Regain independence with hands-on rehabilitation therapy.

Our treatment programs help those with disabling orthopedic and neurological conditions to recover, maintain, or develop daily living skills. From using a computer to buttoning a dress shirt, our certified occupational therapists help patients learn how to compensate for permanent or temporary loss of functionality due to illness, injury, or surgery.

As occupational therapists in New York City, we possess the expertise to help patients improve their ability to perform a variety of tasks in their home and work environments. Our team is here to help patients overcome physical limitations, build strength, and return to a more productive lifestyle. Whatever the cause, whatever the physical need, we’re here to help.

Types of occupational therapy conducted at Hand + Physical Therapy NYC.

Using treatments and activities tailored to your specific challenges, as occupational therapists, we help our clients improve basic motor functions so they can achieve greater independence and lead more productive lives. 

Depending on each patient’s unique medical concerns, occupational therapy sessions at Hand + Physical Therapy NYC may involve a range of different therapies. Some of the more common occupational therapy treatments include:

  • Assessment of physical abilities for the home and work environments
  • Retraining or therapeutic intervention to improve independence in activities of daily living
  • Exercises and activities to improve mobility, dexterity, strength, sensory processing, range of motion, and endurance
  • Task modification recommendations
  • Assistive devices to increase independence

From overuse prevention tips to customized rehabilitation exercises and splint fabrication, our therapists work closely with your doctor to develop the most effective treatment plans to meet your specific needs.

In fact, our referring physicians are among the most respected orthopedic surgeons, hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, rheumatologists, and neurologists in New York City and the surrounding areas. Find out what makes Hand + Physical Therapy NYC so special.


Meet Our Team


Katie Licata


Katie graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Biology. After graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Department. While there, she fell in love with Occupational Therapy and began exploring the different settings it has to offer. She was offered a position at Hand + Physical Therapy NYC as the Patient Care Coordinator and there she developed an interest in the upper extremity. She then received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, completing clinical rotations at New York-Presbyterian and Project Renewal. Katie is passionate about providing comprehensive and individualized care to her clients. She is excited to rejoin the Hand + Physical Therapy NYC team as an Occupational Therapist.


Lauren Chan


Lauren earned her Doctorate and Master’s in Occupational Therapy degree from Columbia University after receiving her Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education and Psychology from New York University. She has worked as a Hand Therapist and Upper Extremity specialist treating orthopedic and sports injuries. She is working toward her CHT certification at Hand + Physical Therapy NYC.
Lauren is also passionate about treating pelvic health conditions including chronic pelvic pain, pre and post-natal discomfort, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction. She is committed to
empowering individuals through education. She strongly believes that by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the role and significance of the pelvic floor, individuals can
proactively take charge of their own health and well-being. Born and raised in Singapore, Lauren enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and friends. In her free time, she can be found baking, reading, and riding her bike.

Teresa Fitz Simons


Teresa FitzSimons is a skilled occupational therapist and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). She holds a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University and completed a prestigious Hand Therapy Fellowship at NYU. Teresa is combining her expertise and dedication to make a significant impact in the lives of her patients. As a valued member of our team, she plays a vital role in helping patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life.

Yeiddy L. Ferreira


Yeiddy L. Ferreira, OTR/L is originally from the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Mercy University in Dobbs Ferry, New York with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has always had a passion for hand therapy and began working in the field after she graduated in 2021. She also has a passion for serving and helping others by doing volunteer work as a hand therapist. In November 2023, she accepted a three-month commitment to serve as a hand therapist in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Now, that she’s back, Yeiddy spends her time studying for the CHT Exam which she plans to take in November 2024. 

We are licensed occupational therapists providing specialized, high-quality, professional rehabilitation services to patients with acute or chronic disorders. Book a consultation today.