Our Practice

Hands for Living has provided outstanding specialty shoulder, arm, and hand care since 2011. Founder JoAnn Keller has been an occupational therapist since 1995, and has specialized in hand therapy since 1997. She has assembled a team of experienced and caring therapists who will help you reach maximal recovery. They offer comprehensive assessment of any pain, injury, or problem you may be having. Our clients have found high levels of success in our services, due to the variety of treatment options available, and the focus on your success.

What is unique about Hands for Living? You receive one-on-one care with your therapist. You are not double booked with another patient, and you do not see an aide or tech for your treatment. We make the best custom hand braces in the region, and are happy to evaluate or modify yours, no matter where it was made.

We are conveniently located just off the I-5 and I-405 north interchange, near the Lynnwood Convention Center. People travel from throughout the region to receive care.

Our Mission

At the end of the day, our team is here to provide support to YOU in your health goals. Our success is dependent upon your success, and we strive to create a warm, welcoming environment where you can comfortably heal.

At Hands for Living, we have one mission: helping our clients reach their highest physical potential. Our treatment plans are aimed toward the achievement of your goals, taking into account your symptoms, medical history, and any health restrictions. We look forward to watching you and every one of our clients achieve their goals.

If you are in the Puget Sound region, and you are looking for relief, look no further. Hands for Living is here to help. Call our office at 425-368-7943 to schedule a consultation with one of our hand therapists today!

Location & Directions

Hands for Living

Hands for Living is located in the Alderwood Business Campus, Building 6, Suite 213, upstairs from Northwest Return to Work. Our office is situated at 19221 36th Ave W in Ste 213 directly above John L. Scott, making it commonly frequented spot for hand therapy Lynnwood pain relief.

We have a highly experienced team of hand therapists who offer specialized treatment services for any pain, injury, or discomfort you may be feeling. Our patients have found high levels of success in our treatment services, due to our implementation of advanced technology and methods.

We use sophisticated diagnostic methods to help determine which services you will benefit from the most. At Hands for Living, our thorough evaluations lead to successful treatment plans for your pain relief, healing, and future injury prevention needs.

Address

19221 36th Ave W, Ste 213
Lynnwood, WA 98036
P: 425-368-7943
F: 425-368-5236

Hours

Mon: 8am – 6pm
Tue: 8am – 6pm
Wed: 8am – 6pm
Thurs: 8am – 6pm
Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

What Our Clients Are Saying

My therapist was able to help me reach my goals by having empathy and understanding of the emotional part of a life changing injury, while keeping me working toward achieving the most improvement.

Michele W.

I would describe my therapist as AMAZING!! The whole staff is incredible. Such helpful therapists.

Patrick B.

I am so thankful for the help I received at Hands for Living. From the moment I first walked into the office I felt supported and listened to.

Shellie H.

Thank you to each and every one of you for helping me through this trying time of my life.

I can do things at home and have a much better outlook on life.

I so appreciate this professional office. Thank you to JoAnn and Melissa!

JoAnn Keller
Certified Hand Therapist

JoAnn has specialized in the care of people with shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries for most of her career, and still enjoys getting to know each of her patients during the course of their care. She helps people who use their hands for work, sports, play and for taking care of themselves and their families.

An avid learner and persistently curious therapist, JoAnn has continuously advanced her skills through hand therapy and academic education, as well as problem-solving with physicians, other therapists, and her patients. Over the years, she has made more than 10,000 custom hand splints (orthoses) and is continually seeking new ways to solve difficult problems.

JoAnn is respected by physicians, patients, and other therapists. She had the unique opportunity to be a member of the team that cared for the nation’s second hand transplant patient in 2002. She is a regional, state and national leader in the occupational and hand therapy fields, and enjoys giving back to her profession by teaching other therapists and serving as a volunteer for professional organizations.

When she is not working, she enjoys competing with her horse in dressage and jumping competitions, hiking and backpacking, travel, and reading. She is functionally fluent in Spanish.

JoAnn remains fascinated by how the body works, and how a body that works contributes to our lives.

Professional Experience

2011 – present Owner and Certified Hand Therapist Hands for Living LLC, Lynnwood, Washington
2011 – 2013 Hand Therapist (coverage) Seattle Hand Surgery, Seattle, Washington
2004 – 2011 Director of Therapy Northwest Hand and Orthopedics, Shoreline, Washington
2003 – 2004 Hand Therapist Alaska Hand Rehabilitation, Anchorage, Alaska
2002 – 2003 Hand Therapist The Hand Center – Louisville, Kentucky
1999 – 2002 Hand Therapist Kleinert, Kutz & Associates, Louisville, Kentucky
1996 – 1998 Occupational Therapist Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado

