The hand surgery team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of simple—and complex—disorders of the hand and upper extremities. Our orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, and certified hand therapists work in concert to address each patient’s individual needs, and to develop treatment plans that promote the fullest possible recovery. The certified hand therapists have completed rigorous training and been awarded certification in the rehabilitation of the hand, wrist and upper extremities—and are critical to the Center’s collaborative approach to treatment.
The Hand Surgery Team
Certified Hand Therapists
- Nora Barrett, OTR/L
- Carrie Anderson, OTR/L
- Susan J. Clark, OTR/L
- Monica Fish, OTR/L
- Ashley Solomon, OTR/L
Ashley Solomon, OTR/L, works with a patient.
Nora Barrett, OTR/L, is the clinic coordinator of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Outpatient Center for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C., and a burn therapist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Nora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. in 1997, and has worked as a therapist at some of the nation’s most prestigious health care facilities, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
In 2004, Nora became a team member at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, working in the D.C. outpatient centers and at the renowned Curtis National Hand Center in Lutherville, Md. In 2006, Nora completed the Advanced Certification in Hand & Upper Quarter Rehab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She serves on the Education Division and the Annual Meeting Committee for the American Society of Hand Therapists, is a member of the American Burn Association and is an active lecturer at universities and conferences across the country.
Carrie Anderson, OTR/L, CHT, has been a practicing occupational therapist for 17 years and today, she specializes in hand therapy and has built the program at MedStar National Rehab Network at the 19th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., outpatient center.
Carrie graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. In 2003, she received advanced certification in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation from Drexel University, and in 2006, obtained her National Certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Carrie is an active member of The American Society of Hand Therapists and attends relevant continuing education classes to stay current on changing trends in rehabilitation.
Susan Clark, OTR/L, is a staff occupational therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at the Outpatient Center for Orthopaedic Rehab of MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. A graduate of Towson University, Susan began her career in acute inpatient rehabilitation at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001, and in 2006, began work in MedStar NRH’s outpatient program, working with cardiovascular accident (CVA), traumatic brain injury and cardiac patients.
In 2007, Susan began her clinical focus in orthopaedic hand therapy, and completed the Advanced Certification in Hand & Upper Quarter Rehab at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2012, she became a Certified Hand Therapist and today works exclusively with patients who have hand or upper extremity problems.
Monica Fish, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist (OT) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s Mitchellville, Maryland outpatient center. Monica graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 1996. After graduation, she served as a therapist at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, and in 1999, relocated to the D.C. area where she worked as a senior OT at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.
Monica joined the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital team in 2000 and began concentrating on hand therapy. In 2002, she became a Certified Hand Therapist and today focuses on therapy for a variety of diagnoses including upper extremity fractures, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff repair, finger amputation, CRPS and hemiparesis after stroke.
Ashley Solomon, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist at the Hand Clinic of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Outpatient Center for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C. A born and raised Floridian, Ashley completed her Masters’ Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida in 2011. She joined the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital team after graduation and has been practicing exclusively in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries. Ashley is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Occupational Therapy Association.