Jude Emmanere, OTR/L, CHT
Jude graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Practicing OT for 30+ years, she has also served as a hand therapist for over 14 years. She has had a pediatric practice, worked as a physical rehabilitation manager, and served as lead-hand therapist for the Plastic Surgery Department at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center before moving to Eugene in 2000. Jude has her credentials from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She has earned certification to use the Graston (R) instruments for assisted soft tissue mobilization, certification as a Kinesiotech (R) tape practitioner, (CKPT) and certification in Sensory Integration and Praxis Administration Testing.
Jude is trained in advanced hand-biomechanics, neuro- and soft tissue anatomical fascia train applications through the upper extremity, the John Barnes Approach to Myofasical Release Techniques, advanced splinting, chronic pain management, and wound care for hand injuries.
Jude likes to hike — bringing her golden retriever along — enjoys backpacking, meditative artwork, and music through dance, voice, piano and cello.
Leslie Hoffman, OTR/L, CHT
Leslie is a native of Gresham, Oregon. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She participated in a one-year extended practicum, offered on an invitation basis, at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Leslie has been practicing OT for over 18 years and has served as a hand therapist for over 12 years. She has her credentials from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. In addition, she is certified to use the Graston (R) instruments for assisted soft tissue mobilization.
Leslie has extensive training and experience in manual techniques including John Barnes’ Approach to Myofascial Release Techniques. Her areas of special interest include: wound healing and repair/nutrition, soft tissue mobilization, work injury management, chronic pain, and conditions of the thumb.
In her leisure time, Leslie enjoys her family and pets, volunteering at her children’s elementary school, advocating for children with learning needs and hearing loss, aquatic sports, hiking, camping, and snow sports.
Carrie Meadowcroft, OTR/L,CHT
Carrie Meadowcroft graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1992. Carrie has 20 years of experience in Upper Extremity therapy in both California and Oregon. She has her credentials from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. In addition, she is certified to use the Graston (R) instruments for assisted soft tissue mobilization, and has a certificate in Kinesiotaping. Her further accomplishments are in the arena work ergonomics.
Topics of special interest are splinting, CMC (Thumb) arthritis, controlling scar formation, and watching wounds heal. She believes the best thing about being a therapist is helping people return to using their hands for the things they love and need to do. She has given educational talks in a variety of settings on ergonomics at the workstation, gardening, living smarter with arthritis, and common hand injuries.
When she is not enjoying her patients, she is running, hiking with her black lab, (especially to discover waterfalls), keeping track of her wonderful teenage daughters, leading a worship team with her husband and friends, or curling up with a good book.
Kathie Umenhofer, COTA,R/L
Kathie is a native Oregonian and has been a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant for over 24 years. She received her associate’s degree from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. She has specialized in the arena of hand therapy for well over 11 years. Kathie has her certification in the use of the Graston (R) instruments for assisted soft tissue mobilization, and certification as a Kinesiotech (R) practitioner (CKPT) to address adhesions, edema and pain.
Kathie has training and experience in splinting, adaptive equipment training, soft tissue mobilizations, and teaching joint protection/preservation.
As an active individual, Kathie enjoys traveling, skiing, home improvement projects and baking Swedish bread. She keeps fits by staying involved in aerobic classes, hiking and outdoor gardening. She has three children and a standard poodle named Gus.
Kat Peterson, OTR/L
Kat graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. The past three years she has enjoyed working in mixed inpatient and outpatient hand therapy setting at Montefiore Hospital in New York City. Working there side by side with certified hand therapists and orthopedic surgeons is where her passion for hand therapy became clear.
In New York City, Kat enjoyed working with a diverse population with rehabilitative needs following traumatic or cumulative upper extremity injuries. She enjoys treating from the cervical/shoulder region down to the fingers and has speciality training and interest in the following areas: cervical radiculopathy, myofascial trigger point release, rotator cuff tears and repairs, shoulder impingements, joint replacements, fractures following open or closed reduction, tendon repairs, nerve palsies, arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, coordination and movement re-training of the upper extremity following a stroke and more.
Kat takes pride in her caring attitude towards her patients and finds that meaningful one-to-one interaction is the first step towards creating a treatment plan that will maximize recovery. She is also a passionate believer in the body’s ability to be a force for change. She knows the body has a wonderful capacity to heal, however, it can require help to heal correctly. The difference in outcome and resulting function is understanding how to adequately stress and/or protect the bones and tissues at the right time during this healing process through edema and pain management techniques, custom splinting, and gradual guided return to full motion and strength training.
Although she has completed most of her training on the east coast, she is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah where she took full advantage of the skiing and hiking available there. She is now excited be able to enjoy Oregon’s outdoors with her husband Jon, who works as an orthodontist, and their new baby son Jack. Kat looks forward to expanding her knowledge in Hand Therapy and for a long & rewarding career here in Oregon.