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Important Dates

2022 Exams
April 25 - May 14
October 24 - November 12



Application Deadlines: April 15th for the May exam and October 15th for the November exam.
Board of directors and staff

JoAnn L. Keller, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Board Member

JoAnn Keller is an inspirational leader and thoughtful hand therapist.  She enjoys helping therapists as much as she enjoys helping patients!  She provides mentoring and coaching for hand therapists, practice owners, entrepreneurs and leaders.  She organizes mentoring opportunities and has taught continuing education courses.  She also owns Hands for Living, a private specialized hand therapy practice north of Seattle, Washington, in Lynnwood.  She enjoys giving back to the hand therapy profession in these ways.

JoAnn has been involved with HTCC since 2003.  She serves on the HTCC Board of Directors and is also the chair for the Recertification Committee.  She also leads the Practice Analysis committee, which oversees a periodic survey of ALL CHTs to analyze emerging and receding trends in hand therapy.  This process helps to ensure that the CHT examination content matches current hand therapy practice.

JoAnn has consistently been recognized as a leader in hand therapy.  Her advocacy efforts have impacted state legislation for occupational therapy three different times in two states, and she is a regular advocate for her patients.  She was awarded the national level Lindy Boggs Award from AOTA for career-long efforts to advocate for occupational therapy and our clients.  She has also been recognized four times at the state level as an Outstanding Occupational Therapist.  She served as a member of the Hand Transplant Team for the second U.S. hand transplant patient in 2002.

JoAnn is a native of Minnesota, and worked in Colorado, Kentucky, and Alaska prior to settling in Washington state.  She is an OT graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and earned her clinical doctorate at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  She was the Director of Therapy for a large hand surgery and therapy group in the north Puget Sound area for many years before opening her private hand therapy and coaching practices.

Outside of hand therapy, JoAnn enjoys competing in dressage and jumping competitions with her horse, as well as travel, hiking, and skiing.