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Biographies

Cert. Hand Therapist

Anita Ploghoft

Anita is a certified hand therapist. She completed her undergraduate studies in Science from the University of Oregon. She received her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1981 from the University of Puget Sound.

She started her career working at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and saw patients with spinal injuries, head injuries, CVAs and various neurological disorders, as well as hand patients. This is when she was drawn towards upper extremity/hand injuries. After six years, she was a hand consultant at Legacy Good Sam and studied with a group of therapists in Oregon for the first CHT test in the state of Oregon. Anita was also a staff hand therapist at Adventist Medical Center and director of the hand clinic at HealthSouth in Portland, before co-founding Hand Center of Oregon, Inc.

Anita's work is her passion. She sees each patient from a holistic viewpoint. She takes on challenging cases giving hope to those who have not been able to find relief from other disciplines. She utilizes many conventional and nonconventional treatment techniques to treat each patient.

She was born from an Italian family, speaks Italain, and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children and their families.  

Cert. Hand Therapist

Debra Staylor

Deb is a certified hand therapist. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 1983 with a degree in occupational therapy. She began her hand therapy career right out of college and worked in various hand clinics before co-founding Hand Center of Oregon, Inc. in 2000.

Deb loves working with people of all ages. She strives to provide a warm, friendly, and positive therapy experience. She loves to educate her patients on their condition and believes in working as a team to achieve the goals that are important to them.

Deb enjoys watching football, taking walks, biking, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

Cert./Ret. Hand Therapist

Janine Dudley

Janine graduated from the San Jose State University's Occupational Therapy program in 1977 and was certified in Hand Therapy in 1991. She developed and worked in private practice settings in San Jose and Sacramento before settling in Portland in 1993 and managing the hand therapy department at Portland Adventist Medical Center. She joined Hand Center of Oregon, Inc. after it's opening in 2001.

Janine enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

Hand Therapist

Hannah Lund

Hannah is the newest member of the Hand Center of Oregon team. Originally from Hilton Head, South Carolina, Hannah drove across country to the Oregon coast in July of 2018 to join staff at the Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. As a traveling occupational therapist, she worked in acute care and outpatient settings.

Hannah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at the College of Charleston, with a concentration in Exercise Science. Upon graduating, she worked with young adults with intellectual disabilities for three years at the College of Charleston. In 2014, she enrolled at the University of St. Augustine to study occupational therapy. As a graduate student, Hannah spent one of her 12-week fieldwork placements at the Portland VA, where she worked under the founder of the VA’s hand clinic. It was here that she realized she had a passion for hand therapy. She returned to the Portland area in February 2019.

Hannah has treated a variety of patients recovering from orthopedic injuries and surgeries, as well as those recovering from strokes and traumatic brain injuries. Hannah is excited to be part of such an amazing team of therapists. 

Cert. Occupational Therapy Asst.

MaryAnn Norris-Verbitsky

MaryAnn is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She graduated with an associate degree in the occupational therapy assistant program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1988. She has worked primarily in hand rehabilitation with Certified Hand Therapists over the past 30 years and has been at Hand Center of Oregon for the last 16 years.

MaryAnn is a native Oregonian who love the outdoors as well as spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

Front Desk:

Chris & Monica

Chris has been working at Hand Center of Oregon for 7 years. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2006 and did some graduate work in Pharmacy. On his time off, he enjoys spending time with his dog, family, and friends.

Monica has been a biller here at the Hand Center of Oregon for 16 years. She is married and has 4 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering her time at her son's schools, going to church, and being part of the Sherwood community.

Clinic Dog:

Kai (clinic dog)

Kai is an Alaskan Klee Kai and is almost 3 years old. He has been a service dog for just over a year and, from time-to-time, will be at the office.

Kai enjoys going to the dog park and eating food he isn't supposed to.