You’re in Safe Hands: Happy Occupational Therapy Month

by TOI Admin April 15, 2015

April is Ocupational Therapy (OT) Month! TOI would like to wish our Hand Therapists, Technicians, and Staff a very Happy OT Month!

Thank you for all you do to help our patients rehabilitate their hands to better perform the activities of their daily lives. Our patients can rest assured that their hands fit safely in ours. 

We would like to recognize our Occupational Therapy Staff:




Kailey Bedford

Tammi Wilson

Lisa Hagan

Michelle Maddux

Kirsten Courtney

Beverly Lasseter

Rachel Williams

Stephanie Maddox

Lauren Trahan

Kerri Kitchens

Krystle Holdaway

Brittany Yearout

Kelley Oyenarte


Ariel Harrison 

Vicki Arcaya


Samantha Bruce

Ali Damico


Carol Clanton

Natalie Doyle



About Occupational Therapy for the Hands

Occupational therapy (OT) enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.

Conditions seen by the occupational therapy practitioner specializing in this area include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand specialists.

The ultimate goal of occupation-based hand therapy is to ensure that the rehabilitation process promotes healing while also enabling clients to perform meaningful activities both in the clinic and in their daily lives. This approach fosters positive outcomes for clients, including enhancing their satisfaction with the therapy experience and results, maintaining the ability to engage in desired roles within their family and the community, and most importantly, experiencing quality of life as they define it.

1 Developed by Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Copyright © 2011 by the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

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Arthritis | Carpal Tunnel | Hand | Pain | Wrist | hand therapy

Employee Appreciation Day!

by TOI Admin April 10, 2015

Today, April 10th, is Employee Appreciation Day at The Orthopaedic Institute! The physicians and management of TOI would like to thank each and every one of our employees for all they do! Their personal commitment to quality is obvious and their dedication helps us achieve our mission of Improving Lives Every Day.


Doctors' Day 2015

by TOI Admin March 29, 2015

Today, March 30 is recognized as National Doctors’ Day – a time to honor and acknowledge the contributions of physicians who serve our country. Doctors devote their lives to promote, maintain and restore human health through study, diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful for their knowledge of the science of medicine and their commitment to helping others.  

The employees and staff of The Orthopaedic Institute thank each of our 28 physicians for making TOI a great place to work and for their continued dedication to providing the North Florida community with compassionate, quality care. It is a pleasure to work with and support them today and every day.


Doctors Day

Cigarettes: They’re Bad to the Bone(s)

by TOI Admin March 23, 2015

Last year, CVS stores embarked on a bold initiative and stopped selling cigarettes and all tobacco products.  The health of their customers is more important than the $2 billion (yes, billion) they will lose in revenues each year.

TOI Health commends CVS (now branded as CVSHealth) in their efforts to take a stand against smoking. Our physicians understand the debilitating affects smoking can have on the human body, in particular the musculoskeletal system (the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves in the body).  

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states, “Tobacco smokers experience a decrease in bone mineral density which increases the risk of osteoporotic fractures. Bone density loss is also found in people exposed to secondhand smoke. Furthermore, smokers have impaired bone healing, which can delay the healing of fractures and wounds, and has shown to negatively influence wound healing, bone surgery results and patient satisfaction when compared to nonsmokers.”

Dr. Jason Shinn, an orthopaedic surgeon at TOI, explains specific musculoskeletal conditions caused by smoking in this article: The Effects of Smoking on the Musculoskeletal System. He also provides information and resources on how to quit smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products.

Remember, smoking is not just bad for your bones; it can also damage every other single part of your body. CVSHealth, TOI Health, and countless other resources are here to help. 







Ankle Pain & Arthritis: Don't Let It Stop You!

by TOI Admin March 11, 2015


Foot & Ankle | Arthritis

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TOI's Blog is dedicated to patient education with topics addressing current issues in health and medicine. We will also blog about some of our other favorite things, like community events, our wonderful employees, helping the environment and whatever else comes to our minds! We hope the information contained in our blog is fun to read, assists you in making educated decisions regarding your health, and supports your decision to select TOI when you are in need of quality musculoskeletal care.


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