Welcome to UE | Applications!

UE | Applications is a subsidiary of the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series, LLC.  Created as an independent company in the Spring of 2020, UE | Applications provides a suite of upper extremity educational solutions.

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series, LLC has cancelled all LIVE (in person) events for 2020 and will host two 1-3 hour webinar events the Summer/Fall of 2020.   The first entitled The Homunculus and the Hand was held on Thursday, June 4th at 7:30 pm EDT via Zoom.   The  second entitled Intrinsic Intelligence: Cadaveric and Case  Considerations will be held on Thursday, July  30th at 8:00pm EDT via Zoom.

Originally slated to debut at the Orlando 2020 LIVE conference, The Dell Hand, an individually and professionally sculpted translucent osseous model of the hand, will be available for sale Summer 2020. The model will be used and referenced repeatedly throughout upcoming hand/wrist conferences to illustrate normal and variant anatomy, as well as pathologies of the hand. In future events, each participant will personally draw the detailed intrinsic anatomy of the hand and will be provided with an ‘Intrinsic Hand Kit’. The kit will include: the personal, professionally sculpted Dell Hand, fine tip markers, and detailed drawing instructions. The ‘Intrinsic Hand Kit’ will be used in lab sessions throughout upcoming events. UE l Applications contributors noted below.


Mike Cricchio MBA, OT/L, CHT (Inventor/Owner)

Mike Cricchio, MBA, OT/L, CHT, is a graduate of the Loma Linda University Occupational Therapy Program. He completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Stanford University Hospital in 1996 and went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration. He is a Certified Hand Therapist and active clinical educator. 

Mike has provided instructional education on an array of clinical and practice management concepts for several annual ASHT and ASHT/ASSH conferences. He has been the Vice Chair and/or Chair of ASHT national conferences in Phoenix, Boston, San Diego and Chicago. Mike presently works as the Manager of UFHealth Hand and Upper Extremity Center and Educational Conference Coordinator of UF Health Rehab.

Mike co-founded and chairs the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series and is owner of UE | Applications. He has been an item writer for HTCC and participated as a member of the CHT exam review committee. Mike is actively involved with UF | Innovate and UE | Applications to bring entrepreneurial concepts/ideas to market. As an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Florida Occupational Therapy Program, Mike taught Kinesiology in the Bachelor of Health Science Program for years and presently continues to teach in the Foundations of Occupational Therapy in the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Mike has also been a regular Guest Lecturer on upper extremity anatomy and injury at the University of Florida Physical Therapy and Masters of Athletic Training Programs. Mike is published in the Journal Hand Therapy. He is presently involved with ongoing IRB research related to Total and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and the incorporation of The Dell Hand, as a model to advance the educational experience and improve retention of hand anatomy within the occupational therapy classroom.

Mike continues to teach locally and nationally on a range upper extremity topics. Mike has been, or is presently, an Invited Speaker, or class host, for The Florida Hand Society, The Michigan Hand Society, The Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group, UCLA Health Science Outpatient Clinic, Select Medical Master Class, Western University | Canada, Capital Hand Therapy Association and for The Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series, LLC.

Ann Porretto-Loehrke PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She has been practicing for 29 years and teaching continuing education courses for the past 19. She is the Clinical Development Coordinator at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM).  Ann received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1994 and completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation in 2007. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as published two peer-reviewed articles entitled “Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist” and “Taping Techniques for the Wrist” in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy’s special edition of the wrist. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual meeting, Canadian Society of Hand Therapist Annual Conference, Philadelphia meeting, TRIA Hand Conference, and Teton Hand Conferences. She also teaches online courses for MedBridge education and fostered the development of MedBridge’s CHT prep program. 

Dr. Ashli Linkhorn

Dr. Linkhorn is a graduate of Life University and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (Genetics) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. As an athlete herself, Dr. Linkhorn has adopted a “hands on” adjusting style and created an office that integrates multiple chiropractic, soft tissue and physiotherapy techniques all for the best interest of the patient.In addition to the multiple certifications Dr. Linkhorn holds (seen right), she is an adjunct faculty member at Life University where she teaches Kinetic Chain Assessment and Functional Rehabilitation in the Masters Department. In the Doctorate program, she teaches Orthopedic Diagnosis, Extremity Adjusting, and Physiotherapy. Dr. Linkhorn takes full advantage of teaching at the world’s largest Chiropractic College, this give her access to the latest research, adjusting and corrective techniques.Dr. Linkhorn is active both in the community and nationally; here is a list of just some of the teams or events she has participated in:Nationally ranked Life University RugbyOfficial Provider for Atlanta Renegades RugbyOfficial Chiropractor USA Seven’s Rugby Referee TeamHead Chiropractor NCAA Women’s College Softball World SeriesNCAA Women’s GymnasticsInternational Rugby Board La Vegas SevensMultiple State Rank Track AthletesUS 10K ClassicNational Firefighter Challenge Related Articles

Paul C. Dell MD (Mentor/ Editor)

Paul C. Dell, M.D., earned his medical degree at the University of Florida in 1971 before going on to complete his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida and his fellowships in hand surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and microsurgery at the Duke Medical Center. He returned to UF in 1979 to work in the department of Orthopaedics and has held several positions over the years, including professor and chief of hand and microsurgery and Orthopaedic consultant for the Florida Division of Children’s Medical Services.  Dell was elected to membership in the American Orthopaedic Association and the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is also a member of several other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He is one of the founding members of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Morgan Yacoe (Inventor/Artist)

Morgan Yacoe is an interdisciplinary artist who specializes in the intersection of the arts and health. Her goal as an artist is to work creatively with people and materials to facilitate greater opportunity and integrated learning through traversing the worlds of art and health. She has presented her work in a TEDx Talk, and at art conferences and medical conferences across the country, as well as in published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her work was recently highlighted in a National Academy of Sciences report, “Branches of the Same Tree.”

Student Contributors

Brent Townsend – University of Florida Business Intern

Roles: website development, marketing campaign, and social media management

Kensie Cricchio – Brigham Young University Marketing Intern

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UE | Applications and Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series, LLC founder/owner.