Hands On Orthotics Course – San Antonio, TX 09- 25-26 -2021

Course Details

* Please note registration closes on Thursday, 9/23/21 @ 11:59 pm ET.

Title: Hands On Orthotics – San Antonio, TX
Date: September 25-26, 2021 (two-day course)
Time: 8 am – 5:00 pm

San Antonio - Downtown
400 E. Quincy Street
San Antonio, TX 78215

Cara Smith, PT, DPT, CHT and Christian Ely, MSOT, OTR/L, COMT-UE, CES, CHT

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be required to wear a mask throughout the course.

Course Description:
Hands On Orthotics is a lab-intensive, customized course designed to improve orthotic fabrication skills. This course is for beginner to intermediate practitioners/hand therapists. Participants receive a course manual, and orthoses are customized according to the class.


  • Course participants will demonstrate ability to fabricate 16 custom orthoses
  • Course participants will identify indications/contraindications of the orthoses shown below
  • Course participants will demonstrate knowledge of practical applications of orthoses


  • Wrist orthosis
  • Forearm based thumb spica
  • Hand based thumb spica
  • Resting hand orthosis 
  • Ulnar gutter 
  • Hand based fracture brace
  • Figure 8
  • Gutter
  • Mallet
  • Web spacer
  • Relative motion orthosis
  • Posterior long arm
  • Muenster
  • Humeral fracture brace
  • Low profile Radial nerve
  • Static progressive metacarpophalangeal flexion orthosis 

Registration Fee:
Members $450
Non-Members $510


  • This course has been approved for 16 contact hours, or 1.6 CEUS, from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
  • This course has been approved for 16 contact hours, or 1.6 CEUS, from the Board of Certification – Certified Athletic Trainers. (BOC-ATC).
  • This course has been approved for 16 continuing competence units (16 CCUs), from the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited enrollment is planned to ensure quality of course and ample instructor-participant attention. Cancellation of registration up to two weeks prior to course date will result in a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS ESTABLISHED DEADLINE. It is the responsibility of the registrant to notify ASHT of cancellation in writing or by email to education@asht.org. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of notification. In the unlikely event that a course is canceled, ASHT will provide full refund of the registration fee only.

All grievances may be directed to the ASHT Education Division by sending an email to education@asht.org.

For further information or questions regarding this course, contact education@asht.org

Cara Smith, DPT, PT, CHT

Cara graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2007. She completed the Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship in 2010 and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2013. In 2020, she earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University.

Cara is the Hand Therapy Program Coordinator at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The majority of her clinical practice has been in pediatric orthopedics, working alongside orthopedic surgeons in multidisciplinary clinics taking care of children with congenital and acquired conditions, as well as traumatic injuries.

Cara is a member of the ASHT Education Division and is a co-host of ASHT's popular bi-weekly podcast entitled "Hands In Motion."  

Christian Ely, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT, COMT-UE, CES

Christian is a Certified Hand Therapist living in Houston, Texas. Originally from Indiana, he graduated from The University of Southern Indiana with a double major in Exercises Science and Kinesiology, then a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. He has experience serving upper extremity patients in both the community and hospital setting. Currently, he works at Houston Methodist as a hand Therapist and is on faculty with Houston Methodist Hand Therapy Fellowship.

Christian is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist of the Upper Extremity. He has additional certifications in Blood Flow restriction therapy, Functional Dry Needling, and is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist with the American Academy of Sports Medicine.

In his free time, Christian enjoys staying active, driving his jeep to the beach, exploring craft breweries and distilleries, and relaxing with his English Bull Dog “Jyn.”