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Occupational/Hand Therapy at Smyth County Community Hospital

A certified hand therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum Hand Therapy at SCCHof five years experience and 4,000 hours of clinical practice in hand therapy. They must pass an advanced clinical skills and theory national certification exam, and re-certify every five years. Currently there are only 5,382 CHTs in the U.S., 114 of whom are in Virginia. For our rural community, the next CHT is a minimum of 50 miles away, thus we serve patients from trauma centers throughout Virginia and surrounding states. The high degree of certification means patients can often hasten their return to a productive lifestyle. We also participate in fieldwork programs to train new occupational therapists and assistants, as well as mentoring occupational therapists interested in developing their skills in hand therapy.

 We look forward to helping you and your patients by providing quality, skilled services.  We enjoy helping our patients achieve their successes!

Diagnoses We See in Hand Therapy: 

  • Amputations/replants
  • Arthritis
  • Central nervous system injuries resulting
    in upper extremity problems
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Tendon injuries/repairs
  • Fractures/dislocations/instability
  • Infections
  • Joint reconstruction or releases
  • Nail bed injuries
  • Nerve entrapments/repairs
  • Scar revisions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Tumors/cysts
  • Thermal injuries

    Services We Provide

    • Evaluations
    • Activities of Daily Living training
    • Activity modifications
    • Adaptive equipment recommendations
    • Fabrication of custom splints
    • Desensitization
    • Edema control
    • Home program instruction/family training
    • Joint mobilization
    • Joint protection/energy conservation
    • Manual therapy
    • Modalities
    • Muscle re-education
    • Pain management
    • Scar control
    • Soft tissue mobilization
    • Therapeutic exercises

    Our Staff

    Linda S. Stanton, OTR/L, CHT


    Ms. Stanton has 33 years of experience in performing occupational therapy and hand therapy. She is honored to have been in the first group of certified hand therapists in 1991. She has worked in California and Nevada, and came to Virginia in 2007 to join our staff. She is experienced in the post-operative care and treatment of patients with complex post-traumatic injury, arthritis, neurological disorders, complex regional pain syndrome, cumulative trauma disorders and lymphedema, and is skilled in making simple and complex splints.

    Donna Owens, COTA/L

    Ms. Owens is from Southwest Virginia and has been on our staff for eight years. She has developed excellent skills in assisting the treatment of our hand therapy patients to help them regain their abilities.


    Take exit 47 off I-81, follow signs toward Highway 11/North Main Street, turn left onto Highway 11/North Main Street, follow and turn right on Park Boulevard, right on Radio Hill Road, then right at the second, smaller Lifetime Wellness sign to enter the parking lot. We are located inside The Lifetime Wellness Center at rear of 1st floor. 

     Our address:

      Mountain States Rehabilitation Hand Therapy at SCCH
      at The Lifetime Wellness Center
    1 Health Way
      Marion, VA 24354

      Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
      Please call for appointment  

     Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy Department: 276-378-1847
      Main Rehabilitation: 276-378-1840  •  Fax: 276-378-1845