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Monday to Friday

8:00 to 5:00

phone

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985-951-2457

Missy Hymel, LOTR, CHT, CKTP Owner

Missy Hymel, LOTR, CHT, CKTP Owner

Missy is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist (LOTR), National Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP) with over 27 years of experience in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She has been the Owner of Accelerated Hand Solutions, LLC since May 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1990. In 1996, she completed a six month hand therapy fellowship with prominent Hand Surgeons and Certified Hand Therapists in the New Orleans area. From 1985 - 1987, she attended Louisiana State University for pre-occupational therapy and played clarinet in The Golden Band from Tigerland for two years.

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Specialties and Certifications


In November 2001, she met the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) requirements and became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). She became a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP) in 2003. In 2013, she became a Certified i-limb Touch Bionics Prosthetic Trainer working with individuals that have lost a limb (hand, finger or arm) teaching them how to use a static or dynamic prosthesis to gain function.

Interests and Areas of Expertise


Her interest include: fractures, tendon/nerve lacerations, burns/wound management, amputations, Prosthetic training, Kinesiotaping, Multi-system complex injuries of the upper extremity, and custom orthosis/splint fabrication.

Missy has presented a variety of topics at local and state conferences -Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association (LOTA) and Louisiana American Society of Hand Therapist (LA-AHST). She is an active member in her related professional organizations - LOTA and American Society of Hand Therapist (ASHT). She was the former co-owner of Advanced Hand Specialists from 2005-2010 and has been practicing on the Northshore for over 13 years.

Personally, she has been married for 21 years to Stephen Hymel, RN, BSN. Stephen has had an intrical part in helping establish the clinic and been very handy with physically getting the clinic ready. Together, Missy and Stephen have a daughter Jordan and a son Jared who are both in high school. Missy enjoys spending time with her family and leaving a legacy of memories with her scrapbooks she enjoys making.

Stephanie Accardo, MOT, LOTR, CHT

Stephanie Accardo, MOT, LOTR, CHT

Stephanie has a Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist (LOTR) and a National Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with over 7 years in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She has been employed with Accelerated Hand Solutions since January 2013 and has worked closely with Missy on the Northshore since 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2007. In 2010, she completed her Master of Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans.

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Specialties and Certifications


Stephanie realized her passion for hand therapy after completing a 3 month hand therapy internship on the Northshore in 2009. Professionally, she was mentored by Missy from 2010 - 2015 while achieving the steps to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) which included over 4,000 hours in direct practice experience in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. In November 2015, she met the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) certification requirements and became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

Interests and Areas of Expertise


Her interests include basal joint (thumb) arthritis, wrist injuries, fractures, boutonniere deformities, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, wound care, custom orthosis/splint fabrication, and Kinesiotaping.

Stephanie enjoys making a difference in people’s lives by increasing their independence and function with daily tasks. She often uses her creativity in the clinic challenging patient's to meet their goals.

Personally, she is in a committed relationship with Ryan McCloskey who is also in the medical field as a nurse furthering his career as a Nurse Practitioner. Stephanie enjoys spending time with Ryan, with her brother Brett and her supportive parents Chris and Gwen Accardo.