About Us | Occupational Therapy | Hand & Upper Limb Centre

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Our Story

We have over 150 years of combined experience in the specialist area of hand therapy in Western Australia.

Started in 2004 by internationally renowned surgeon Mr Jeff Ecker, the Hand & Upper Limb Centre provides best practice therapy, research, support and training for all things hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Our highly qualified and experienced therapists practice in the non-surgical assessment and management of hand, wrist and elbow injuries and disorders.

Treatment methods include splinting, also known as orthoses, exercise, wound care and other non-invasive techniques, as well as joint mobilisations, stretching, and active and resisted exercises to assist in the recovery from injury, surgical operations and hand disorders.

We work closely with a variety of health professionals, including general practitioners, surgeons, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, to develop the most suitable program for your injury or condition.

All therapists participate in regular education and professional development to ensure you receive the most up-to-date and evidence based treatment techniques and care.

 

Common treatments we specialise in:

• Fabrication of custom thermoplastic orthoses, commonly known as same day splints

• Prescription of exercise and strengthening programs for both surgical and non-surgical conditions

• Soft tissue treatment

• Desensitisation for sensitive scars and nerve conditions

• Wound and scar management

• Return to work advice

• Management of oedema (swelling)

• Pain management

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best hand, wrist and elbow therapy service in Australia. We work collaboratively with all parties to ensure optimal outcomes for each patient.

Our Team

Jeff Ecker

Director

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Sophie Costanzo

CEO

In-House Counsel

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Tina O'Toole

Manager (Admin)

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Vicky Allbrook

Manager (OT)

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Anita Bourton

Manager (OT)

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Sarah Fairthorne

Assistant Manager (Acting)

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Yestin Rees

Joondalup Site Lead

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Kristine Beacham

Baldivis Site Lead

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Shannon Edwick

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Laura Cowling

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Catherine McCutcheon

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Natasha Duffin

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Lucinda Cunningham

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Victoria Bray

AMS Coordinator

Occupational Therapist

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Jess De Jong

Murdoch Site Lead

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Clinic Pilot

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Emily Sevier

Occupational Therapist

Clinic Pilot

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Ellen Gulin

Occupational Therapist

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Simone Paget

Occupational Therapist

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Emma Simpson

South-West Coordinator

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Deearna Bakker

South-West Lead

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Olivia Davison

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Dana Hellings

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Jillian Briggs

Occupational Therapist

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Ben Thompson

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Heather Scott

Occupational Therapist

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Corrin Walmsley

Administration

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Jennie Towner

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Celia Guard

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Jan Ward

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Sophie Costanzo
CEO | In-House Counsel

In her role as CEO Sophie has focused HULC towards providing the highest quality hand therapy service to a greater proportion of the West Australian community, growing the business to 9 sites across the state with 45 employees, which provide world-class treatment with an outstanding level of professionalism and customer service.

Sophie understands the needs of patients and has experienced all facets of the business since commencing with the team in 2009, from answering a patient’s first telephone call to complex and strategic management decisions.

She recognises the importance of a positive company culture and has a passion for providing customer service second-to-none – the underlying ethos that ‘the patient comes first’ is the foundation of Sophie’s leadership.

Sophie holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. She is an experienced commercial litigation and personal injury lawyer, having worked for leading personal injury and insurance law firms.

She ensures that the team is engaged in continuous learning and collaboration with the world’s top Hand Surgeons to make HULC Australia’s leading authority in hand therapy, in addition to providing a seamless customer experience to every single patient.

Sophie was the President of the Notre Dame Student Association in 2006 and was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia in 2016.

She welcomes feedback from patients, medical practitioners and the general public and is always available - sophie@hulc.com.au

Tina O’Toole
Manager (Admin)

Tina joined HULC in 2013 as Administration Team Leader and works across both office/business administration. Tina has specialised in the field of health administration since moving to Australia from Ireland in 2008. Her calm yet efficient personality ensure the HULC systems are as well-organised as her team!

Vicky Allbrook
Manager (OT) | Senior Occupational Therapist

Vicky graduated from Curtin University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Vicky spent the next three years working in hand and upper limb rehabilitation in the south-west of Western Australia and Perth, before moving to the United Kingdom in 2008.

Vicky worked in the National Health Service (NHS), in orthopaedics and hand therapy for various hospitals in London and Brighton before being appointed Senior Hand Therapist at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, part of Imperial College NHS Trust. Here she worked as part of the plastic and orthopaedic teams, as well as in the major trauma unit for North West London.

