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!

Laura Burger

Laura Burger, OTR/L, CHT

Laura Burger, a registered occupational therapist, graduated from Towson University located in Maryland in 2003. Since then Laura has been assisting individuals in being as independent as possible in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. Laura’s specialization is treating injuries to the upper extremity and fabricating custom splints. She has attended a 6-month fellowship at the world-renowned Philadelphia Hand Center in order to provide exceptional care in these areas. Laura then earned her hand therapy certification in 2011.

Laura has worked closely with several hand surgeons which allowed her to observe numerous surgeries, rehabilitate these patients in therapy, and then attend their office visits with them. She enjoys having a collaborative relationship with referring doctors to provide the best patient outcomes.

Beth A. Lewis

Beth A. Lewis, BS, OTR/L, CHT

Beth is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 25 years experience as a therapist, including over 17 years as a Certified Hand Therapist. She has practiced in clinics throughout the United States and as a Red Cross Volunteer in Okinawa, Japan at the United States Naval Hospital.

Beth is skilled in the treatment of patients with a variety of diagnoses. She has a passion for mentoring therapists new to the field of hand therapy. Beth enhanced her public speaking skills as a member of Toastmasters International and looks forward to presenting at national conferences.

Chanele Molano

Chanele Molano, MS, OTR/L

Chanele Molano is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. She completed her graduate studies in 2017 at James Madison University where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and completed her undergraduate work in Exercise Science at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chanele was published as a contributing author in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. She is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists as well as the American Occupational Therapy Association and presented at the National AOTA Conference in April 2017. While working at NOVA Hand Therapy Center, Chanele loves seeing her patients make great progress toward their client centered goals and continues to pursue her passion of becoming a certified hand therapist in the near future!

Allison Shearer

Allison Shearer, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Biology, with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 2009. Allison completed her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2011. She went on to earn the distinction of being a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2016. As a CHT, Allison specializes in orthopedic treatment of the upper extremity and has a particular interest in treating musicians' injuries. She has contributed as an author to various professional publications including the upcoming seventh edition of Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide and Review, International Musician, and the ASHT Times. Allison is currently completing a post-graduate certificate program in Performing Arts Medicine at Shenandoah University.

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.

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!

Tracy Perry

Tracy Perry, MBA, Buisness Marketing Director

Tracy is our Marketing Director and is excited to join the NOVA Hand Therapy Family. She earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining NOVA Hand Therapy, she spent over 25 years as a Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in the Washington, D.C. area where she was consistently recognized for superior sales performance. She is looking forward to educating the Northern Virginia medical community about NOVA Hand Therapy and how we can serve their patients.


Andres Torres

Andres Torres, OT Aide

Andres Torres is an occupational therapist aide with dreams of becoming a licensed physical therapist. He is currently studying to earn his BS in Kinesiology at George mason university with the intent to continue onto the DPT program afterwards. Andres also has experience in working in health administration at a previous family practice. At NOVA Hand therapytherapy center, he enjoys working alongside patients and helping them reach their therapy goals. In his spare time, Andres enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a service member of the Virginia National Guard.


Sofia Abdala

Sofia Abdala, OT Aide

Sofia is an Occupational Therapy Aide who wishes to become a Licensed Occupational Therapist. She has an interest in hand therapy and pediatrics. She is a current student at George Mason University, and is working towards her Bachelor of Psychology degree as well as completing her prerequisite courses to apply for OT programs. At NOVA Hand Therapy Center, she enjoys working with patients and watching them progress. She also enjoys learning about hand therapy and the different ways to treat various injuries. Sofia looks forward to learning more about Occupational Therapy and one day becoming a Licensed Occupational Therapist.