Susanne Higgins, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, CHT

Hand Therapy, Physical & Occupational Therapy

Practices In: Naperville
Patients Seen: All Ages

I believe in treat­ing each patient with skill and respect for their indi­vid­ual needs while work­ing as a team to meet their goals. As an occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pist and Cer­ti­fied Hand Ther­a­pist my focus is to help patients max­i­mize their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the activ­i­ties and roles that are impor­tant to them. I bring a depth of clin­i­cal expe­ri­ence while also keep­ing up-to-date on cur­rent, evi­dence informed practices.

Board Certifications
Certified Hand Therapist
Awards & Accolades
Illinois Occupational Therapist of the Year, Illinois Occupational Therapy Association 2015
Clinical Interests

Care for peo­ple who have con­di­tions of the upper extrem­i­ty such as Acute and per­sis­tent pain, Com­plex trau­ma, Ten­don and nerve injuries, Fab­ri­ca­tion of orthoses (splints), Frac­tures, Ergonom­ics and more.

Personal Interests

Spend­ing time with my fam­i­ly, cook­ing, and traveling.

American Society of Hand Therapists American Occupational Therapy Association Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
University of Illinois Graduation Date: 1981 Degree: Bachelors Degree
University of Indianapolis Graduation Date: 2010 Degree: Occupational Therapy
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals Graduation Date: 2016 Degree: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Provider’s Publications
Higgins, S. A. (2019). Occupational Therapy Stories. On-line ancillary materials in Trail Guide to the Body. Boulder, CO: Books of Discovery.
Higgins, S. A., & Bobo, J., (2014) Pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In S. M. Cahill, & P. Bowyer (Eds.), Cases in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Assessment and Intervention. (pp. 112-115). Thorofare, NJ: Slack.


ASTYM/Graston, Body Mechanics, Desensitization, Electrical Stimulation, Ergonomics, Injury Prevention, Joint Protection, Neural Tension Release, Proprioceptive, Scar Friction and Retraction, Therapeutic Exercises, Ultrasound, Work Task Specific Training


Work-Related Injury