Vicky returned to Perth at the end of 2012 to work with HULC. In 2014 she was promoted to Clinic Coordinator and more recently she was promoted to Manager alongside Anita Bourton and Tina O’Toole.

Vicky is actively involved in the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences. In 2013 Vicky presented a paper at the national AHTA Conference on ‘The Management of Proximal Interphalangeal Dislocation with the Figure of Eight Splint’. Vicky was part of the 2015 AHTA Perth Conference Committee, organising the very successful national conference on ‘New trends in Hand Therapy’. Vicky also presented a workshop at this conference on ‘The Fabrication of the Capener Splint’.

Vicky recently co-wrote a comprehensive Hand Safety, Prevention and Awareness workshop with Anita Bourton. Both therapists presented the workshops to all staff at BHP's Nickel West Leinster site.

In 2017, Vicky presented a talk on "Hand Therapy for Boutonnière and Swan Neck deformities" at the 11th Congress of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in Cebu, Phillipines.

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Anita Bourton
Manager (OT) | Senior Occupational Therapist

Anita graduated from Curtin University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Anita moved to Queensland for two years, working in the areas of orthopaedic inpatients and geriatric rehabilitation. In 2005, Anita was fortunate enough to combine her love of skiing and interest in hand therapy, accepting a position at Howard Head Sports Medicine Centre in Colorado, USA, to specialise in hand therapy.

Anita returned to Perth in 2008 and joined HULC as a Senior Hand Therapist, where she worked for four and a half years, before moving to Melbourne. Anita continued to work in hand therapy privately for Melbourne Hand Therapy and publicly at St Vincent’s Hospital. Upon her return to Perth, Anita was appointed Senior Hand Therapist at Fremantle Hospital, whilst running a small private hand therapy practice in Karratha.

However, the call of the HULC team beckoned, and in 2014 she returned as Branch Development Coordinator and Senior OT. After several years assisting in coordinating the opening of several of HULC’s exciting new clinics, in 2017 Anita was promoted to Manager alongside Vicky Allbrook and Tina O’Toole, who co manage the dynamic HULC team.

Over the years, Anita has presented at several state based interest groups and conferences as well as the national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in 2010.

Anita recently co-wrote a comprehensive Hand Safety, Prevention and Awareness workshop with Vicky Allbrook. Both therapists presented the workshops to all staff at BHP's Nickel West Leinster site.

Anita is currently on Maternity leave.

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Sarah Fairthorne
Assistant Manager (Acting) | Senior Occupational Therapist

Sarah graduated from Curtin University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Sarah spent the next two years working in upper limb rehabilitation in private practice in Perth before moving to Melbourne, where she worked for the public health sector in the hand therapy/plastics department of the Alfred Hospital, and in private practice at Melbourne Hand Rehabilitation. Sarah returned to Perth in 2012 to join the HULC team as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

In 2014 Sarah travelled to the United Kingdom to work for the National Health Service (NHS) at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington – part of the Imperial College Trust. Here she worked as a Senior Hand Occupational Therapist for the plastic and orthopaedic teams, as well as in the major trauma unit for North West London. Sarah returned to Perth in 2015 to re-join the HULC team. She currently manages the day-to-day running of our Bethesda clinic and was also recently promoted to Assistant Manager.

Sarah has a special interest in the impact of hand injuries in the work place and has presented to major companies such as Chevron, Rio Tinto and SGIO on this topic. She was also invited to present at the 2012 Australasian Rheumatology Conference on ‘Hand Therapy Interventions for Arthritis’.

Sarah is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends local and national meetings. Sarah is a representative on the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) subcommittee and is working towards her full membership.

Yestin Rees
Joondalup Site Lead | Senior Occupational Therapist

Yestin graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with Honours from Curtin University. Prior to joining the HULC team in 2015, he spent over a decade working for the Western Australian Department of Health at Bunbury Hospital and the hand therapy unit of Fremantle Hospital.

Yestin currently manages the day-to-day running of HULC’s Joondalup clinic and is the coordinator for updating our clinical protocols, ensuring they align with current research and best practice.

Yestin is an active member of the hand therapy community presenting regularly to local professionals, Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings and national OTA webinars. He is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards achieving accreditation.

