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Willmar, Minn., hand therapist Tanner receives certification

Sarah Tanner of the Rice Rehabilitation Center in Willmar, Minn., recently received her certification in hand therapy through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission Inc.

To qualify for the exam, a candidate must be an occupational therapist or physical therapist with a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy.

Certification is voluntary and involves meeting rigorous standards, developing a long-range career path and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination. In addition, certified hand therapists are required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

Tanner has worked as an occupational therapist for 17 years, with a majority of those years providing hand therapy for a variety of diagnoses such as carpal tunnel, complex regional pain syndrome, distal radius fractures, carpal and metacarpal fractures, trigger finger, tendonitis of various types, various nerve compressions, arthritis, amputations, and elbow and shoulder injuries.