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Gannon University Professor Appointed to Leadership Role

Posted: April 30, 2017

Kristin Valdes, OTD, assistant professor of occupational therapy and fieldwork coordinator at Gannon University's Ruskin, Florida campus, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT).

Prior to joining Gannon University, Valdes held teaching positions at Drexel University and Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professions. Valdes has been in private practice for more than 25 years specializing in the rehabilitation and treatment of the upper extremity. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, splinting and arthritis.

Valdes has published in the Journal of Hand Therapy, Hand Magazine, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. She has published chapters on hand, elbow and shoulder fractures and dislocations in Advanced Concepts of Hand Pathology and Surgery.

Valdes received her OTD degree with a specialization in hand rehabilitation from Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professions, Provo, Utah. She is a member of the Guatemala Healing Hands Medical Mission.

The American Society of Hand Therapists is dedicated to advancing the field of hand and upper extremity therapy by promoting education, advocacy, research and clinical standards. ASHT members include occupational and physical therapists, physician extenders, surgeons, researchers and administrators.

Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at Gannon's Ruskin campus, which was formally opened in 2015, exceeds 50 students for the 2016-17 Academic Year. It is one of only three programs accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to offer the OTD degree in Florida.

For more information on the OTD program at Gannon University's Ruskin, Florida campus, click here