rehabilitation

Monica

Hand Therapist

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and ASHT member

Monica graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts with a degree in occupational therapy before completing her Certified Hand Therapy Exam (USA) in 2005. She has over 20 years of clinical experience both here and in the USA.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certified (USA) and a full member of the ASHT (USA), Monica spent a significant amount of time in the US treating rheumatoid disease and elbow injuries. She joined the Hand Therapy Centre team in 2009.

Clinical interests:
Complex trauma injuries

Melissa

Hand Therapist

Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist, and AHTA member

Melissa graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. After graduating, she worked as a physiotherapist for Hunter New England Health. She discovered her passion for hand therapy in 2012 at the John Hunter Hospital.

Melissa completed the prestigious Sydney Hospital Hand Therapy Clinical Fellowship in 2014 and her MSc (Hand Therapy) in 2019. She’s currently involved in teaching the Level 1 sports course (hand component) for the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Clinical interests:
Hand injuries, evidence-based treatments

Hannah

Hand Therapist

Hand Therapist 
Occupational Therapist and Associate AHTA member

Hannah studied Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, UK. After graduating in 2006, she gained valuable experience in both public and private sector hospitals in both the UK and Australia.

After completing handSPARKS intensive KickStart program in hand therapy, Hannah joined us here at the Hand Therapy Centre in October 2017. She’s currently working towards her full membership with the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA).

Clinical interests:
Tendon rehabilitation, trauma, arthritis

Jebb

Hand Therapist

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

Jebb graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Newcastle in 2013. After working in mental health and vocational rehabilitation in both Australia and New Zealand, he transitioned over to hand therapy in 2018.

Jebb completed his Postgraduate Certificate In Hand and Upper Limb Therapy at Auckland University of Technology in 2018. He joined us here at the Hand Therapy Centre in 2019 and is currently working toward full AHTA membership.

Clinical interests:
Return to function, including hobbies and sport

Menu