CSHT Executive Committee

The executive committee of CSHT is a voluntary group of 5 members as listed below. 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 (Quarterly).

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 2014-2017.

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 is 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.

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.

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.

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.

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