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CSHT Executive Committee

The executive committee of CSHT is a voluntary group of 6 members as listed above. The committee is based regionally and changes location every 3 years. The executive meets approximately once per month (or as needed) to review ongoing society issues and prepare for newsletter publications (three times per year). We are open to your comments and feedback and look forward to further developing and strengthening of CSHT. The term of the current executive runs from 2011-2014.

President: Trevor Fraser, Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist, GunnIMS

Trevor graduated as a physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of Western Ontario and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2001. He's co-owner of healthOne Physiotherapy & Hand Clinic, with 2 locations in the Greater Vancouver area of BC. Trevor has worked in private physiotherapy practice for over 17 years. Post graduate studies have included the Intermediate Manual Therapy Certificate (RCAMT) in the Orthopaedic system of CPA and Chan Gunn IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation).

Trevor has been an invited speaker with CSHT, PABC, WCHTA, University of British Columbia, OASIS Hand Symposium, WorkSafe BC and the BC Society of Surgeons. He also serves as the current President of the WCHTA and was the Chair of the annual CSHT conference held in Vancouver 2011.

Trevor enjoys teaching and previously founded and directed one of the first private-practice hand therapy Fellowships offered in Canada. He also routinely supervises university students completing clinical placements.

When not at work, Trevor is an avid tennis & volleyball player and likes to hit the slopes of Whistler on his snowboard.

Vice-President: Clare Palmer, Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Clare Graduated with a B.Sc. Hons. in Physiotherapy from the University of East London, U.K. in 1992. Within 2 years of immigrating to Canada, she began working with a team of hand therapists at the Workers Compensation Board of B.C. Working alongside experienced therapists in an acute setting inspired her to certify as a Hand Therapist in 1998. She moved on to work at Westside Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic where she has worked for 12 years treating a broader spectrum of upper extremity patients. In 2013 Clare began working part time at the Richmond Hospital hand program. Clare enjoys working in both public and private healthcare and is enthusiastic about being part of the hand therapy community in Canada.

Clare is a mother of 2 teenagers, and enjoys playing violin in a local orchestra, running, biking, skiing and generally being outdoors enjoying beautiful British Columbia.

Secretary: Kavitha Arasu, Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Kavitha completed her undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy from India.  After working in India in varied health settings from pediatrics to orthopedics, she moved to the UK to complete her Masters degree in Physiotherapy. She then worked in the National Health Service (NHS) before moving to Canada in 2011.

After seven years of experience working as a physiotherapist, she completed a 2-year fellowship in hand therapy in a private BC clinic; becoming a Certified Hand Therapist in 2013.


Kavitha’s other interests include poetry, photography and traveling.

Treasurer: Rita Mak, Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Rita graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2004, and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2007. In 2011, she completed a 6-month Hand Therapy fellowship at The Philadelphia Hand Center. While in Philadelphia, she had the opportunity to guest lecture at Thomas Jefferson University’s Occupational Therapy program.

Rita is currently working as a Certified Hand Therapist in the greater Vancouver area, and enjoys mentoring Occupational Therapy students.

Rita also enjoys traveling and has completed volunteer trips to Nepal, China and Honduras.

She is excited to take on the role as Treasurer for the CSHT!

Communications Director: Barbara Duff, Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Barbara graduated from the University of British Colombia in 1980 with a Bachelor in Rehabilitation (a combined degree in Occupational and Physiotherapy). Since this time she has worked in a variety of public and private setting within BC and Saudi Arabia. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1995, and over the past 8 years has developed a network of 6 hand therapy clinics within private settings in the Greater Vancouver area.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the soccer field, and on the slopes and trails of Whistler, BC.

CSHT Delegate for IFSHT: Marie Eason Klatt

Marie Eason Klatt graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. (O.T.) in 1983 and holds a current registration to practice in the Province of Ontario as an Occupational Therapist. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1998. Marie served as a Council Member with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario from 2004 to 2010. Currently she holds a status appointment with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto as a lecturer. In addition to her work in private practice, Marie is employed at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, (Toronto), as the Advanced Practice Clinician – Hand Therapy and the Professional Practice Leader in Occupational Therapy. Marie has presented both nationally and internationally at peer reviewed conferences in the areas of hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and, health practitioner education. Her clinical practice primarily focuses on the rehabilitation of individuals of all ages who have functional impairments of the hand and upper limb. Marie recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto focusing on health practitioner education.

CSHT Regional Representatives

The CSHT regional representatives are the extension of the CSHT executive across the country. The executive communicates with them regarding updates on courses, jobs and interesting happenings in their region. They are also contacted for submissions to the newsletter to highlight their centre or give insight to hand therapy across the country. View the regional representative duties.

You can contact them as listed below:

Province City Representative
British Columbia Vancouver Melanie Ailey PT, CHT
Shanley Pitts
Alberta Calgary Desiree Kadelbach
  Edmonton Harper Singh
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Michelle Street
Manitoba Winnipeg Krista Paulson
Ontario Ottawa Dominique Beelen
  London Joey Pipicelli
  Toronto Marie Eason Klatt
  Hamilton/Niagara Pam Ball
Quebec Montreal Jean-Francois Ouellet
Barbara Shankland
New Brunswick Northern New Brunswick Susan Kean
Nova Scotia, PEI Halifax Lisa Rand
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John's Lori Collins
Yukon, NW Territories, Nunavut Whitehorse Lauren McClintock