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Meet Our Therapists

Our therapists have specialized/advanced training in the treatment of upper extremity conditions. Whether you are recovering from an injury to the hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder, our expert team of therapists will be there for you throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process. Each therapist holds a high degree of specialization in therapeutic treatments and advanced training. To learn more about our therapists, click on the photos below.

To schedule an appointment with an occupational or physical therapist at Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, contact us at (920) 730-8833 or call toll-free at (888) 383-3039 during office hours (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.).

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

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Ann Porretto-Loehrke is the therapy co-manager at Hand and Shoulder Center of Wisconsin. She graduated from Marquette University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and then obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Drexel University in 2007 with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) who specializes in upper extremity disorders that include the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. She has been published in the Journal of Hand Therapy and enjoys teaching continuing education courses to hand therapists around the country. In addition, Ann co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes. Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter doing outdoor activities.

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Cassandra Schuh, OTR, CHT, COMT

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Cassandra (Cassie) Schuh is a 2010 graduate from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Cassie holds certifications in Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT – Big Version), and a Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). Cassie received her Hand Therapy Certification in 2016. She is a Wisconsin native and comes to us with a vast array of experience. Her special interests include the treatment of upper extremity orthopedic injuries and diseases, fibromyalgia, functional capacity evaluations, and hands-on manual therapy treatment. She joins a large team of subspecialty therapists exclusively treating all fingers, hands, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder injuries and conditions.

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Connie Simon, OTR, CHT

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Connie Simon is a 1985 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1991 and has been working with patients at Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin since 1991 as well. Her professional interests include addressing shoulder, elbow, and hand problems in a holistic manner by looking at the patient from multiple systems. She has extensive training in myofascial release and focuses on empowering the patient in their treatment program. Connie enjoys spending time with her husband and family, their pets, and friends. She also enjoys gardening, home decorating, health and wellness, and good music.

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Donna Nennig, OTR, CHT

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Donna Nennig is a 1989 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She received her Hand Therapy Certification in 2008. Donna has worked for the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin  since 1993. She performed her clinical programs in Boston Massachusetts in psych disabilities and her physical disabilities clinical at St Joseph’s hospital in Arizona. Areas of clinical interest at our orthopedic rehabilitation  facility include custom splinting, trauma, and postoperative care.

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Holly Renard, OTR, CHT

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Holly Renard is a 1992 graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Previously, Holly enjoyed participating as a co-author to the Fourth Edition of The Indiana Hand Center’s Diagnosis & Treatment Manual for Physicians and Therapists. Holly obtained her Hand Therapy Certification (CHT) in 1998 and has been with the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin orthopedic rehabilitation team for 20 years. Her professional interests include: hand trauma, flexor tendon rehabilitation, custom splinting, and rehabilitation/splinting for arthritis. Outside interests include photography, participating in sports and activities with her husband and 2 children, and spending time with family and her 2 golden retrievers.

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J. Michelle Mueller, PT, CHT, CLT

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Michelle Mueller is a 1993 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She obtained her Lymphedema Certification to treat both Lymphedema and post-operative edema in 2001 and her Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) certification in 2015. Areas of professional interest and specialization include thumb, wrist, and shoulder rehabilitation, post-operative swelling (edema), Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and ergonomics. She thrives on developing a personal relationship with her patients and helping them reach their fullest potential. Areas of personal interest include hiking, biking, working out, interior decorating, cooking, water skiing, gardening, and especially her family and friends.

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JoAnn Shropshire, OTR, CHT

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JoAnn Shropshire is a 1981 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She received her Hand Therapy Certification in 1991. JoAnn has worked primarily with hands since the onset of the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin’s practice in 1987. Previous professional focus included neuro rehabilitation, arthritis, and orthopedics. Current interests include trauma, wound care, arthritis, splinting, and tennis elbow. Personal interests include home remodeling and decorating, Habitat for Humanity, gardening, musical concerts, and time with friends and family.

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Julie Strutz, OTR, CHT

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Julie Strutz is a 1996 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked in the Milwaukee area in Inpatient Rehabilitation prior to moving to the Appleton area in 2001. Areas of special interest include edema (swelling) reduction techniques and custom splinting. She also specializes in upper extremity disorders including the hand, wrist, and elbow. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, walking, cycling, and boating.

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Karen Jensen, PT, CHT

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Karen Jensen is a 1988 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. She received her Hand Therapy Certification in 1996. Areas of professional interest include hand trauma and custom splinting. She also specializes in upper extremity disorders that include the shoulder. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Karen Reindl, OTR, CHT (ROC)

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Karen Reindl is a 1987 graduate from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Areas of professional interest include hand trauma/wound care, custom splinting, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. She enjoys spending time with her family engaging in outdoor activities such as water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and golfing. She also enjoys learning and speaking Spanish with her Spanish-speaking patients.

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Kathleen Lim, OTR, CHT

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Kathleen (Katie) Lim is a 1985 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 2004. She received her Hand Therapy Certification in 1993. Areas of special interest include upper extremity orthopedic injuries of the wrist and digits, traumatic hand injuries, flexor and extensor tendon rehabilitation, and custom splinting.

Her personal interests include enjoying time with family and friends, as well as running, hiking, kayaking, and reading.

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Katie Dalke, OTR (ROC)

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Katie Dalke is a 2015 graduate from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a Wisconsin native and worked in the Madison area as a hand therapist prior to moving to the Appleton area in 2016. Areas of special interest include injuries of the upper extremities, traumatic hand injuries, flexor and extensor tendon rehabilitation, and custom splinting. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends engaging in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, boating and camping.

