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Laurie Hartman is the author of "Handbook of Osteopathic Technique" and is a world-renowned expert on osteopathic technique and manual therapy. He has been practicing and teaching for over three decades as an Associate Professor of Osteopathic Technique, British School of Osteopathy.
Dr. Hartman uses his extensive teaching experiences in his comprehensive spine course, which includes focuses on the neck, thoracic, and cervical spine. Dr. Hartman has been teaching since 1964 and has since lectured in over 17 countries. Dr. Hartman has focused on teaching Osteopathic techniques to other disciplines including physical therapists, and chiropractors.
Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 17 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Maryville University (St. Louis) in 1990 and PhD (2003) from Texas Tech University. Dr. Cook received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006. Dr. Cook has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and has keynoted in 6 continents and numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their 2nd edition and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has a long-standing history of service roles as an editor-in-chief or associate/special topics editor for multiple journals including JOSPT and BJSM. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award, and is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. In addition, Dr. Cook is also the 2011 winner and was the 2012 and 2013 co-winner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award. He has been married 26 years to a physical therapist (Amy) and has three wonderful boys, Zach, Jaeger and Simon.Read full bio
Dr. Terry Malone received his EdD and MSPT from Duke University in North Carolina and his BA from Bluffton College in Ohio. At Duke, he served as the initial Sports Physical Therapist and was the Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Clinic.
He served as the initial Chairman of the Sports Specialization Council of the APTA and has been liaison to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports. Dr. Malone was the initial chair and dean of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and served as the Physical Therapy Program Director at UK from 1993-2006. Terry is now a full time professor at the University of Kentucky, and enjoys most sports with a particular love for golf.
Louie Puentedura obtained his entry-level Physiotherapy degree in Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently earned a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1983. In 1985 his presentation at the Australian Manipulative Therapists Association Conference in Brisbane entitled 'The Straight Leg Raise Test and Spinal Posture' helped to sparked an interest in mobilization of the nervous system.
Louie relocated to the USA with his family in 1995, where he received his OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist) in 1996 and recertified in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists (FAAOMPT). In 2005, he completed a Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions through Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. He also completed his PhD in Physical Therapy through Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011.
Louie is currently an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Throughout his 32+ years as a physical therapist, Louie has presented at many National Conferences, initially in Australia and New Zealand, and more recently in the USA and Spain. His presentations focus on manual therapy theory and practice, neurodynamics, and more recently, on the motor control issues surrounding pain sciences and pain science education.
Dr. Robert F. LaPrade is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon who joined The Steadman Clinic in 2010 and specializes in the treatment of complex knee injuries.
At the Steadman Philipppon Institute, Dr. LaPrade acts as the Chief Medical Research Officer. Dr. LaPrade is a former collegiate athlete who graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 1993 and his sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia in 1994. While at the Hughston Clinic, he was greatly influenced by the attention to anatomic details and clinical teachings of one of the founders of Sports Medicine, Jack Hughston MD. Dr. LaPrade has published over 125 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, over 50 invited articles and book chapters, and one comprehensive textbook on "Posterolateral Knee Injuries: Anatomy, Function and Treatment."
Matthew specializes in running related injuries, sports injuries and spinal pain. He is the director of Rebound Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Clinic's Motion Lab as well as Rebound's running clinics. He is an active educator and teaches musculoskeletal diagnosis and rehabilitation methods to Physical Therapists on a National and International level.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Matt has taught courses on the Biomechanics of Gait, Running and manual therapy for 12 years in Australia, Canada & the USA. He has presented this approach to Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport & various provincial, state and National conferences.
In addition to his work as a clinician & teacher, Matthew has also served as therapist to the Canadian Cross Country ski team, Alberta Alpine ski team & as a consultant to the PGA tour, Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet, Canadian U23 Rugby team & Nike's Team Oregon project. He currently lives in Portland Oregon and works in private practice with the Rebound Rehabilitation group. He is a PhD student with professor Joy Higgs. His research is a qualitative study of Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapists Clinical practice knowledge through the Charles Sturt University in Australia.
He practices with a specialization in the assessment, treatment and training of the Running Athlete.
Mark is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is the managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy of Kirkland, and principal partner of Olympic Physical Therapy.
