The Next Level: 3 Ways To Beat Achy Shoulders

Getting ToKnowTheNext Level Staff Missy Hymel, LOTR, CHT, CKTP May, 2017

Missy is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist (LOTR), National Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP) with over 26 years of experience in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1990. In 1996, she completed a six month hand therapy fellowship with prominent Hand Surgeons and Certified Hand Therapists in the New Orleans area. From 1985-1987 she attended Louisiana State University for pre-occupational therapy and played clarinet in The Golden Band fromTigerland for two years. Missy has been married to Stephen for over 20 years and they have two very active teenagers: Jordan and Jared. Missy’s hobbies include: scrapbooking, paper crafts, reading and spending time with her family. SPECIALTIES AND CERTIFICATIONS In November 2001, Missy met the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) requirements and became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). She became a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP) in 2003. In 2013, she became a Certified i-limb Touch Bionics Prosthetic Trainer working with individuals that have lost a limb, (hand, finger, or arm) teaching them how to use a static or dynamic prosthesis to gain function.

INTERESTS AND AREAS OF EXPERTISE Her interests include: • Fractures, tendon/nerve lacerations • Burns/wound management, amputations • Prosthetic training • Kinesiotaping • Multi-system complex injuries of the upper extremity and custom orthosis/splint fabrication. DEDICATED TO CLINICAL EDUCATION Missy has presented a variety of topics at local and state conferences – Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association (LOTA) and Louisiana American Society of Hand Therapist (LA- AHST). She is an active member in her related professional organizations – LOTA and American Society of Hand Therapist (ASHT). She has been practicing on the Northshore for over 13 years.

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