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
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.