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 Exercise Science and Kinesiology, then an MS in occupational therapy. He has experience in 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 the 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.”
On this episode, our hosts sit down with Christian Ely, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT, COMT-UE, CES to discuss how he prepared for and passed the CHT Exam in November 2020. Christian shares how he became interested in hand and upper extremity therapy and set his career in motion to become a CHT. Christian offers suggestions on when to begin studying, how he structured his study timeline and how he thought "outside the box" in order to gain experience in treating the upper extremity. If you are sitting for the CHT Exam or even thinking about it, you don’t want to miss this episode!