Occupational Therapists

Esther Rothman, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Esther received her undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Her passion for therapy led her to establish Rehabilitation Services of Greater Washington with her partner, Sam Dovelle, in 1989. In her quest to expand her knowledge base and skills, she achieved a certificate in upper quadrant rehabilitation from Drexel University and then an advanced certification as a hand therapist. Through her extensive education and clinical work, Esther has become skilled in the assessment and management of all patients with hand problems. She has also participated in several research projects that were published in hand therapy journals. She has mentored hand therapy students who have gone on to achieve certification as hand therapists. She maintains the highest standards of care for all of her patients providing individualized, hands on treatment programs that applies evidence-based medicine. She is passionate about her field of work and enjoys interacting with the patients one on one to help each achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She tries to make all her patients feel welcome, comfortable, confident and satisfied with the service given. She continues to strive for excellence in her practice, by refining her skills through continuing education and research.

Ashley Landis, MS, OTR/L

Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Towson University in 2008. She then graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science from Towson University in 2012. She has been with RSGW since 2008 and has enjoyed every moment!

Chris Clark, OTR/L

Chris Clark earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University, and also a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Penn State University. His background is predominantly in physical dysfunction including work with adaptive sports athletes, musicians, and residents in skilled nursing settings with a variety injuries and conditions. Chris is currently working in hand therapy and is studying to earn his CHT certification.

Jarcia Johnson, OTR/L

Jarcia Johnson received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Towson University in 2008, and later received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Towson University in 2012. Her physical medicine and rehabilitation fieldwork was at Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, on an inpatient and long term acute care unit, with a focus on intervention for conditions affecting mobility and activities of daily living. Before joining our team, Jarcia was a traveling therapist for various long term care facilities. She has been a member of our rehabilitation team here at RSGW for 3 years. She is an evaluating and treating hand therapist, treating injuring affecting the upper extremity (elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). “My favorite part of being a hand therapist is getting patients back to their highest level of function, thus increasing their quality of life”.

Sam Dovelle, OTR/L, CHT

Sam completed his degree in Occupational Therapy in 1976 at Eastern Michigan University. Soon after receiving his certification in the American Occupational Therapy Association, he began his career in the United States Army Medical Specialist Corp. in orthopedic rehabilitation with a focus in hand therapy. His interest in hand therapy and the academic influences of two major army medical centers provided the opportunity to research and publish journal articles in tendon rehabilitation. He has also published many case studies in hand therapy and orthotic design that were presented internationally and continue to be referenced in medical journals. Sam has lectured nationally on the topic, “Rehabilitation Following Micro-Neurovascular Surgery of the Hand” for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to promoting hand therapy. During his service in the Army he was appointed clinic instructor/supervisor for the Army Occupational Therapy Internship program and remains proud of his many interns that have gone on to establish their own hand therapy practices here in the Metro D.C area and across the United States. He continues to sponsor occupational and physical therapists in their pursuit of hand therapy certification and remains committed to providing the hand therapy that he would expect to receive himself.

Douglas Fischer, COTA

Douglas started his career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center treating both active duty and retired military personnel. There he gained valuable experience treating a wide range of injuries and neurological conditions. After leaving the Army he has worked exclusively in Hand Therapy and now has 25 plus years experience in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries as well as orthotic fabrications.