About The Hand & Wrist Specialists of the Palm Beaches

Laura White Kolshak, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Laura White Kolshak is a fellowship-trained, orthopaedic hand surgeon and Board Certified Independent Medical Examiner.  She specializes in care of the hands and upper extremities with offices throughout Palm Beach County, FL.  


Dr. White Kolshak has a passion for helping her patients return quickly to the lifestyles they love. She does this using the most minimally invasive surgical procedures, or non-surgically through means such as injections, occupational and physical therapy, and splinting. 

Board Certified Independent Medical Examiner (IME)

Independent medical examinations (IMEs) are evaluations performed for the purpose of clarifying clinical and case issues.  These examinations are performed by an evaluator who is not involved in the care of the examinee. IMEs are an important component of workers' compensation systems.  They are also used to clarify other disability or liability associated cases. Impairment evaluations are frequently used to provide a more objective understanding around the impact of an injury or illness.



  • Miami University, Oxford, OH- Microbiology

  • Hamilton College, Clinton, NY- Bachelor of Arts, Biology

  • SUNY at Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY- Master of Science, Natural Sciences

  • St. Georges University, Grenada, W.I. -Doctor of Medicine (Honors)

  • University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY- Orthopedic Research Fellowship

  • University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY- Orthopedic Residency

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA- Fellowship in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity



  • Board Certified Independent Medical Examiner

  • Graduated from medical school with Honors

  • Outstanding Resident Presentation Award (2002)

  • Peer Review Committee Member Palms West Hospital, Past

  • Expert Advice Interviews, Fox Channel 29 News, Health Corner; Wellington Regional Medical Center Community Newsletter, Past

  • Faculty Member for AO Course for Operating Room Personnel, Past


Professional Societies

  • Palm Beach Medical Society, Member

  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, Member

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Candidate Member

  • Florida Medical Association



  • Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

  • Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce



Dr. White Kolshak is an orthopaedic surgeon with specialization in hand and upper extremity conditions, such as arthritis, nerve compression, muscle and tendon injury, fracture care, and upper extremity dysfunction.


She has been associate and partner at both small and large orthopaedic groups, and now, practices at Hand & Wrist Specialists of the Palm Beaches. She currently serves on the Health Care Committee at the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, and is active at the Florida Women’s Business Center.


Dr. White Kolshak has been active in both clinical and bench research during her Master’s Degree and Orthopaedic Research Fellowship. She has numerous publications in books and journals and has been involved in multiple local and national presentations. She takes pleasure in spending time with her family.


Christopher Lehnhoff, Licensed Physician Assistant

    A licensed Physician assistant with several years of experience in a hand and upper extremity surgery. Involved in all clinical aspects of new, established and post-operative patient care. Including history-taking, physical examinations, determining and establishing treatment plans, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications, performing in-office procedures such as arthrograms, joint and tendon sheath injections, I&D’s, and fracture reductions.  

     Conducts clinical assessments and evaluations of athletic injuries and administered treatment to the injured athlete, ensuring positive patient outcomes. 


Served as Head Athletic Trainer for Northeast High School in Ft Lauderdale, FL.


- Master of Clinical Medical Science-Physician Assisant | 2000-2002 | Barry University, Miami Shores, FLorida

Recipient of the annual Dean’s Clinical Scholarship for Physician Assistant students for outstanding academic performance. GPA of 3.7

- Bachelor of Science-Athletic training | 1991-1995 | Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

 Graduated Cum Laude.  Athletic scholarship recipient for tennis.  Nationally ranked in singles and doubles.

Completed clinical internships at North Miami High School, Health South, and with the Miami Dolphins. 

Certification/ Licenses

NCCPA Board Certified (scored in the 97th percentile).  Current Florida State Physician Assistant License. 


Multi-lingual (fluent in English and Spanish)


Carol M. Hatt, Licensed Occupational Therapist

 Carol M. Hatt works with patients to help them achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of "purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence."


 Carol plays a major role in the rehabilitation and recovery of patients who have hand as well and upper and lower extremity injuries. She plays a significant role in liaising with Dr. Kolshak and Christopher Lehnhoff, our patients employers or case managers in providing the best client centered rehabilitation care. Carol treats conditions ranging from soft tissue injuries such as Tennis Elbows to nerve neuropathies such as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. An Array of Upper Limb assessment are utilized to provide a treatment care that is effective and appropriate. Treatment modalities such as orthosis/splints, soft braces and education are some of the common treatment tool that Carol will use during treatment. Hand Therapy is a specialized field of occupational therapy and it requires therapist like Carol to be highly skilled and knowledgeable in upper limb anatomy to be able to work in this area. It is definitely an area where Carol is famous for due to the therapeutic models that the profession practices which focus on occupation as means and ends and their aim of returning patients to them performing their daily functions.


Eastern Michigan University, Michigan - Occupational Therapy        

Mott Community College - Bachelor's Degree


St Josephs Hospital, Eastern Michigan University