The driving force behind Signature Hand Therapy practices. Over the past 13 years Alexandra has assembled a team of perennial all stars of licensed certified hand therapists. These are some of Long Island’s best occupational therapists and health care providers. Her thought process to hire the best occupational therapist in the business has forged Signature Hand Therapy as a leader within the industry. Alexandra’s positive enthusiasm for patient care is embodied throughout the entire staff.
Alexandra’s educational and professional healthcare background is a compilation of outstanding health science school expertise and real life hospital training. Ali earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Touro College School of Health Sciences in 1995, emphasizing in Hand Therapy. Starting her health science career at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore she recognized her passion revolved around orthopedics and sports. While she did her rotations through several areas of rehabilitation her passion remained with functional training for the patient. She flourished in the environment of improving and providing treatment to advance patient’s health. Consequently this passion was recognized as she was promoted to Program Coordinator of the inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Starting off in the therapeutic business, Robyn McKenna quickly found her passion of helping people. She started her career in a hospital based setting providing rehabilitation in multiple settings. Robyn added Massage Therapy to her resume in 1999, Robyn blends her occupational therapy knowledge with her background in massage, persuing her passion of helping people becoming functional again. Knowing that massage therapy plays a vital role in the overall healing and well being of her patients she focused on the relieve techniques associated with hand and upper arm modalities.
While studying acupressure she quickly excelled in delivering pain relief to her patients. Over years of practice she became an expert in Acupressure. This ancient healing art uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.
Heather has been working in the occupational therapy/hand therapy field for the past 4-5 years. Overall, she has a strong foundation of knowledge and a diversity of clinical experiences(ranging from orthopedic, neurological, and mental health practices). After having the wonderful hands-on and educational opportunity of completing her internship here at Signature HandTherapy as a student, she made it her ultimate goal to pursue a specialization specifically in hand therapy. She has a strong passion and devotion for helping people, and makes it her mission to restore function and improve the quality of life in her patients.
Heather graduated Summa Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studies of Health and Science, and then continued to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013, also from Quinnipiac University. Due to her compassion, commitment, and dedication to the field, she also works in Brooklyn at One On One Physical & Hand Therapy, treating various orthopedic and neurological injuries/health conditions. Heather has a continuous drive for improving the lives of others and making therapeutic advancements in the field of hand therapy.