Appointments and Referrals with the Upper Extremity Clinic at Shepherd Center

Overcoming the challenges of reduced function in your hands, wrists, and elbows can be a frustrating experience. But it doesn’t have to be. We want to help you feel like you have control over your life.

The Upper Extremity Clinic at Shepherd Center is one of the country’s most renowned care and treatment centers for functional restoration of the hand and upper extremities. That’s a testament to the expertise of our medical professionals and how we treat all our patients: with care, respect, humor, and hope.

If you’re new to the Upper Extremity Clinic, this means starting with a patient evaluation. Our specialists will work with you to develop your personalized care plan, including the continuation of trauma care and rehabilitation services. 

How to Request an Appointment with the Upper Extremity Clinic

The Upper Extremity Clinic requires a referral from healthcare providers and specialists for all new patients. This allows us to streamline care for those in need of our services. The information below will help you learn how to request an appointment.

The Upper Extremity Clinic accepts new patients with referrals from healthcare providers and specialists.

To learn how to begin the referral process, please call our case manager, Kathie Kurtz, at 404-350-3102 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

If you are currently receiving care at the Upper Extremity Clinic, you can request an appointment by calling 404-350-3102 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

All new patients will require a referral from a healthcare provider. You can begin the referral process for your patient by emailing an order form and pertinent medical records to or by faxing them to 404-367-1249.

Preparing for Your First Appointment

We want to make the most of your visit here just as much as you do. Here are some tips on what to do before your first evaluation.  

  • List questions and topics you'd like to discuss with your care team. 
  • List of injuries you’ve had. 
  • Document the symptoms you are experiencing and for how long. 
  • Bring a partner, family member, or friend who can act as a second set of ears, take notes and prompt you if you forget anything. 
  • Ask for clarity on anything you don't understand. Medical terms can be daunting, and we want you to feel confident while you're here and after you leave. 

For your first evaluation appointment, please also bring with you the following: 

  • Driver's license or ID
  • Medical insurance card

Appointment Resources

Maps & Directions

The Upper Extremity Clinic is located within Shepherd Center in Atlanta and is easily accessible and offers free parking for all patients.

Billing & Insurance

Shepherd Center accepts most major health plans. Please contact your insurance company to confirm services are covered by your health plan.

Meet Your Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist

When you’re a patient at Shepherd Center, you have an entire team of upper extremity specialists behind you.