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About Us

Mission Statement

Highline Hand Therapy and Southwest Hand Therapy’s purpose is to provide the highest quality patient care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

For more than 30 years, Southwest Hand Therapy and Highline Hand Therapy have specialized in providing care to people with hand and arm injuries. Each patient is evaluated and treated individually by fully licensed occupational or physical therapists. There is no “one size fits all” treatment plan.

Southwest Hand Therapy Services was opened as an independent, therapist-owned practice in 1978 by Dorian Ford. It was located in the former West Seattle Community Hospital. The practice provided outpatient therapy for individuals with hand and arm injuries as well as inpatient occupational therapy services. The practice grew and thrived. When the hospital closed in April of 1990, Southwest Hand Therapy moved to its present location at 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street.

Highline Hand Therapy opened its doors in October of 1988. The Highline medical community was growing and several referring physicians asked the owner of Southwest Hand Therapy to offer hand and upper extremity therapy in the Burien area. Highline Hand Therapy was formed as an independent, therapist-owned practice. The practice grew and, after several location changes, Highline Hand Therapy settled into the present suite in the Southwest Seattle Ambulatory Surgery Center building.

Southwest Hand Therapy and Highline Hand Therapy merged in September of 2001. Both clinics developed reputations as facilities where one can find high quality, individualized hand therapy. All treatments are and always have been provided by fully licensed occupational and physical therapists. We have remained independent through many years and many changes in credentialing and billing requirements.

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