Audrey J. Buck, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, is the owner and President of Occupational Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation Services, P.C., with offices in Dunkirk and Jamestown. She has been practicing upper extremity rehabilitation for over 30 years.
Dr. Buck is a graduate of Dunkirk Senior High School, Jamestown Community College, and the University of Buffalo where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She established a private practice in Dunkirk in 1987 and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991 when the certification was initially offered by the American Society of Hand Therapists.
Dr. Buck received her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Hand Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions of Provo, Utah in 2012. As part of her Doctoral studies, Dr. Buck conducted rsearch involving current methods of surgical and therapeutic treatment of shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries, as well as arthritic conditions affecting the hand. Her studies also included evidence based approaches in the treatment of children in early intervention and school based settings and the aged in rehabilitation settings.
Dr. Buck and her staff provide rehabilitation approaches which are based on current research by initiating "evidence at the point of care" to insure patients are receiving the most up to date methods of treatment.
Dr. Buck resides in Fredonia with her husband, Edward. The couple have four children, Matthew Mager, Stephanie, Vanessa, and Monica.
Nicole Maher graduated from Brocton Central School in 1998. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY finishing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2003. It was while completing her anatomy and kinesiology coursework at D’Youville that Mrs. Maher realized she had a special interest in the rehabilitation of upper extremity conditions. Mrs. Maher was connected with a Certified Hand Therapist, Audrey Buck, during her fieldwork and it was then she knew she would pursue a post-graduate certification in hand therapy. Mrs. Maher was hired at Occupational Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation Services immediately following her graduation and Mrs. Buck began mentoring her to become a Certified Hand Therapist. After completing the requirements of 5 years of clinical experience and sitting for the national examination, Mrs. Maher achieved her goal and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2008. Mrs. Maher has been serving the Chautauqua County area for Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy needs since 2003. She specializes in integrating functional activities into her rehabilitation and pediatric splinting.
Nicole currently works at Pine Valley School but continues to work at OTHRS on a per diem basis.
Mrs. Maher continues to live in Chautauqua County with her husband, Jeff, and their daughter, Avalynn.