Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Unit
About Us

Our hand therapists work closely with the leading hand and upper limb surgeons across south-east Queensland. This ensures that our intervention is appropriate, evidence-based and meets best-practice standards.

Meet the team that makes EKCO world-class in hand therapy services!

  • Occupational Therapist and Full Member AHTA

    EKCO Hand Therapy Manager

    Joy Hanna has over 20 years experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 and completed a Master of Science (Hand Therapy) in 2003. She has worked both in Australia and the UK within both the public and private sector. Whilst in the UK she was the Therapy Manager for a team of 45 staff as well as a clinical specialist within a regional specialty unit for hand and plastic surgery.

    Joy has presented at both national and international conferences in both australia, the UK and the USAand has taught at a number of universities in the field of hand therapy. She is a past president of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Chermside Clinic Coordinator

    Lauren Tomasel graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 from the University of Queensland.  Since graduating she has worked in adult rehabilitation settings specialising in the area of occupational rehabilitation and providing services such as functional capacity evaluations, task analysis, rehabilitation and workplace assessment.  Lauren has completed post graduate studies in the management of soft tissue injuries through James Cook University.  

    Lauren joined the EKCO Hand and Upper Limb Unit in 2010 and is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Brisbane Private Hospital Clinic Coordinator

    Jackie graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1992. She first became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association ( AHTA ) in 1995 and served on the national executive as well as a term as the State Co-ordinator. She has worked in public and private Hand Therapy clinics in Australia and England, including her own private hand therapy practice on the Sunshine Coast. Jackie has lectured at an under graduate and post graduate level and has presented many upper limb workshops for therapists training. Currently Jackie is the EKCO clinic co-ordinator for the Brisbane Private Hospital.

  • Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist and Full Member AHTA

    Spring Hill Clinic Coordinator

    Leesa Gilkey is a Certified Hand Therapist trained in America. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has specialised in hands since 1994. Leesa - who actually prefers to be called Gilkey - has spent the last ten years working as a hand therapist in Australia; first in Newcastle with the public sector and now as a part of the EKCO team in Brisbane.

    Gilkey is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (2003) and a full member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (2001). She passed the Hand Therapy Certification exam in 2002. Gilkey is coordinator of the EKCO Spring Hill Clinic.

  • Occupational Therapist and Full Member AHTA

    Kate Harkin has 19 years’ experience in managing upper limb injuries. She was accepted as a full member of the AHTA in 1995 and has served on the National Executive. Kate has lectured extensively both in Australia and overseas. She was a 1997 Churchill Fellow, undertaking a six month training fellowship in hand therapy in centres of excellence in the USA.

    She has also undertaken post graduate studies in hand therapy through Curtin University (WA) and is actively involved in research on tendon injuries. She is published in the American Journal of Hand Therapy on ‘Compliance to Hand Therapy Programs’. Kate established the EKCO Hand Therapy Unit 12 years ago.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Katie Licciardello joined the EKCO team in 2010 on return from working in the United Kingdom for a variety of Hand Therapy services.  She has specialised in treatment of the hand and upper limb since 2007 when she managed the Hand Therapy Service at Geelong Hospital. Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist from James Cook University in 2004, Katie has provided treatment to a range of orthopaedic, burns and plastics, neurological and rheumatology caseloads in acute hospital and rehabilitation settings.

    She is a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Natacha Moucheron graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 from the University of Queensland.  She has worked in a variety of caseloads at the Gold Coast Hospital before specialising in hand therapy in 2009.  Natacha then relocated to London where she worked in hand therapy at a respected London Hospital.  Natacha became a member of the EKCO team in 2011.  

    She is currently an associate member of the AHTA, working towards full membership. 

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Colette Zemljic graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 from the University of Sydney. Throughout her career she has worked across the public and private sector both in Queensland and the UK with experience in most areas of Adult Health Care. After a number of years in neurological rehabilitation, burns and plastics, her interest in Hand and Upper Limb rehabilitation became a focus and she has worked exclusively in this area since 2004.  

    She has been the Clinical Leader in Hand Therapy at the Mater Adult Hospital for four years leading up to her commencement with EKCO Hand Therapy in June 2013.  She is currently working toward full membership of the AHTA. 

  • Occupational Therapist and Member AHTA

    Sarah Hisplop graduated as an occupational therapist with honours from James Cook University in 2003. She worked in a variety of acute and rehabilitation caseloads in Geelong before commencing in hand therapy in 2005.  She has continued to specialise in hand therapy from this time working at the Geelong Hospital and joining the EKCO Hand and Upper Limb Unit in 2008.  

    Sarah is currently completing research on compression techniques for oedema management.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Rowena Allan graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy Studies from the University of Queensland in 2007. Since graduating she has worked in a variety of caseloads including inpatient adult rehabilitation, outpatient hand therapy and community based aged care. She joined the EKCO Hand Therapy team in 2012 and completed a 6 month Hand Therapy Fellowship.

    She is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Lisa Copland graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2001 and joined the EKCO team in 2006.  Since graduation, Lisa has worked across a variety of different adult caseloads in both acute and rehabilitation settings within Brisbane hospitals and overseas.  Additionally she spent time in rural QLD where she was responsible for managing the Allied Health team across several sites.  

    Lisa began specialising in Hand Therapy in 2004.

  • Occupational Therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Jay Stevenson graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2010. Since then, she has worked in variety of adult caseloads including hand therapy, acute inpatient general medical, outpatient rehabilitation, palliative care and cardiology. She quickly developed an interest in hand and upper limb therapy and has worked in a number of hand therapy clinics in the public sector before joining the EKCO team in 2013.  Jay is working towards full membership of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

  • Occupational therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Jodie Ottley graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 1993 and has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in Australia and the UK public and private sectors.  Her clinical roles initially included interest areas of hands, lymphoedema, plastics, burns and orthopaedics.  Jodie has also worked as Occupational Therapy Department manager.  

    Jodie commenced working in hand therapy in regional Queensland prior to joining the EKCO Hand Therapy team in 2002.  Jodie has continued to work within hand therapy over the subsequent years, returning to regional centres, before recommencing with the EKCO team in 2015.

  • Occupational therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Emma Allardyce graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Deakin University Victoria in 2009. Since then, she has worked in a variety of acute and rehabilitation adult caseloads before finding her passion and specialising in hand therapy. Emma has been working in hand and upper limb rehabilitation at The Princess Alexandra Hospital since 2013, before joining the EKCO team in August 2015. Emma is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and is working towards full membership.

  • Occupational therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Camille Shokar graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a post graduate Masters of Occupational Therapy after completing her Bachelor of Biology in Vancouver, Canada. She started her career in Occupational Therapy with a private Hand Therapy clinic and joined EKCO in Sept 2015. Camille has been completing a number of professional development courses and is currently working towards her Full Membership with the Australian Hand Therapy Association. 

  • Occupational therapist and Associate Member AHTA

    Kerry du Plessis graduated as an occupational therapist in 2005 from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Since completing her degree she has had experience working as an occupational therapist within a variety of community and acute hospital settings within South Africa and Queensland. Kerry joined EKCO in 2015 to pursue her career in hand therapy. She is an associate member of the AHTA.

  • Occupational therapist and Full Member AHTA

    Sally is an Occupational Therapist and full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000 and has worked in Australia, England and Ireland in a variety of clinical areas including Hand Therapy, Burns and Plastics and Spinal Injuries. Sally commenced working at Ekco Hand Therapy in January 2015 and while she loves treating all hand conditions, is particularly interested in treating traumatic injuries, wounds and oedema management and sport injuries. She is a member and trained in the Kinesio Taping method.