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With over 150 years combined experience in the specialist area of hand therapy, the HULC team has been delivering world-class occupational therapy and physiotherapy services in Western Australia since 2004.

Jeff Ecker ~ Director


Jeff Ecker ~ Director

Mr Jeff Ecker is an internationally renowned surgeon who specialises in hand and wrist conditions.

Recognised as one of the few exceptional hand and wrist surgeons trained in orthopaedics, plastics and microsurgery, Mr Ecker regularly presents, teaches and publishes on key aspects of hand and wrist surgery around the world.

He performs arthroscopic, endoscopic, open, micro-vascular, reconstructive and traumatic surgery on both bone and soft tissue. As a result, Mr Ecker is often called upon to operate on some of the most challenging injuries, disorders and corrective reconstructive work. His specialist interest is in the treatment of complex wrist problems, including scaphoid fractures, fracture non-unions and wrist arthroscopy.

Mr Ecker was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1985 (FRACS Orthopaedics). He completed a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at Oxford University, United Kingdom, and then studied in Plastic and Microvascular Surgery at Duke University in North Carolina and University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

As an accomplished hand and upper limb surgeon, Mr Ecker has experienced how effective quality hand therapy is at improving his patient’s outcomes. As a result, in 2004 Mr Ecker set up the Hand + Upper Limb Clinic (HULC) – a Centre of Excellence that provides best practices, research, support and training for all things hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

To make certain HULC therapists are the best in the field of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder therapy treatments, Mr Ecker has established an exceptional, ongoing training program. Each HULC therapist is trained in clinical assessment, the natural history of injuries, and the impact of physical therapy and surgery. Consequently, the HULC therapists have exceptional skills ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients.

Due to their outstanding reputation, HULC grew organically and there are now seven HULC sites in Perth and the south-west of Western Australia. Under Mr Ecker’s direction, these clinics all function at the same high level, guaranteeing the latest and most advanced techniques and equipment are available to all patients. HULC clinics, although dispersed, work very closely with one another utilizing the latest Internet technology.

Since 2008 Mr Ecker has been the Chairman of the Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeons. In addition to this role, he is the Secretary and Board Member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society, on the Board of the Asian Pacific Wrist Association, Chairman of the Asian Pacific Wrist Association Education Committee, and on the Board of the Asian Pacific Federation for Surgery of the Hand.

Mr Jeff Ecker is an internationally renowned surgeon who specialises in hand and wrist conditions. Recognised as one of the few exceptional hand and wrist surgeons trained in orthopaedics, plastics and microsurgery, Mr Ecker regularly presents, teaches and publishes on key aspects of hand and wrist surgery around the world. He performs arthroscopic, endoscopic, open,

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Our therapy team

Vicky Allbrook Manager and Senior Occupational Therapist

Vicky Allbrook
Manager and Senior Occupational Therapist

Vicky graduated from Curtin University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Vicky spent the next three years working in hand and upper limb rehabilitation in the south-west of Western Australia and Perth, before moving to the United Kingdom in 2008.

Vicky worked in the National Health Service (NHS), in orthopaedics and hand therapy for various hospitals in London and Brighton before being appointed Senior Hand Therapist at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, part of Imperial College NHS Trust. Here she worked as part of the plastic and orthopaedic teams, as well as in the major trauma unit for North West London.

Vicky returned to Perth at the end of 2012 to work with HULC. In 2014 she was promoted to Clinic Coordinator, where she manages the professional development and clinical skills training of the HULC team. Vicky also manages the day-to-day running of the Subiaco clinic and supports all other site leads in their roles.

Vicky is actively involved in the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences. In 2013 Vicky presented a paper at the national AHTA Conference on ‘The Management of Proximal Interphalangeal Dislocation with the Figure of Eight Splint’. Vicky was part of the 2015 AHTA Perth Conference Committee, organising the very successful national conference on ‘New trends in Hand Therapy’. Vicky also presented a workshop at this conference on ‘The Fabrication of the Capener Splint’. Vicky is a full Member of the AHTA.

