Our People

Dr Chris Scott, MBBS (Hons I) FRACS(Plas)

Chris-ScottDr Chris Scott is a dedicated hand surgeon with extensive training and experience in treating a wide variety of hand injuries and conditions using both surgical and non-surgical techniques.

Dr Scott completed his MBBS at Sydney University, finishing with first class honours, and began training in General Surgery. After completing a twelve month Fellowship at the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit, he transferred to Plastic Surgery in order to pursue a career in Hand Surgery. As part of his Plastic Surgery training, he spent a year at the prestigious Hutt Hospital Plastic Surgery Unit in Wellington, New Zealand, and a further six months at the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit.

Dr Scott has been a VMO at the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit, Liverpool Hospital and Fairfield Hospital. As Director of Hand surgery at Liverpool Hospital, he was instrumental in the establishment of the new South West Sydney Hand Unit at Fairfield Hospital. He operates on private and WorkCover patients at Sydney Southwest Private and Campbelltown Private Hospitals.

Dr Scott has a particular interest in soft tissue trauma, microsurgery and reconstruction. He consults at the Hand Centre in Liverpool and at Campbelltown Private Hospital. He is a member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and the NSW Hand Surgery Association.

 

Dr Mark Rider MBCHB FRCS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Plas) FRACS

Mark-RiderPLEASE NOTE: As of 2019, Dr Rider is only seeing public patients.

Dr Mark Rider was invited to move to Liverpool to help build a world-class hand service for the area. He is the inaugural Director of the New South West Sydney Hand Unit at Fairfield Hospital.

Dr Rider trained in Plastic Surgery at Oxford in the United Kingdom, followed by specialist Hand and Microsurgical Fellowships at North Shore Hospital, Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand. He remained in Wellington, promoting Hand Surgery and accepting a commission by the national insurer - the ACC (New Zealand's WorkCover equivalent) - to improve the care of hand injuries. 

Dr Rider treats all hand injuries and conditions, but has a particular interest in trauma and peripheral nerve surgery. He is a member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and the NSW Hand Surgery Association, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.

  

Cathy Merry, Certified Hand Therapist, B App Sc (Physio) M Hlth Sc (Physio)

Cathy-MerryCathy Merry has more than 20 years’ clinical experience in the treatment of hand injuries. She leads a team of qualified hand therapists offering a range of pre-surgical, post-surgical and non-surgical therapies designed to reduce pain and help patients to regain movement, flexibility and strength.

Cathy's early training in hand therapy was gained at the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit and later in private practice in Sydney. In 2006, she became the Director of Hand Injury Trauma Service Physiotherapy in Campbelltown and Liverpool.

Cathy graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now Sydney University) with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1986.  She completed a Masters of Health Science with a hand and upper limb major and passed the Certified Hand Therapist exam (through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, USA) in 2003.

Cathy has been an active member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association since 1992 and has been a mentor in NSW for new membership applicants since 2005. She was the NSW/ACT divisional representative from 2010 to 2012, and has been on the organizing committee for a number of hand therapy conferences held in Sydney including the combined International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (2007).

In addition to maintaining a full clinical load, Cathy has lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students in hand therapy placements. She has laso been involved in a Rotary-funded overseas aid project teaching hand therapy in South East Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Cathy consults at the Hand Centre in Liverpool and at Hand Injury Trauma Service Physiotherapy in Campbelltown.

 
Leanne Murray, B App Sc (Physio)

Leanne-MurrayLeanne has 25 years’ experience in hand therapy and general physiotherapy. In 1994 she established Hand Injury Trauma Service Physiotherapy in Campbelltown and Liverpool and remained the practice principal until 2006.  Leanne continues to work at the practice and is a highly valued and experienced member of the team.

Leanne graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now Sydney University) with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1987. Having begun her career at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, Leanne moved quickly into the role of senior therapist in hands and orthopaedics at Prince of Wales before moving to the Liverpool Hospital Hand Unit in 1990.

Over the course of her career Leanne has been active within the Australian Hand Therapy Association and has previously held the positions of NSW secretary and treasurer.

 

 

Maryanne Simpson, B App Sc (Occupational Therapy)

Maryanne-SimpsonMaryanne has 10 years’ experience in the management of hand injuries and conditions.  Maryanne brought a wealth of experience to Hand Injury Trauma Services Physiotherapy when she joined the team in 2011 after many years of practicing hand therapy at St George Hospital.

Maryanne graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2000.

Maryanne has been a member of OT Australia since 2000.  She became an Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2011 and is aiming to fulfil the requirements for full membership in 2013.

 
 
Jess Salmon, B App Sc (Occupational Therapy)

Jess Salmon Jess graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2007. She joined Hand Injury Trauma Services Physiotherapy in 2016.

Jess has worked both in Australia and the United Kingdom in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency medicine, acute care, orthopaedics, vascular, rehabilitation and community health. More recently, Jess worked in the New South Wales State Wide Burns Service at Concord Hospital, where she developed her interest in the assessment and treatment of acute burns of the hand and upper limb. 

Jess gained additional experience working in the Concord Hospital Inpatient/Outpatient Hand Therapy and Plastics Service, where she was able to further consolidate her interest in scar management, wound care and the management of patients with both simple and complex injuries.

Jess is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards becoming a Full Member in the near future.

 
Cameron Small, BSc (Psychology), MOT

Cameron Small

Cameron graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Occupational Therapy and from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

Cameron has worked in both public and private clinical settings, with experience working at Sydney Hospital and Westmead Hospital inpatient/outpatient hand therapy services. During this time, he developed knowledge and expertise in the assessment and treatment of complex acute traumatic injuries, as well as chronic conditions of the hand and upper limb.

Cameron understands the vital role of our hands in all aspects of daily life, and he values the importance of working with patients on their road to recovery.

Cameron is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards full membership through active engagement in professional development.

 
Madeleine Steiner, B Hlth Sc, MPT

Madeleine Steiner

Maddie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science (Movement Science and Psychology) and a Masters of Physiotherapy. She joined the Hand Therapy team in October 2018.

Maddie has experience working in private practice, seeing a variety of conditions including acute injuries, chronic conditions and post-operative patients.

Maddie gained additional experience in Darwin by completing a post graduate course on injuries of the hand and wrist.

Maddie is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards becoming a full member in the future.

 
Rachael Hall, B Phty

Rachael Hall

Rachael graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She joined the Hand Therapy team in January 2019.

Rachael has experience working in a variety of public clinical settings, including acute care, orthopaedics, outpatients and rehabilitation. In 2018, Rachael began working for the South Western Sydney Local Health District Hand Centre, where she developed an interest in traumatic hand injuries and the management of complex wounds.

Rachael is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and will soon be an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, working towards a full membership.

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