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Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Deborah A. Schwartz Instructor Bio:
Deborah A Schwartz is a hand therapist with over 34 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She has worked at Orfit Industries America for the past ten and a half years promoting product awareness and offering a variety of educational programming on orthotic fabrication. Debby is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT) and has participated in the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (IFSHT) meetings as well. She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics at both national and international conferences and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including the Journal of Hand Therapy, the British Journal of Hand Therapy, HAND, www.exploringhandtherapy.com, and OT Practice.

Debby completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She presently teaches orthotic fabrication workshops for Orfit Industries America for both student Occupational Therapists and advanced clinicians. She is also an adjunct professor at the Occupational Therapy department of Touro College in New York City, where she teaches orthotic fabrication and an elective on Hand Therapy. Debby is currently writing several book chapters for hand therapy references and collaborating on a textbook of orthotic fabrication.

Deborah A. Schwartz's Continuing Education Courses

Introduction to Orthoses

Introduction to Orthoses

Using orthoses for immobilization is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect the injured upper extremity after surgery or trauma, and also to offer balance and help position the hand and wrist for enhanced function… Read Morearrow_right

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Wrist and Long Opponens Orthoses for Orthopedic Conditions

Wrist and Long Opponens Orthoses for Orthopedic Conditions

Using orthoses for immobilization for orthopedic conditions of the wrist and hand is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect the injured upper extremity. Therapists require core knowledge in a variety of common… Read Morearrow_right

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Orthotic Fabrication: Thumb and Finger Orthoses for Orthopedic Conditions

Orthotic Fabrication: Thumb and Finger Orthoses for Orthopedic Conditions

In this course with Debby Schwartz you will learn about using orthoses for immobilization for orthopedic conditions of the thumb and fingers and why it is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect those injuries.… Read Morearrow_right

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Specific Orthoses for Neurological Conditions

Specific Orthoses for Neurological Conditions

Orthoses for immobilization can also be applied to specific populations for a variety of goals beyond support and protection. Therapists may be required to apply orthoses to the upper extremity presenting with abnormal or increased muscle… Read Morearrow_right

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Specific Orthoses for Pediatric Conditions

Specific Orthoses for Pediatric Conditions

Orthoses for immobilization can also be applied to specific populations for a variety of goals beyond support and protection. Therapists may be required to apply orthoses to the upper extremity presenting with abnormal or increased muscle… Read Morearrow_right

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Orthoses for Mobilization: Dynamic Orthoses

Orthoses for Mobilization: Dynamic Orthoses

Orthoses for mobilization, both dynamic and static progressive orthoses, can be used to help clients regain tissue length or joint motion when injuries or clinical conditions have caused tissue shortening and stiff joints. Therapists require… Read Morearrow_right

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Orthoses for Mobilization: Static Progressive Orthoses

Orthoses for Mobilization: Static Progressive Orthoses

Therapists require core knowledge in upper extremity anatomy and pathologies and an understanding of the biomechanical principles of orthotic fabrication in order to select static progressive orthoses as an intervention for clients requiring… Read Morearrow_right

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Orthoses for Mobilization of the Wrist

Orthoses for Mobilization of the Wrist

Dynamic wrist orthoses that allow specific patterns of motion and block unwanted motion can be extremely beneficial in certain diagnoses and rehabilitation protocols, such as scapho-lunate ligament injuries. And static progressive and/or… Read Morearrow_right

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