Anita Bourton Manager and Senior Occupational Therapist

Anita Bourton
Manager and Senior Occupational Therapist

Anita graduated from Curtin University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Anita moved to Queensland for two years, working in the areas of orthopaedic inpatients and geriatric rehabilitation. In 2005, Anita was fortunate enough to combine her love of skiing and interest in hand therapy, accepting a position at Howard Head Sports Medicine Centre in Colorado, USA, to specialise in hand therapy.

Anita returned to Perth in 2008 and joined HULC as a Senior Hand Therapist, where she worked for four and half years, before moving to Melbourne. Anita continued to work in hand therapy privately for Melbourne Hand Therapy and publicly at St Vincent’s Hospital. Upon her return to Perth, Anita was appointed Senior Hand Therapist at Fremantle Hospital, whilst running a small private hand therapy practice in Karratha.

However, the call of the HULC team beckoned, and in 2014 she returned as Branch Development Coordinator and Senior OT. After several years assisting  in coordinating the opening of several of  HULC’s exciting new clinics, in 2017 Anita was promoted to Manager alongside Vicky Allbrook. Vicky and Anita co manage the dynamic HULC team.

Over the years, Anita has presented at several state based interest groups and conferences as well as the national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in 2010. Anita is a full member of the AHTA.

Sarah Fairthorne Senior Occupational Therapist and Bethesda Site Lead

Sarah Fairthorne
Senior Occupational Therapist and Bethesda Site Lead

Sarah graduated from Curtin University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Sarah spent the next two years working in upper limb rehabilitation in private practice in Perth before moving to Melbourne, where she worked for the public health sector in the hand therapy/plastics department of the Alfred Hospital, and in private practice at Melbourne Hand Rehabilitation.  Sarah returned to Perth in 2012 to join the HULC team as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

In 2014 Sarah travelled to the United Kingdom to work for the National Health Service (NHS) at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington – part of the Imperial College Trust. Here she worked as a Senior Hand Occupational Therapist for the plastic and orthopaedic teams, as well as in the major trauma unit for North West London. Sarah returned to Perth in 2015 to re-join the HULC team. She currently manages the day-to-day running of our Bethesda clinic.

Sarah has a special interest in the impact of hand injuries in the work place and has presented to major companies such as Chevron, Rio Tinto and SGIO on this topic. She was also invited to present at the 2012 Australasian Rheumatology Conference on ‘Hand Therapy Interventions for Arthritis’.

Sarah is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends local and national meetings. Sarah is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards her full membership.

 

Yestin Rees Senior Occupational Therapist and Joondalup Site Lead

Yestin Rees
Senior Occupational Therapist and Joondalup Site Lead

Yestin graduated from Curtin University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining the HULC team in 2015, Yestin spent over a decade working for the Department of Health in the hand therapy unit of Fremantle Hospital, as well as in general occupation therapy and hand therapy in the south-west of Western Australia.

Yestin currently co-manages the day-to-day running of HULC’s new Joondalup clinic and is the Coordinator for updating our clinical protocols, ensuring they align with current research and best practice.

Yestin is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends and presents at Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state and national meetings. Yestin is an Associate Member of AHTA and is working towards his full membership.

Kristine Beacham Senior Occupational Therapist and Rockingham Site Lead

Kristine Beacham
Senior Occupational Therapist and Rockingham Site Lead

Kristine originally studied at Curtin University of Technology and gained a Bachelor of Primary Education, before teaching in the United Kingdom.

Kristine then decided to pursue a career change and commenced her Masters in Occupational Therapy at New York University, USA, before returning home to Perth and completing her studies at Curtin University of Technology in 2007.

Kristine began working at HULC in 2008 and has been actively involved in research during this time. Kristine was involved in a wrist fusion study and presented the findings at the National Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in 2008. Kristine also contributed to the research on trapeziometacarpal surgeries, the findings of which were presented at the 2015 Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meeting.

Kirstine is also the HULC Student Coordinator and works closely with both Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities to provide the next generation of hand therapists with strong foundations to excel in the profession.

