Mary P. Dimick, OTR, CHT
Secretary and Founding Member
Mary is a founding board member and the secretary of HTCC. She works at Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to this she was Vice President of Operations for US Physical Therapy, Inc. headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Mary’s interest in rehabilitation has its roots in her passion for hand therapy and her twenty years of clinical and management experience with hand therapy programs at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. What began for Mary as a chance to make a difference for patients with complex multiple trauma injuries evolved into an exciting two decades of opportunities to try innovative new techniques and products, and research advances in the field of hand rehabilitation. Always a visionary leader in healthcare, Mary developed and managed the first hand rehabilitation center in the University of California healthcare system in San Diego, in 1981. Mary credits the mentoring relationship she had with Dr. Richard Gelberman, then chief of the hand surgery service, as being the driving force behind her passion and commitment to hand therapy. Together they researched and published many of the classic works on peripheral nerve sensibility.
Mary’s visionary leadership has also helped to shape the profession of hand therapy. Mary served in a leadership role for the American Society of Hand Therapists 1982-1992 and, as chair of the Task Force on Legal Issues, which eventually became the Certification Committee, had the vision to help lead the association toward certification. When Mary left her board position on the ASHT board, it was to serve as Treasurer of the newly formed Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Mary has previously served as Treasurer for HTCC. She has helped to keep HTCC financial viable through the early years with staggering developmental costs to a sound financial base for the commission’s future growth. Mary also serves as a member of the Practice Analysis Task Force, the International Standards Task Force, Examination Committee and the Audit Committee.