All patients that are referred to Tulsa Bone & Joint Hand Therapy will initially have an evaluation with an Occupational Therapist. After the initial evaluation, the patient will set up their appointments and may notice they are scheduled with a COTA for some of their visits. Patients may not know or understand COTA’s role and may be hesitant to see them.
A COTA is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. They have attended college and receive an Associate degree in Applied Science. A COTA is also required to pass National Boards and carry a state medical license in order to treat patients. However, a COTA cannot work without being under supervision of a Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L or OT).
Angela Averill is our only COTA here at Tulsa Bone & Joint. She has been in the hand therapy setting for 6 years. She is qualified to provide manual treatment to a patient’s affected body part (finger, wrist, elbow etc.), perform ASTYM, various modalities, and instruct the patient in exercises and activities that have been specified in the Plan of Care. Angela is in constant communication with the OTR about the patients treatment and progression. She follows the Care Plan established during the initial evaluation and will address any questions or concerns directly with OTR. Angela has shadowed our doctors to get a better understanding of the diagnoses treated here at Tulsa Bone & Joint, and she will occasionally assist in fabrication of splints.
Angela enjoys interacting with patients and being part of the expert team helping our patients reach their goals and return to prior level of function.
We here at Tulsa Bone & Joint are happy to have her as part of our Hand Therapy Team.
Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Weldin, MD. Dr. Weldin is a hand surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow repairs, including pediatric hand conditions.
Dr. Weldin completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery and a residency in Orthopeaedic Surgery from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She earned a medical degree from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Weldin’s practice was previously located in Reno, Nev. at Reno Orthopedic Center.
Dr. Weldin’s clinic is located at the main Tulsa Bone & Joint campus at 4800 E. 109th E. Ave.
Dr. Weldin performs outpatient hand and upper extremity surgeries at Union Pines, the outpatient surgery center on the campus of Tulsa Bone & Joint at 4808 S. 109th E. Ave. She also has privileges at Ascension St. John and performs surgeries at Ascension St. John Main as well as Ascension St. John Broken Arrow.
Dr. Weldin is currently accepting new patients. She joins a team of two existing hand surgeons at Tulsa Bone & Joint, Dr. Jessica Childe and Dr. David Mokhtee, and Jeri Towsend, APRN-CNP.
Megan Burkdoll is another occupational therapist on our hand therapy team. Megan was born and raised in Broken Arrow. Megan is a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School – Go Comets! Megan received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has been specializing in treatment of the upper extremity for the past 4 years and is studying for her specialty certification. Megan joined the hand therapy team at Tulsa Bone & Joint in 2018.
Megan is also the Vice President of the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association (OKOTA). Serving as a voting member of the OKOTA executive board for the past 5 years, she has been involved with areas such as legislative advocacy, policy change, continuing education, development, and strategic planning. OKOTA is affiliated with the national organization, known as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Megan and her husband, Alex, have two dogs who keep them on their toes. She enjoys spending any opportunity she can with her family and friends.
Megan wrote a helpful blog post for those who transitioned to a home office during COVID, which you can read here.
Thanks for all you do to help our patients move their lives forward, Megan! #OTMonth
April is OT Month, and we’re taking this opportunity to highlight our amazing Occupational Therapy team. Meet Molly Cook, hand therapist!
Molly attended Oklahoma State University for undergraduate studies. Molly graduated OU Health Sciences Center in 2012 with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Molly has been working as a hand therapist for 8.5 years. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2017, and Molly has been with Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates for 2 years.
Molly is skilled in static and dynamic splinting. If you’ve ever experienced pain at the base of your thumb, be sure to check out this blog post, “What is Causing Pain at the Base of My Thumb?” written by Molly.
When not working, Molly enjoys spending time gardening or playing outside with her husband and 2 year old daughter.
April is Occupational Therapy Month, and we are highlighting our amazing OT team at Tulsa Bone & Joint!
Angela Averill is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) who joined Tulsa Bone and Joint Hand Therapy in June of 2017. Angela’s role in hand therapy includes assisting OTs with patient care and following the plan of care established by the Occupational Therapist. Angela is able to work with patients one-on-one and watch their improvements weekly. Angela works directly with four great Occupational Therapists who trust her clinical judgement.
Angela graduated from Brown Mackie College in fall of 2011 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and was immediately employed in a Hand Therapy setting after passing her State Certification Occupation Therapy Assistant Licensing exam. Angela spent most of her career in Hand Therapy, but also has experience in LTAC, SNF, Home Health and Inpatient Rehab care. Angela is also certified in ASTYM, which is a safe, effective, and non-evasive soft tissue therapy.
Angela is originally from Montana and moved to Broken Arrow in 2003 to attend RHEMA Bible Training Center. Angela enjoys spending time with her grandkids (and her kids…of course!), attending church, fishing/boating and exercising with her husband. What Angela loves most about her career is that she is able to watch patients improve from start of care to finish.
Thanks for all you do to help our patients move their lives forward, Angela!