about Us

Kathy Minchin

Kathy is an Occupational Therapist and an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association). She has over 30 years experience in private practice, treating a wide range of hand problems, including post-operative management and care for trauma, following elective surgery and many degenerative hand conditions. Her expertise include fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, crush injuries, joint replacement, Dupuytren's disease, and degenerative arthritis. She is also passional about managing non-operative hand conditions with a large referral base from general practitioners, physiotherapists, massage therapists and other allied health professionals.

Kathy has been a full Member of the AHTA since 1986 and has been actively involved in this national association, more recently being the convenor of the 2017 National AHTA Conference. She has taught the post graduate Orthotic Fabrication Certificate Courses run through the AHTA since 2006 and is currently mentoring therapists wishing to upgrade to full Members of the AHTA.

In 2006 Kathy began volunteering in Sri Lanka through Interplast Australia and New Zealand. This is an organisation that coordinates teams of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and therapists who spend time in developing countries helping the local health professionals improve their skills.  The two week trips include a combination of hands on surgery/therapy with a significant educational component targeting local therapists, doctors and nurses.

Belinda DeGaris

Belinda is an associate of the Australia Hand Therapy Association (AHTA); she graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia. Belinda has been involved with many private hand therapy practices across Australia since 2015, gaining expertise of various skills and techniques. She has also volunteered in Bangladesh and South Africa as an Occupational Therapy assistant. Belinda recently returned to Adelaide after spending a couple of years working in private practice in Launceston Tasmania; including locum work in Wagga Wagga NSW.

Belinda is dedicated in gaining the best outcomes for her patients and using up-to-date evidenced based practice for the assessment and treatment of upper-limb conditions, staying at the fore-front of hand therapy. She has a special interest in sporting injuries, including fractures, sprains and ligament injuries. She thoroughly enjoys the problem solving involved with injury diagnosis and is well vetted in the assessment of wrist injuries, chronic or unknown pain and the management of arthritic pain. Belinda is also experienced with the treatment of traumatic and post-operative hand injuries. Working in both the private sector and Flinders Medical Centre hospital; she liaises with ED doctors, GPs, plastic surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. She particularly enjoys the fast pace that the hospital clinics present with.

Belinda has continued a strong connection with the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She was on the committee to host the national conference in Adelaide in 2017, along with Kathy; and was a part of the marketing committee to assist promote the association. Belinda also teaches the "Hand Therapy and Splinting" course that the University of South Australia to undergraduate Occupational Therapy students.