Meet our Staff

Dana Wallace

Dana Wallace, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Dana is a Certified Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist specializing in Hand Therapy since 2005. She received a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage College in Albany, NY and went on to specialize in Hand Therapy, earning the prestigious Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) certification in 2012.

Dana has extensive upper extremity experience and expertise with both children and adults. She works directly with Hand Surgeons locally and has devoted the past eight years to specializing in orthopedic upper extremity injuries of the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. She assisted with implementing and developing Hand Therapy programs at orthopedic practices in both Georgia and Virginia. She continues to be an active member of The American Society of Hand Therapists.

Dana has earned the Advanced Casting and Orthosis/Splint Fabrication Certification and brings vast knowledge and experience in the field of Hand Therapy as an Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Specialist. You will be in excellent hands with Dana!

Sarah Kibbe

Sarah Kibbe, MS, OTR/L, CPAM

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist specializing in hand therapy since 2011. She received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and began practicing in hand therapy after moving to Northern Virginia after graduation.

Sarah enjoys taking a personal approach with each of her patients, guiding them through recovery of injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremity to enable them to return to meaningful activity. She has been mentored by a variety of CHT's and is currently studying for her own Certified Hand Therapist certification with anticipated test completion in November 2016.

Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Rachel Friedman is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She has been an occupational therapist since 2004 when she received her masters in occupational therapy from Boston University and completed her undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis. Rachel decided to focus exclusively on hand and upper extremity rehab and earned her hand certification in 2012.

Rachel finds the role of a hand therapist to be very rewarding and loves seeing her patients make such extraordinary gains over the course of therapy! She brings to the professional an expertise in a variety of upper extremity conditions and diagnoses, splinting, and is certified in Physical Agent Modalities such as the use of ultrasound and electrical stimulation. She is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has attended many courses and conferences to better her knowledge of hand therapy.

Rita McVicar

Rita McVicar, OTR/L, CHT

Rita is a certified hand therapist and Occupational Therapist specializing in hand therapy since 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in Towson Maryland. Rita was among the first occupational therapist in the nation to become a certified Hand Therapist in 1991. Rita has over 25 years of experience treating hand and upper extremity injuries. Her special interests include working with hand and arm trauma, chronic regional pain syndrome and shoulder injuries. Rita has extensive training in static and dynamic splinting and fracture bracing.

Jaclyn Sachleben

Jaclyn Sachleben, OT Aide

Jacky is an Occupational Therapy Aide aspiring to be a Licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and is currently continuing her education to prepare for OT admissions. She enjoys participating in patient interaction, demonstrating home exercises, and seeing their progress throughout their time at NOVA Hand Therapy Center. She is looking forward to being more involved in the occupational therapy industry.

Emily Janson

Emily Janson, OT Aide

Emily is an Occupational Therapy Aide who hopes to become a Licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned a BS in Biology from James Madison University in 2016, and is currently applying to Occupational Therapy Programs. At Nova Hand Therapy Center, she enjoys working and interacting with patients, along with observing practicing therapists. She looks forward to continuing to educate herself about hand therapy and OT as a whole.


Christina Nebrich

Christina Nebrich, Clinic Manager

Chris has demonstrated success in the health care field for over 9 years. She has worked in multi-specialty practices and leads with a very hands-on approach. She has developed proven strategies in the management of daily operations of these organizations, including billing and accounts receivable. Chris's goal as the Office Manager of Northern Virginia Hand Therapy Center is to maintain a productive and efficient working environment along with helping the practice grow to its full potential. Patients appreciate the caring and professional demeanor that Chris brings to her job.

Jenny Carr

Jenny Carr, Business Marketing Director

Jenny is our Business Marketing Director and is excited to join the NOVA Hand Therapy family. She earned associates in Business Management and Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. She has years of experience in veterinary medicine as well as in sales and marketing. Jenny is passionate about education and she is excited to educate the Northern Virginia medical community about NOVA Hand Therapy Center and how we can serve their patients.


Denise Mitchell

Denise Mitchell, Front Desk Coordinator

Denise joined NOVA Hand Therapy Center after spending several years at home taking care of her 2 children. During her time at home, she developed a passion for the health and fitness industry. She became so involved with her gym that she started working toward her certification to do personal training and group fitness instruction, and will continue with this path as time allows. She feels very lucky to be working in an office such as NOVA Hand Therapy as it is a perfect fit to compliment her enthusiasm for fitness while working with such an amazing staff! In her spare time, Denise loves running with her dog, listening to music and spending time with her family. She also enjoys talking with all types of people and personalities and learning about their interests and what makes them unique!