Princess Filippi, Occupational Therapist and Hand Specialist

IMG_7956I am an occupational therapist and certified hand specialist at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. I specialize in providing therapy for the whole arm and the hand so people can regain function and independence in their life.

At The Johns Hopkins Hospital, we get complex cases. Some of our patients come to us with wounds that are a result of a stabbing, an accident, surgery or even a gunshot. We are dealing with people who have lost the ability to use the hand, and that can be frustrating. So we help patients with the physical component of regaining hand and arm function. We make custom-molded splints, perform manual therapy, and do strength training, to name a few of our services. We also work on scar tissue quality and therapy for tendon repair, making sure that they are moving and gliding properly and ensuring that the joints are operating at full motion.

But we also focus on the social component of gaining their trust and building a good relationship. I always try to make sure my patients leave with a smile. We see each patient over the course of eight weeks, on average, so relationship building is a very important part of what we do.

One of the most significant things I do during a therapy appointment is listen. Sometimes people just need an ear to bend because they are frustrated that they can’t return to work, or are experiencing financial trouble as a result of their injury. I believe that listening and empathizing, along with taking time to show them how to do their exercises at home, give patients the motivation to take responsibility for their recovery, which ultimately gives them power over their condition.

One of the things that make Johns Hopkins special is that we are an institution on the cutting edge of discovery. I wouldn’t get the same experience working elsewhere. There are only a handful of hospitals in this country that would do a hand transplant. Johns Hopkins is one of them! People with different ailments come here from all over the world because we have specialists with the ability to help them. I truly believe that people work at Hopkins because of the desire to do what is best for the patient.

On a more personal note, many people wonder how I got my nickname, Princess. My real name is Lourdes; it’s my mom’s name — apparently, she’s the queen and I am the princess. Growing up in the Philippines, my family called me Princess and it stuck.

My husband, Raphael, and I are both in health care. He is a physical therapy assistant working under the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. We moved to Baltimore from New Mexico in 2014 after we had our daughter, Marloe, because we wanted to be closer to our family in New York. We fell in love with Baltimore and chose to work at Hopkins because this hospital is so client-centered and we knew it was a great place to continue our professional development.

I have been an occupational therapist for over 23 years, and I am still learning every day. I love that the work I do is challenging and that no two days are the same.

—Story written by Jennifer Wicks, Marketing and Communications

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Robin Gurganus January 11, 2018 at 9:55 am

Princess was my therapist for more than a year. I can tell you she is the best at what she does. Her skills are amazing and her beside manor is pleasant, kind and reassuring. I had complications from shoulder and hand surgery and lost the use of my hand. She went above and beyond taking care of not only my hand but always making sure my shoulder was ok as well.
Once I was in so much pain in my shoulder, not my hand, and she took me to a room and personally worked on it so I wouldn't be in so much pain. I think she is amazing.

Thanks Princess I will always be so grateful for how you helped me.

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Arlene January 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

There aren't enough words to describe my wonderful experience of having Princess as my therapist for eight (8) weeks.
My injury was to my left hand and I'm left-handed. Princess provided the reassurance I needed to help with the anxiety I experienced at each visit. I will describe Princess as an excellent, outstanding, knowledgeable, kind and compassionate therapist and individual.
You are one of the Best of the Best - an asset to Johns Hopkins Health System

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Jyo Supnekar January 11, 2018 at 9:10 am

Princess, It is a privilege and a joy to work with you! You bring a positive, cheerful, caring attitude in all that you do. Your expertise in the field is a great asset to Hopkins; we are so very proud of you!!

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Laura Herald Hoofring January 11, 2018 at 8:48 am

Princess was my therapist after I had a fall and injured my elbow. She was the best! My surgeon told me I would never be able to fully extend my arm. After some initial evaluations and treatments, Princess reassured me that I would be able to get my arm straight and she made it happen. My surgeon was astounded. She is the best!

Kudos to the rest of the OT department also! From Marie to the techs and students, you all rock!

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tamara January 11, 2018 at 8:35 am

I was a patient of Princes and I love her spirit of wanting to help in your recovery in any way possible, especially from the greeting that she gives when she meets you and when you are leaving. I have the privilege also scheduling for her. The comments she get from her patients puts the biggest smile on my face, for I know just how they feel when they are treated by her. Princess keep doing what you do , it is wonderful and my recovery was very successful thanks to you.

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Charles grant January 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

To me, this is a heart warming success story from someone who has a lot to contribute to the healthcare industry. Congrats Princess Filippi !

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Ed Lyons PT January 11, 2018 at 8:16 am

As a co-worker w/ her with our Amputee Clinics , a beautiful story about a beautiful person ( inside and out) and an excellent clinician. I reiterate Jack's statement about her that her patients love her. So must her colleagues since she was voted Employee of the Year in Out Patient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 2017.

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Jack Walter January 11, 2018 at 6:41 am

Princess was my therapist when I injured my arm. She is so great at combining her knowledge and expertise with her warm personality and sense of humor. All her patients love her!

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