Kristine Beacham
Baldivis Site Lead | Senior Occupational Therapist

Kristine originally studied at Curtin University of Technology and gained a Bachelor of Primary Education, before teaching in the United Kingdom.Kristine then decided to pursue a career change and commenced her Masters in Occupational Therapy at New York University, USA, before returning home to Perth and completing her studies at Curtin University of Technology in 2007.

Kristine began working at HULC in 2008 and has been actively involved in research during this time. Kristine was involved in a wrist fusion study and presented the findings at the National Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in 2008. Kristine also contributed to the research on trapeziometacarpal surgeries, the findings of which were presented at the 2015 Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meeting.

Kirstine is also the HULC Student Coordinator and works closely with both Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities to provide the next generation of hand therapists with strong foundations to excel in the profession.

Kristine is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at state AHTA meetings. Kristine is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as Awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association).

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Shannon Edwick
Senior Occupational Therapist

Shannon graduated from Curtin University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Shannon began her career in upper limb rehabilitation in the public sector before joining the HULC team in 2009 as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

Shannon also held the position of Research Coordinator at HULC, from 2011 to 2015. She has presented research on numerous occasions at a number of Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as local Western Australian Society for Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meetings. In 2012 Shannon co-authored an article with hand surgeon Mr Jeff Ecker, which was published in the American Journal of Hand Surgery.

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Laura Cowling
Senior Occupational Therapist

Laura started her career in health after graduating in 2008 from Hannibal La-Grange College in Missouri, USA, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. Upon returning to Australia, Laura worked as a high-school Counsellor, before attending Curtin University where she completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree in 2012.

Laura joined HULC as an Occupational Therapist in 2013. Laura is the Research Coordinator for HULC and is involved in running many different research projects, including HULC’s extensive Dupuytren’s Contracture Clinic. Laura also assists our therapy team with in-house research, presentations and auditing our practice so HULC’s treatments comply with international best practice and current trends in hand therapy.

Laura also helped to coordinate the opening of HULC’s Rockingham clinic.Laura regularly presents at state hand therapy interest group meetings, run though the Occupational Therapy Association of WA. Laura also presents to local hospitals on hand injuries, treatment and best practice. Laura is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards her full membership.

Catherine McCutcheon
Senior Occupational Therapist

Catherine graduated from Curtin University in 2005, after studying a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Catherine then started working in the Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation unit of the Royal Perth Hospital for six months before moving into private practice, joining Specialised Hand Therapy Services (SHTS), where she practiced for three years.

In 2009 Catherine enjoyed a year overseas. Then in 2010, having relocated to Melbourne, Catherine joined a private hand therapy clinic, Resolve Hand Therapy.Catherine returned to Perth in early 2011 and joined SHTS again, before joining HULC in February 2017 as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

Catherine is is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association), who has almost ten years clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, Catherine has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Catherine is an active member of the hand therapy community and has presented various educational seminars, as well as attended numerous advanced training courses.

Catherine is currently on Maternity leave.

Natasha Duffin
Senior Occupational Therapist

In 2004 Natasha graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Natasha worked in a variety of fields before specialising in hand therapy. Prior to joining HULC in 2009, Natasha worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Natasha is passionate about the specialist subject of hand therapy and has combined her role as Senior Occupational Therapist with tutoring at Curtin University for the Orthoses and Rehabilitation Science Unit (hand rehabilitation) and Foundations of Occupational Therapy Unit.

In 2015 Natasha wrote and presented the ‘Basic Splinting Principles and Fabrication’ course, ran through the WA Occupational Therapy Association. Natasha is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends and presents at state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association and Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s meetings and conferences. Natasha presented at a national level her research topic ‘Partial Distal Biceps Tears: Repair with Semitendinosus Autograft’.

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Lucinda Cunningham
Senior Occupational Therapist | Clinical Assessment Coordinator

Lucinda graduated from Curtin University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Lucinda’s interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation was sparked during her final year placement as a student working at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA, in the hand therapy and burns unit.

Lucinda spent some time in vocational rehabilitation completing ergonomic assessments and return-to-work plans for injured workers, before joining the HULC team at the end of 2008.

Lucinda also works closely with our principle surgeon assisting with final impairment clinics.

Lucinda is active within the hand therapy community and regularly attends and presents at state meetings for the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). In 2015 Lucinda presented at the Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s Conference on ‘Arthroscopic Resection Arthroplasty of the Distal Trapezium’. Lucinda is is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association).

