Antonia Starks McNeal, OTR/L, CHT | President
Senior Occupational Therapist and Hand Center Director
Palmetto Health USC Orthopedics Columbia, SC
Toni Starks McNeal is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently works for Palmetto Health USC Orthopedic Center and is the Hand Center Director for the Forest Drive location. Toni is originally from upstate New York, but moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in 1995. She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. She is passionate about patient care, research and client satisfaction. She currently lectures for both the USC DPT program and for the Palmetto Health USC Residency Program. She has also previously served on the SCHTA board as treasurer. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as playing with her two dogs BB and Huna.
Mary Simpson, OTR/L, CHT | Vice President
Occupational Therapist Team Lead
AnMed Rehabilitation Hospita Anderson, SC
Mary moved to Anderson nine years ago from Cleveland, Ohio. She loves snuggling and walking her two rescue dogs (temporarily, six because the most recent stray surprised her with four puppies)! She also enjoys golfing and reading, for fun and professional purposes. “I love the gift of touch and creativity that being a hand therapist provides.”
Courtney Garbade, OTR/L, CHT | Treasurer
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
ATI Physical Therapy Greenville, SC
Courtney received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation/Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003. She has been working in outpatient therapy since 2004, and received her hand therapy certification in 2009. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, Tucker, her two year old daughter Martha Emory, and her golden retriever, Gracey. During nap time on the weekends, she also enjoys repurposing furniture and other pieces for her home.
Amy Ray, OTR/L, CHT | Secretary
Certified Hand Therapist
Amedisys Home Health, Camden, SC
Amy graduated from MUSC in 1993 with Bachelors in OT, earned her CHT in 2003. She is married and the mother of two boys. Amy enjoys being outside, gardening, looking for shark’s teeth. Currently, Amy is employed with Amedisys Home Health in the Camden office, serving patients in Kershaw and Fairfield counties.
Members at Large
Dottie Atkinson, OTR/L, SIPT
Occupational Therapist and Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation
Palmetto Health- USC Orthopedics Columbia, SC
Dottie received her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and Master of Science in Rehabilitation/Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007. She has been working in outpatient pediatrics since 2008. “I enjoy the creativity and enthusiasm of working with little ones, they remind me how even the smallest gains make the biggest impacts.”
Marc Bartholdi OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Doctor of Occupational Therapy/Certified Hand Therapist
Select Physical Therapy, Fort Mill, SC
Marc graduated from Keuka College with a BS in Occupational Therapy and completed a hand therapy fellowship from Texas Women’s University in 1998. He completed his clinical doctorate with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a concentration in administration and practice management. Marc is the hand therapy coordinator for Select Physical Therapy SC, NC, VA, and CO markets and practices out the Fort Mill, SC clinic. He is also an active member of AOTA, SCOTA, and ASHT.