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Laurie Mohr, OTR, CHT

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Laurie Mohr is a 1983 graduate from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She received additional training and experience at Duke University Hospital and Luther Midelfort Hospital of the Mayo Health System. Laurie has specialized in treating hand injuries for over 28 years. She brings an eclectic approach in helping patients regain hand and arm function maximizing their quality of life. Laurie is an energetic therapist whose passion motivates her patients toward a quick recovery. In her free time, Laurie enjoys biking, golfing, cross country skiing, traveling, and spending time exploring nature with family and friends.

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Laurie Petrie-Kampa, OTR, CHT

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Laurie Petrie-Kampa is a graduate from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has had extensive training in traumatic hand and burn injuries while employed with University Hospital and Clinics in Madison before becoming a staff therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at Hand and Shoulder Center of Wisconsin. Laurie has specialized training in manual therapy techniques including mobilizations and myofascial release. Special interests include treatment of nerve or shoulder injuries including thoracic outlet syndrome. Personal interests include outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and soccer.

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Leslie Koenig, OTR

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Leslie is a 2017 graduate of Carroll University with a Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a Wisconsin native with previous outpatient care experience. She is currently pursuing becoming a Certified Hand Therapist, as well as a Certified Orthopedic and Manual Therapist. She has a professional interest in treating upper extremity related diagnoses including post-surgical and conservative injuries, manual therapy techniques and custom orthotic splinting. Leslie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and running.

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Maureen McGrath, OTR, CHT

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Maureen McGrath is a 1982 graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 1996. She enjoys the art of splint making, joint and soft tissue mobilization, edema (swelling) control, and is comfortable with all thermal and electrical modalities. She enjoys an active lifestyle including power yoga, golf, cycling, and skiing.

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Megan Strube, OTR

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Megan is a 2008 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She joined the therapy team at the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin in October of 2018 after spending much of her career working in a hospital and clinic setting treating neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Hand Therapist as well as a Certified Orthopedic and Manual Therapist. Professional interests include treating upper extremity post-surgical and traumatic injuries, custom orthotic fabrication and manual therapy techniques. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, horseback riding and spending time with her children.

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Nicole Salm, OTR, CHT, COMT

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Nicole Salm is a 1997 graduate from Mount Mary College with a double major in Occupational Therapy and Behavioral Science. Nicole has been working at the Hand and Shoulder Center of Wisconsin for 18 years and obtained her Certified Hand Therapist certification in 2003. Professional interests include restoring hand function after traumatic nerve and tendon injuries, fabrication of customized splints, and conservative treatment of shoulder conditions. She also has professional training with soft tissue and myofascial techniques. Nicole enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Ryan Holewinski, PT, DPT

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Ryan is a 2019 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His special areas of interest include upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation, manual joint mobilization and manipulation techniques, chronic pain and cervico-thoracic related pain. He is currently pursing becoming a Certified Hand Therapist and a Certified Orthopedic and Manual Therapist. Ryan practices with an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment, with a strong emphasis on patient education. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, cheering on all Wisconsin sports’ teams and spending time with family and friends. 

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Sam Rein, DPT

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Sam is a 2018 graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  His special areas of interest include upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation, manual therapy techniques, and joint manipulation techniques. Sam will pursue becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT) as well as certification in dry needling when he becomes eligible. He completed his clinical coursework at UW-Health at the American Center in Madison, ThedaCare Regional Center in Neenah, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and Select Medical in Denver, CO.  His interests/hobbies include recreational sports, exercising, cheering on Wisconsin sports teams, and traveling.

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Shelly Somers, PT, DPT, ATC, CMTPT

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Shelly Somers is a 2013 graduate from Franklin Pierce University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a 2009 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. She obtained her Certification in Manual Trigger Point Therapy in 2015. Shelly is working towards becoming a Certified Hand Therapist as well as a Certified Orthopedic and Manual Therapist. Areas of professional interest include upper extremity disorders, traumatic injuries, pre and post prosthetic training, and rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand, with a special interest in manual therapy techniques. She believes that communication and teamwork are the keys to success. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys spending her time with her husband and children.

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Steve Huft, OTR, CHT

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Steve Huft is a 2012 graduate from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy Degree. Steve hold certifications in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and ASTYM® Therapy. Steve is currently pursuing his CHT to become a Certified Hand Therapist. His special interests include upper extremity orthopedic injuries, manual therapy techniques, regional interdependence, and functional movement rehabilitation. He enjoys spending his time with his wife, the outdoors, exercise, travel, and football season.  

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Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT

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Theresa Parry is a co-manager of the therapy department at the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin. She is a 2012 graduate from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Theresa holds a Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) and is a Certified Hand Therapist. She enjoys teaching continuing education courses for other therapists around the country, and her special interests include the treatment of upper extremity orthopedic injuries, manual therapy techniques, and traumatic injuries.

In her spare time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, cross country skiing, yoga, and gardening.

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Vivienne Neerdaels, OTR, CHT, CLT

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Vivienne (Viv) Neerdaels is a 1990 graduate from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1999 Viv completed her Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) certification followed by a Lymphedema Certification to treat both Lymphedema and postoperative edema in 2004. She earned her Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) certification in 2007 and is currently working towards her certification as a Certified Orthopedic and Manual Therapist. Areas of professional interest include upper extremity disorders, traumatic injuries, shoulder dysfunction and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. She thrives on treating the whole person, helping them reach their fullest potential. Viv enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, biking, gardening, and kayaking.

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