Hand and Upper Limb Symposium


June 2-3, 2023

This 2 day symposium for health professionals will focus on rehabilitation of the upper limb. 
The Roth|McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb surgeons and therapists will share their expertise with an opportunity to view a live cadaver dissection for an in-depth review of anatomy.

Register for this event



Registration: $500
One day registration: $250

Students: $300
One day registration: $150
*No refunds after May 26, 2023.


The Park Hotel London
242 Pall Mall Street, London ON
Use the following link to book a Suite: The Park Hotel London - Reservations - Room Availability (synxis.com)

Please ask for the Hand & Upper limb Symposium room block. Other options near the hospital include Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, Guest House on the Mount and various AirBnB listings.

QUESTIONS? Please contact:

Email: Hand_therapy@sjhc.london.on.ca

Phone: 519-646-6001



Tara Packham

Tara Packham is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and is a certified somatosensory therapist for the treatment of pain (CSTP). She completed her research training at McMaster University with Dr. Joy MacDermid, focusing on evaluation and rehabilitation of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Now an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster, Tara’s program of research in the IMPRinT lab is focused on advancing our understanding and management of persistent pain, and moving evidence into practice. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Hand Therapy and is a senior editor at Pain Medicine, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications. She lives near Hamilton, Ontario with her husband, dog and backyard chickens. 

Pat McKee

Pat McKee, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto has taught anatomy, hand therapy, biomechanics, orthotics (splinting), ergonomics and occupational therapy to students and therapists worldwide for 40+ years. Pat co-authored the textbook “Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body”, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  She co-developed the Anatomy Glove Learning System, now used by medical and allied health professionals and students in 35 countries. Among her many international invited presentations, she is the keynote speaker for European Federations of Societies of Hand Therapy, Rimini Italy, May 2023.

Shrikant J. Chinchalkar

Shrikant J. Chinchalkar worked as a Senior hand therapist at the Roth|McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre for 26 years. He has over 50 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions, nearly 40 years of teaching and 30 years of research experience.  He has over 300 presentations to his credit in over 28 countries. He was been the recipient of many awards including the “Dr. Paul Brand Award of Excellence” by the American Society of Hand Therapists,  “Award of Leadership” by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the “Lifetime Membership Award” by the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists and in 2019 he received a “Life Time Achievement Award” by the International Federation of Society of Hand Therapists. He designed the Hand Therapy Fellowship program at the R|M HULC which is named after him.  It is now called as “Chinchalkar Hand Therapy Fellowship Program” to honor his legacy. He was chosen as an Honorary Advisor to the Asia Pacific Wrist Association in Seoul, Korea during their annual conference. Shrikant is also an “Honorary Advisor to Society of Hand Therapy, India”. He is a member of “Education Committee of IFSHT”. Shrikant has authored six book chapters and numerous papers and abstracts in various peer-reviewed journals related to Upper Extremity surgery and therapy. 


Friday June 2, 2023

7:30 - 8:00 Registration & Refreshments
8:00 Welcome Address by Dr. Graham King - Medical Director – Roth|McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre

8:15 - 9:45 Flexor Tendons: Basics and Beyond
8:15 - Anatomy, Biomechanics and Flexor Tendon Repair presented by Dr. Stahs Pripotnev
8:45 The Evolution of Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation presented by Joey Pipicelli
9:15 Therapeutic Management of Complications presented by Juliana Larocerie

9:45 - 10:30 The Battle Against the Stiff Hand presented by Shrikant Chinchalkar

10:30 - 11:00 Networking Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:00 The Dynamic Thumb
11:00 Anatomy, Biomechanics and Pathomechanics of the 1st CMC Joint presented by Pat McKee
11:30 The Two S’s of Treatment: Stability and Strengthening presented by Luann MacDonald

12:00 - 13:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Registrants will choose one of the following:
A) Unlocking the Wrist – Shrikant Chinchalkar & Pat McKee
A 3D, hands-on experience to gain an in depth understanding of wrist anatomy, biomechanics and pathomechanics.

B) Clinical Evaluation of the Elbow - Joey Pipicelli
Hand Therapists are often the first-line assessors in patient’s who suffer from elbow pain, weakness and instability. This session will provide a detailed review and systematic approach to elbow assessment.

C) Orthotic Fabrication for the Stiff Hand – Emily Seeley
This 2 hour hands-on workshop will focus on simple, tips and tricks to enhance flexion and extension of the fingers. Participants will also learn how to fabricate a simple staticprogressive flexion and extension orthosis.

15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break

15:30 - 16:00 Distal Radius Fractures: Evolution of the Evidence presented by Dr. Ruby Grewal

16:00 – 16:30 Management of Distal Radius Fractures: Considerations of the Sixth Sense presented by Sarah Baier

Saturday June 3, 2023

7:30 - Morning Refreshments

8:00 – 9:15 - The Incredible World of Extensor Tendon Injuries presented by Shrikant Chinchalkar

9:15 -10:00 Making Sense of the Sensitization presented by Tara Peckham

10:00 -10:30 Networking Refreshment Break

10:30 -12:00 Live Cadaver Dissection. A Review of Hand Anatomy, Common Injuries, Surgical Repair and Rehabilitation presented by Dr. Genevieve Dostaler and Juliana Larocerie.

12:00 -13:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 -15:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Registrants will choose one of the following:

A) Clinical Assessment of the Wrist and Hand – Andy Morton
A detailed review of anatomy, biomechanics and clinical evaluation. This session will also review hands-on manual assessment techniques used to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

B) Maping Painful Numbness: Introduction to Somatosensory Evaluation – Tara Packham
Somatosensory rehabilitation is a method for the evaluation and treatment of neuropathic pain. It draws on contemporary understandings of functional neuroanatomy to address both sensory loss and gain (allodynia). While it can be used for the entire body it can be especially useful for conditions commonly seen in upper limb practice including CRPS, painful scars, nerve compressions and burns. This session will introduce the methods of assessment in somatosensory rehabilitation (allodynography, the rainbow scale, and esthesiography) and how these can be applied in a hand therapy context.

C) Scapular Mechanics and Rehabilitation – Tracy Elliott
This session will review scapular anatomy, mechanics and function. We will work through assessment of the scapula statically and dynamically to identify scapular dyskinesis and address possible causative factors. Lastly, we will work through practical treatment and rehabilitation to treated altered scapular position and mechanics.

15:00 -16:30 - Elbow Instability

15:00 Classification and Management of Elbow Instability presented by Dr. Graham King

15:45 Therapeutic Management of Elbow Instability presented by Joey Pipicelli

16:30 Closing Remarks

Location & Details

Shuttleworth Auditorium, Monsignor Roney Building (Zone D), Cheapside Entrance St. Joseph’s Hospital, 268 Grosvenor St., London, ON.

Find directions on how to get to St. Joseph's Hospital and you can also get turn by turn directions to the Shuttleworth Auditorium once you have arrived at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Parking is available from the Cheapside Street Entrance circle and the Grosvenor Street parking garage; $9/day.