Mitzi Harrison, PT/CHT
Mitzi has been a Physical Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist for over 38 years. She previously lived and worked in the East San Francisco Bay Area for 28 years where she established a thriving outpatient physical and occupational therapy business. She relocated to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to family in Colorado and her home state of Wyoming.
Mitzi lives in Longmont, Colorado and established her hand therapy practice in 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. She has a close working relationship with most of the top hand surgeons in and around the Front Range, the Denver Metro area and beyond.
Mitzi specializes in the treatment of Rock Climbers and has developed effective return to climb protocols for treatment of post surgical conditions. She also developed effective strategies, including custom fabricated pulley rings, to allow climbers to continue to climb, whenever possible, while rehabilitating from injury.
Mitzi also specialize in the treatment of musicians and enjoys helping them recover from injuries and return to playing their specific musical instruments. Mitzi plays the guitar and piano and has a unique understanding of the demands placed on the fingers, hands, and upper extremities of musicians.
Mitzi is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, a Certified Specialist in Functional Assessment, and an APTA-Credentialed Clinical Instructor and is trained to perform Dry Needling. She is an expert in the fabrication of splints/orthoses for sports such as cycling, rowing, hockey, lacrosse, and more.
Elise Chevalier, OTR/L
Elise received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2018. She previously worked in acute care providing occupational therapy services for a variety of patient conditions. Elise received training in outpatient hand therapy at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as part of her Occupational Therapy education.
Elise joined the therapy team at Certified Hand Therapy Services in 2023. She is currently completing the necessary clinical hours to obtain status as a Certified Hand Therapist.
Elise is an exceptional clinician who brings a wealth of knowledge, a keen intellect and curious mind to her work as a hand therapist. She is warm, empathetic and caring with all of her patients. Elise is also funny, enthusiastic and always seeking out new methods for applying therapeutic treatment plans.
Elise is a Colorado native and returned to her home state to join the team at Certified Hand Therapy Services after working and living in Boise, Idaho following completion of her Occupational Therapy degree.
Sara Trujillo, COTA
Sara graduated from Westwood College in 1999 and has worked
in the field of hand therapy as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
for over 22 years. In that time, she has developed exceptional splint/orthosis fabrication skills and is an expert in the application of modalities and a wide
variety of therapeutic treatment procedures following the plan of care
established at initial evaluation and throughout the treatment process.
Sara is familiar with all of the post operative protocols and can help patients
to progress through their treatment plans while working closely with Mitzi
Sara is a Colorado native and lives with her husband, two children and
their family dog. Sara is a warm, caring, empathetic and kind therapist who
provides exceptional care to every patient. She is a vital part of the hand therapy
Virginia Arnette, PT,DPT
Director of PT Specialties of Boulder
a subsidiary of Certified Hand Therapy Services, LLC
Dr. Virginia Arnette is the director and primary therapist at
PT Specialties of Boulder, our physical therapy department conveniently located
within the hand therapy clinic.
Dr. Arnette earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University
of Colorado Denver in 2018. Prior to this she studied at the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music and earned her Bachelor's degree in French Horn
Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Virginia is an expert in the treatment of TMJ, craniofacial dysfunction,
overuse injuries, traumatic injuries, postoperative care and chronic pain.
Like Mitzi, she also specializes in the treatment of musicians. She is a member
of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Performing Arts Special
Interest Group. Scheduling with Dr. Arnette is provided by the hand therapy department Front Office Manager.
Julia King, CMT
Certified Massage Therapist
Julia graduated from The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in June 2012, where she studied various modalities and took classes in Shiatsu, Swedish, Prenatal and postpartum, Sports, and Spa massage, and took a special interest in medical massage doing internships at the Oncology department at foothills hospital, and at the Ronald McDonald house for sick children.
After graduating Julia moved to Denver where she started her career working at both a spa and at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital working in the pre/postnatal department and the Health and Healing outpatient department.
Julia moved back to Boulder to raise her daughter and be near her family where she has since done massage in her private practice.
Julia joined the team at Certified Hand Therapy Services in August 2020 to continue her education and experience in Medical Massage. She specializes in deep tissue work, however tailors her sessions to meet each client's individual needs.
In addition to her exceptional work as a Massage Therapist, Julia is a jeweler and custom fabricates of our silver rings!