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Victoria Bray
Occupational Therapist | AMS Coordinator

Victoria graduated from Curtin University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, Victoria moved to Melbourne, where she worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation. Victoria specialised in workplace assessments, functional capacity evaluations and focusing on achieving positive return-to-work outcomes for patients with a range of physical and psychological injuries.

In 2014 Victoria completed a post-graduate unit through Monash University in Advanced Hand Therapy Theory, Principles and Practice. In January 2015 Victoria joined HULC after relocating to Perth, where she is part of our medico-legal assessment team and runs final assessment clinics with our principle surgeon.

Victoria is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as Hand Interest Group Meetings (run through the WA Occupational Therapy Association).

Victoria is currently on Maternity leave.

Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Ben Thompson
Occupational Therapist

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) in Occupational therapy from Curtin University in 2018. Throughout his study, Ben became passionate about hand and upper limb rehabilitation and solidified his interest during his student placement at HULC in 2017.

Upon graduation, Ben spent a brief period working in a private soft tissue clinic before transitioning to the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in early 2018.

Ben is active within the hand therapy community, regularly attending Hand interest groups run by the Western Australian Occupational Therapy Association and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Ben is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Heather Scott
Occupational Therapist

Heather graduated from Curtin University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and joined HULC’s South West team in mid-2018.

Heather has been interested in hand therapy throughout university, becoming particularly passionate about the area following a student placement in the plastics and hand therapy unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2017.

Heather is an active member of the hand therapy community, attending hand interest group meetings run by both the WA Occupational Therapy Association and the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Heather is an Associate Member of the AHTA, working towards full membership.

Jess De Jong
Murdoch Site Lead | Occupational Therapist

Jess graduated in 2014 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Occupational Therapy, and joined the HULC team in 2015.

Jess’s interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation followed a student placement in the state trauma unit of Royal Perth Hospital.

Jess is currently part of HULC’s Dupuytren’s Contracture team and is involved in clinical based research.

Jess is an active member of the hand therapy community and is currently a subcommittee member of the state branch of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She helps to coordinate AHTA meetings, along with regularly attending various AHTA meetings and courses. Jess is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Emily Sevier
Occupational Therapist | Clinic Pilot

Emily graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Emily became passionate about hand therapy during her two practical placements as a student in private practice hand therapy and at Fremantle Hospital. After finishing her degree, Emily continued to study and volunteer at Brightwater Care Group in neurology and hand therapy, before joining HULC in 2015.

Emily works at HULC’s Subiaco and Claremont clinics, runs Final Assessment clinics with our principle surgeon and is a part of the Dupuytrens clinic at HULC. Emily is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as Hand Interest Group Meetings (run through the WA Occupational Therapy Association). Emily is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) and is currently working towards her full membership.

Ellen Gulin
Occupational Therapist

Ellen studied at Curtin University and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Ellen then worked as an Occupational Therapist and travelled across the United Kingdom and Europe for two years, before returning to Perth to start work at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) specialising in burns and hand therapy.

At RPH, Ellen spent two amazing years working under the tutelage of distinguished Dr Fiona Wood in the Burns Unit. Ellen moved to Melbourne in 2006 and spent four years working at The Alfred Hospital, working in the burns and hand therapy unit. Ellen was a part of the team treating the survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires. Ellen presented on this experience at the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) national conference in 2008.

In 2009 Ellen completed the Lymphoedema Practitioners Training Course in Melbourne and spent more time treating patients with chronic swelling issues on top of her burns and hand therapy caseload.

Ellen retuned to Perth in 2010 and was delighted to join the HULC team after having her first child.

Ellen also continues to work part time in the area of lymphoedema and is a strong patient advocate for people living with this chronic condition.

Ellen is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national AHTA conferences. Ellen is an associate member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Simone Paget
Occupational Therapist

Simone’s career as a healthcare professional began over a decade ago where, following completion of a Bachelor of Medical Imaging at Curtin University, she practiced as a Radiographer. She worked primarily in a large private practice in Perth and St John of God Hospital in Bunbury.

A desire to take on a more therapeutic role saw Simone undertake a career change, graduating from Curtin University with a Master of Occupational Therapy with Distinction in 2016.

Simone’s interest in hand therapy was confirmed during a student placement at HULC while completing her studies. This interest has become a passion since joining the HULC therapy team in late 2016.

