Speakers for Doctor’s Demystify-The Thumb course

*Marc Kaye, MD-University of Florida Health
*Asher Smith, MD-NAS Jax
*Brett Puckett, MD-Southeast Orthopedics
*Chris Goll, MD-Southeast Orthopedics
*Antonio Forte, MD, MHS, PhD-Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
*Richard Curtis, MD-Hand and Wrist Center



Ann Porretto-Loehrke





Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She has been practicing for over 20 years and teaching continuing education courses for the past 10. She is the therapy manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant. Ann completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. Most recently, Ann became certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). She previously served as an item writer and Vice-Chair of the Examination committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). She is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. Ann co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as recently published an article entitled “Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist” in the Journal of Hand Therapy’s special edition of the wrist. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Hand Conferences, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conferences.

Debby Schwartz                 






Debby Schwartz is a certified hand therapist with over 28 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She joined Orfit Industries America to promote product awareness and splinting education. Debby is an active member of ASHT and has participated in IFSHT meetings as well.  She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics both at national and international conferences, and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including a recent literature review of static progressive orthoses.  She is presently writing two book chapters for hand therapy references.  Debby completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University. She is currently also adjunct professor at Touro University in NYC.