Therapists

Sam DeLong, OTD, OTR/L

Sam DeLong has been a hand therapist for nearly 20 years. He earned his doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Since graduating he has focused entirely on the rehabilitation of the upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand with an emphasis on anatomically-based manual therapy. Sam believes that therapy should be a hands-on, caring, and enjoyable process in which the therapist and patient work together to accomplish their functional goals; positivity, laughter, and personal touch are paramount to Sam’s treatment style. Sam treats his patients according to the motto “pain is not a healing feeling.” Sam is passionate about reading, backpacking, snow skiing, and golf. He and his wife love northern Utah where they raised their four children. Sam was raised in Mesa, Arizona. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese from time living in Taiwan.

Ryan McGiven, MS, OTR/L, CHT, GTS

Ryan McGiven has been an occupational therapist for 12 years and he has specialized in hand therapy for nearly 10 years. He earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy from Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since he graduated, Ryan has advanced his career through consistent continued education. He has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2015 and more recently became a Graston Technique Specialist in 2020. Ryan also has experience in neurotrauma rehabilitation, acute care and skilled nursing. He is an exceptional manual therapist who uses tried and true therapy protocols to accomplish the functional goals of his patients. There is nothing more satisfying to Ryan than to see his patients thrive and return to what they love/need to do. Ryan loves all things sports, whether it is the San Francisco 49ers, Giants or our Utah Jazz. He spends much of his free time coaching his four boys in football, basketball, and baseball. You may also find him on the golf course, the ski slopes or boating on a lake.  Ryan was raised in Orem, Utah.

Jacob Larson, OTD, OTR/L

Jacob Larson has been a hand therapist for the past five years and is currently a Certified Hand Therapy candidate. He earned his doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University and has since focused entirely on the rehabilitation of the upper extremity, including shoulder elbow, wrist and hand. Jake strives to take the time with each of his patients to educate them through in-depth knowledge of how the upper extremity works, and its cohesive part of our daily activities. Jake is an excellent manual therapist and loves to instill in his patients the hope and the desire to work hard, and the importance of communication throughout the process of rehabilitation. Jake loves the ability to create custom orthotics, and provide each individual with the specific tools, to facilitate, in attaining their goals and needs. Jake and his wife Shalynn have four extremely active boys and can be found chasing them around, enjoying nature, working in the yard, and remodeling homes. Jake is fluent in Spanish and was raised in Lehi, Utah.

Brian Jensen, OTD, OTR/L

Brian Jensen has been a hand therapist for nearly three years. He earned a doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Brian has focused his entire occupational therapy career in therapy of the upper extremity, is a skilled manual therapist, and has also become a Gaston Technique provider. His style of therapy is one of laughter, caring, kindness, and working hand-in-hand with each patient to create a therapeutic environment that promotes positive healing. Brian was raised in Green River, Wyoming and loves the outdoors. You can often find him fly-fishing on the Weber River or riding dirt bikes in the mountains above Ogden. Brian and his wife have two young children and a rambunctious golden-doodle named Lulu. Brian speaks fluent Spanish.

Zach Ellis, MOT, OTR/L

Zach Ellis is a skilled hand therapist who earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Utah. After completing a rigorous 12 weeks training period, the therapists at Summit Hand Therapy unanimously decided to have Zach join the team as a staff hand therapist. He excels in exercise-based therapy and is quickly becoming a manual therapist and certified as a Graston Technique provider. As an avid University of Utah football and Real Salt Lake fan, Zach brings a love of athletics that bleeds into his therapy sessions. Zach is also a co-founder of the Mascot Miracles Foundation – a non-profit organization serving children with disabilities throughout Utah and surrounding areas. Zach and his wife are proud parents of a Bernese Mountain dog named Aero and a cat named Akira. Zach speaks Spanish. Zach was raised in West Jordan, Utah.

Practice Area of Emphasis
Musculoskeletal/Ortho
VERIFIED BADGE