About Us

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Ashley Satenstein, MS OTR/L CHT

Ashley is an occupational therapist (OT) and certified hand therapist (CHT). Her in-depth experience in both outpatient and inpatient orthopedic settings gives her valuable insights to her client-centered approach while working with a variety of diagnoses. She is skilled in treating neurological and orthopedic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Ashley employs an evidence-based rationale for treatment and is passionate about helping her patients obtain the best possible outcomes. She is a clinical supervisor for occupational therapy masters students completing Level I fieldwork. Her passion for the science of hand therapy ultimately led her to found the NYC Hand Therapy Journal Club, creating a space for therapists to discuss peer-reviewed journals and keep up with current research findings. Ashley is also a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS®), and is skilled at identifying risk factors and determining solutions and opportunities for improvement. She is a proud member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists.

B.A. in Psychology, University of Rochester

M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Downstate Medical Center

Richard Whalley, OTD OTR/L CHT

Richard received his doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) with a focus in hand and upper extremity research and practice from Washington University School of Medicine and is a certified hand therapist (CHT)He received clinical education from Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center, one of the original three hand therapy centers in the US; and completed his inpatient clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Richard is a clinical supervisor for occupational therapy masters and doctoral students completing Level I and Level II fieldworks, provides guest lectures to graduate programs, and presents regularly on hand and upper extremity related topics at various national conferences. He has published magazine articles, peer reviewed articles, and educational book chapters on hand and upper extremity topics, and in 2019 won the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), ‘Best Scientific Poster Award’ for original research. Richard also has a strong background in pediatrics, and is skilled in treating a variety of developmental and orthopedic disabilities that affect handwriting and school performance.

B.S. in Human Development, Binghamton University

OTD, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine

A Legacy of Healing Hands: Our History

Over four decades ago, Ann Lang, an Occupational Therapist (OT) and trailblazer in the specialized field of hand therapy, began her practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Achieving the distinction of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 1991, she was among the inaugural class of CHTs. Over time, Ann cultivated strong affiliations with hand surgeons and physicians across New York City and the tri-state area, transforming her modest solo-practitioner clinic into a vibrant and thriving private practice, earning her the endearing title of “the best on the west.”

Determined to perpetuate her legacy of excellence, Ann extended her expertise to her daughter, Ashley, in 2015, marking the genesis of “Lang Hand Therapy.” As the practice flourished, and with Ann’s eventual retirement in mind, Ashley and Ann welcomed Richard to the team in 2020. Richard had the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by both Ann and Ashley, further ensuring the continuity of the “Ann Lang” brand of hand therapy. In 2022, Ashley officially assumed the role of Clinical Director and Practice Owner of Lang Hand Therapy.

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Ann Lang, MA OTR CHT

Today, under Ashley Satenstein MS OTR/L CHT’s leadership, alongside her associate Richard Whalley OTD OTR/L CHT, Lang Hand Therapy remains dedicated to delivering exceptional, highly specialized, and compassionate care to its patients. Addressing a broad spectrum of upper extremity conditions, from post-surgical recovery to chronic issues, the practice offers personalized care that recognizes the individual impact on physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Consideration is always given to the patient’s desired return to specific activities and tasks.

Building upon Ann’s years of unwavering dedication to hand therapy, Lang Hand Therapy has fostered a healing environment that blends individualized care, group psychosocial support, creativity, precision, and evidence-based approaches. This distinctive approach has consistently resulted in optimal outcomes and high patient satisfaction, solidifying Lang Hand Therapy’s reputation as a beacon of excellence in hand therapy in New York City.

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