Meet our Director of the Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center
Nancy Cannon has served as the director of the Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center for over 35 years. She is responsible for the therapy services provided by 20 occupational therapists and physical therapists. Her therapy team takes great pride in delivering outstanding patient care, which is based on years of clinical experience and participating in medical education on a regular basis. Their focus is on the team approach to patient care, working closely with the surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and staff to achieve excellent, functional outcomes.
Beyond direct patient care, the therapy team is active in medical education. The therapists work closely with the hand surgeons to provide educational opportunities for therapists throughout the country. They take great pride in hosting “Hand Care”, a national hand therapy meeting sponsored by the practice and held at the Indianapolis Marriott downtown every two years. The meeting has been an important tradition for the practice since 1984 and is highly regarded by therapists across the country. Nancy had the vision and established the meeting with the wholehearted support of the hand surgeons years ago. In complement to medical education courses, the therapy staff is extremely proud of their written work. They have published four editions of the “Diagnosis and Treatment Manual for Physicians and Therapists”, a manual outlining optimal treatment guidelines for the upper extremity. The manual is highly regarded in the hand therapy community and is recognized world-wide. Nancy was instrumental in writing and editing the first edition and has continued to serve as editor and co-author of the four editions published to date. The fifth edition will be available in 2016.
Nancy has been actively involved in her profession on a national level throughout her career. She is proud to be an active charter member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) and served as president of the organization in 1989. In 1992, she was honored with being the recipient of the ASHT Natalie Barr Lectureship for outstanding contributions to the field of hand therapy. From 2004 to 2007 she held the position of Chairman for the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). In addition, she has been extremely honored to serve on the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) board since 1989 as a founding board member. She has been Vice-President of HTCC since 1999. And finally, she has actively advocated on behalf of the profession with legislation and with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Of all her involvement in hand therapy through the years, she is most proud of all the wonderful patients she has helped guide through their recovery.