Our Team

A highly specialised area due to the complex interactions of bones, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues, our therapists have significant experience in hand & upper limb rehabilitation. Our hand therapists recognise the importance of accurate diagnosis, individualised treatment approaches and specific rehabilitation programs to help you to overcome your injury and get you back to doing all the things you love. All of our therapists regularly attend professional development events including conferences and workshops, and have presented at a state and national level.

CVHT team Sept 2015 table

Meet The Team

Janelle Kilcullen

Hand Therapist
B Physio (Hons)Member AHTA, APAM

Janelle graduated from physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in 2002, and has worked exclusively in the area of hand therapy since 2004. She has worked extensively in both private practice and public health, in Melbourne and Bendigo. Janelle also works as a primary contact physiotherapist in the emergency department, and as a result has extended scope skills in the management of acute fractures and soft tissue injuries. Janelle has worked with sporting teams at the local, state, and national level, including the Bendigo Bombers VFL team, and at the Commonwealth Games.

Janelle started Hand in Hand in 2006, and has grown her clientele primarily through word of mouth and reputation through both health professionals and clients.

In 2009 Janelle has achieved full membership status in the Australian Hand Therapy Association, which is only granted to therapists who have extensive clinical experience, as well as having completed relevant continuing education in the area of hand and upper limb therapy. Janelle is involved with the AHTA at a national level, on the membership committee and regularly attends professional development courses.

Janelle’s main area of interest are in wrist and finger fractures, elbow trauma, and wrist pain.

    Susie Ellis

    Hand Therapist
    B. OT, Mst Health Science (Ed), Member AHTA

    A member of the Hand in Hand team since 2012, Susie graduated from Occupational Therapy at Deakin University in 2005. She developed an interest in hand therapy during the rotational program in Melbourne, and since moving to Bendigo in 2007 has continued to build specific skills and experience as a hand therapist.

    Susie travelled overseas in 2010-2011 and worked in London as a hand therapist, gaining additional experience with treating complex fractures, acute tendon repairs and paediatric hand injuries including burns and scar management.

    Susie has a strong interest in teaching and completed her Master’s degree in Health Science (education) in 2009-2011. Susie also has additional qualifications as an advanced lymphoedema practitioner. Susie gained full membership status in the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2015.

    Susie’s interests in hand therapy include complex fractures particularly fingers, tendon and nerve injuries, burns and scar management and oedema management.

      Kym Morey

      Hand Therapist
      (B.OT, CHT)

      Kym Graduated from Latrobe University in Melbourne in 1996 with a focus on Occupational Health and Safety. After working extensively overseas, Kym began working in chronic arthritis in 2001 at Werribee Mercy Hospital, which piqued her interest in hand therapy and splinting. She worked widely as a hand therapist in private practice and publically in Melbourne and Geelong until returning to Bendigo in 2006. Here Kym worked as a senior hand therapist at Bendigo Health and joined the team at Hand In Hand in 2008.

      Kym continued working with the Victorian Hand Surgery Associates at St Vincent’s in Melbourne, providing exceptional care to post operative clients. Kym is currently living and working in Seattle, USA for family reasons, has recently passed the rigorous Certified Hand Therapy examination.

      Kym’s areas of interest are in fabrication of orthoses, with particular interest in the detail to obtain excellent outcomes from injuries such as mallets, Boutonniere, and central slip injuries.

        Kathryn Graham

        Hand Therapist
        B. Physio, Ass MAHTA

        Kathryn graduated from La Trobe University in 2007, and begun working in hand therapy at Bendigo health that year. She has since worked extensively in Melbourne in private practice, and continued her work at Bendigo health. Kathryn has most recently been working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, gaining extensive experience in post-operative and traumatic hand injuries. Kathryn has completed extensive post graduate training in splinting courses, and is accredited to perform dry needling to assist with myofascial pain management and trigger point release. Kathryn also has a passion for assisting clients in returning to work, having been accredited as an occupational physiotherapist.

        Kathryn is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards her full membership. Kathryn joined our team in 2015.

        Kathryn has a particular passion in wrist soft tissue injuries and welcomes the challenge of diagnosing and managing wrist pain. In addition, Kathryn enjoys assisting clients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis improve their hand function.

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