The Occupational Therapy staff at Meridian Hand Therapy are dedicated to individual patient care. Our therapists are extensively schooled and professionally trained to treat a wide range of diagnoses, both neurological and orthopedic, and utilize a variety of techniques to improve the performance of daily activities.
Lisa graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she earned a B.S. degree in Science Business. Upon completion, she attended the University of Southern California to pursue her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2005, she graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions where she received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Lisa was the first Occupational Therapist specializing in hand therapy in Ventura County to possess her Doctorate. She is currently a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Occupational Therapy Association of California, and the Southern California Hand Special Interest Group. In addition, she is California state certified in Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities. Lisa resides in Thousand Oaks with her two children, Luke and Auden and her husband Phil, who owns and operates a premiere branding, marketing, and design agency also based in Westlake Village.
Jodi graduated from Loma Linda University with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy 2000. She returned to Loma Linda University and completed her masters degree in 2002. In addition she is certified through the state in Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities. She is currently a member of the Hand Therapy Society of the Greater Los Angeles Area and continues to stay current in her field through ongoing courses, conferences, and seminars. Jodi is happy to have returned to the Conejo Valley with her two children.
Elisa completed her BA in Art from CSU Northridge and worked as a graphic designer before getting her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada. She enjoys the challenges of complex hand injuries, creativity of custom splinting, and inspiration from patients’ hard work. Elisa stays active in professional organization such as American Society of Hand Therapists, American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Hand Therapy Society of Greater Los Angeles. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking, biking, and painting.
Discover the Real Benefits of Occupational Therapy
The goal in any hand therapy program is to help the patient return to a productive lifestyle. Working with a hand therapist allows patients to go beyond mere management of their condition by actively working toward a full and successful recovery. In most cases, this specialized form of occupational therapy allows individuals to resume normal function in their day-to-day activities.
Hand therapy focuses on a combination of patient education and training as well as adaptive recommendations and equipment. Patients benefit from learning about energy conservation and joint-protecting techniques. Using their years of experience, hand therapists can recommend a customized set of tools that may include simple exercises, stretches, and regimented activities to improve strength, flexibility, and overall function. Addressing pain, swelling, and wound care is another crucial component of successful treatment.