The hand therapists at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics specialize in postoperative care and non-operative treatment of injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand including but not limited to tendon repairs, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, fractures and arthritis. Their focus is on the team approach to patient care, working closely with the surgeons to achieve excellent functional outcomes.
The hand therapists at CAO have specialized training in order to provide top notch care, in a one-on-one treatment setting. The hand therapy team is skilled in fabrication of custom orthoses, wound care, scar and edema management, and therapeutic activities and exercise customized to each patient.
Autumn McNamara, OTRL, CHT
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Autumn McNamara, OTRL, CHT is a graduate of Baker College with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Autumn has been in the field of Occupational Therapy working with upper extremity injuries and conditions since 2000, where she began her career at William Beaumont Hospital. Autumn received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2006 and she is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Autumn specializes in custom fabricated orthoses and treatment of a wide variety of elbow, wrist and hand conditions. Autumn believes in providing one-on-one, patient oriented care to assist patients with reaching independence in their daily lives. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys traveling, water sports, running, and cheering on her twin boys at their sporting events.
Maria Freeman, OTRL
Maria Freeman, OTRL, is a graduate of Baker College with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Maria has been in the field of Occupational Therapy working with various injuries and conditions since 2005, when she began her career at MaLaren Hospital in Lansing, Michigan and Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan before joining the CAO team in 2015. Maria is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and American Occupational Therapy Association. Outside of work, Maria enjoys running, biking, reading and watching her children participate in sports and activities.
Amanda L. Mitchell COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Amanda graduated from Mott Community College with her Associate in Applied Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in 2013. She is licensed in the State of Michigan. She is currently a member of Michigan Occupational Therapy Association(MI-OTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is also a current student at the University of Michigan – Flint finishing up her Bachelors in Health Science. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and sight-seeing.