Hoang Tran is an Occupational Therapist (OT/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Graduating from the University of Florida in 2000 with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, she first gained experience in acute care settings of hospitals such as Parkway and Cleveland Clinic, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers. In 2001, she started working in acute care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, then moved into the senior outpatient therapy setting five years later. It was right after accepting the outpatient position that she sat for the CHT boards. In 2006 she obtained her national board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist and continued to expand her area of practice in the outpatient setting. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced continuing education, clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, has become proficient in treatment of pathological upper-extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease, and congenital or acquired deformity. To obtain the Certified Hand Therapist credential, a therapist must practice for a minimum of five years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of treatment for hand injuries and upper-extremity disorders. Certified Hand Therapists must also pass a rigorous national certification exam to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy.
Through her medical experience in all these different settings, she had the opportunity to work with many complex injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. She had the privilege of working alongside great doctors, nurses, and therapists. She learned a lot and treated various degrees of wound care needs in hospital settings, protocols of pre- and post-surgery, fabrication of orthosis, and protocols for conservative treatment. Besides orthopedic types of injuries, she has worked extensively with neurologic injuries such as strokes and brachial plexus injuries from the shoulder down to the hand. In January 2014, Hoang opened Hands On Therapy Services. We are a therapist-owned outpatient center, striving to provide the best therapy to rehabilitate persons with hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries to regain function, helping them to return to their activities of daily life and work.