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Hand Center

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Hand Center

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Certified hand therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions through advanced study. Our certified hand therapists work closely with physicians and patients to provide a continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle.


We’ll make you feel right at home.

We’ve assembled a team of outstanding medical professionals to provide hand surgery and therapy services to the Muskegon, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and the surrounding areas. Learn more about your team.

Dr. S. Andrei Ostric is board certified by both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Hand Surgery.ostric web - What is Hand Therapy?

After earning his degree in Psychology from Knox College in Illinois, Dr. Ostric received his medical degree and did residencies in general surgery, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery at Rush Medical College in Chicago. From there, he completed a Hand and Microvascular Fellowship at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Ostric focuses on his expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgeries on injuries and disorders of the hand. He and his family reside on the lakeshore.

Ryan Ter Louw, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who completed his undergraduate studies at Hope College and attended medical school at the University of Iowa.

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He went on to attend Georgetown University in Washington DC for his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency.  Afterward, he completed a fellowship in facial reconstruction at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England and Erasmus University Hospital in the Netherlands.

Dr. Ter Louw offers a wide range of aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries including surgery of the hand. He specializes in reconstruction of head and neck, skin cancers as well as facial reanimation after facial paralysis.

His interests include facial reconstruction, skin cancer, migraine headache surgery, breast reconstruction, surgery of the hand and cosmetic surgery. He is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Ter Louw and his wife reside on the lakeshore and enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with their family.

Amy is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist.

amy maloley 1024x576 - What is Hand Therapy?Amy received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and master’s degree in occupational therapy from Grand Valley State University. She worked as an occupational therapist at a large trauma center in Fort Wayne, IN before returning to MI. She worked in Fremont for 13 years as an outpatient OT. She obtained her hand therapist certification in 2007. Amy’s passion is helping patients reach their full potential after devastating hand or upper extremity injuries. When she is not working, she enjoys baking and spending time with family.

 Kristin is an occupational therapist.kristen web - What is Hand Therapy?

Kristin has been an Occupational Therapist since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Baker College of Flint and Center for Graduate Studies. Kristin’s primary goal is to get her patients back to independence within their daily lives. When not seeing patients Kristin enjoys snowmobiling, hiking, and spending time in the U.P.

Chad Smith, PA

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Chad Smith earned his second master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Grand Valley State University in 2010. Prior to joining Muskegon Surgical Associates, Chad was an orthopedic Physician Assistant for 9 years.

As a Physician Assistant at Muskegon Surgical Associates, Chad works with Drs. Ostric and Ter Louw to provide care to the patients of the Hand Center.