Ann received her BA in Sociology from Ithaca College in upstate New York in 1989. Although originally from the Connecticut shoreline, she moved to the Boston area to accept a position in the mental health field. Along the way, Ann had the opportunity to work as a rehab aide in a hand therapy clinic, thus stimulating her interest in Occupational Therapy. Ann returned to academia and earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University.
Ann stayed in the Boston area and gained valuable experience in both acute and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. Then in 2000, she was offered the opportunity to focus on hands at the Rheumatology and Hand Rehabilitation Center in New Haven. This practice specialized in the management of inflammatory joint disease and osteoarthritis, both pre and post operatively. She worked closely with the area rheumatologists, and provided hand therapy services to Yale Health Plan.
In 2005 Ann moved with her family to Maine and accepted a position at New England Rehabilitation Center in Portland. There she expanded her knowledge base by treating a variety of diagnoses including burns, multi trauma, amputations as well as fractures, tendonitis and repetitive strain. Ann’s years of experience provided her with the eligibility to sit for and earn the prestigious Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) credential.
Ann was excited to join Seacoast Hand Therapy in January of 2010 and return to the private practice setting. Here she has been able to pursue further training in oncology rehabilitation, attend national conferences and participate in locally based medical education and exchange. Ann has become a core component of the Seacoast Hand Therapy team for development of programs in addition to her extraordinary ability to provide skilled and compassionate care.
Ann lives with her husband, two children, and Maya-the-dog in South Portland. She enjoys hiking, canoeing and jumping off the rocks into Casco Bay at high tide. She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists, and the New England Hand Society.
Hilary’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology prior to receiving her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. Upon completion, Hilary returned to her Maine roots and gained valuable experience in both hospital based and private outpatient settings. She developed a strong interest in hand therapy as well as specialized treatment for oncology rehabilitation.
In 2006, Hilary was trained through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Through this experience, she developed a special interest in breast cancer rehabilitation and later became a formally trained specialist. Hilary has been able to wrap together her professional passions for oncology rehabilitation and hand/upper extremity therapy and offer an innovative, comprehensive recovery program.
Hilary’s gentle demeanor and psychology background adds a valuable dimension to the Seacoast’ team of seasoned hand therapists. Her clinical interests include orthopedic and nerve injuries, joint and tendon repairs, custom splint fabrication, and providing education for joint protection and lifestyle management of various arthritic diseases.
Hilary resides in Portland with her husband and two young boys. She enjoys spending time at the beach, skiing, running, and exploring Portland’s restaurants. She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists, and the New England Hand Society.
Stacie Desjardins, MOT/L, CLT
Stacie pursued her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy while practicing as an O.T. Assistant. She was awarded her degree in 2006 and continued her therapy career working with the veteran population in outpatient, inpatient and home care settings. Stacie brings to Seacoast her broad base of experience working with upper extremity injuries, cumulative trauma, fractures, arthritis, and nerve damage. As an added bonus, Stacie has extensive training in caring for patients with traumatic brain injury, general neurological conditions, as well as wheelchair seating and positioning. Stacie completed her Lymphedema Therapy Certification through Klose Training & Consulting, LLC and has joined Seacoast’s Oncology Rehabilitation Team. She is eligible to sit for the Certified Hand Therapy Certification and has this on her radar for the near future.
When not treating patients or working on her advanced certifications, Stacie is busy at home with her husband and children. She enjoys long walks, gardening, cooking, fine dining, the beach, and all that her new home in Southern Maine has to offer. She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association and the New England Hand Society.
Jessica Kaake, OTR/L
Jess attended Springfield College for her B.S. in Health Science and moved on to Husson University to complete her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She started her career working at Winship Green Nursing Facility in Bath, Maine and then shifted gears to begin her specialization as an Upper Extremity Therapist at Orthopaedic Associates in Portland, ME.
Seacoast Hand Therapy is pleased to have Jess join the Seacoast team as she brings strong academics and has pursued additional continuing education in Pain Neuroscience, Graston Technique and has attended multiple national conferences. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists and the New England Hand Society.
Jess lives in Topsham, Maine with her husband and “Bo” the rescue dog. She enjoys boating, fishing, crafting, running, ice fishing, snow shoeing and traveling. Jess has a thirst for learning and her unbridled enthusiasm has made her a welcome addition to the Seacoast Team.