Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT, is the owner and Director of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida. She is an assistant professor at Gannon University. She has been in private practice for over twenty years and specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow, shoulder, splinting, and arthritis. Dr. Valdes has published articles in the Journal of Hand Therapy, Hand Magazine, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. She serves as a member of the Board of the American Society of Hand Therapists and American Association of Hand Surgery.
Dr. Valdes has published chapters on hand, elbow, and shoulder fractures and dislocations in Advanced Concepts of Hand Pathology and Surgery. She is an assistant editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy. Dr. Valdes received her OTD degree with a specialization in hand rehabilitation from Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professions in Provo, Utah. Dr Valdes is member of the Guatemala Healing Hands Medical Mission.
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