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Patient Testimonials

About 2 years ago I was referred to your facility with only some hope of finding out what was wrong with my hand. My hand stumped about 6 different doctors as to what was wrong with it. Needless to say Dr. Olvey was able to figure it out after he did a scope on my hand. Since then I have had no more trouble with my hand. I am grateful that your facility was able to help me. I give permission for my case to be used to help others heal as well. I praise your facility a lot for me being able to pursue the career path I wanted. If it wouldn't have been for your facility I wouldn't be able to pursue a journalism major. You don't realize how much a hand is worth until it hurts to do anything you have to or even want to do. I'm doing well with my hand and I can barely see the scars anymore.
Jannie Boulanger
I can do all the things I thought I would never be able to do again... you have given me back my lifestyle
Diane E.
The team at Hand to Shoulder of Wisconsin has always provided excellent care for my occupational medicine patients. They understand the occupational medicine issues and keep patients as functional as possible during their recovery phase. I am kept up to date with records following each visit, and the physicians are available to answer any questions. I make referrals to this group with confidence that patients will be very satisfied with their experience.
Dr. Dumas
My experience coming to the Hand to Shoulder Center has been extremely positive for me. I had gone to other clinics that I thought were positive until I came here and saw what a difference it made in the individualized care and the focus of my situation? How inappropriate the other ones had been. In my estimation they were just very lacking. What I found here was that there was a heavy focus on patient education. I did not find that at other clinics. I found that my involvement in my own diagnosis and the explanation of the exercises and therapy that was receiving was primarily the main difference that I saw.

One of the things that I felt was critical was the plan that was made with the therapist. At the other clinic there was not a plan. We tried this and we tried that. It seems more hodge podge. At the Hand to Shoulder Center a plan was made of how I was going to get from a disability to an ability to use my muscle correctly. So, the heavy focus on patient education, the plan that was made, and the accommodating to my schedule when I needed the help the most. If I would have a flare up and would call the clinic, I got an immediate response from a voice mail. A call was returned that same day, always, and I was able to get in to get help when I was having the most pain. Those are the three things that I think were critical for my care and improvement. Again, just the personalized care for my own needs was the most beneficial to me.
As an emergency physician at Theda Clark Emergency Department and Trauma Center I have had the pleasure of working with the physicians of Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin for the last thirteen years. They have taken care of my patients with the most complex traumatic injuries from industrial accidents to snow-blower injuries with results that I am thoroughly impressed with. They have taken extremities that I thought would never be useable again and given incredible functional outcomes. I also know that they pride themselves in caring for the whole patient as two of my family members have been the beneficiaries of their skills. I trust the care of my patients to the physicians of Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin and you should too.

Christopher Hugo, MD
Emergency Physician
Medical Director Theda Clark Emergency Department
Dr. Hugo
After an industrial work accident in which my right arm was amputated, I underwent approximately eighteen hours of surgery over the course of three days, in which time Dr. Scott Olvey was able to re-attach my right arm. The careful explanation detailing my injuries and subsequent surgeries were explained to my family and me in great detail by Dr. Olvey-from what procedures were performed, as well as honest, straightforward opinions as to exactly what I was facing in regards to physical recovery. Upon my release from the hospital after a stay of nearly three weeks, I began an extensive routine of physical/occupational therapy that lasted for eighteen months at Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin. The Occupational Therapists are fantastic, gentle, strong, and encouraging all at the same time.

With occupational therapy on a daily basis and visits with Dr. Olvey scheduled every two to three weeks, progress was slow in the beginning. However, being so well informed from a medical standpoint by the Doctor and OTs, realistic goals could be set. Over the course of time, functionality in my right arm was restored to 40%. I can write, play my guitar, and throw a ball, all things I was told I'd most likely never be able to do post-accident. Hard work is only a fraction of the recovery process. I feel fortunate to have had such a skilled group of people there to help with the long road back.
My name is Jessica and I have completed a three-month occupational therapy internship with Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin. It was an amazing rotation that offered more opportunities than I could have imagined. I am positive it will prove to be beneficial in my occupational therapy career.

