Lauren Brown

OTR/L, CHT / Certified Hand Therapist

Lauren graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2007. At the start of her career as an occupational therapist, Lauren primarily worked with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and multiple traumatic injuries in an inpatient setting. Once she moved to Athens, GA, she developed an interest in treating upper extremity orthopedic disorders and pursued her specialty credential as a Certified Hand Therapist in 2012.

The past 6 years Lauren has specialized in outpatient orthopedic upper extremity and hand therapy here at Athens Orthopedic Clinic. She specializes in acute traumatic injuries, burns, fractures, amputations, tendon repairs, nerve repairs, repetitive motion injuries and post-surgical care. Lauren enjoys working closely with the hand surgeons to ensure an effective and timely recovery for the patients. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys painting, photography, and spending time outdoors with her husband Chad and their dogs Sully and Shooter.


BS in Biology – College of Charleston


MS in Rehabilitation Science / Occupational Therapy – Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Memberships

American Society of Hand Therapists
Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group

Research / Publications

Brown, Lebkicher & Coker (2009).  The effects of constraint-induced movement therapy for a child less than one year of age.  NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal.


ASHT National Conference (2011).  Use of Compression Gloves in the Treatment of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures.

AOTA National Conference (2007).  Modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy with a child under one year of age with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

AOTA National Conference (2007).  Practice approaches and evaluations used by occupational therapists working with adults with sensory processing deficits.

Board Certification

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Hand Therapy Certification Commission

Athens Orthopedic Clinic

1765 Old West Broad St. Bldg. 2, Ste. 200,
Athens, Georgia 30606

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