UVA Hand Center Therapy Department, Healthsouth




Jeff Smith, OTR/L, CHT
Sr Occupational Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

Jeff was born and raised in the Midwest and graduated from the Eastern Michigan University Occupational Therapy Program 1993.  He has worked in the area of Hand Therapy and Industrial Rehabilitation for his entire career, and was certified in hand therapy (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Committee in 1999 (Recertified 2004, 2009).  Jeff relocated to Charlottesville in 2007 to join the team at the UVA Hand Center after working with the physicians and surgeons of the University of Notre Dame.  He is deeply interested in research and teaching in hand therapy and is committed to continually improving the care he provides to his patients through continuing education.

Jeff lives in the Charlottesville area with his wife and three daughters.  He is active in his local church and enjoys tinkering with all things mechanical and technical in his off hours.


Jenn Digrazia, MSOT/L
Staff Occupational Therapist

Jenn is a native of the San Francisco bay area and has worked as a therapist in central Virginia since graduating from Boston University in 2000 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She has provided hand therapy services in the Charlottesville area for the past 6 years, and joined the UVA Hand Center in 2008.  Jenn has been an instructor in the Occupational Therapy program at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA.  She is currently working towards certification as a hand therapist (CHT) and is committed to advancing her skills in the treatment of the upper extremity.

Jenn lives in the Charlottesville area, and when not in the clinic can be found fishing, camping and working on her boat.

Stacey Hite
Stacy Hite, PT, DPT, MS,CHT
Staff Physical Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

Stacy Hite attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned abachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1993 and a master’s degree in clinical health sciences in 2006. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. She has been a certified hand therapist since 2009. Stacy joined the hand therapy team at UVA-HealthSouth in 2011.

Kathy Riley
Kathy Riley, PT, CHT
Staff Physical Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

Kathy Riley graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her degree in physical therapy and practiced in Houston, Texas, for many years before moving to Kentucky. There she began to focus on the treatment of the upper extremity at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and became certified as a hand therapist in 2007. She relocated to Virginia in 2009 and joined the team at UVA-HealthSouth in May of 2011.

Leslie Baruch
Leslie Baruch, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist,
Burn Specialist

Leslie Baruch has worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center since 1987 as an occupational therapist and specializes in burn care and rehabilitation. She graduated from Tufts University in 1983 and worked in New York City prior tomoving to Charlottesville. Leslie treats burn patients at UVA HealthSouth in addition to seeing inpatients at the medical center.

Front Office Staff

Front Office

Sherri Akens
Admissions Supervisor

Emily Bersch
Patient Services Coordinator

Jennifer King
Patient Services Coordinator




Other Resources:

American Society of
Hand Therapists:

Hand Therapy
Certification Commission:

American Occupational
Therapy Association:

American Physical
Therapy Association: