Erika grew up in the local area and graduated from the University of Queensland as an Occupational Therapist in 2004. She has over 18 years experience practising hand therapy. She has worked in hand and upper limb rehabilitation at a variety of centres including Logan Hospital, Redlands Hospital and the Mater Adult Hospital Brisbane. She founded The Hand Recovery Centre in 2016 and provides treatment for patients at both Greenslopes and Calamvale. Working closely with Dr Benjamin Kenny (Hand Surgeon) at Greenslopes Hospital, in providing post-operative and conservative treatment for his patients, has been a focus for her over the past 6 years. More recently she has worked alongside Dr Tamer Mettyas (Hand Surgeon) in providing post-operative treatment and conservative management for patients covering a broad range of upper limb conditions.
Erika has completed a Master of Health Science through the University of Sydney with a focus on hand therapy and soft tissue management. To further her experience, Erika has also completed training which has enabled her to employ “Dry Needling” techniques for suitable upper limb conditions. She is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association).
Erika is dedicated to education, training and participation in research in the area of hand therapy. Erika has co-authored research which was published in The Journal of Hand Therapy.
When not working, Erika enjoys family time with her husband Phillip and four daughters.