Mark Looper is the managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy of Kirkland, and is one of the principle partners in Olympic Physical Therapy. Mark is the consulting physical therapist for the Seattle Seahawks Professional Football Team. He travels as part of the medical support to the US Ski & Snowboarding Team. Mark and his wife, Denise, coordinate the McConnell Institute for the US, and Olympic Seminars, offering post graduate courses for Physical Therapists. He is on the clinical faculty for NAIOMT. Mark has developed a unique spinal stabilization program, The Missing Link, serving the sporting and non-sporting community. Mark is a certified orthopaedic manual therapist and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, meeting international standards.
Kathe Wallace owns a clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the pelvis, pelvic floor and ob/gyn musculoskeletal conditions. She is also a founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Kathe Wallace, co-founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, is an internationally recognized author, lecturer and consultant in women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation and treatment. Since 1988, her clinical practice has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of the pelvis, pelvic floor and ob/gyn musculoskeletal conditions. Kathe graduated from UCLA with a BS in Kinesiology and received her PT certificate from Children's Hospital School of Physical Therapy. She has an eclectic background of acute care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, outpatient pain management and movement based orthopedic treatment. Kathe's credentials include Level II Certification from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), Exercise Specialist Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Biofeedback Certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback (BCB-PMD).
Terry Pratt is a Clinical Manager at Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy in Brunswick, Maine. Terry earned his Master's degree at Andrews University in Michigan, received his Orthopedic Certification in Manual Therapy through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy, and is affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Terry has worked primarily as an orthopedic outpatient therapist across the United States. He has worked in Seattle, WA, Colorado and has most recently landed in Brunswick, Maine as a Physical Therapist and Clinical Manager at Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy. Terry earned his Master?s degree at Andrews University in Michigan, received his Orthopedic Certification in Manual Therapy through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy, and is affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Terry believes in providing personal care and connecting individually with his patients, focusing both on improving comfort and developing a practical exercise program to help restore function. Terry enjoys spending his free time playing golf, playing the guitar, running, biking and spending time with his wife and children.
Ken Cole is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy in Mercer Island and Renton. Ken specializes in sports manual therapy for pediatric and young adult athletes.
Ken designed a specialized motor control sports medicine program for ground, water, and air athletes for injury prevention and rapid return to activity based on the biomechanical model of the McConnell and North American Institute of Manual Therapy. Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University, South Carolina, his Certification in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. In his free time, Ken enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Krabak is a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center, focusing on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries and sports performance enhancement in youth and adult recreational to professional athletes.
As a competitive athlete himself, Krabak understands the need to attain functional athletic goals and to return to sports after injury. Collaborating with patients, therapists, athletic trainers, and coaches, Dr. Krabak works to develop comprehensive programs to return athletes to competitive status as quickly as possible.
Dr. David Musnick is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with 21 years of clinical experience. His practice focuses on orthopedic and sports medicine, pain management, and functional internal medicine.
Dr. Musnick is an expert in exercise prescription, pain management, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, and Regenerative Injection Therapy and he is the author of a book on functional exercise: Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness: Functional Exercise and Nutrition for Every Body. He teaches on the topics of structure, pain management, and exercise prescription at AFMCP and also conducts seminars on exercise prescription, orthopedic medicine, nutrition, and pain management. Dr. Musnick is on the faculty at the University of Washington, Department of Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and is the Instructor of Sports Medicine and Therapeutic Exercise at Bastyr University. He is a member of IFM's Curriculum Advisory Committee.
Dr. Stephen Barbuto has been in the medical and fitness field for over 15 years and has worked with thousands of people from ages 2 to 102 helping them improve their balance, increase their function, and reach their potential.
Stephen earned his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Washington and has a Master's of Arts degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University. Stephen is an active member of APTA, a level III manual therapist with NAIOMT, a certified athletic trainer through NATA and certified strength specialist through NSCA.
Eric Fletcher is an Orthopedic Physical Therapist and managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy in Seattle, Washington. In addition to his role at Olympic PT, Eric is also a lecturer at the University of Washington in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident Program.
With specialties in acute and chronic orthopedic conditions, and an interest in the spine and its effects on the rest of the individual parts, as well as sports medicine and lower extremity biomechanics, Eric finds reward in keeping people active and doing what brings them joy and fulfillment in their lives.
Laura von Wullerstorff opened her clinic LvW physiotherapy in Brussels, Belgium July 2009. She also owns and operates her own physiotherapy consulting business which allows her to teach manual therapy courses in the Unites States and most recently in Italy.