The entire facility was exceptional. From the first day I felt welcomed, respected and wanted. I was able to shadow various departments allowing me to appreciate the uniqueness of this clinic. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. When I was curious, the team members were willing to meet my educational needs, and each therapist took time to give in-services in order to facilitate my learning.

This rotation challenged and matured my clinical, problem solving and decision-making skills. It was an extraordinarily rewarding experience. I will miss all aspects of the clinic including the beautiful outdoor ponds and wildlife, how the organization participates in the community, the patients and above all the staff.
Jessica M.
I noticed one night when shooting darts that I had little power in my right arm. That night a gentleman friend noticed my discomfort and asked me about the loss of power; he stated that I should see my doctor as it sounded like a rotator cuff problem. After seeing my primary doctor, he suggested therapy only. I went to therapy for weeks with no relief. After discussing my results with my doctor and not getting the results I was hoping for, I asked him to refer me to a different therapist at Hand to Shoulder Center which was recommended by my daughter-in-law, Roxanne who works in the patient services department at the facility. My first therapy visit with Michelle at Hand to Shoulder Center was interesting. She strongly suggested that I see one of the doctor’s at the Center, as she did not feel therapy was the answer for the condition I had. After seeing Dr. Van Zeeland at the Center and discussing my options, we decided to move ahead and schedule surgery for a rotator cuff tear. I was afraid of the pain from shoulder surgery since my sister-in-law and a friend had recently had shoulder surgery at a different facility and they still remain in pain! But I had to do something. I am so thrilled with my results and work that Dr. Van Zeeland performed. The surgery is weeks behind me and I have had NO pain, just a little discomfort. It’s just amazing. I have now referred my sister-in-law over to Dr. Van Zeeland to help her with her pain.
Carole Kositzke
I struggled with the decision to have surgery because I am a pianist. I wasn’t sure how my playing would be affected post-surgery. What finally pushed me to proceed was the realization that my playing already WAS affected and surgery might make things better. In fact, playing on a regular basis has helped with my joint rehabilitation. Doing the exercises my therapist prescribed has also helped tremendously and I am healing ahead of schedule.

Dr. Van Zeeland, his nurse Jeanne and my therapists, Cassie and Maureen have been just stellar. I highly recommend the Hand to Shoulder Center and will visit them again soon to have surgery on my other thumb. I know that I will be well taken care of and there will be a good result.
Cyndee Giebler
I was a patient of Dr. Cherney. I came there for a cyst in the tip of my right hand. My sister Karen recommended Dr. Cherney. I also heard the doctor and the staff at Hand to Shoulder Center clinic were very good. I found that to be very true. He was very thorough and accurate, and Dr. Cherney has a great sense of humor, which I loved. He explained things very well. The surgery went excellent and the results turned out great; the doctor, the staff and all my therapists especially Connie, my main therapist gave me very good exercises that worked great. I have no more pain. I would surely recommend your doctors, staff and therapists to family and friends. If I ever need more medical care for my hand, arm or shoulder; I would come back to Dr. Cherney and the clinic.
Susan Bluma
I came for pain in my hand - had hand surgery and came to therapy there after. JoAnn has been wonderful with teaching and reassuring me - spent lots of time making me feel comfortable and teaching the do's and don'ts. Your therapy department is on of the Very Best - am very impressed. Thank you for the help in my recovery.
Ginny Wojtowski
My therapy at Hand to Shoulder Center continues to be a very positive experience for me. My therapists have been Theresa and Laurie and they have been absolutely wonderful with their calming reassurance in helping me achieve the goals that we have implemented for my severe wrist injury. They have been so patient with me and have answered any questions I have had promptly and are so encouraging at every appointment. It is very obvious everyone at this center is very passionate at what they do. It is a very friendly atmosphere and I actually look forward to my appointments. I have a ways to go but I know with the great care I am receiving, I am on my way to a pain free day from my hand injury. There are not enough words to express my thanks for everything. I have had the best here at Hand to Shoulder.
Judy Schnese