Gail Blom, MA, OTR, CHT, CLT is the founder and owner of Covenant Hand Therapy. With over 30 years of clinical experience, Gail brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our business. Gail received her BS in OT from the University of Illinois, and her MA from Texas Woman’s University, with academic honors. She was Director of Hand Therapy at the prestigious University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, and has served in clinical, management and ownership roles at other clinics throughout her career. She is an open and approachable employer, treating her staff with fairness and respect.
Gail has taught as an adjunct instructor in the OT program at TWU, and she is a former member of the Texas Board of OT Examiners, appointed by then-governor George W. Bush. Gail teaches hand therapy continuing education courses both regionally and nationally, and she is known throughout Texas as a mentor to other hand therapists. Gail has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1993, and she added expertise in lymphedema treatment to her list of accomplishments, with Vodder Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage. Gail’s reputation as a knowledgeable, results-oriented therapist is perfectly complemented by her friendliness, her kindness and her concern for every patient we treat.
Nideo (rhymes with “video”) Phongpaichit, MOT, OTR, CLT has been an integral CHT employee since the clinic opened in 2002. Nideo has a wealth of healthcare experience; she was a physical therapist in her native Thailand, completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Women’s University in 2005, and holds a degree in gerontology from UT Southwestern. Throughout her schooling, she earned many scholarships and volunteered her time to various educational and health organizations. Nideo’s humor is rivaled only by her care for people and her organizational skills. Her helpful nature is appreciated by co-workers and patients alike.
Kristin M. Keesey, OTR, CHT, CLT received her B.S. in OT from Texas Woman’s University in 1995. She contributes to the clinic with 20 years of experience in upper extremity orthopedics. Kristin became a certified hand therapist in 2003, and began teaching hand therapy continuing education courses regionally with Gail. After completing the 160 hour lymphedema certification course through Dr. Vodder’s School, she traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for better funding for treatment and home care for lymphedema clients. Kristin previously assisted with Texas Woman’s University at Dallas interview process for entrance into the Occupational Therapy Masters program. Kristin collaborated on a series of articles on prevention of repetitive strain injury in musicians; the first was published in March 2013 in The Clarinet Journal. In addition to her therapy skills, Kristin is accomplished in working with fused and stained glass.
Vanessa Saurer, RMT, CLT joined CHT in 2009 as a licensed massage therapist. In addition to being a certified neuromuscular therapist, in 2010, she became a certified lymphedema therapist. Vanessa is currently advancing her studies by completing her Masters degree in Health Care Management at Dallas Baptist University. She has a special talent for creative problem-solving, which benefits our patients and staff. Her wonderful touch and caring personality make her a valuable member of our team.
Oliver Serrano, OTR, CHT, MBA is the Director of Clinical Operations and Marketing. He graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. In 2003, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. Oliver became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2009. He has over ten years of hospital and outpatient therapy experience, with a focus on outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, specializing in upper extremity injuries and custom splint fabrication. In December 2014, Oliver graduated from Texas Woman’s University, obtaining an Executive MBA with a certificate in Health Systems Management. In his spare time, Oliver enjoys playing basketball, sand volleyball, and kickball. He brings good energy and humor to the clinic; his enthusiasm for his work is evident to all.
Abbey Mulder, MOT, OTR graduated with academic honors from TWU with a Master of Occupational Therapy. In order to fulfill the requirements for her degree, she completed a student internship at Covenant Hand as well as a 3 month internship under a Certified Hand Therapist at a hospital-based outpatient clinic. During her time at TWU, she was the Education Chair for the Student Occupational Therapy Association. In August 2014, she had an article entitled “Effects of Video Modeling on Handwriting at a Montessori Preschool” published in a peer-reviewed journal. Her Bachelors of Science degree is in Psychology from Grace University in Omaha, NE. Abbey enjoys spending time with her active family; she has a husband, daughter, son, and German Shepherd.
Bill Lutz, PT has been practicing Physical Therapy since he graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1982. First, in Dallas at Presbyterian West, after which he owned and sold two clinics in Carrollton, Texas. He has since worked in various clinics in North Texas, as well as doing contract work in Maui during each of the past four years. This fits well with his interest in fitness and anything water. Laurie, Bill’s wife, is a Rehabilitation PT; they have three grown children. Always specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, Bill uses his three-year internship in Norwegian Manual Therapy and his extensive training in Work Hardening/Work Conditioning in his practice. One of his favorite things to treat is shoulders, which fits in well with our Hand Therapy practice. His experience in lower extremity rehabilitation expands our practice to serve our patients more completely. Practice Aloha.
Trish Danielson, RMT, CLT joined CHT in October 2014 as a Neuromuscular Therapist, as well as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has been a Massage Therapist for four years and taught massage for one year. Trish is committed to supporting the health of our patients, viewing the balance between mind and body as the two main healing components in life. In her spare time, Trish enjoys taking yoga classes, going to the movies, cooking, and spending some quality time with her dogs, Arnold and Daisy.
Marilyn Ender Blume is the Director of Business Operations and Medical Billing. She is a Baylor University graduate. She brings a wonderful depth and breadth of experience to our organization, having worked in medical, university, engineering, and law firm settings. Her organizational skills and great attention to detail work hand-in-hand with her gift for creative problem-solving. Marilyn is an advocate for our patients with their health insurance companies, using her thorough understanding of Medicare law and insurance company regulations. A champion of dogs and an accomplished sailor, artist, and gardener, Marilyn keeps us both grounded and entertained.
Ann Plank comes to us as a graduate from Collin College in Plano, TX certified as a Health Unit Coordinator. A native Texan, born in Dallas, she has lived most of her life here with her family. However, she spent a decade in the New England area where she enjoyed playing on a women’s hockey team. She has a cheerful personality and positive attitude. With extensive experience in customer service, hospitality, and elder care-giving, Ann is a true asset for CHT.