Kristine is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at state AHTA meetings. Kristine is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Shannon Edwick Senior Occupational Therapist

Shannon Edwick
Senior Occupational Therapist

Shannon graduated from Curtin University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Shannon began her career in upper limb rehabilitation in the public sector before joining the HULC team in 2008 as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

Shannon also held the position of Research Coordinator at HULC, from 2011 to 2015. She has presented research on numerous occasions at a number of Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as local Western Australian Society for Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meetings. In 2012 Shannon co-authored an article with hand surgeon Mr Jeff Ecker, which was published in the American Journal of Hand Surgery.

Shannon is a full member of the ATHA and continues to be actively involved in the hand therapy community.

Laura Cowling Senior Occupational Therapist

Laura Cowling
Senior Occupational Therapist

Laura started her career in health after graduating in 2008 from Hannibal La-Grange College in Missouri, USA, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. Upon returning to Australia, Laura worked as a high-school Counsellor, before attending Curtin University where she completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree in 2012.

Laura joined HULC as an Occupational Therapist in 2013. Laura is the Research Coordinator for HULC and is involved in running many different research projects, including HULC’s extensive Dupuytren’s Contracture Clinic. Laura also assists our therapy team with in-house research, presentations and auditing our practice so HULC’s treatments comply with international best practice and current trends in hand therapy. Laura also helped to coordinate the opening of HULC’s Rockingham clinic.

Laura regularly presents at state hand therapy interest group meetings, run though the Occupational Therapy Association of WA. Laura also presents to local hospitals on hand injuries, treatment and best practice. Laura is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards her full membership.

Catherine McCutcheon Senior Occupational Therapist

Catherine McCutcheon
Senior Occupational Therapist

Catherine graduated from Curtin University in 2005, after studying a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Catherine then started working in the Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation unit of the Royal Perth Hospital for six months before moving into private practice, joining Specialised Hand Therapy Services (SHTS), where she practiced for three years.

In 2009 Catherine enjoyed a year overseas. Then in 2010, having relocated to Melbourne, Catherine joined a private hand therapy clinic, Resolve Hand Therapy.

Catherine returned to Perth in early 2011 and joined SHTS again, before joining HULC in February 2017 as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

Catherine is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), who has almost ten years clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, Catherine has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Catherine is an active member of the hand therapy community and has presented various educational seminars, as well as attended numerous advanced training courses.

Natasha Duffin Senior Occupational Therapist

Natasha Duffin
Senior Occupational Therapist

In 2004 Natasha graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Natasha worked in a variety of fields before specialising in hand therapy. Prior to joining HULC in 2009, Natasha worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Natasha is passionate about the specialist subject of hand therapy and has combined her role as Senior Occupational Therapist with tutoring at Curtin University for the Orthoses and Rehabilitation Science Unit (hand rehabilitation) and Foundations of Occupational Therapy Unit.

In 2015 Natasha wrote and presented the ‘Basic Splinting Principles and Fabrication’ course, ran through the WA Occupational Therapy Association. Natasha is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends and presents at state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association and Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s meetings and conferences. Natasha presented at a national level her research topic ‘Partial Distal Biceps Tears: Repair with Semitendinosus Autograft’. Natasha is a full member of the AHTA.

Lucinda Cunningham Senior Occupational Therapist and Clinical Assessment Coordinator

Lucinda Cunningham
Senior Occupational Therapist and Clinical Assessment Coordinator

Lucinda graduated from Curtin University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Lucinda’s interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation was sparked during her final year placement as a student working at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA, in the hand therapy and burns unit.

Lucinda spent some time in vocational rehabilitation completing ergonomic assessments and return-to-work plans for injured workers, before joining the HULC team at the end of 2008.

Lucinda is the Coordinator for Medico-Legal Assessments and AMS5 impairment calculations and works closely with our principle surgeon running the final impairment clinics.  Lucinda currently co-manages the day-to-day running of HULC’s new Joondalup clinic.

Lucinda is active within the hand therapy community and regularly attends and presents at state meetings for the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). In 2015 Lucinda presented at the Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s Conference on ‘Arthroscopic Resection Arthroplasty of the Distal Trapezium’. Lucinda is a full member of the AHTA.

Lucinda is currently on maternity leave.

Victoria Bray Occupational Therapist and AMS Coordinator

Victoria Bray
Occupational Therapist and AMS Coordinator

Victoria graduated from Curtin University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, Victoria moved to Melbourne, where she worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation.  Victoria specialised in workplace assessments, functional capacity evaluations and focusing on achieving positive return-to-work outcomes for patients with a range of physical and psychological injuries.

