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Core Values

Excellence - Strive to be your very best every day. Give our patients outstanding service.

Integrity - Be honest. Choose to do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.

Fun-Loving Attitude - Don't take yourself too seriously. Enjoy your job, your co-workers, and your patients.

Self-Motivation - Be driven. Anticipate needs and opportunities, without being asked.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the leading provider of hand and upper extremity therapy services in the DFW metroplex in order to help clients achieve their highest level of functional independence in a fun and friendly environment.

Vision Statement

Ascend Hand Therapy will inspire patients and other healthcare professionals to challenge the typical way of delivering healthcare in order to provide excellent care in a fun-loving environment.

Our Story

Ascend Hand Therapy opened its doors in November 2017, as a realization of David Myers' and Oliver Serrano's passion and desire to form a premier hand and upper extremity clinic in the north DFW Metroplex. Their goal was to create a unique atmosphere that combines excellence with a fun-loving attitude.

Meet the Owners

These two LSU Alumni bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ascend Hand Therapy. Meet the guys who make our company what it is today. Geaux Tigers!

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David Myers, OTR, CHT, MOT

Owner & COO

Originally from New Orleans, David has followed his passion for hand therapy his entire career. With more than 10 years of experience, he has specialized in treatment of the hand and upper extremity since graduating from LSUHSC in 2007. Immediately after graduating, he worked closely with three of Louisiana’s premier hand surgeons at Hand Surgical Associates in the greater New Orleans area. He mentored with two of the most well respected Certified Hand Therapists in New Orleans before moving to Texas. He received his Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission in 2012.

He moved to DFW in 2013 when he accepted a job at the nationally recognized hospital Children's Medical Center Plano. In addition to treating pediatric hand therapy patients, David also oversaw the everyday clinical operations at both the Plano and Southlake campuses for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department. He collaborated with Senior Vice Presidents, Directors, Clinical Managers, and various departments within Children’s Health to improve the quality of care, customer experience, and staff satisfaction across multiple campuses. Along with Oliver, David worked at the well respected practice of Covenant Hand Therapy prior to opening Ascend Hand Therapy in 2017.

Outside of helping his patients regain functional use of their hands and upper extremities, David enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and four boys. He is very involved in his church parish, where he and his wife play music together. David is a natural educator and enjoys helping patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment plan. He brings a lighthearted and joyful nature to the clinic that aligns perfectly with our core values.

Education:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Master of Occupational Therapy

Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Philosophy

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Oliver Serrano, OTR, CHT, MBA

Owner & CEO

With over 15 years of clinical experience focused on the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, Oliver Serrano brings a superior level of expertise and knowledge to Ascend Hand Therapy. His career includes stints at several prestigious hospital systems throughout the DFW area, including Baylor Scott & White and Texas Health Resources, as well as employment working directly with numerous well-respected physicians at Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Center and Regional Plastic Surgery Center. Additionally, Oliver has held several management positions, including Assistant Director of Therapy Services at North Dallas Rehabilitation Hospital and Director of Clinical Operations and Sales for Covenant Hand Therapy.

Oliver concentrates his practice on hand and upper extremity orthopedic injuries, with special interests in sports-specific training and rehabilitation and custom splint fabrication with thermoplastics. He received his Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission in 2009. His hobbies include participation in several organized sports, including basketball, volleyball, and kickball. His sense of humor, enthusiasm for patient care, and dedicated work ethic makes him an integral part of the company culture at Ascend Hand Therapy.

Education:
Texas Women’s University, Executive MBA & Master of Health Systems Management, Summa Cum Laude

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Summa Cum Laude

Louisiana State University, B.S. Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

Meet the Therapy Staff

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Kristen Favre, OTR, MOT

Staff Therapist

A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Kristen brings a passion for learning and drive for excellence. As a student-athlete at East Tennessee State University, she developed a love for serving others, as well as a high standard academically and athletically. She discovered the hand therapy specialty while working as a therapy technician at Covenant Hand Therapy with Oliver and David. After completing a three-month clinical internship at Ascend Hand Therapy as part of her graduate program she returns to Ascend as a staff therapist in hopes of achieving her goal of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. She also completed a three-month clinical internship at University of Texas Southwestern Zale Lipshy, the #1 neurological hospital in the DFW area.