Simone is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending Hand Interest Group Meetings (run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA) and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings. Simone is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Emma Simpson
South-West Coordinator | Occupational Therapist

In 2011 Emma graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. In 2012 Emma joined HULC as an Occupational Therapist.

In mid-2013 Emma helped to establish two new HULC clinics in the south-west of Western Australia; one in Bunbury and the other in Busselton. Emma is the Site Lead for HULC’s South West clinics and oversees the day-to-day running of the Bunbury clinic.

Emma is an active member of the hand therapy community. She has presented at the national 2013 Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in Lorne on ‘Proprioceptive Rehabilitation’ and regularly presents and attends state and national meetings. Emma is currently an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Deearna Bakker
South-West Lead | Occupational Therapist

Deearna graduated from Curtin University in 2014 with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). During her final year of university, Deearna’s passion for OT evolved through placements at private hand therapy clinics, paediatric clinics and treating hospital stroke and acquired brain injury patients.

Since joining HULC at the beginning of 2015, her passion and drive for rehabilitation of the upper limb has escalated. Deearna has a keen interest in research and is actively involved in several research projects within HULC.

Growing up in Busselton, it was only natural Deearna returned to her home town when the new HULC South West clinics opened. Deearna now treats patients across both the Busselton and Bunbury clinics.

Deearna is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends Hand Interest Group Meetings (run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA) and state Australia Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences. Deearna is an Associate Member of the AHTA working towards her full membership.Deearna is currently acting in the role of South West Site Lead.

Olivia Davison
Occupational Therapist

Olivia graduated from Curtin University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Olivia is a passionate Occupational Therapist who prioritises the importance of occupation to enhance an individual’s wellbeing.

In 2015, Olivia had placements at Princess Margaret Hospital on the Oncology ward, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the Emergency Department and at the Hand + Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in the Southwest clinics.

Shortly after graduating, Olivia joined the HULC therapy team and spent two months of intensive training in Perth before moving work in the Bunbury and Busselton clinics.

Since commencing therapy, Olivia’s love for hand therapy has continued to evolve with special interests in pain syndromes and presenting talks on metacarpal fractures. Olivia is also looking at beginning a research project as well as assisting with ongoing research within HULC.

Olivia is an active member of the Neuroscience and Hand Interest Groups and is also an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards gaining full membership.

Dana Hellings
Occupational Therapist

Dana graduated with Honours from Curtin University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Dana became passionate about hand therapy during her practical placement at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in 2016. After graduation, Dana retuned to HULC as a volunteer to assist with research. Dana made a big impression and subsequently joined the HULC therapy team as a full time Therapist in mid-2017. After completing her training in Perth, Dana moved to the beautiful Southwest to work in the Bunbury and Busselton Clinics. Dana has now returned to work in HULC’s Perth clinics full time.

Dana is an active member of the Hand Interest Group, run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA. Dana is an Associate Member of AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Jillian Briggs
Occupational Therapist

Jill began her health care career in nursing after graduating from The University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2012. Jill worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in acute neurosurgery and in gastrology, renal and hepatology; before commencing work in private practice.

Working alongside occupational therapists sparked an interest, and Jill began further study at Curtin University, graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy midyear of 2017. Throughout her studies, Jill became focused on hand therapy, solidifying this interest during a student placement at HULC earlier in 2017. Jill completed a locum in mental health before joining the HULC team in 2017, working in administration and hand therapy.

Jill is active in the hand therapy community, attending Occupational Therapy Association of WA Hand Interest Group meetings and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings. Jill is an Associate Member of AHTA and is working towards her full membership.

Corrin Walmsley
Administration

Corrin joined the HULC administration team in 2016, where she works part-time while doing her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy. Corrin graduated from Curtin University in 2014 with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). Her interest in hand therapy evolved after a final year university placement at HULC in Bunbury. Corrin now combines this interest with paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital, where her research looks at upper limb range of motion in young children with cerebral palsy.

Jennie Towner
Administration

Jennie joined the HULC team in 2016. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and extensive administration experience, Jennie’s friendly face and nurturing disposition makes her the perfect person to greet you when you arrive at HULC.

Having spent over 10 years in a variety of primary carer roles, Jennie recently re-entered the workplace, finding HULC to be the perfect workplace to showcase her organisational skills within a busy team environment.

