Sports Physical Therapists is thrilled to welcome Michelle Shamash to our team of experienced, dedicated therapists. Michelle works in our Fox Lake location and brings 20 years of training and patient care as a dynamic Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
Michelle graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a degree in occupational therapy. Six years later, after completing the required five years of therapy experience, she passed a rigorous exam to obtain her certification in Hand Therapy. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist ever since.
During her early years as a CHT, Michelle built very strong connections to several highly regarded surgeons who practiced at Northwestern, Rush and Loyola hospital systems in downtown Chicago. She eventually opened her own therapy business in Fox Lake, IL, where she served patients for 15 years. During this time, the group of surgeons from Chicago continually referred patients to her.
Michelle is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, which makes SPT’s Fox Lake and Paddock Lake offices both ideal locations for her patients. She is excited to bring her experience as a private practice owner and her sought-after, one-on-one hand therapy to SPT clients.
Certified Hand Therapists treat a wide range of injuries and post-operative recoveries. Michelle has worked with injuries that require extensive hand therapy including amputations, crush injuries, fractures, burns and lacerations. She has found that compassion is one of the key qualities that assists with crush injuries, which can be especially devastating.
Michelle is also proud of her experience with bionics. She has presented twice at national conferences on this topic. Her therapy with one patient was chronicled in a Chicago Tribune article in 2015.
She is also skilled in treatments including custom splinting, traumatic injuries of the upper extremity, fracture management, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, shoulder impingement, golfer’s and tennis elbow. With her many years of experience, Michelle is also knowledgeable about the mental strain that hand injuries and rehabilitations can cause. Not being able to perform simple tasks like picking up a spoon or combing your hair is difficult to process physically as well as mentally. There is a strong psychological barrier to overcome during hand treatment. Having a Certified Hand Therapist working with you one-on-one can make all the difference.
Contact Sports Physical Therapists today to get started on your road to recovery!