Good Shepherd Physical Therapist Receives Specialty Certification in Hand Therapy1/22/2009
January 22, 2009
Kutztown, Pa. - Cathleen Reighn, PT, CHT, a physical therapist at Good Shepherd Physical Therapy—Kutztown, part of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, recently became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Reighn, a resident of Topton, Pennsylvania, has more than two decades of experience in physical therapy, including more than 4,000 hours performing hand therapy. The Certified Hand Therapist credential illustrates that a therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field.
Following one year of graduate preparatory study at Drexel University, Reighn successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper-quarter rehabilitation to receive the designation by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.
Because of the extensive training and study involved, CHTs understand the complex intricacies of the hand and are therefore well-equipped to treat patients who have undergone hand surgery or suffer from carpal tunnel or other hand conditions. Hand therapy sessions often include stretching and strengthening exercises to help patients regain their maximum level of hand mobility.
For more information about Good Shepherd Physical Therapy—Kutztown or to schedule an appointment call 610-683-5390 or visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 40,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 16 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.