The Right Hands
OTR/L, CHT, CWCE, CEAS II
At the center of the practice is the clinic’s founder and visionary, Lindsay Pimentel. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, she continued her training as a CHT (Certified Hand Therapist – 2001) and later as a CWCE (Certified Work Capacity Evaluator – 2004) and a CEAS II (Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist – 2007).
“I love what I do; this is my passion and my ministry and I feel so privileged to be a part of making a difference in peoples’ lives.” – Lindsay Pimentel
The Right People
Lindsay Pimentel Hand to Shoulder Rehab is home to some of Fresno’s top occupational and physical therapists. Only a creative and ambitious team could service so many patients and doctors across the Central Valley and beyond. The therapists, who work collectively alongside Lindsay to meet the diverse needs of their clients, and they are constantly furthering themselves in knowledge to deliver quality treatments.
Meet our Team:
Elizabeth’s experience with varied cultures provides patients with a unique experience, as she thrives on interacting with and learning from all walks of life.
Elizabeth earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in the Bay Area in 2014. Hand therapy is her third career, after having traveled the world as an airline attendant, living and studying in many countries, and performing as a professional dancer. Seven years after a personal hand injury, she came full circle back to hand therapy enjoying the impact she has at Hand to Shoulder Rehab. Her passion and commitment to be client-centered, in the healing process, stems from the quality care that she herself had received. She enjoy assisting clients regain their function in life.
Growing up with an entrepreneur as a father, she learned to see the world with an eye for identifying problems, finding solutions, and meetings needs. When she discovered the world of occupational therapy, it opened her eyes to a profession built on creativity, compassion, and science. In 2015, she earned a Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Milligan College in TN, and headed west the following week. She has since had the opportunity to work in various settings including acute care, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric outpatient, and hand therapy. Seeing her clients return to life’s daily activities at Hand to Shoulder Rehab, inspires her to continually pursue excellence in what she feel is her life’s calling.
Justin earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy at California State University Dominguez Hills, and prior to discovering the world of therapy, he had a career in international marketing. He has spent most of his life in Southern California, and has moved up to Fresno in 2020, drawn by the plethora of outdoor activities Central Valley has to offer. He enjoys many hobbies such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and wood working, and understands his client’s frustration when they cannot use their hands to participate in their favorite hobbies or work. Justin finds joy in being able to help his clients return to the activities they love to do.
Chelsey earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Saint Louis University in Missouri, where she was born and raised. With a love for the west coast, she took her first job in Reno, NV for a home health agency. While working with clients in their home, she was able to see how hand injuries impact every aspect of someone’s daily life. Through these experiences she developed a passion for working with individuals to recover from their upper extremity injury and regain their independence. In her free time, she enjoys many hobbies such as teaching and practicing yoga, volunteering, hiking, and visiting new places. Chelsey enjoys assisting her clients here at Hand to Shoulder Rehab helping them return to participating in the activities they are so passionate about.
Liesl discovered Occupational Therapy in highschool thanks to a wonderful teacher. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a Bachelor of Science in OT. She then spent a year travelling in Europe with her husband and they emigrated to the United States in 1991. She has almost 30 years of experience in hand therapy, neurology, ICU and acute rehab. She enjoys time with her family, plays tennis, rock-climbs, swims, hikes and mountain bikes. She also enjoys gardening, raising goats and reading Dickens and C.S.Lewis. “ What inspires me is seeing people regain their health and independence. Hand to Shoulder Rehab is a wonderful place to work, where therapists and patients feel like part of the family.”
Angela has over 23 years of experience as a physical therapist and initially worked in In-patient rehab working with patients with major medical traumas and spinal cord injuries. Her interests led her to work out-patient rehabilitation for 10 years and during that time Co-authored a book on self-treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and developed and implemented a treatment protocol for people suffering from Migraines and Headaches as well as upper quarter pain syndromes and Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders (jaw and facial pain.) At Hand to Shoulder Rehab she is able to approach her upper quadrant and cervical spine patients with a wide scope of knowledge adding in the full body as needed. Angela incorporates education on healthy lifestyle as well as ergonomics and posture in order to promote a lifetime of wellness. “My goal as a therapist is to help people to regain their strength and function as well as to understand how to heal and rehabilitate themselves.”.