A lifelong resident of the Dallas area, Kristen enjoys playing and coaching indoor volleyball, playing beach volleyball, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Bo Duke.

Education:
University of Texas Medical Branch, Master of Occupational Therapy, Cum Laude

East Tennessee State University, B.S. Exercise Science, Magna Cum Laude

 

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Adrian Bueno, OTR, MOT

Staff Therapist

Originally from East Texas, Adrian ventured north to Texas Woman’s University for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As a part of her graduate work, she completed a hand therapy internship with David at Covenant Hand Therapy. Following her graduation from OT school in 2016, she worked with the esteemed physicians of Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine until joining the team at Ascend Hand Therapy in 2019. Adrian has a longstanding passion for hand therapy. She particularly values the intricacy of the upper extremity, as well as the intimate connection between the mind and body. Currently, she is preparing to sit for the Certified Hand Therapist credentialing exam.

Adrian is an “old soul” with a love for crafting, including crochet, painting, and calligraphy. She also enjoys music, playing several instruments but with a special fondness for the piano. Adrian has an affinity for animals, living with her two cats Patrick and Penny.

Education:
Texas Woman’s University, Master of Occupational Therapy

Texas Woman’s University, B.S. Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

Meet the Office Staff

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Crystal Vleer

Office Manager & Billing Coordinator

Crystal was born in Monterey, California and has resided in the Dallas area since 2012. She has over 10 years of experience delivering superior customer service. Her career includes time as a case manager and lead therapy technician at Epic Healthcare. Most recently, Crystal completed several years of employment at Freedom Powersports in the human resources and public relations departments. Her passion for helping others, positive attitude, and innovative mindset have set her up to be a great asset to the Ascend Hand Therapy team.

As the office manager for Ascend Hand Therapy, Crystal has dedicated her knowledge and passion to ensuring the day-to-day office operations run smoothly. Aside from her passion as front office manager, Crystal is a competitive wake surfer, enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves being with her fur babies.

Education:
Berklee College of Music, Bachelor in Music Production & Sound Design (anticipated)

Amarillo College, Associate in Psychology

 

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Ashley Mendez

Receptionist & Therapy Technician

Prior to joining the Ascend Hand Therapy team, Ashley was a stay at home mom for several years. She has over five years of providing excellent customer service. She has also spent time volunteering and aiding at her daughter’s school assisting her and the teachers. During her volunteering, she went to school and obtained a physical therapy tech degree and is in the process of pursuing her career in the occupational therapy field. Ashley loves to spend time with her little family, playing with her two huskies (Zeus and Artemis), watching movies, and enjoying time with her daughter.

Education:
Occupational Therapy Aide (in process)

Penn Foster Career School, Physical Therapy Aide

 

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Carrie Henry

Receptionist

Carrie is an Arkansas native with a background in customer/patient service towards providing a great experience for the patients of the Dallas area. After working in the nonprofit theatre industry for 5 years, Carrie moved to the medical field as a front desk coordinator at Sona Dermatology and MedSpa. She then moved to Harris and Renshaw Rehabilitation center where she found joy and satisfaction in aiding patients heal their injuries and chronic pain through natural exercise and “healing hands”.
Carrie has a passion for helping others after serving in 2014 as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Our House Shelter in Little Rock, AR. She continues to serve the homeless population by providing volunteer services in the form of grant writing, volunteer coordination, and fundraising event planning for local nonprofits. Carrie also enjoys attending concerts, live theatre, and sharing good times with her loved ones.

Education:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Master's Certification in Nonprofit Management

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A. Theatre Arts

Next Steps...

Call us today to schedule your initial appointment with one of our Certified Hand Therapists, and we will take your therapy to new heights!