The Hand Center Staff

Judy Marchant, OTR/CEAS

Judy is an Occupational Therapist (OTR) licensed in Wisconsin. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College.  As an Occupational Therapist, she has specialized in workplace ergonomics and work reconditioning program for the past 25 years.

In 1998, Judy completed her studies as a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) and routinely educates clients with proper ergonomics are essential to their health and recovery.  She completes specialized evaluations including Functional Capacity Evaluation, Prosthetic Training and On-Site Ergonomic Evaluations.  Judy is currently the manager at The Hand Center.

Judy continues to educate residents and fellows through lectures and in-services for the PM&R program as well as the Hand Surgery Program at Medical College of Wisconsin.  Judy enjoys sharing her knowledge with the Occupational Therapy students at the college level.  She continue to lecture annually on Physical Agent Modalities as well as Introduction to Hand Therapy.

Additionally, Judy is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA) and their respective Work Program Special Interest Sections.

Mary Fischer, OTR CHT LMT

Mary graduated from Mount Mary in 1998 with a BS Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She obtained her Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) credentials in 1994 and has worked in outpatient hand clinic throughout the Milwaukee area treating a variety of injuries including shoulders and elbows, as well as hands. In 1999, Mary returned to study massage therapy and is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).  She has been a massage therapist for 14 years and has incorporated some of her holistic training in the treatment of her patients at the Hand Center. When she is not work, Mary enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Paula Galaviz, MS OTR CHT

Paula  has worked as a hand therapist with Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin since 1992. She is experienced in a wide variety of diagnoses affecting the hand through shoulder, from simple to complex, and has special expertise in the treatment of brachial plexus injuries. 

Paula has been a presenter at national Hand Therapy and Hand Surgery organizations. As the recipient of The Vargas International Hand Therapy Teaching Award from the American Association of Hand Surgery in 2010, she travelled to Armenia to complete a Hand Therapy teaching mission. She has also participated in other missions to Guatemala and Panama.

Paula received her B.S Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1979 from U.W. Milwaukee and her M.S. Degree in Therapeutic Science from U.W. Madison in 1979. She obtained her Hand Therapy Certification in 1991, and also speaks a moderate level of Spanish.

Suzanne Marchant, BS OTR CHT

Suzanne graduated from University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in secondary education and from Western Michigan University with an Occupational Therapy degree. She has worked as a certified hand therapist in both orthopedic and plastic surgery hand clinics treating patients of all ages, from infants to seniors, with a variety of upper extremity diagnoses. Her interests include orthosis fabrication and developing creative treatment programs to meet each individual's special needs. In addition to working for The Hand Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she co-teaches the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment for Hand Therapy class. She has presented on multiple topics related to evaluation and treatment of the hand. Suzanne is also a mixed media artist.

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