Hand and Occupational Therapy Center

Central Alabama’s Premiere Therapy Center

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What is Hand Therapy?

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What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Certified hand therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions through advanced study.

Our hand therapists work closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

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Preventative Care and Rehabilitation

Evaluation And Treatment

Preventative Care and Rehabilitation

Hand therapists bridge the gap from medical management of upper extremity conditions to successful recovery, allowing individuals to function normally in their daily lives. Hand therapists provide non-operative interventions, preventative care and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders.

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Conditions Treated

We are excited to offer you outstanding, specialized services for your patients with injuries and disorders of the upper extremity!

Traumatic Injuries

Fractures And Dislocations

Sports Injuries

Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow and other upper extremity tendinopathies.

Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and other Nerve Entrapment Disorders

Repetitive Motion Syndromes


Burns And Frostbite

Arthritis - Rheumatoid, Osteo, and Psoriatic.

Tendon And Nerve Injuries

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (crps/rsd)

Shoulder Injuries

Outpatient CVA Upper Extremity Dysfunction

Repairs and Transfers

What our Patients are saying

Patient Reviews

We are excited to offer you outstanding, specialized services for your patients with injuries and disorders of the upper extremity!

Patient Reviews

Cammy Harbison

I am so very grateful for William “Keith” Brannen at Hand and Occupational Center. He is so gifted and skilled! He cares so much for his patients. Keith has basically worked a miracle on my right hand (which I injured lifting a heavy object the wrong way) and now I do not need surgery! He is amazing! When my Ortho scheduled surgery I asked him to refer me to PT and then canceled my surgical appt. The Hand center was on the list with all the other Physical Therapy centers and I am so glad I chose Keith! I own a Yoga Studio and teach Yoga for a living. I live a very active lifestyle of health, wellness and family. My hands are essential for that and so many other reasons. Thank you Keith for getting me back to living my best life!

Patient Reviews

Michael Coffel

I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident resulting in multiple hand surgeries. Keith and the staff at Hand & Occupational Therapy Center are the absolute best at what they do ! I went through almost 2 years of therapy and found them to be very knowledgeable and thorough in what they do. They are genuinely concerned about their patients and I would not have come as far as I have without their wonderful care. I would highly recommend them to anyone requiring therapy.

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Samuel (Jeff) Helms

Through my experience at Hand and Occupational Therapy Center I have found Keith Brannen and the entire team to be a welcoming and tight knit family. They have a genuine passion for what they do. From the time you walk in their door you will be treated by people who are incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. You will be both challenged and encouraged in your therapy sessions because their desire is to help you reach your highest point of recovery possible. They will take the time to answer your questions and explain the purposes in the exercises. You will not find a more caring and professional group.

Meet Our Talented Team

Our Team

We are excited to offer you outstanding, specialized services for your patients with injuries and disorders of the upper extremity!

Our Team

Amy Smith, MS, OTR/L

Amy is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University, she went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University in 2014. The first part her career was spent in the acute care, hospital setting where she focused on treating orthopedic injuries, joint replacements, poly-trauma, and neurological and cardiopulmonary disorders. Amy joined Hand and Occupational Therapy Center in January of 2022 to expand her knowledge and skills. Amy enjoys hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and being able to service her community.

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Amber S. Littlejohn, MS, OTR/L

Amber, native of Shorter, Alabama received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Tuskegee University in 2014. The initial part of her career was spent treating adults and children with a variety of behavioral disorders, and neurological and physical disabilities in the outpatient and acute inpatient settings. Soon after, Amber began a career working with Alabama Early Intervention Systems. Amber obtains extensive knowledge and experience in Neonatal Neurodevelopment, Sensory Processing Disorders as well as Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Disorders. Amber joined the HOTC family in 2020 on a new journey to expand her services.

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Shirley Ballard, OTR/L, CHT

Shirley grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She worked in several home health and out-patient settings early in her career and began specializing in hand and upper extremity rehab in 1986. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991 and went on to work in a variety of outpatient and industrial rehab settings in the Birmingham area. She joined HOTC in 2011 and truly enjoys serving patients in the Montgomery community.

Our Team

William Keith Brannen, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Keith is a native of Wetumpka, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University and later a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014 from Alabama State University. Early in his career Keith provided therapy services in a variety of Skilled Nursing facilities before working in the home health setting for two years. Keith joined the Hand and Occupational Therapy Center in 2018 and has since become a Certified Hand Therapist. Keith has a love for upper extremity orthopedic therapy including fabricating custom orthotics. Keith has lived in the tri- county area his whole life and truly feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve this community.

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Roberta “Bobbi” Taunton

Bobbi was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and grew up traveling with her family via the Air Force. She landed in Alabama, where she stayed, married and raised a family of two sons. After twenty-two years homeschooling, she has been blessed to work for the Hand and Occupational Therapy Center as their office coordinator since January of 2022. She loves God, her husband and children, and all the people she gets to meet while welcoming them each day.


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