She has been instructor in-training with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Arizona and now is full faculty level to teach level II throughout the United States and abroad. She currently serves as adjunct faculty to University of Washington, Seattle. She continues to mentor physical therapist at eight of Olympic Physical Therapy (Inc.) clinics and is a faculty fellowship instructor for NAIOMT with current students in both Washington and Oregon.
Margaret is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Margaret has practiced in California, Ontario and British Columbia.
Margaret is the author of several books on osteoporosis including Exercise for Better Bone and Yoga for Better Bones. She has developed a 15-hour course for health care professionals on the treatment and management of osteoporosis. Over 800 professionals around the world have completed her course.
She treats clients with low bone density at Function To Fitness Physiotherapy - her clinic in Ottawa. She is also the founder of MelioGuide.com, the leading online resource for exercise and osteoporosis. Margaret graduated from the School of Physical Therapy of McGill University in 1984. She completed her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2000.
Margaret is the recipient of the 2011 Award of Distinction from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario for her significant contributions and achievements as a Physiotherapist.
Carrie Hall, PT, MHS has been a physical therapist since 1983. She earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and graduate degree from Washington University in Saint Louis.
Movement Systems Physical Therapy was founded in 1995 by Carrie. Her motivation was to build a clinical practice where she could implement
her philosophical approach toward diagnosis and treatment of movement impairment syndromes. In addition to her clinical practice and continuing education teaching, Carrie has served on several faculties including Washington University in Saint Louis, Northwestern University in Chicago, and University of Washington in Seattle. Her role as University instructor motivated her to take on lead authorship of Therapeutic exercise: Moving Toward Function, completing the first edition in 1999 and the second in 2004. This text is widely used in entry level Masters and DPT programs in both the U.S. and abroad.
Paul swift is the president and founder of Bikefit. As an athlete he is an 8-time US National Champion. He competed with the US National Cycling Team from 1983 to 1997 racing in the World Championships and World Cup events. He began racing in 1982 as a Junior Category athlete.
Paul Swift is the product designer for the cleat wedge, the in-the-shoe wedge, and the bicycle fitting system. Bicycling magazine nominated his "Bicycle Fitting System" one of the most innovative products in cycling. He researched cycling biomechanics forefoot varus/valgus at Auburn University and has been an Athlete's Representative on the USCF's Board of Trustees for eight years.
Dr. Eyal Lederman is the director of CPDO, an international center providing continuing professional development for manual and physical therapists. He is the co-director of an MSc in Manual and Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Health at University College London (UCL). Dr. Lederman completed his PhD in physiotherapy (PT) at King's College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy.
He also researched and developed Harmonic Technique, Functional Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Functional Stretching. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL where he is currently conducting research into therapeutic stretching.
Apart from these activities Dr. Lederman regularly teaches manual therapy to various groups and universities in the UK and abroad. He has published several articles in the area of manual therapy and is the author of the books “Harmonic Technique”, “Fundamentals of Manual Therapy”, “The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy”, “Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Manual and Physical Therapy” and “Therapeutic Stretching: Towards a Functional Approach”
Katrina Vogel, MS, DPT (Kit) graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California in 2002. She received her Masters of Science from Western Washington University in Human Movement and Performance with a specialization in Biomechanics.
Kit specializes in custom orthotics & biomechanical evaluation/treatment of orthopedic injuries related to running, walking and cycling. She is a guest lecturer in the University of Washington Physical Therapy Department for gait and orthopedics.
She teaches continuing education courses (cycling biomechanics/bike fitting) to physical therapists throughout the country and works as a consultant within the cycling industry. Check out Velonews for write-ups from the SICI International Cycling Science Symposium in 2007 and 2008.
Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, LMP, PRPC, CCI is a 1995 graduate of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Holly spent over a decade working for Apple Physical Therapy in Washington state, where she developed clinical programming for education and for women's and men's health for many of Apple's clinics.
She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and is currently adjunct faculty at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Clinical certifications include orthopedics, women’s health, pelvic rehabilitation, clinical instructing, and Holly holds an active massage therapy license. She teaches nationally for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute for whom she is the Director of Education. On the hermanwallace.com website you can read Holly's blog posts about current pelvic rehabilitation topics. Holly lives in Seattle, Washington and is the owner of Flow Rehab, LLC, a clinic offering orthopedic and pelvic health physical and massage therapy. Holly is also owner of Tanner Therapies, LLC, and offers consulting services for clinic owners, hospitals, instructors, and medical companies.
