JoAnn is an experienced leader and mentor. She has helped many occupational therapists begin their careers in hand therapy, start their own businesses, or take on leadership roles in organizations. She has been an occupational therapist since 1995, and a Certified Hand Therapist since 2001. Her own company, Hands for Living, has offered outstanding care for patients in the north Puget Sound region since 2011. Her formal training in coaching was through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a health and nutrition coaching program. She has applied those skills to her work with other therapists, and loves to see people succeed in all areas!
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.
2016 - present JoAnn Keller Coaching - Professional Coaching for Therapists
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 the 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 the Kentucky Board of Occupational Therapy
American Society of Hand Therapists
American Occupational Therapy Association
Washington Occupational Therapy Association
Hand Therapy Link - founder of education and networking group for hand therapists