In 2014 Victoria completed a post-graduate unit through Monash University in Advanced Hand Therapy Theory, Principles and Practice. In January 2015 Victoria joined HULC after relocating to Perth, where she is part of our medico-legal assessment team and runs final assessment clinics with our principle surgeon.

Victoria is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as Hand Interest Group Meetings (run through the WA Occupational Therapy Association). Victoria is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Taya Klisowski Occupational Therapist

Taya Klisowski
Occupational Therapist

Taya graduated from Curtin University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

After completing student placements at Princess Margaret Hospital and HULC, Taya travelled to India as part of the Equal Health Initiative.

In 2014 Taya returned to Perth and joined the HULC team, first in an administrative role and then as an Occupational Therapist. Taya has a keen interest in research. In 2014 she coordinated a double blinded randomized control trial (which was part of an Australian-wide study) to evaluate the efficacy of collagenase treatment for frozen shoulder. Taya has contributed to research presented at the 2015 Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meeting and is also part of HULC’s Dupuytren’s Contracture team involved in clinical based research.

Taya is actively involved in the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national meetings of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). In 2015 Taya took over as Facilitator and Treasurer of the WA Occupational Therapy Association – Hands Interest Group. Taya is a full Member of the AHTA.

 

Chantelle Sorgiovanni Occupational Therapist

Chantelle Sorgiovanni
Occupational Therapist

Chantelle completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy and Biology at the University of Western Australia, before completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University in 2014.

Chantelle worked in the fitness industry and in paediatrics as an Occupational Therapist prior to starting her career in hand therapy at HULC in 2015.

Chantelle is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at the Hand Interest Group Meetings run through the Occupational Therapy Association of WA and attending the state Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings. Chantelle is an Associate Member of the AHTA, working towards her full membership.

Chantelle is also HULC’s social events champion and is in charge of organising team building and networking events for HULC’s ever-growing team.

Jess De Jong Occupational Therapist and Murdoch Site Lead

Jess De Jong
Occupational Therapist and Murdoch Site Lead

Jess graduated in 2014 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Occupational Therapy, and joined the HULC team in 2015.

Jess’s interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation followed  a student placement in the state trauma unit of Royal Perth Hospital.

Jess is currently part of HULC’s Dupuytren’s Contracture team and is involved in clinical based research. In addition, Jess helps facilitate the Collagenase clinic run in conjunction with hand and upper limb surgeon, Mr. Jeff Ecker.

Jess is an active member of the hand therapy community and is currently a sub committee member of the state branch of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She helps to coordinate AHTA meetings, along with regularly attending various AHTA meetings and courses. Jess is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Emily Sevier Occupational Therapist

Emily Sevier
Occupational Therapist

Emily graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Emily became passionate about hand therapy during her two practical placements as a student in private practice hand therapy and at Fremantle Hospital. After finishing her degree, Emily continued to study and volunteer at Brightwater Care Group in neurology and hand therapy, before joining HULC in mid-2015, in the administration team.

Emily then joined HULC’s hand therapy team as an Occupational Therapist six months later.

Emily is an active member of the Hand Interest Group, run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA and is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards her full membership.

Ellen Gulin Occupational Therapist

Ellen Gulin
Occupational Therapist

Ellen studied at Curtin University and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Ellen then worked as an Occupational Therapist and travelled across the United Kingdom and Europe for two years, before returning to Perth to start work at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) specialising in burns and hand therapy.

At RPH, Ellen spent two amazing years working under the tutelage of distinguished Dr Fiona Wood in the Burns Unit.

Ellen moved to Melbourne in 2006 and spent four years working at The Alfred Hospital, working in the burns and hand therapy unit. Ellen was a part of the team treating the survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires. Ellen presented on this experience at the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) national conference in 2008.

In 2009 Ellen completed the Lymphoedema Practitioners Training Course in Melbourne and spent more time treating patients with chronic swelling issues on top of her burns and hand therapy caseload.

Ellen retuned to Perth in 2010 and was delighted to join the HULC team after having her first child.

