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About Us

Our staff consists of licensed Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists who, through advanced continuing education, clinical experience and independent study, have become proficient in the treatment of pathologies affecting the upper extremity resulting from trauma, disease, and deformity. Our therapists are Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) or aspire to meet the requirements of certification by acquiring experience in the specialty area to be followed by successful completion of the certification examination. We are also members of the American Society of Hand Therapists an organization closely associated with and supported by the American Society of Hand Surgery.


Meet Our Therapists

Linda Glick

Linda I. Glick, OTR/L, CHT, President and our founder, is a graduate of Colorado State University, a Charter Member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and Certified Hand Therapist in 1991. She initiated and grew the OT department for Providence Hospital in the ‘80s. In 1985, she opened Alaska Hand Rehabilitation as Alaska’s first clinic specializing in hand/upper extremity rehabilitation. Graston Trained in 2016. She enjoys dancing, fishing, boating, skiing, trav-el and photography.

Jean Keckhut

Jean Keckhut, OTR/L, CHT, Clinical Director, is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. Her passion for Hand Therapy began in North Carolina and led to her professional focus on upper extremity rehab with us in 2000. She has been active as President of the Alaska OT Association, with the Hand Therapy Cer-tification Commission, is adjunct faculty with UAA/Creighton doctoral OT curricu-lum and is Graston Trained. Jean also enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, skiing and traveling.

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Libby Barnaby, OTR/L, CHT, a proud New Hampshire native and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, was commissioned into the U.S. Army and began her active duty service & OT ca-reer in Kansas. She was transferred to Germany where she treated Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom soldiers with upper extremity injuries, skied the Alps, ran marathons and trav-eled Europe. She completed her 8-year Army career at Ft. Bragg and joined us in January 2009, Graston Trained in 2016.

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Allison Horazdovsky, OTD, OTR/L is a lifelong Alaskan raised in Homer and a graduate of University of Alaska, Anchorage. In May 2017 she was awarded her doctorate of OT from Creighton University after which she joined the Alaska Hand team. She is excited to continue on her path to specialty certification in Hand Therapy. She was Graston Trained in 2016. Outside of work, Allison enjoys fishing, hiking, running, snowboard-ing, and traveling to warm places in the winter.

Karrianna Gallagher

Karrianna Gallagher, OTD, OTR/L, CHT graduated from Creighton University in 2013 with a doctorate in OT and a commitment to Hand Therapy. In 2007, Karrianna earned a B.S. in Marketing from the U. of Arizona and worked in advertising until 2010. She joined AK Hand in 2014 and became Hand Therapy certified in 2017. Since 2015 she has been an adjunct professor for the Creighton OT doctorate program. She became Graston Trained in 2016. When she isn’t learning about, practicing, or teaching hand therapy you may find her biking, downhill skiing or striking a yoga pose.

Liuslina Sooter

Liuslina Sooter, OTR/L, CHT, CLTgraduated from Velez College in the Philippines with a degree in occupational therapy in 1998. Before specializing in Hand/Upper Extremity Rehab, Li worked in acute care, sub-acute rehab, outpatient clinics and school programs in Arizona and New Mexico. She was awarded her Hand Therapy Certification in 2011, Lymphedema Therapy Certification in 2015 and Graston Trained in 2014. She initially worked with Alaska Hand Rehabilitation as a temp for a year in 2012 and rejoined us in 2018.

Sheila King

Sheila King, OTR/L, CHT, a graduate of University of Puget Sound, has been an OT since 1989. After becoming a Certified Hand Therapist in 2001 she worked in hand clinics in WA and IL. In 2016 she moved to AK and joined the team at Alaska Hand Rehabilitation. She is Graston Trained and became certified in Active Release Technique in 2018. Sheila’s passions include working with injured musicians and teaching performing arts students about injury prevention. Outside of work she enjoys exploring Alaska.

Amanda Calhoon

Amanda Calhoon, OTR/L, hails from Arlington VA and received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in Virginia in 2004. She began her career in Level 1 trauma, later focusing on the upper quadrant. Amanda worked with us for a year in 2008 and, after establishing her family, returned in 2017 to work per diem. Outside of work she enjoys word play, theatre, backpack-ing and spending time in the outdoors with her husband Rob and son, Zephyr.

 

Alicia Hanta

Alicia Hanta, OTR/L, CHT, was born and raised in small-town Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. Before finding her passion in hand therapy while working in Honolulu, she specialized in spinal cord injury, burn treatment, and assistive technology as an OT. Alicia worked with us as a temp in 2015, became Hand Therapy Certified, Graston Trained and full-time with AK Hand in 2016. She enjoys personal growth, running, hiking, spending time with her daughters, and exploring the great state of Alaska.

 

Our Support Personnel:

Hannah Paine

Hannah Paine, Practice Manager, originally from California, joined us in 2014 via Boston, MA. Hannah studied at Boston University, at Regis College and completed a year of critical care observation at a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She has been working as a Practice Manager since 2010. In February 2018, she was admitted to the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Outside work hours, Hannah loves time in the outdoors, reading and teasing her cat Buster.

Kristin Peppers

Kristin Peppers, Patient Coordinator, was raised in Alaska and graduated from Alaska Career College with a diploma in Insurance Coding and Billing. Joining Alaska Hand in 2017 with more than a decade of experience as a customer service professional, she is as charming as she is intelligent. Outside of the office she loves crafting, sewing, puzzles, cooking, swimming, camping, and watching terrible television with her fiancé.

Amanda Holmes

Amanda Holmes Patient Coordinator, was born and raised in Alaska. She was certified in the Medical Office Specialty by Kaplan College in California and brings over 10 years of experience in the Medical Ad-min Field. Amanda enjoys assisting patients with insurance and scheduling and using her fluency in Spanish and American Sign Language. And she is studying for certification as a Medical Biller and Coder.

Tiffany Andrus

Tiffany Andrus, Therapy Tech, was born and raised in Alaska and graduated from Alaska Voca-tional Tech Center as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). She worked as a CNA for 3 years before joining AK Hand in 2018. Tiffany has a daughter that keeps her busy doing arts and crafts, singing Disney songs, and playing dress up. Tiffany also loves animals and is currently studying to become a Veterinary Technician.