Occupational Therapist

Mary Barnes has been an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist for over 30 years. In addition to clinical experience, she has taught hand therapy and orthotics courses for Cross Country Education and currently teaches for the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). She is the Lead for ASHT’s Education on Tour. She has also presented at the ASHT Annual conference and the TnOTA annual conference. She has received numerous service awards from ASHT and TnOTA. She is recipient of the 2020 Vargas Grant for international mission by the American Association for Surgery of the Hand. She is the former Chairman of the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners. She served on the AOTPAC Board of Directors and Chairman of the TnOTA Legislative Committee. She is currently the Continuing Education Chair for TnOTA.

“IDN is such an invaluable clinical tool because of the versatility and ease which it integrates into manual therapy treatments”

-Dr. Gargano

  • BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University
  • MOT in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University
  • Certified Hand Therapist by ASHT since 1998
  • Certified Arthritis Self Help instructor by the Arthritis Foundation
  • Certified in Neurodevelopment Treatment by NDTA
  • Certified Sensory Integration and Praxis Test by Sensory Integration International


  • Barnes, Mary. “Tennessee becomes the first state to add dry needling to the practice of Occupational Therapy by statue. ASHT Times. 2021.

  • Barnes, Mary. “The View from Mexico. ASHT Times, 2019.

  • Barnes, Mary. “Foundations in Hand Therapy: Elbow to Finger Course Manual”. Education on Tour, America Society of Hand Therapists, 2016.

  • Barnes, Mary. “Evidence Based Treatment for Hand, Wrist and Elbow Injuries Course Manual”, Cross Country Education, 2011.

  • Barnes, Mary. “License vs Certified: What’s the Difference?,” TnOTA Newsletter, 1986.

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