Clinical Director; Upper Extremity - Midtown East
Christine M. Rodriguez, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-UE is a New York State Licensed Occupational Therapist who began her academic career by receiving her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Stony Brook University.
Her passion for music and the arts, along with the complexity of the upper extremity has always fascinated Christine and was the motivating drive to focus her studies on occupational therapy. Her style of treatment involves bringing creativity, dedication, and positive energy to all her patients. She believes in having patients participate in activities that are meaningful to them and always maintains a positive outlook which allows them to heal and perform better.
Some of her professional experiences include working for Shoulder to Hand Medical Associates, PC under the guidance of Dr. Steven Glickel, Dr. O. Alton Barron, and Dr. Louis Catalano III where Christine embraced a caseload of complicated orthopedic upper extremity diagnosis. Christine has continued to excel in her passion for hands by becoming a Certified Hand Therapist which requires 5 years of direct experience treating a variety of cases of the Upper Extremity. Additionally, while dealing with patients who developed postoperative edema, Christine pursued her Upper Extremity Lymphedema Certification.
Christine partnered with Cynergy Physical Therapy founder Cynthia Gormezano, MPT, to form Cynergy Upper Extremity Physical and Occupational Therapy which specializes in the treatment of upper extremity injuries. Treatments consist of splinting, manual therapy, wound care, providing patients with exercises, and the use of a variety of modalities. Custom splints are fabricated on site for fractures, tendon injuries, soft tissue injuries, arthritis, and neurological diagnoses.
As an Occupational Therapist, Christine has the ability to treat patients in a unique way addressing issues that can help a patient tackle their work and day to day tasks independently. Since her hand is her own valuable tool, she understands how important it is for her patients to perform their work and day to day tasks independently and pain free. Her focus on posture, proper positioning, and body mechanics allow her patients to use their arms more effectively and efficiently.
In her free time, Christine enjoys traveling, museums, and music. Exercise and remaining active is of utmost importance to her, especially because it helps in controlling her asthma symptoms. Educating her patients on the importance of being active is part of her daily treatments.