Ellen is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national AHTA conferences. Ellen is an associate member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Simone Paget Occupational Therapist

Simone Paget
Occupational Therapist

Simone’s career in the health professional began over a decade ago where, following completion of a Bachelor of Medical Imaging at Curtin University, she practiced as a Radiographer. She worked primarily in a large private practice in Perth and St John of God Hospital in Bunbury.

A desire to take on a more therapeutic role saw Simone undertake a career change, graduating from Curtin University with a Master of Occupational Therapy with Distinction in 2016.

Simone’s interest in hand therapy was confirmed during a student placement at HULC while completing her studies. This interest has become a passion since joining the HULC therapy team in late 2016.

Simone is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending Hand Interest Group Meetings (run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA) and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings. Simone is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Megan Garnett Occupational Therapist

Megan Garnett
Occupational Therapist

Megan graduated in 1999 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. As a Clinical Specialist in rehabilitation of people with stroke Megan established the Occupational Therapy Service for the Fremantle Hospital Stroke Unit. Here she worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist and as Coordinator of Rehabilitation, Aged Care and Home Visiting Services.

Megan was the Occupational Therapy Representative on the Executive Committee of the WA Stroke Network and continues to be involved in the Australian Stroke Coalition.  She has given a number of stroke presentations to occupational therapy interest groups and at the WA Collaboration of Stroke Units seminar.  Megan has also worked at Curtin University as a Unit Coordinator and Lecturer in areas of neurosciences, physical rehabilitation and functional anatomy.

In 2013 Megan joined HULC, bringing her extensive experience in hand and upper limb therapy for people with neurological conditions. In addition, Megan also helped to coordinate the opening of HULC’s South West clinics, where she is based.

Megan is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Megan is currently on maternity leave.

Emma Simpson Occupational Therapist

Emma Simpson
Occupational Therapist

In 2011 Emma graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. In 2012 Emma joined HULC as an Occupational Therapist.

In mid-2013 Emma helped to establish two new HULC clinics in the south-west of Western Australia; one in Bunbury and the other in Busselton. Emma is the Site Lead for HULC’s South West clinics and oversees the day-to-day running of the Bunbury clinic.

Emma is an active member of the hand therapy community. She has presented at the national 2013 Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in Lorne on ‘Proprioceptive Rehabilitation’ and regularly presents and attends state and national meetings. Emma is currently an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Emma is currently on Maternity Leave.

Deearna Bakker Occupational Therapist and Acting SW site lead

Deearna Bakker
Occupational Therapist and Acting SW site lead

Deearna graduated from Curtin University in 2014 with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). During her final year of university, Deearna’s passion for OT evolved through placements at private hand therapy clinics, paediatric clinics and treating hospital stroke and acquired brain injury patients.

Since joining HULC at the beginning of 2015, her passion and drive for rehabilitation of the upper limb has escalated. Deearna has a keen interest in research and is actively involved in several research projects within HULC.

Growing up in Busselton, it was only natural Deearna returned to her home town when the new HULC South West clinics opened. Deearna now treats patients across both the Busselton and Bunbury clinics.

Deearna is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends Hand Interest Group Meetings (run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA) and state Australia Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences. Deearna is an Associate Member of the AHTA working towards her full membership.

Deearna is currently acting in the role of South West Site Lead.

Olivia Davison Occupational Therapist

Olivia Davison
Occupational Therapist

Olivia graduated from Curtin University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Olivia is a passionate Occupational Therapist who prioritises the importance of occupation to enhance an individual’s wellbeing.

In 2015, Olivia had placements at Princess Margaret Hospital on the Oncology ward, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the Emergency Department and at the Hand + Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in the Southwest clinics.

Shortly after graduating, Olivia joined the HULC therapy team and spent two months of intensive training in Perth before moving work in the Bunbury and Busselton clinics.

Since commencing therapy, Olivia’s love for hand therapy has continued to evolve with special interests in pain syndromes and presenting talks on metacarpal fractures. Olivia is also looking at beginning a research project as well as assisting with ongoing research within HULC.

Olivia is an active member of the Neuroscience and Hand Interest Groups and is also an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards gaining full membership.

