Health System Therapist Earns Specialty Certification

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 2, 2010– Jeff Gaschler, a registered and licensed occupational therapist at the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus, has earned his certification in hand therapy. Gaschler, a Colorado native with 10 years of experience as an occupational therapist, will begin seeing outpatients at Wellness Way Outpatient Rehab located next to St. Simons Immediate Care Center, in July.

To earn the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation, a therapist must have a minimum of five years of clinical experience and a minimum of 4,000 hours of hands-on experience with orthopaedic patients. Once those requirements are met, he or she must take and pass a rigorous special exam.

Gaschler completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado and his occupational therapy training at Pacific University, located near Portland, Ore. After working in Colorado for six years, he relocated to Lexington, Ky., where he worked in a private hand clinic until joining the Health System.

“We are fortunate to have team members like Jeff who go beyond what is expected to further their education for the benefit of our patients,” says Randy Thompson, FACHE, director of Rehabilitation Services. “Hand injuries can be devastating. Having someone on our team who has the highest level of training in treating such injuries and impairments assures our patients that they are receiving the best care possible. The CHT credential is recognized by many professional organizations as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty credentialing in health care and we are proud of Jeff for earning such a widely-recognized distinction.”

For more information or to make an appointment with Gaschler or any of the Health System’s highly skilled therapists, call 912-466-5330.