Save the Date!!! 

What’s the Brain got to do with it?

Connecting the dots: Hand Therapy 2.0

The 24th Annual Education Conference 

April 26-28th, 2019

Dallas, TX

Hilton Anatole Hotel and Conference Center

Any question about the conference please email Kay Youngblood OTR, CHT 2019 Education Coordinator at


Join us with your posters at the 2019 Conference in Dallas!!!!!

Poster Abstract Submission is now open.

Submission is easy following a simple application form:

Submit a poster of your latest discovery, charity work, idea or research

Monetary prize awarded for the Best Scientific Poster and the Best Clinical Poster !!

Poster topics should focus on the assessment, treatment, orthotic fabrication/design, and clinical reasoning for management of the upper extremity.

Deadline is at the end of February 2019. Any inquiries please email Enrique Smith-Forbes, PhD, OTR, CHT  at


Please welcome our new:

Advocacy Committee Chair Sarah Withworth, OTR, OTD, CHT

Sarah Whitworth works at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas as a lead occupational therapist in the outpatient rehabilitation facility. Sarah graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and attained her CHT credential in 2013. She most recently completed her OTD in May of 2018 from Texas Woman’s University. She wants to become more active in the TSHT organization in order to become more engaged in the hand therapy community as well as network with local therapists and surgeons to become a more effective and dynamic leader.

Sarah lives in Bonham, Texas with her husband and two young children, Hunter, 5, and Hailey 2. She enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, and church activities. She volunteers in her local church in the children’s ministry to plan and implement the children’s church program each Sunday.


2020 Education Coordinator Natasha Ondendaal, OTR, OTD, CHT

Maria “Natasha” Odendaal. Graduated from University of Pretoria in 1993 with Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree. Came to the USA in 1994. Been working for 25 years in a variety of settings. Co-Owner of Private Practice with a physical therapist the last 12 years. Certified Hand Therapist since 2003. Certified Lymphedema Therapist since 2003. Certified in NDT – Adults, Pediatrics and Babies. Completed OTD with EIM in 2017 Executive Program in Practice Management. Enjoy spending time with family and friends. Love to read, travel and be outdoors camping, hiking. “One Life, Live it well”


Any inquiries, please email

TSHT address:  PO Box 90711 San Antonio, TX 78209


The Mission of TSHT: The mission of the Texas Society for Hand Therapy is charitable, educational, and scientific, as defined in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including but not limited to the promotion of education, research and advancement of science in the field of hand therapy. The Corporation intends to fulfill its mission through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards. We seek to bring hand therapists and colleagues in the medical community together providing the opportunity to maintain highest methodologies in the clinic while creating new innovative ways to treat patients, blending evidence based science and art.  Ultimately, our goal is to provide a platform for hand therapists to maintain clinical standards and independent status in healthcare, keeping awareness with our policy makers, and advocating ethical fees for service. 

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