Dana Hellings Occupational Therapist

Dana Hellings
Occupational Therapist

Dana graduated with Honours from Curtin University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Dana became passionate about hand therapy during her practical placement at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in 2016. After graduation Dana retuned to HULC as a volunteer to assist with research. Dana made a big impression and subsequently joined the HULC therapy team as a full time Therapist in mid-2017. After completing her training in Perth, Dana moved to the beautiful Southwest to work in the Bunbury and Busselton Clinics.

Dana is an active member of the Hand Interest Group, run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA.

Jillian Briggs Occupational Therapist

Jillian Briggs
Occupational Therapist

Jill began her health care career in nursing after graduating from The University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2012. Jill worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in acute neurosurgery and in gastrology, renal and hepatology; before commencing work in private practice.

Working alongside occupational therapists sparked an interest, and Jill began further study at Curtin University, graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy midyear of 2017. Throughout her studies, Jill became focused on hand therapy, solidifying this interest during a student placement at HULC earlier in 2017. Jill completed a locum in mental health before joining the HULC team in 2017, working in administration and hand therapy.

Jill is active in the hand therapy community, attending Occupational Therapy Association of WA Hand Interest Group meetings and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings. Jill is an Associate Member of AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Management & admin team

Sophie Costanzo CEO & In-House Counsel

Sophie Costanzo
CEO & In-House Counsel

Sophie Costanzo commenced with the Hand + Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in 2009 and is the CEO and In-House Counsel.   She is a qualified lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Management).

Sophie has extensive experience within the organisation, which provides her with a strong foundation for understanding all aspects of the business’ operations.

Vibrant and motivated, her service-oriented attitude combined with her business acumen ensures no one is better placed to steer and inspire the HULC team. Under Sophie’s leadership HULC has sustained extensive growth – all whilst maintaining a positive and inspiring company culture.

Sophie prides herself on ensuring an exceptional hand therapy service is provided to every single patient who becomes part of the HULC family. She believes that “the patient always comes first”.  This motto, combined with HULC’s insatiable appetite to continually learn, research and collaborate with the world’s best hand surgeons, ensures HULC remains the preeminent hand therapy service and that every patient feels confident they will “Be In Safe Hands”.

Sophie was the President of the Notre Dame Student Association in 2006. In 2016 she was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Sophie welcomes all feedback from patients, medical practitioners and members of the general public.  Queries may be directed to: sophie@hulc.com.au

Tina O’Toole Administration Manager

Tina O’Toole
Administration Manager

Tina joined HULC in 2013 as Administration Team Leader and works across both office/business administration. Tina has specialised in the field of health administration since moving to Australia from Ireland in 2008. Her calm yet efficient personality ensure the HULC systems are as well-organised as her team!

Corrin Walmsley Administration

Corrin Walmsley
Administration

Corrin joined the HULC administration team in 2016, where she works part-time while doing her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy. Corrin graduated from Curtin University in 2014 with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). Her interest in hand therapy evolved after a final year university placement at HULC in Bunbury. Corrin now combines this interest with paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital, where her research looks at upper limb range of motion in young children with cerebral palsy. 

 

Jennie Towner Administration

Jennie Towner
Administration

Jennie joined the HULC team in 2016. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and extensive administration experience, Jennie’s friendly face and nurturing disposition makes her the perfect person to greet you when you arrive at HULC.

Having spent over 10 years in a variety of primary carer roles, Jennie recently re-entered the workplace, finding HULC to be the perfect workplace to showcase her organisational skills within a busy team environment.

 

Celia Guard Administration

Celia Guard
Administration

Celia joined the HULC administration team in 2013. She manages part-time work with being mother to two, very active, young children. Celia came to HULC with 18 years customer service experience and eight years of management experience in the higher education sector. Celia has always had a keen interest in Human Anatomy & Physiology and associated medical and healing services and practices.

Jan Ward Administration

Jan Ward
Administration

Jan became part of our invaluable HULC administration team in 2015. Following many years’ experience working in general practitioner practices, Jan’s new role as Lead Administrator at our Murdoch clinic has utilised her desire to help people in the community and work within a friendly and efficient team environment.