Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced the hiring of hand therapist, Chris Vitello, OTR/CHT into its Rehab Services department.

Vitello graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) from University of Hartford in 2003. In 2008, he became certified as a hand therapist by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission Board. Vitello is currently a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and American Occupational Therapy Association.

At BMH, Vitello will work with both outpatients and inpatients, providing evaluation and treatments to prevent injury or impairment, restore functional activity and enhance participation in daily life. Previously, Vitello had worked at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut and, more recently, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity of the human body. Hand therapists are occupational therapists or physical therapists who, through extra training and experience, have specialized knowledge of upper extremity function.

BMH’s Rehab Services provides comprehensive care for individuals of all ages experiencing health problems resulting from injury or disease. The fully licensed staff of therapists and assistants provide one-on-one evaluations and individualized treatment plans for arthritis, musculoskeletal sprains and strains, neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s or MS, osteoporosis management, and sports injuries, among others.