Meet the Team


Alex Higgins, COTA

Alex is a native to Richmond who grew up skateboarding and visiting the James River with friends in his spare time. He received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from VCU in 2010. After spending time in the work force after graduation, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. In 2017, he earned his Associate’s in Occupational Therapy Assistant. He spends most of his time outside of work with his Black lab mix, Ace, and working on amateur car projects. He enjoys the challenge of adapting activities so they can be safely completed with less effort and less pain.


Melinda Jermer-Gu OTR/L, MEd

Melinda is originally from Ohio but has lived in Virginia for over 20 years. She has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years, across a variety of medical settings. She has enjoyed helping her patients resume valued activities, and particularly loves getting the opportunity to work with musicians and athletes. She received a BA in Psychology from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Occupational Therapy and a Master's in Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys doing a variety of things in her spare time and her interests range from: reading, textile arts (crocheting, sewing), playing piano, caring for a hodge-podge of pets, and cooking. She also enjoys travelling and visiting museums.

Denosha Shiimi

Denosha Shiimi is a Patient Administrator at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center. Starting her healthcare journey in 2000, Denosha has provided not only first class, but stellar customer service to thousands of patients. She decided to dedicate her life to healthcare because it is her true passion, and leaving patients satisfied is truly rewarding for her. Her work ethic, ambition, and drive to succeed sets her apart from the rest. In her spare time, she likes to craft, cook, redecorate her home and spend time with her family.



Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center
2819 North Parham Road, Suite 100
West End

Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: 804-506-3050
Fax: (888) 564-5121

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