Hand Therapy Associates - About Us


Lenore Frost, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
Chief Clinical Director

Lenore owns and practices at Hand Therapy Associates, PC in Woodbridge and Bridgeport, CT.  Initially certified as an occupational therapist in 1980, Dr. Frost has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in upper quadrant disorders. She received hand therapy certification in 1991. She is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and teaches the adult content of the occupational therapy curriculum at Sacred Heart University.

Dr. Frost received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She recently received her PhD in Health Services at Walden University, School of Health Sciences, Minneapolis, MN. Her dissertation is titled Patient Handling Methods in Occupational Therapy Curriculum.
Lenore’s research interest is Safe Patient Handling and Movement as it relates to the health and safety of students and therapists. She has presented Safe Patient Handling and Movement workshops to state and national level associations in an effort to change practice and protect therapists from injury.
Lenore Frost was the Treasurer of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association and served as the Coordinator of the Hand Subsection, Physical Disability Special Interest Section for the American Occupational Therapy Association.


Terry Watson, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Clinical Director

Terry has over 20 years of clinical experience in Occupational Therapy and has specialized in upper extremity rehabilitation for the past 18 years.
She initially joined Hand Therapy Associates in 1994.

Terry received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1991.  In 2011, she completed her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health.

Terry is a Certified Hand Therapist and received her certification in 1998.  She is also certified in Saebo Stroke Rehabilitation.  She is highly experienced in the fabrication of custom orthotics for post-operative care.  In addition to this, she is experienced in treating a variety of complex upper extremity conditions including shoulder disorders, elbow injuries, fractures, nerve injuries, tendon lacerations and arthritis.

Terry is actively involved with student teaching through Quinnipiac University where she is adjunct faculty.

Denise Hendrick, OTR/L, CHT
Clinical Director

Denise has 23 years of experience and is certified in hand therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. In addition to treating hand patients, she is skilled in the treatment of shoulder injuries and dysfunction.

Elisabeth Mordecai, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Liz received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She is certified in
Saebo stroke rehabilitation and has had training in craniosacral therapy. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient as well as in skilled nursing facilities.

Patrycja Pedzinska, MS,OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Patrycja joined Hand Therapy Associates in 2013. She received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 2012. Patrycja also has experience in inpatient/skilled nursing setting as well as outpatient. She is committed to improving her skills in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation with goals of becoming a certified hand therapist.

Stephanie Madonna, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts from Western Connecticut State University and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University where she was awarded the Silver Medal of Academic Excellence. Stephanie completed her clinical fieldwork at Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network where she developed competency in treating a wide array of shoulder injuries. She has additional clinical fieldwork experience in acute care and skilled nursing facilities. Stephanie is a proud member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association.

Office Staff:

Suzanne Couture
Office Assistant

Diane Wulff
Office Assistant

Terry Staffieri
Office Assistant
Ann Cillo
Office Administrator

Wanda Rosas
Office Assistant