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Dan R. Clouston, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist

Upon graduation from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, Dan completed a professional residency program at the Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Bismarck, ND. Because Dan understood that people use their hands everyday for work, recreational activities and caring for loved ones, he chose to complete the necessary requirements to become the first Certified Hand Therapist in the Gillette area.

In order to become a Certified Hand Therapist, Dan had to acquire at lease five years of clinical experience with over 4,000 hours of specialty experience in hand therapy. It was also required that he pass a comprehensive test of advanced knowledge in all areas of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 108,800 Occupational Therapists in the United States, while only 5,676 are Certified Hand Therapists. For more information on Dan's certification, please visit www.htcc.org.

 

Randal R. Hite, MPT, CSCS, SCS 
Sports Certified Specialist

Gillette Physical Therapy boasts the only board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy in Gillette. Randy Hite has been a board certified sports specialist since 2007, 1 of only 2 in Wyoming, and 1 of only 640 in the world. Board certified clinical specialists have built on a broad base of professional education and experience to develop greater knowledge and skills in sports physical therapy.

To become a board certified specialist, the physical therapist must demonstrate competence in both specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency. Among the minimum requirements are documented hours of direct patient care in the chosen specialty area, no less than 10 years experience in the chosen specialty area, and successful completion of a rigorous examination administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Board certified sports specialists promote the highest level of enhanced diagnostic skills and specialty care for individuals seeking sports physical therapy. This includes managing patients with complex sports related conditions to achieve the most effective outcomes. To learn more go to www.apta.org and click on the link "find a certified specialist."