Therapists

Ann Stanton, OTR/L, CHT, BCB

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 Hayner, OTR/L, CHT, CLT

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.

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Nancy Bouffard, MS OTR/L, CLT

NANCY BOUFFARD, 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.

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Melanie Kendall, OTR/L, CSRS


Melanie joined Seacoast Hand Therapy with over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist. She worked in a variety of settings prior to accomplishing the title of Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist.  Melanie’s professional background also includes pediatrics, mental health, acute care and extensive training in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Melanie has now directed her efforts to specialization in upper extremity conditions and is eligible to sit for the Certified Hand Therapist examination.  She has been able to marry her caring nature with her knowledge to address the patient as a whole person, while focusing on upper extremity diagnoses.

Outside of work, Melanie is busy with gardening, painting, reading and spending time with her husband, two children and Layla, the Golden Retriever.

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Deborah Paul,  OTR/L, CHT

Debbie joined Seacoast Hand Therapy after moving to Maine from the coast of New Hampshire.  She brings with her over 32 years of hand therapy experience after working closely with several surgeons in the areas around Portsmouth and Exeter.   Debbie is a seasoned Certified Hand Therapist and is comfortable with all facets of hand therapy including severe trauma, crush injuries and burns.  She also has had great success treating “overuse injuries” such as tennis and golfer’s elbow, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, “Trigger Fingers” and various tendinopathies.   Debbie has many treatments, tips and tricks for patients struggling with any form of arthritis. In the past, Debbie has traveled to Haiti on three separate medical missions helping to establish a hand therapy clinic.  Clearly, she is undaunted by any challenge and calmly brings this resourcefulness with her to the clinic. Debbie’s wealth of knowledge, medical mileage, compassion and sense of humor, make her an excellent therapist, mentor and colleague.  Seacoast is fortunate that she dropped in to become part of our team.

Debbie lives with her husband and her beautiful dog, Toby in Standish on the lake.  She enjoys biking, reading, puzzles of all kinds and spending time with her grandchildren.