Meet our Hand Therapists

Patients often ask us "How did you become a Hand Therapist?" - Let me explain - Each of our skilled Hand Therapists first completed studies in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy. Following completion of their four-year university degree they continued their studies through hand and upper limb specific courses and conferences. Each of our Hand Therapists is working towards Full Membership with the Australian Hand Therapy Association - this requires a minimum of 3600 hours treating patients with hand, wrist or elbow injuries and a further 300 hours of hand and upper limb courses / conferences. Our Senior Hand Therapists are Full Members of the AHTA (MAHTA) and have also undertaken further study to prepare to sit (and have passed!) the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) examination to obtain Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) qualification. As you can imagine, after all of this study and experience treating patients, our Hand Therapy Team is highly skilled and able to deliver expert care to assist you in your recovery.

Photo of therapy team


Emma Kite

Practice Owner
Senior Hand Therapist

Emma grew up on the beautiful West Coast of Australia. She studied Occupational Therapy at Curtin University in Perth, and completed her undergraduate degree in 2002. In 2007, following several years of further study in the field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation, Emma became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Having established herself in Cairns, Emma saw the need for a dedicated Hand Therapy service in Far North Queensland and in 2008 she opened Cairns Hand Clinic with her partner Ollie. Since this time Emma and her team have worked very hard at creating a warm and friendly clinic offering high quality Hand Therapy services to people in Cairns and FNQ. With lots of support from her study buddy, Jo Sobb, and partner Ollie, Emma completed 6 months of intensive study in 2017 and passed her HTCC exam, becoming a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Emma is the proud mother of two lovely boys, Henry & Benjamin and one very scruffy but loveable dog, Patsy.


Jo Sobb

Senior Hand Therapist

Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy in 1990 from Sydney University. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist continuously since then with a focus on trauma, particularly burns and acute hand injuries. Jo spent five years in the United States working in a major burns unit at Grady Memorial Hospital (Yes! The same hospital as shown in "The Waling Dead" TV series), before spending almost twenty years at Cairns Hospital. Jo undertook her study for the HTCC exam and passed along with Emma Kite in 2017! Quite an achievement considering she continued to carry a full clinical caseload and carry out her responsibilities as a Senior member of the Occupational Therapy Department whilst preparing for this exam. Jo is passionate about the special role that Hand Therapists can play is enabling patients to achieve the best possible outcomes following injury / surgery. She is a tirelessly working, dedicated Therapist who strongly advocates for the needs of her patients. She is a great person to have in your corner!


Kristy Pritchard

Hand Therapist B
Association Member of AHTA

Kristy studied Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, completing her studies in 2001. Following almost 10 years treating patients in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Kristy joined the Cairns Hand Clinic team in 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience. Kristy enjoys the collaboration that occurs between Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to deliver Hand Therapy services for patients with hand and upper limb conditions. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and a regular presenter at our local Hand Therapy meetings. Kristy enjoys the challenge of diagnosing uncommon conditions affecting the upper body (including the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and spine) and has a special interest in sports injuries. Currently on maternity leave, Kristy is taking care of her three gorgeous children, including her two girls, Abby and Molly, and her new baby boy, James. We are looking forward to welcoming Kristy back later this year.


Emma Lewis

Hand Therapist
BOT, Associate Member AHTA

Emma is a Cairns Local who, lucky for us, moved back to Cairns after studying Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in Townsville between 2012-2015. Emma has a long history in health care which began in Community Pharmacy in the six years prior to her graduating from OT. Emma joined the Cairns Hand Clinic team in 2016 and since this time, she has enabled many people, from all walks of life, to make a prompt and full recovery following hand, wrist or elbow trauma. Emma is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is committed to ongoing professional development. She has recently undertaken training in dry needling and is pleased to offer this special treatment to our patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Emma is warm, caring and effective member of our Hand Therapy team. She works in close collaboration with our local Doctors, Nurses and Specialists to deliver expert advice and care to her patients.


Our Reception Team

Our friendly and skilled team of medical receptionists include Karen Scully, Michelle Senior and Kylie Slack.

Meet our Receptionists


Karen Scully

Senior Medical Receptionist

Karen Scully is an integral part of our team and Senior Medical Receptionist at Cairns Hand Clinic. Caring and capable, Karen is likely the first person you'll meet when you visit our practice. Not only does Karen assist each and every one of our patients but she also offers invaluable support to our Hand Therapy team. Karen has a long history working as a Senior Medical Receptionist and Practice Manager in Cairns and has undertaken a Certificate IV in Business Administration. Karen loves playing tennis, running and walking her dog when she's not at work.