Celia Guard
Administration

Celia joined the HULC administration team in 2013. She manages part-time work with being mother to two, very active, young children. Celia came to HULC with 18 years customer service experience and eight years of management experience in the higher education sector. Celia has always had a keen interest in Human Anatomy & Physiology and associated medical and healing services and practices.

Jan Ward
Administration

Jan became part of our invaluable HULC administration team in 2015. Following many years’ experience working in general practitioner practices, Jan’s new role as Lead Administrator at our Murdoch clinic has utilised her desire to help people in the community and work within a friendly and efficient team environment.

Natasha Robertson
Administration

Natasha is our newest member to the HULC administration team. She has 4 years reception experience in various health clinics. Natasha previously worked as a qualified veterinary nurse before switching to human health. Natasha enjoys the front desk atmosphere, getting to know the patients and being the friendly face of the business.

Jeff Ecker
Director

Mr Jeff Ecker is an internationally renowned surgeon who specialises in hand and wrist conditions.

Recognised as one of the few exceptional hand and wrist surgeons trained in orthopaedics, plastics, and microsurgery. Mr Ecker regularly presents, teaches and publishes on key aspects of hand and wrist surgery around the world.

He performs arthroscopic, endoscopic, open, micro-vascular, reconstructive and traumatic surgery on both bone and soft tissue. As a result, Mr Ecker is often called upon to operate on the most challenging injuries, disorders and corrective reconstructive work. His specialist interest is in the treatment of complex wrist problems, including scaphoid fractures, fracture non-unions and wrist arthroscopy.

Mr Ecker was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1985 (FRACS Orthopaedics). He completed a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at Oxford University, United Kingdom, and then studied in Plastic and Microvascular Surgery at Duke University in North Carolina and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

As an accomplished hand and upper limb surgeon, Mr Ecker has recognised through experience the positive impact quality hand therapy improving his patients’ outcomes. As a result, in 2004 Mr Ecker set up the Hand + Upper Limb Clinic (HULC) – a Centre of Excellence that provides best practices, research, support and training for all things hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

To make certain HULC therapists are the best in the field of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder therapy treatments, Mr Ecker has established an exceptional, ongoing training program. Each HULC therapist is trained in clinical assessment, the natural history of injuries, and the impact of physical therapy and surgery. Consequently, the HULC therapists have exceptional skills ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients.

Mr Ecker ensures that all nine HULC clinics function at the same high standards of excellence and provide the most advanced techniques and equipment to all patients. HULC’s nine sites across Western Australia work very closely with one another utilizing the latest internet technology.

Mr Ecker was the President of the Western Australian Hand Surgery Society for 10 years (2008 - 2018). He is the President elect (2020 - 2022), current secretary, and Board Member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society; a Board Member of the Asian Pacific Wrist Association; Chairman of the Asian Pacific Wrist Association Education Committee; and on the Board of the Asian Pacific Federation for Surgery of the Hand.

Our Practices

We operate nine world-leading therapy clinics across Perth and the South West of Western Australia.

Metro

Claremont

Phone: (08) 9334 0777

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

Bethesda Hospital

25 Queenslea Drive

Claremont, WA 6010

Directions

Joondalup

Phone: (08) 9334 0778

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

Suite 12, 2nd Floor, Shenton House

57 Shenton Avenue

Joondalup, WA 6027

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Subiaco

Phone: (08) 9334 0774

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

St John of God, Subiaco Hospital

Suite 213a, 25 McCourt Street

Subiaco, WA 6008

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West Perth

(Satellite Clinic)
Phone: (08) 9334 0777

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

17 Richardson Street
West Perth, WA 6005

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Murdoch

Phone: (08) 9334 0776

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

St John of God, Murdoch Hospital

Wexford Medical Centre

Suite 13, 3 Barry Marshall Parade

Murdoch, WA 6150

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South Perth

(Satellite Clinic)
Phone: (08) 9334 0777

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

76 South Terrace

South Perth, WA 6151

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Baldivis

Phone: (08) 9334 0777

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

Baldivis Professional Centre

Unit 5, 11 Minden Lane

Baldivis, WA 6174

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South West

Bunbury

Phone: (08) 9791 5978

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

2C Spencer Street

Bunbury, WA 6230

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Busselton

Phone: (08) 9791 5978

Fax: (08) 6313 0666

53 Bussel Highway

Busselton, WA 6280

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