Certified Hand Therapy

Southeastern Physical Therapy Certified Hand Therapy Western North CarolinaA hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.

A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

A hand specialist may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

A hand therapy specialist provides:

  • Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
  • A continuum of care eliminating the need for multiple medical providers
  • Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
  • Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
  • The most comprehensive care for their patients

In addition to Certified Hand Therapy, we also offer Aquatic Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Occupational Therapy and offer Fitness facilities at our Biltmore and Black Mountain Locations.

Our First Visit Page offers information on time frame, attire and what to bring with you.

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Fletcher Location:
2775 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
(Located at Mission Pardee Health Campus, Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, above the YMCA)

Phone:
+ (828) 209-0928

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Southeastern Physical Therapy Jennifer Vernon Western North Carolina

Jennifer C. Vernon, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Shellye Godfrey, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Hendersonville Location:
212B Thompson Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(Between Subway and Lon Sen Chinese)

Phone:
+ (828) 698-6774

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Shellye Godfrey, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Weaverville Location:
59 Weaver Village Way
Weaverville, NC 28787
(behind ALDI)

Phone:
+ (828) 484-9415

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Southeastern Physical Therapy Jennifer Vernon Western North Carolina

Jennifer C. Vernon, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Shellye Godfrey, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Southeastern Physical Therapy Jennifer Vernon Western North Carolina Jennifer C. Vernon, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist


A native of Asheville, NC, Jennifer graduated with high honors from Medical College of Georgia in 1985. Having practiced exclusively in the specialty of hand therapy for over 30 years, she has extensive experience with upper extremity orthotics, wound management and hand/upper extremity rehabilitation with a wide range of diagnoses from tendinitis, arthritis, complex surgeries to replants. In 1991, she successfully met the requirements for the inaugural hand therapy certification becoming one of the first Certified Hand Therapists in the USA. She does rehabilitative therapy with people of all ages who have had injuries, surgeries or other pathological conditions to their hands and arms with the purpose of restoring maximal functional and aesthetic outcomes. This includes therapeutic exercises, management of wound, scar, pain, swelling, weakness, dexterity as well as fabrication of custom upper extremity splints/orthoses. Jennifer also holds an undergraduate degree in social work and art, which is evident in her creativity and compassion for her patients.
Shellye Godfrey, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist


Shellye joined Southeast PT in November 2018. After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Occupational Therapy she began her career at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where she focused on hand injuries, burns and amputees. She worked at the Hand and Upper Extremity Burn Unit of North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC , became a certified hand therapist and transitioned to Mission Hospital where she established one of the first hospital based Hand Rehab Units. She had her own private practice, the Hand Center, in Greenville, SC. Shellye is a former President of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and has lectured extensively internationally and nationally on splinting, burn injuries and prosthetic training. She is published in the Journal of Hand Surgery, the Journal of Hand Therapy and in multiple Hand Therapy text books. She was honored by her peers with the American Society of Hand Therapists Lifetime Fellowship Award. Shellye enjoys spending time off at her home in the mountains with her husband, cooking & practicing Tai Chi.