BraceLab: Embrace Functional Freedom
As an occupational therapist with more than 40 years’ experience, Judy Colditz is regarded in the industry as a master clinician, a skilled teacher and an expert orthotic maker. She founded HandLab in 1996 to provide education and consultancy services to hand therapists, and spun out BraceLab in 2017 to bring Push products to the American market.
During her career, Ms. Colditz has served as president of both the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapists and the American Society of Hand Therapists, and has shared her passion for continuing education through teaching workshops and giving lectures in more than 26 countries around the globe. She has published more than a dozen juried professional papers, holds four patents for hand therapy products, and served as a design consultant on the groundbreaking Push MetaGrip.
From 1982 to 1996, Ms. Colditz owned and managed the largest privately owned outpatient therapy practice in North Carolina, which included hand therapy, physical therapy, and work hardening.
Giving Back to the Community
BraceLab lives by the philosophy “When you learn it, teach it.” This mantra has guided our commitment to advancing hand therapy around the world.
- Donated hand therapy educational materials to developing hand therapy centers in Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Ghana, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, India, Poland, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and many others
- Given funds to help hand therapists attend the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy Triennial Meeting
- Provided free access to online credit courses in response to COVID-19
- Made our previously fee-based online credit courses free for all to access
As a woman-owned small business based in North Carolina, we provide financial support to nonprofit organizations making a profound impact in our community.
- Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
- Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws (A prison-based program for training medical service dogs)
- Read and Feed (Provides children with access to books and free meals)
- The Arthritis Foundation
- The Triangle Aphasia Project