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Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology

Orthopedic Occupational Therapy
Hand Therapy

The occupational therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center have additional training in disorders and injuries of the arm and hand.

The Occupational Hand Therapy team

Erin Conner, MS, OTR/L

M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hands
Additional Training/Certifications: Hand Therapy

Katriona Buhler, OTD, OTR/L

B. S. from Virginia Commonwealth University; Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
Additional Training/Certifications: Pediatrics, Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellow Jan-June 2012

Michelle Meister Elstein, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Bachelors in Psychology from Rutgers University; Masters in Occupational Therapy from Towson University
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
Additional Training/Certifications: Advanced Certificate in the Hand and Upper Quarter from Drexel University, Certified Hand Therapist.

Common Diagnoses seen by the Occupational Hand Therapy team

  • Arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Brachial Plexus injuries
  • Burns
  • Complex multiple trauma injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Extensor tendon injuries
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Focal dystonia
  • Ligament sprains/Tears/Instability
  • Nerve compressions - Carpal and Cubital Tunnel
  • Non-operative shoulder conditions
  • Pediatric hand injuries and congenital defects
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinopathies / Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Worker’s Compensation injuries

During your initial evaluation, you will be thoroughly assessed to address your specific injury and/or symptoms. Treatment will be progressed in accordance with detailed guidelines, with the goal to return you to the highest level of participation in home, work, and leisure activities.

Specialized Care Services or Equipment

  • Custom fabricated splints / orthoses - both dynamic and static
  • Custom Pressure Garments
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Iontophoresis
  • Joint Protection Education
  • Manual Therapy
  • Modalities
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Scar, Edema, and Wound Management
  • Sensory re-education
  • Specialized Work Conditioning
  • Taping
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Work simulation


Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Contact Info

    Phone: 703.558.6507
  • Hours

    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

    7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Important Requirement

    To use Outpatient Rehabilitation services at Virginia Hospital Center,
    a written prescription or referral dated in the last 30 days from your physician is required.
  • Registration, Forms & Insurance Information

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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