Specializing in physical rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity
Phone 212-989-HAND (4263) michele@handtherapynyc.com

About Us


HTNYC Mission

Hand Therapy NYC’s mission is to provide hands on care by an experienced Certified Hand Therapist to treat your hand and upper extremity conditions and to:

  • Decrease pain on your first visit
  • Get moving again
  • Get back to doing what you love!
  • Live Life Hands-on!


About Hand Therapy NYC

Hand Therapy NYC was founded in 2011 by Michele Pasqualetto, OTR/L, CHT to provide specialized, high quality, professional rehabilitation services to all patients with acute or chronic upper extremity disorders.  All appointments are one on one so you have the care and attention you deserve.  Our referring physicians are among the most respected hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, rheumatologists, orthopedists and neurologists in New York City and surrounding areas.

How Hand Therapy NYC was born….

Hand Therapy NYC is a private practice that focuses on the physical rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.  We also specialize in  pediatrics, neuromuscular hand, nerve and Brachial Plexus injuries.  HTNYC was started to provide what was currently missing in the larger institutions, the personal touch and attention that a person recovering from an injury needs.  All treatment sessions are 45-60 minutes, and provided, one on one, with a certified hand therapist.

Meet Our Hand Therapy NYC Team

Michele Pasqualetto, BS, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, Astym, Owner

Michele Pasqualetto, BS, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, AstymMichele Pasqualetto, BS, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, has been practicing in the specialty of upper extremity rehabilitation for over 15 years.  Her focus and specialty is in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity injuries and disorders. Michele has a special interest in the treatment of both adults and children with Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injuries.

Michele earned her specialization as a Certified Hand Therapist CHT in 2007 after working at both Beth Israel Medical Center and NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (RUSK Rehabilitation), and training with some of the most highly regarded hand therapists, orthopedic and plastic surgeons in the country.   Michele has been published in the Hand Journal and has co-authored a chapter in the Hand Clinics book on Intrinsics of the Hand.  She is a seasoned speaker who has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally and taught as an adjunct professor at Touro and Hunter College.  Michele, along with her colleagues, sponsor the Annual Lorna Ramos Conference on the Treatment and Management of Brachial Plexus Injuries to educate other therapists, physicians and health care providers in the treatment and management of Brachial Plexus, hand and nerve injuries.

Michele’s vision for Hand Therapy NYC is to provide specialized, high quality and professional rehabilitation services with a personal touch that is currently missing from larger institutions. One on one attention during every session is a priority for the patient recovering from an injury and getting them back to living life, hands-on!


Nicole Pizzolato, BS, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, ASTYM, Clinical Director

Nicole Pizzolato, OTR/L, ASTYM

Nicole Pizzolato, OTR/L, CHT received both her Bachelor’s degree in health science studies and Master’s degree in Occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University. Nicole gained her experience with upper extremity treatment through her time working for the Hospital for Special Surgery inpatient rehabilitation department as well as at the Middlesex Hospital outpatient rehabilitation center (Connecticut). With a focus on orthopedic and neurological treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, she developed a strong passion for the treatment of these conditions and decided to focus in this field, earning her specialization in 2017. Nicole is an Astym certified clinician and enjoys creating custom splints and working closely with her patients on their recovery.


Lauren Simhon, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, AHA, ASTYM 


Lauren Simhon has been treating both adult and pediatric hand and upper extremity injuries since 2007. Before joining the practice she was based at NYU Langone Hospital (RUSK Rehabilitation) and held many roles including Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Educator and Researcher. She has consulted along side top physicians and their residents for many years in orthopedic, neuromuscular and hand clinics. As an expert in the field, Lauren has lectured on upper extremity and neuromuscular conditions both nationally and internationally. She is a Yoga for Special Needs provider (Yoga for the Special Child, LLC) and certified in Spasticity Management, Sensory Integration (SIPT), Assisted Hand Assessment (AHA) and ASTYM. Lauren is committed to providing patients with exceptional care and is proud to be a member of the dedicated team at Hand Therapy NYC



Preston Lockwood, MS, OTR/L

Preston W. Lockwood, MS, OTR/L, studied occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is currently pursuing a clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  While pursuing his Master’s of Science, Preston gained additional clinical experience with the advisement of individuals from the Philadelphia Hand Center, University of Illinois Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, and the Mayo Clinic.  Prior to relocating to NYC in July 2017, Preston practiced closely with orthopedic and hand surgeons throughout the Chicago Metro area, including Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Preston has gained significant interest and passion for treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand, and is excited to be providing care and learning alongside the exceptional team at Hand Therapy NYC.

Jaclyn Ann Kopidlowski MS, OTR/L, CHT

JaclynJaclyn Ann Kopidlowski graduated from Villanova University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Communication. She immediately went on to pursue her passion of becoming an Occupational Therapist (OT).  In 2009, Jaclyn graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Jaclyn landed her first position at one of the top inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in NJ where she treated various complex orthopedic conditions, amputations, neurological cases and spinal cord injuries. A few years following, Jaclyn proceeded on to fulfill her deepest aspiration to specialize in hand therapy.  She has spent time in both NJ and NYC practicing in hand therapy with many renowned hand surgeons.  Jaclyn’s level of skill, compassion and exhilarated charisma has been found to successfully motivate her patients and advance their level of autonomy.  Jaclyn’s dedication to the field is evident through her practice.

Natalie Quintanilla, Practice Administrator

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Natalie Quintanilla received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Minor in Chemistry and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Felician University. She has joined Hand Therapy NYC as Practice Administrator. Utilizing several years of experience in healthcare management and communication, she ensures daily operations run smoothly. With a professional and friendly demeanor, she is an expert in patient care coordinating and has an in-depth knowledge of insurance policies, requirements and reimbursement. Natalie is equipped in coordinating benefits between patients and insurance companies and acts on behalf of our clients to be sure they are receiving exceptional care. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys taking her dog, Dallas, to the park, redoing furniture and spending time with family and friends. 

Sarah Longo, Practice Liaison

SarahSarah received her Master’s in Special Education and Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Before joining Hand Therapy NYC, Sarah taught Elementary children in both Northern California and Florida. Through working with people one on one and collaborating with occupational therapists in her education role, Sarah found a passion for OT and is now pursuing a career in the field. With strong communication and collaboration skills, Sarah has grown our Practice Liaison role at Hand Therapy NYC, building deep, meaningful and collaborative relationships with our wide network of exceptional referring physicians.



Our Hand Therapy NYC Facility

Hand Therapy NYC’s office is centrally located in Union Square, New York City just steps away from downtown, midtown, Brooklyn /Queens and New Jersey.  We are easily reachable from the ACE NQR L and 456 and PATH trains.


89 5th Avenue, Suite 803
New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212-989-HAND (4263)

Fax: 866-543-7099

Email: michele@handtherapynyc.com

Hand Therapy NYC Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-7pm by appointment

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Hand Therapy NYC

Michele Pasqualetto OTR/L, CHT
Specializing in physical rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand

89 5th Avenue, Suite 803
New York, NY 10003
Phone 212-989-HAND (4263)
Fax 1-866-543-7099