Education & Qualifications

2017 Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
​2012 Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy – Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Provo, Utah
2008 Certification by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
2001 Certified Hand Therapist – Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC)
1996-present 650+ hours of continuing education in rehabilitation of the hand, arm, and shoulder
1995 Certification by U.S. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
1995 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy – Washington University St. Louis, Missouri

Leadership, Awards and Volunteer Activities

2015 AOTA Lindy Boggs Award, national recognition for advocating for occupational therapy
2013 – 2015 Legislative Chair, Washington Occupational Therapy Association
2013 & 2009 Two-time Member of the Year, Washington Occupational Therapy Association
2011 – 2013 President, Washington Occupational Therapy Association
2007 – present Founder, Washington Hand Therapy Coalition
2003 – present Board of Directors and Recertification Chair, Hand Therapy Certification Commission
2003 Outstanding Occupational Therapist, Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association
2002 Award of Recognition from Kentucky Board of Occupational Therapy

Ongoing Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
American Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Hand Therapy Coalition

Laurie Walters
Certified Hand Therapist

Laurie’s entire career as an occupational therapist has been devoted to the care of individuals with shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. As an occupational therapist she focuses not only of the actually disease or injury, but on the functional impact to the person as a whole.

Laurie has continuously advanced her skills through hand therapy and occupational therapy continuing education. She has also developed her professional skills by working directly with physicians, other therapists, and numerous other allied health professionals. Over the years, she has made thousands of custom hand splints (orthoses) and adaptive equipment designed to solve difficult problems.

Laurie is well known and respected by physicians, patients, and other therapists in the Snohomish county area. She has practiced solely in Snohomish County for the past 20 years. She excels in the area of developing practices in rural areas and started many clinics that are still in existence today (Monroe, Marysville, Smokey Point and Everett). She was awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award by The Everett Clinic after being part of the team to build and create the first comprehensive Hand Center.

When she is not working, Laurie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys working with her own hands to create stained glass and to knit.

Professional Experience

2012 – present Certified Hand Therapist Hands for Living LLC, Lynnwood, WA
2011 – 2012 Certified Hand Therapist Pacific Avenue Hand Therapy, IRG, Everett, WA
2009 – 2011 Lead, Certified Hand Therapist Northwest Hand and Orthopedics, Shoreline, WA
2003 – 2008 Lead, Certified Hand Therapist The Everett Clinic Hand Center, Everett, WA
1998 – 2003 Certified Hand Therapist, Clinic Manager, Board of Directors, Cascade Rehabilitation Associates, Smokey Point, WA
1995 – 1998 Hand Therapist, Clinic Manager Eagle Rehabilitation/Healthsouth, Everett, Monroe, and Marysville, WA

Education & Qualifications

2001 Certified Hand Therapist – Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC)
1995-present Extensive continuing education in rehabilitation of the hand, arm, and shoulder
1995 Certification by U.S. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
1994 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Ongoing Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Affiliate
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Hand Therapy Coalition

Helen Reilly
Certified Hand Therapist

Helen is passionate about treating hand, elbow, and shoulder injuries. As an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist (CHT), she focuses on function and the impact an injury to the hand, elbow, and shoulder can have on someone during their daily life. She enjoys collaborating with clients to problem solve creative solutions so they can manage everyday tasks. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with Labor and Industries claims and enjoys assisting injured workers return to work.

Helen unceasingly works to advance her hand therapy and occupational therapy skills through continuing education. She enjoys working with multidisciplinary teams that can include, physicians, other therapists, and allied health professions to maximize client outcomes. She is fascinated with anatomy and how the human body works.

Helen has worked exclusively in Snohomish County for her career as an occupational therapist.

​When not working, she enjoys swimming, dancing, yoga, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband.

Professional Experience

2017 – present Occupational Therapist Hands for Living LLC, Lynnwood, WA
2015 – 2017 Occupational Therapist Northwest Return to Work, Lynnwood, WA

Education & Qualifications

2019 – Certified Hand Therapist, Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC)
2015 – present Extensive continuing education in rehabilitation of the hand, arm, and shoulder
2015 Certification by U.S. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
2015 Masters of Occupational Therapy – University of Puget Sound
2007 Bachelor of Arts, International Political Theory – Seattle University

Ongoing Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Hand Therapy Coalition

Kari Ketner
Certified Hand Therapist

“I love working with my patients and am dedicated to providing them compassionate care that helps them return to full activity in their daily lives. “

As a Certified Hand Therapist, Kari is an occupational therapist specializing in hand and upper extremity conditions. Her professional interests include fractures, cumulative trauma injuries, post-surgical management, and fabrication of custom splints. Although she focuses on the upper extremity, her clinical practice has evolved to be more holistic. Through education, she has come to realize the importance of assessing posture and creating balance within the system. She assesses each client and creates an individualized treatment plan drawing from a variety of skills. Her skills include: manual therapy, Bowenwork, L.I.F.T., ergonomics, postural re-education, stretching/ROM exercises, Astym, and customized home exercise programs. Kari believes that patient education regarding their condition and how to manage their health is essential to recovery.

