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.
Nancy Bouffard, MS OTR/L, CLT
Nancy graduated from the University of New England in 2004 with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She became certified in lymphedema management and risk reduction over 10 years ago through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
Nancy believes in a holistic approach to successful cancer rehabilitation that encompasses both the physical and psychosocial effects of cancer. Her education and experience in breast cancer rehabilitation has made her proficient in treatment and management of post-operative complications including pain, axillary web syndrome, radiation fibrosis, scar tissue, shoulder dysfunction and the impact of breast cancer on intimacy and self-esteem.
Nancy lives in Biddeford with her husband and two children. When she is not on the sideline of a youth soccer, lacrosse or hockey game, she enjoys, boating, camping, and spending time with family.