Meet the Armworks Team
Our philosophy in treatment is to partner with our patients to help them thrive: giving them the tools they need to heal and return to functional activity at work and home. We offer a comprehensive program to address elbow, wrist and hand diagnoses by blending manual therapy, modalities and splinting to achieve excellent outcomes.
What is Certified Hand Therapy?
The Certified Hand Therapy credentialing demonstrates clinical excellence by requiring an occupational or physical therapist to have 5 years of clinical experience, over 4000 hours of experience in providing hand therapy and pass a rigorous examination. This blend of knowledge and clinical skill with elbow, wrist and hand injuries sets us apart from other area providers.
Ryan Glover, OTR/L, CHT
Ryan, the founder of Armworks Hand Therapy, has enjoyed living and working as an occupational therapist in the Portland area since 1997, following graduation from the University of Puget Sound. Since 2000 he has specialized in hand therapy, working with a variety of injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand. Ryan is a Certified Hand Therapist – an advanced certification in hand therapy which reflects a high skill level and knowledge base. Ryan enjoys golfing, water skiing, working in the yard and spending time with his wife Jenne and four sons.
Melanie Serpa, OTR/L, CHT
Melanie has lived and worked as an Occupational Therapist in the Portland area for over seventeen years. She graduated from The University of Puget Sound in 1990 and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2004. In her free time, Melanie enjoys hiking, fishing, and hanging out with her son.
Jerry St. Amand, OTR/L, CHT
Jerry was born and raised in Slidell, LA. He attended La Tech Univ for undergrad and Texas Tech Univ HSC for OT school. After OT school, Jerry enlisted in the Army as a medic to pay off his student loans. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 as part of the initial invasion. Upon return, he left the Army and went to work in several different hospital-based OT settings. After 3 years, Jerry returned to active duty as an OT this time and spent 7 years learning hand therapy and caring for our military’s best. Jerry got married and left active duty to provide a more stable environment for his family: 2 teenage step-daughters and his 22 month-old son. When he’s not chasing him around, they enjoy camping, hiking, and the beach. Jerry likes endurance sports and completed in an iron-distance triathlon in 2012 (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run). They are new to Portland and the PNW and very excited to get out and experience what this area has to offer!
Anne Spiliotis, OTR/L, CHT
Anne was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in one of its suburbs, Daly City. She attended University of Southern California where she earned a BS in Occupational Therapy (OT). She started working inpatient rehabilitation in 1988, focusing on the practices of neuromuscular reeducation and activities of daily living (ADL) retraining. In 1992 she accepted the opportunity to work in a hand therapy clinic in San Francisco (St. Luke’s Hospital) and has been working in the field ever sense. Anne earned her Certified Hand Therapy endorsement in 1996 and joined Armworks Hand Therapy upon her arrival in Portland in the mid 2000’s. Anne enjoys exercising, biking, sewing, baking, movies and volunteering at her kids’ school.
Max McKinney, DPT, CHT firstname.lastname@example.orgMax is originally from Olympia, Washington, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology at Western Washington University in 2009. He moved to the East Coast and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Rhode Island in 2013. After graduating he began working in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, but in 2015 he returned to the PNW and joined the Armworks team in order to specialize in the elbow, wrist, and hand. Max believes in making therapy a fun experience for his patients, and outside of work he enjoys running, knitting, and exploring Portland’s restaurants.
Deborah Thomas, COTA
After growing up in Phoenix, Debbie moved to Portland in 2008, after vacationing here often. She graduated from Carrington College in 1995, with an Associates in OT. She has worked with both rehab and hand patients, then exclusively in hand therapy since 2011. Debbie has a black belt in kung fu and belongs to several photography groups. She loves spending time with her 3 children and grandchildren.
Jenne Glover, Armworks Business Manager
Jenne is the business manager for Armworks Hand Therapy and the wife of AHT owner, Ryan Glover. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1997 with a degree in Communication. Jenne loves working alongside her college sweetheart each day but more than anything she loves raising their four boys. In her free time Jenne enjoys waterskiing, camping, snow skiing, reading and teaching Sunday School. You also might catch her watching an episode of The Office now and then.
Leah Moffat, Assistant Business Manager
Originally from Chico, California, Leah graduated in 2001 from Whitworth University with degrees in Chemistry and Physics. She not only fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during college, but also fell in love with her husband. They have three school age children and she enjoys reading, running, camping, and cooking.
Amy Kalra. Staff
Amy was born in Southern California and grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in History from University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, CA. Amy spent 3 years working in Chico, CA, where she worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. It was in the outpatient setting where she began focusing on pursuing a specialization in hand therapy. In California, Amy received Advanced Practice certifications in Physical Agent Modalities and Hand Therapy. Amy recently moved to Portland to join Armworks Hand Therapy and continue her passion for hand therapy. During her free time, Amy enjoys disc golf, playing board games, and exploring Portland with her dog, Gizmo.