MICHAEL FITZGERALD BA. (Fine Art); BSc. Occupational Therapy, Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association) & Member International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand.
After initially completing an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, Michael studied as an Occupational Therapist and has been practicing Hand & Upper limb rehabilitation since he graduated in 1999. He was the clinical manager at two busy private practices for 10 years before opening inHand in 2009. Michael has extensive experience in assessment and management of all upper limb injuries and has trained many Hand Therapists across Perth. His knowledge is well respected, and he is a regular invited speaker at local courses and national conferences. Michael maintains a significant clinical caseload in his position as Principal Therapist and uses his management time to work closely with his entire therapy team to provide ongoing mentoring and clinical support. Michael enjoys the challenge of treating sports injuries for both amateur and elite sports people and is a consultant hand therapist for many professional sporting teams including AFL, AFLW, NBL, NRL, and WAFL. He also has a special interest in the complexity of therapeutic treatment of complex wrist and elbow injuries including post operative rehabilitation.
HELEN FITZGERALD BSC. Occupational Therapy, Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)
Helen graduated from university in 2000. Initially working in the public sector at Royal Perth Hospital she worked in Rheumatology; Burns and Plastics; and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation for 18 months before developing her Hand Therapy skills during locum work in the UK. On her return to Perth she worked as a Senior Therapist in the Hand & Upper Limb Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for 8 years before moving into the private sector and devoting her clinical and management time to InHand. Helen is an active member of the AHTA and is involved with mentoring and education for the association. She has a special interest in acute open hand trauma including tendon rehabilitation. She enjoys the challenge of complex clinical reasoning and is passionate about the art of custom splint fabrication and is an AHTA course presenter in this area of practice. She has also published research regarding conservative management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. As a practice Director and Principal Therapist Helen splits her time between clinical management and a client caseload.
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