Lynnlee Fullenwider, OTR/L, CHT
President and Founding Member
Lynnlee Fullenwider was the founder and owner the Eastside Hand Rehabilitation Clinic in Kirkland, Washington, an eastside suburb of Seattle from 1984 to 2012. The Eastside Hand Rehabilitation Clinic practice grew to a staff of seven with a satellite clinic in Bellevue, WA. An acting founding member of the American Society of Hand Therapists since 1978, Lynnlee became a member of the ASHT Board in 1980 serving in elected positions for over seven years including a term as president in 1988. It was during her year as ASHT President that the society voted to move forward with certification and held the first informational breakfasts for potential certificants. Lynnlee continues to be active in the society and as the HTCC president serves as the liaison to the ASHT Board. She was honored by the American Society of Hand Therapists as the 2002 recipient of the Natalie Barr Lectureship for outstanding contributions to the field of hand therapy.
Lynnlee was first enticed by hand therapy after a visit to Phoenix with her friend and colleague, Pegge Carter who had recently started another hand center with Dr. Robert Wilson. She became completely enamored with the fact that the patients were outpatients, posed challenges and showed significant changes in a short period of time. After that visit, Lynnlee sought out a hand surgeon in Seattle, Dr. Edward Mills and arranged to observe surgery and treat his hand patients. Soon after Dr. Mills group invited Lynnlee to start a hand clinic in their cast room. So on a tiny treatment table in a corner of a cast room, the Seattle Hand Rehabilitation Clinic was born. Lynnlee credits the doctors in this practice, especially Dr. Morris Dirstine & Dr. Edward Almquist, as being great mentors for her in those early years. A risk taker with a love of a good challenge, enjoying a lot of autonomy, Lynnlee found private practice in hand therapy to be the perfect match for her. When Dr. Ed North moved to Seattle from Stanford and invited her to start a private practice on the Eastside, she moved in next door to Washington Hand Surgery (Proliance) where she has been in practice for the past 18 years.
Lynnlee has been with HTCC from the beginning. She worked on the committee that built the foundation for the credentialing program and has been on the board since the commission was incorporated. Lynnlee was elected Vice President of the Hand Therapy Certification Board in 1989 and in April 2000 was elected President, succeeding Mary Kasch who became HTCC’s executive director. Lynnlee brings to her presidency twenty-three years of professional leadership, over 16 years of experience in hand therapy credentialing, and over twenty-six years of clinical experience in hand therapy. A proven leader, she brings to her presidency in HTCC a love for the profession.