Here at Full Circle Hand Therapy (FCHT), we are Occupational Therapists with over a decade of combined experience in specialised assessment and treatment of hand, wrist, elbow and arm conditions. Our qualified therapists have undertaken further training and education in hand therapy, and we aim to continue to bring you the most recent, evidence-based treatment to resolve your pain and dysfunction.
Charlotte graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005, where she first developed an interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. She then commenced work in the field of occupational rehabilitation, before specialising in hand therapy in 2007. During this time, Charlotte has worked in Sydney and Brisbane to consolidate her hand therapy skill set, before moving to Adelaide and commencing private practice with Janet.
In 2011, Charlotte was successful in completing the Hand Therapy Certification Exam and was accepted as a Full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Since this time Charlotte has been the Divisional Representative in Queensland and South Australia for the AHTA and involved in organising Special Interest Group meetings and other continuing professional development opportunities across these states.
Alana Saggese | Occupational Therapist
Alana graduated from Flinders University, South Australia with a Masters Degree of Occupational Therapy. Through her university studies and placements, she found great passion and interest in hand and upper limb therapy as she was fortunate to gain clinical experience in a hand therapy practice.
She also works in Rehabilitation and Aged Care through Flinders University contributing to multiple research studies including caring for people with dementia in their home environment. With a research background Alana has a willingness to learn and use an evidence based approach to guide her interventions to help her clients achieve optimal recovery.
Alana is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is also a full member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Tanya Burton | Occupational Therapist
Tanya graduated from University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Tanya developed a passion for hand and upper limb rehabilitation in University, and this was further consolidated during her experience overseas and whilst working with young children. As well as participating in the Full Circle Hand Therapy Fellowship Program, Tanya is working towards her full accreditation with the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She also works for a non-profit organisation in paediatrics, which has contributed to her interest in children and upper limbs.
Tanya has spent time volunteering as an occupational therapist in Cambodia and worked at the Queen Elizabeth rehab centre, giving her a wide range of patients and conditions to help and treat. Her personal experience in elite level tennis contributes to her understanding of the demands of high level athletes and the complexities they face when challenged with an upper limb injury.
It is integral to Tanya’s therapeutic model that intervention improves wellbeing, and that a holistic framework should be used involving physical movement, social interaction and working towards each patient’s personalised goal.
Janet commenced her career in Physiotherapy in the mid 1970’s and has dedicated her career towards the betterment of the Hand Therapy profession in Australia. Janet commenced one of the first dedicated hand therapy practices in Australia and has been integral in shaping the profession towards the speciality it is today. She has helped many highly esteemed positions within the Australian Hand Therapy Association including President, Vice President and Division Representative, and has organised many conferences in her time. Janet recently retired in 2019, but continues to be a source of advice and ongoing education for the wider hand therapy community.