Rachel grew up in Northern California and was introduced to Occupational Therapy by her cousin, also a certified hand therapist. She did volunteer work in high school and realized how much she enjoyed helping people regain their independence. Rachel subsequently chose San Jose State University to obtain her BSc in Occupational Therapy. Her career started at an inpatient SCI/TBI unit. She then transitioned to outpatient SCI/TBI and eventually followed her passion to hand therapy. She has worked in several states across America as well as internationally in the UK and China. She enjoys working with all ages and types of upper extremity injuries. She has found that helping patients recover from their injuries requires not only helping them heal physically, but also listening, educating and encouraging them to reach their goals.
Rachel loves children – having none of her own she has spent many hours volunteering with organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children. Having been a dancer in her youth, she doesn’t have a lot of experience playing team sports but loves watching the SF 49ers, SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with family and friends, traveling with her husband, skiing, hiking, yoga, organized exercise classes and doing volunteer work.