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Robert Hand, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Recipient of 2018 Early Career Clinician Award

Walker, J and Earlich-Beard, E.  Power Punch: Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital Uses Boxing to Help Parkison Disease Patients.  Review: Virginia’s Magazine for Hospitals and Health Systems.  Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

Robert's passion for his patients and career choice is evident and makes him truly deserving of this award.


His caseload primarily consists of patients with neurodegenerative conditions, especially various parkinsonisms.  He also regularly works with stroke survivors and individuals with spinal cord injury.  He serves as a "knowledge broker' to his patients and in action for his co workers.  In addition to patient care, he actively translates knowledge to his team for application of advanced technologies and is involved in program development. Current projects include refinement of outpatient wheelchair clinic and advancement of therapy-fitness offerings for patients with Parkinson’s disease.


One of the best parts about working with neurologic patients, he states, is the application of "high-level, functional, sometimes downright athletic interventions – with a twist.  Patients with Parkinson’s disease can run down the hall or pull a weighted sled. Incomplete spinal cord injury doesn’t stop a patient from completing a burpee box jump. Making people do things they never imagined after their diagnosis empowers them to tackle regular activities of daily living."


He highly recommend the ANPT’s Mentorship program.  By serving as a mentor to two new grads and one more seasoned clinician, he has facilitated his growth as a leader.  He understands the challenges of finding mentorship and personally relocated in order to find a team of mentors.  He advises that even a remote mentor can help guide you toward your professional goals.


Resources he finds valuable include:


EDGE documents and CPGs


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For his clients, he frequently refers them to:


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Congratulations to Robert!

Source for photo:

Walker, J and Earlich-Beard, E.  Power Punch: Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital Uses Boxing to Help Parkison Disease Patients.  Review: Virginia’s Magazine for Hospitals and Health Systems.  Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.  www.vhha.com  March 2018, 16-17.

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