Professional Experience

2011 – 2018 Certified Hand Therapist Western Washington Medical Group, Everett, WA
2015 Occupational Therapist Seattle Center for Structural Medicine
2011 – 2014 Hand Therapist Integrated Rehabilitation Group
2011 – 2013 Occupational Therapist Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy

Education & Qualifications

2017 Certified Hand Therapist – Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC)
2016 Professional Bowen Provider
2013 Astym Certified Provider
1995-present Extensive continuing education in rehabilitation of the hand, arm, and shoulder
2011 Certification by U.S. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
2011 Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Ongoing Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Hand Therapy Coalition

Hilary Noe
Certified Hand Therapist

Hilary began her career as an occupational therapist working in geriatric and inpatient rehabilitation. In 2004, she jumped at the opportunity to specialize in hand therapy. She earned her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2009.

While the upper extremity (and the wrist in particular) have been her focus since, she continues to draw on skills fostered in the early years of her career as an inpatient OT. During her time as a hand therapist, Hilary has sought continuing education and collaboration with other therapists to expand her professional abilities. Among her practice skills are manual therapy, Graston Technique, ergonomic assessment and the fabrication of custom orthoses.

Hilary favors interventions which can easily be replicated at home ensuring better follow-through by her clients.

Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, skiing and travel to lesser-known places with her husband. She is a Master Scuba Diver and has completed over 250 dives. During the summer she puts her interest in gardening to work by growing vegetables for a local food pantry.

Professional Experience

2016 – 2018 Certified Hand Therapist Swedish Redmond Rehabilitation, Redmond, WA
2009 – 2016 Certified Hand Therapist Washington Hand Therapy, Kirkland, WA
2004 – 2011 Occupational Therapist Cascade Rehabilitation Associates, Everett, WA
1998 – 2003 Occupational Therapist Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Kirkland, WA
1997 – 1999 Occupational Therapist Therapists Unlimited, Redmond, WA
1995 – 1997 Occupational Therapist Seattle Therapy Specialists, Seattle, WA

Education & Qualifications

1995 – present Extensive continuing education in rehabilitation of the hand, arm, and shoulder
1995 Certification by U.S. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
1995 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Puget Sound

Ongoing Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Hand Therapy Coalition

Melissa Shea
Office Manager

Melissa is one of the first people you’ll meet when you schedule therapy with us. She is your number one advocate and information source regarding insurance, authorizations and billing. She’s also a wizard at making sure you get visits scheduled at the best times for your life and work.

Melissa came to us through her friendship with our therapist, Laurie. She had lots of office experience, but no medical expertise when she started. Over time, her knowledge of how insurance and billing works has made her a knowledge source you can count on. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or issues you might have about insurance or scheduling.

When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys running, walking her dog, hiking and hanging out with her 3 “almost grown” kids and her husband.

Melissa has been with Hands for Living since 2012, and has helped to grow the office from a tiny 2-therapist office to a busy, multi-therapist hand therapy clinic. We are grateful to work with her!

Emily Damon
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emily was introduced to hand therapy through one of her clinical rotations and discovered a passion for helping people return to their activities of daily living using one of the most utilized parts of the body. She is furthering her education and specialization in hand therapy to include the use of custom hand supports, scar release therapy, and active release techniques.

Emily continues to advance her hand therapy and occupational therapy assistant skills through continuing education and working closely with Certified Hand Therapists to provide the best care to all her patients. 

​When not working, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and pets at home or binging her favorite show, West Wing. 

Professional Experience

2019 – present Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant: Hands for Living LLC, Lynnwood, WA
2018 – present Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant: ICAN, Bellevue
2018 – 2019 Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant: Cascade Rehabilitation, Silver Lake WA

Education & Qualifications

2017 – AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant – Lake Washington Institute of Technology 
2015 – AAS in Social Human Services – Lake Washington Institute of Technology 
2010 Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance – Central Washington University 

Ongoing Memberships

American Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Occupational Therapy Association

Christy DeNova
Occupational Therapist

Christy’s love for learning led her to the complexity of treating shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries. She comes to Hands for Living with knowledge and experience gained in a variety of occupational therapy settings after completing her degree. She is now specializing in hand therapy, and constantly seeks new ways to help her patients in their recovery.

Christy studied Spanish in her undergraduate years, and actively works to increase her fluency. When not working, Christy enjoys participating in triathlons, waterskiing, cooking, painting, and traveling. 

Education & Qualifications

 2019 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Shenandoah University
 2016 Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Cultures – University of San Diego
Ongoing Memberships

American Occupational Therapy Association