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Bridget Bridget C. Zaro, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist
email: bridget@bainbridgeislandpt.com

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 1996

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
Bridget earned her Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential in 2001. A hand therapist certification requires a minimum of five years of clinical experience as a physical or occupational therapist, including 2,000 or more hours of direct patient care in rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Additionally, the Certified Hand Therapist must pass a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory. This is the highest professional credential in the field of upper extremity rehabilitation.

Bridget began her career at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 1997. This center is the largest independent facility of its kind in the world and is recognized internationally for their specialization in problems and injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. In 1998, Bridget relocated to Seattle where she continued her career in rehabilitation of upper extremity injuries at Harborview Medical Center Hand Institute.

Bridget has over a decade of experience rehabilitating the upper extremity from traumatic injuries as well as cumulative trauma. Bridget lectures in the areas of managing extensor tendon injuries, phalanx fractures, and splinting to resolve joint stiffness, most recently to therapists and physicians at the Washington Occupational Therapy Association and the University of Washington Hand Symposium. In addition, she is a co-author of the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual for Physicians and Therapists, a publication describing nonsurgical and postoperative rehabilitation for conditions relating to the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Bridget is a member of the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters swim team and enjoys open water swimming, participating in triathlons, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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