Instructors


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

 

Thomas Berger, DPT, CHT

Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in 2000 and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2003. Thomas has extensive experience in orthopedics and sports medicine and has been practicing in the outpatient setting since graduation. Thomas began to specialize in hand rehabilitation while at Atlas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Jacksonville, FL and received his hand therapy certification in 2013. Thomas followed this passion to Mayo Clinic Florida in 2015 and currently works in the hand and upper extremity clinic serving Mayo's hand surgeons, orthopedists, and primary care physicians. Thomas has served as clinic instructor and mentor to many physical therapy students over the years.


Mike Cricchio, MBA, OT/L, CHT

 

Mike is a Fellowship trained, Certified Hand Therapist and Manager of UFHealth Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic. He is currently employed as UFHealth Internal Education Coordinator and is an Adjunct Faculty member teaching Kinesiology in the Bachelor of Health Science Program, Foundations of Occupational Therapy in the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. He co-founded and is the current Chair of the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series. He has provided instructional education on business and practice management concepts for several Annual American Society of Hand Therapist (ASHT) conferences. He has been the Vice Chair and Chair of multiple ASHT national conferences. Mike has served as Vice Chair of ASHT's practice management and reimbursement division as well as the website redesign committee. He is a current and regular Guest Lecturer on upper extremity anatomy and injury at the University of Florida Physical Therapy and Masters of Athletic Training Programs. Mike is published in the Journal Hand Therapy and is presently involved with ongoing research related to Total and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. He presents nationally on a variety of upper extremity anatomy and pathology topics.

 

Antonio Forte MD,MS,PhD


Dr. Forte graduated Medical school and with a Masters in Pharmacology from the Federal University of Ceara Medical School, Brazil. He performed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Yale University. He completed a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the Buncke Clinic and obtained his PhD in Clinical surgery/Field:Plastic Surgery/SubField:Craniofacial Surgery. He currently practices in the Plastic Surgery Department of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

 

Kim McVeigh OTR/L,CHT,MBA


Kim McVeigh, MBA, OTR/L, CHT, is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida and has been a provider in Mayo Clinic’s PM&R Department since 1999.  Kim’s volunteer leadership roles include being on the board of the American Association of Hand Surgery and various roles within the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Kim has presented education at the national level on various rehabilitation topics over 25 times.  She has published prospective research, and is currently the primary investigator for a grant-funded prospective randomized control trial on thumb arthritis.

Kim holds academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University in 1996, her hand therapy certification in 2001, and her Master’s in Business Administration from New England College in 2013