Sarah Ewald - Switzerland - Immediate Past President

1985   B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, University of Oklahoma, USA
2006   M.A. Education, University of Phoenix, USA

1985 –present   Registered, American Occupational Therapy Association / National Certification Board of OT, USA
1992-1997   Certified, as a Hand Therapist, Hand Therapy Certification Commission, USA
2003   Certified as a Hand Therapist, SGHR Swiss Society of Hand Rehabilitation
2011   Re-Certification as a Hand Therapist, SGHR Swiss Society of Hand Rehabilitation

Work Experience:
I have worked in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings in the United States and Switzerland. Since 1989 I have worked primarily with hand injuries. In 2008 , I opened a hand therapy practice in Zürich, Switzerland, called “City Handtherapie”. In addition to patient care ,I am employed by the Zürich University of Applied Sciences as a module coordinator for the post-graduate certificate in advanced studies in hand therapy program in Winterthur, Switzerland. I teach in the program as well. Since 1996 I have been teaching clinical continuing education courses for therapists, I currently teach in Switzerland and Germany on topics such as tendons, fractures, nerve injuries, assessment and splinting.

Professional Activities:
I am a member of both the Swiss and American Occupational Therapy Societies as well as the Swiss and the American Hand Therapy Societies. From 1989-1991, I served as the AOTA Network Co-ordinator for Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Malta. In Switzerland, I designed and carried out a grant funded research project to establish norms for hand strength for Swiss adults using a Jamar dynamometer, the results were published in 1991. In the United States, I co –wrote and received grant from Glaxo to establish an Adaptive Equipment Exchange Closet for Wake County, North Carolina, USA in 1992

From 1994-1995 I was a member of the board of the Swiss OT association. I served for six years on the Swiss Hand Therapy society certification commission. Since 2005 I have been a member of the European Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (EFSHT) Education Committee. I chaired the 2008 EFSHT Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland. Within IFSHT I have held several offices, at the IFSHT meeting in Edinburgh I was elected to the office of Historian for the term of 2004-2007, in Sydney to the office of Secretary General for the term 2007-2010 and in Orlando to the office of President-Elect for the term of 2010-2013. In India, I took office as president of IFSHT for the 2013-2016 term.

2 Chapters in “Handtherapie” by B. Schroder, 2008, (German Hand Therapy reference book)
12 articles published in Swiss or German Therapy Journals
Have given 38 presentations at professional meetings in 11 countries.
Have developed and taught/co-taught 15 professional courses for therapists since 1995.