Alan Weismantel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Physical Therapy School in 1967. His early career included proficiency in EMG/NCV studies and the clinical use of manipulation and mobilization techniques. After extensive studies in the United States and Canada, Mr. Weismantel was the third Physical Therapist from the United States to pass the International Federation on Manual Therapy (IFOMT) Examination in 1975.
In the late 70's Mr. Weismantel was the first to sponsor Mr. Robin McKenzie on the East Coast and was one of the first McKenzie practitioners. From 1980 to 1988 he attended all courses offered for Physical Therapists at the Osteopathic School of Continuing Education at Michigan State University. On several occasions, Mr. Weismantel assisted Dr. Robert Ward in his presentations of Myofascial Release.
After studying Strain / Counterstrain under Dr. Jones, Mr. Weismantel presented courses on Counterstrain Techniques. During the 1990's he studied Visceral Mobilization Techniques taught by European Osteopaths. Mr. Weismantel is licensed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. He is a member of the A.P.T.A., Orthopedic and Sports Sections and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Mr. Weismantel developed a varied approach to evaluation and treatment of muscular skeletal dysfunctions. He integrates techniques learned in his 46 years of studies and clinical experiences. He has been in private practice for 40 years.
Dr. Peter Millett is an orthopaedic surgeon and partner at the internationally renowned Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Consistently selected as one of the "Best Doctors in America," Dr. Millett specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries.
He uses advanced open and arthroscopic surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. His focuses include advanced shoulder arthroscopy, arthroscopic stabilization surgery and the treatment of athletes with shoulder injuries. He also has expertise in complex and revision shoulder surgery and total joint replacement.
Prior to coming to Vail, Dr. Millett held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and was formerly Co-Director of the Harvard Shoulder Service and the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship. While in Boston, he also founded and directed the Musculoskeletal Proteomics Research Group at Harvard, where his team discovered and patented the protein profile for osteoarthritis. His clinical practice in Boston was based at the prestigious Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed, scientific articles, numerous book chapters, and 2 books on Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Shoulder Surgery. You can view much of his work under the Press and Publication area of this website. His academic work has been recognized with awards from several international societies, including the 2010 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for his contributions to the field.
Dr. Millett also serves as a shoulder and sports medicine consultant to the country of Bermuda and has treated elite athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, X-Games, and the Olympics. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Millett is also a member of numerous academic societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America. ?Dr. Millett is also affiliated with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has served as a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team and as a consultant to the Montreal Canadiens, professional hockey club.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Millett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He also studied as a research scholar at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was awarded a master's degree in science (M.Sc.) for his work in skeletal biology.
Dr. Millett performed his orthopaedic residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, part of Cornell University's Medical School and the oldest and most prestigious orthopaedic residency program in the country. While there, he twice received the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for excellence in orthopaedic research as well as the American Orthopaedic Association – Zimmer Travel Award, a national award for orthopaedic research. Dr. Millett earned additional subspecialty, fellowship training in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery with Drs. Richard Steadman and Richard Hawkins in Vail, Colorado. As a fellow, he also served as an associate physician for the Denver Broncos professional football team, the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team, and the U.S. Ski Team.
Dr. Millett and his wife have four children and are very active in the Vail Valley community. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Millett also enjoys skiing the powder of Vail's back bowls, snowcat skiing in Colorado's backcountry, road cycling the mountain passes, and golfing in the high country. When not working or spending time with his children, Dr. Millett also enjoys traveling the world pursuing his other lifelong passion, flyfishing, for literally anything that swims in either fresh or salt water!
Roger started his exercise science career in 1985 as an Army Master Fitness Trainer, where he physically prepared troops for combat readiness. With the GI Bill, Campbell obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University, followed by a Master of Science Degree from the University of Utah, in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Campbell's greatest passion is working for the functional restoration and independence of medically complex patients. While serving with the University of Utah's Lung Transplant program in the 90’s, Campbell realized that greater restorative measures could be implemented to improve the functional independence of patients, and he set his focus on rehabilitation program development. Campbell spends his best energies developing, implementing, and promoting specialized rehabilitation programs including Go Cancer Rehab (http://www.rehabsys.com/gocancerrehab/about.php)
Campbell and Schwartz serve as consultants to hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and wellness organizations in the development of special rehabilitation services.
Additionally, