Centers of Excellence

North Bay's most comprehensive orthopedic care.

SRO's Hand Center

Santa Rosa's Resource for Hand and Upper Extremity Care

SRO Hand Center Team

SRO’s Hand Center specialists provide the most up-to-date, medically appropriate treatment. In combination with our certified hand therapists and medical staff, our physicians offer exceptional quality, in both surgical and non-surgical evaluation and treatment.

Jennifer Henshaw-Lefever, OTR/L, CHT, PA

Jennifer Henshaw-Lefever is a licensed Occupational Therapist and nationally certified Hand Therapist.  Jennifer has broad experience in Hand Therapy with strong evaluation and treatment skills enhanced by her training as a Physician Assistant. She enjoys the proximity, communication and collaboration with the Physicians at SRO and finds it the ideal environment for providing effective care for the patients. Learn More …

Bruce Kolman, OTR/L, CHT

Bruce is a graduate or Temple University with a degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a Certified Hand Therapist. Bruce has been specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the upper extremity for over 20 years. Learn More …

Cynthia Syiek MA, OTR/L, CHT

Cynthia graduated with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked as an occupational therapist since 1982, became credentialed as a hand therapist in 2006 and is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Learn More …

Additional Services

Our occupational therapists are all board certified hand therapists, guaranteeing their expertise in treating everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to complex post-surgical cases.

SRO’s Hand Therapists specialize in a variety of post surgical and post traumatic injuries including replantations/ revascularizations, tendon repairs, burns, and fractures/dislocations along with degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis and tendon conditions including DeQuervain’s and lateral epicondylitis.

These hand therapists are highly skilled in the application and modification of treatment techniques including range of motion, strengthening, wound care, joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, static and dynamic splinting, physical agent modalities, ergonomic assessments, work station modifications, and patient education. They also work closely with physicians and patients to fabricate specialized splints designed to protect muscles, tendons, and joints.

Regenerative Orthopaedics uses cutting-edge technology to stimulate and accelerate the healing process. Depending on age, health and the severity of  condition treatments may include; stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and other non-operative treatments.

These therapies are performed as a same day, office-based procedure and require minimal recovery time for patients. Although success may ultimately depend on the site and severity of the injury, improved pain and function can last for years.

PRP and Stem Cell Injections & Regenerative Therapy

While stem cells have the ability to differentiate and form brand new cells, platelets are a small fragment of blood cells, which help in clotting and enhance the healing process. The growth factors present in the platelets work to simulate those cells essential for a quicker recovery. An added benefit of PRP is that the patient faces less risk of infection or allergic reactions due to the procedure, as the injected platelets are of their own blood. This combined with the fact that the procedure itself is quick and does not require general anesthesia or a prolonged recovery makes it a viable option for situations where standard treatments have proven to be ineffective.

Platelets are cells that clot blood and contain over 300 active growth factors. They also contain hormones that help to facilitate growth and healing. The process of extraction followed by centrifugation of the blood allows platelet-rich plasma to be separated from the original sample which is then injected into the site of the injury. For those patients whose tissues are aging and therefore have a slower or reduced ability to repair and regenerate, the growth factors in PRP can help to improve the body’s healing ability.

Advantages include:

  • Long-term pain relief
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Improved function
  • Improved healing potential

Common Areas of Treatment:

  • Tendon or Ligament injury (tear, sprain)
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Strains
  • Articular Cartilage Injury