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Certified Hand Therapist/Hand Therapist Specialist

We have Certified Hand Therapists/ Hand Therapy Specialists available at our Clinton, Gaithersburg/Germantown and Rockville Locations.

Trisha Whittaker, MOT, OTR/L, CHT (Clinton Center)

Trisha has over 8 years of experience as a Registered Occupational Therapist. She is a graduate of Saint Francis University for both her bachelor and master degrees. In 2010-2011, Trisha attended Drexel University and received a certificate in the Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation. She then received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2012. Trisha has experience in outpatient, acute and subacute rehabilitation. She has experience in working with a variety of ages and diagnoses.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and watching movies.

Sughra Hasan, OT (Laurel Center)

Sughra is a recent addition to our rehab team. She graduated in 2019 from the Combined Bachelors/Masters Occupational Therapy Program at Towson University. She was on the Dean’s List at Towson throughout her entire academic career. She was also the Vice President of Pi Theta Epsilon, Towson’s National Occupational Therapy Honor Society. As a recent new graduate who is eager to dive into the field she loves, Sughra is adamant on providing client- centered treatment and quality care to her patients by introducing current evidence-based practices and skills she learned during her academics and clinical affiliations. With her experiences in the hospital, inpatient, outpatient, and community settings, she brings forth multiple perspectives into her care. Sughra is fluent in English and Urdu. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Netflix, playing sports, traveling, and being outdoors!

Elvis Hernandez, OT (Rockville Center)

Elvis Hernandez is an occupational therapist from Silver Spring, Maryland. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology and later from Howard University with a Master's degree in Occupational therapy in 2015. I have experience working in various skilled nursing facilities with the geriatric population, helping those who have suffered from varying conditions return home to prior levels of independence. I have a special interest in hand therapy and I am working towards obtaining my certified hand therapy license. During my free time I enjoy watching movies and playing soccer.

Derek Douglas, OT (Waldorf Center)

Derek graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Occupation Therapy from Columbia University. His previous experiences led him to pursue specializing in hand therapy. Derek joined Active Physical Therapy in September 2019 with a plan to obtain his Certification in Hand Therapy. He values providing stellar care and making each visit a positive experience. In his spare time, Derek enjoys playing sports, working out, and traveling.

Nazira Afrin MS, OTR/L (Gaithersburg Center)

Nazira Afrin completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Anthropology from City University of NY Queens College. She then earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in Massachusetts. She has developed clinical experience in pediatrics, EI, geriatrics, homecare, and orthopedic diagnosis.  She has specialized training in dementia care, falls prevention, PAMs, and applied behavior analysis.  Nazira’s therapeutic philosophy entails customized, quality patient care and implementing evidence-based treatment to ensure best practice. She continues sharpening her skills through courses.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, weight-lifting, practicing yoga, traveling, and cooking.

Active PT Certified Hand Therapist MD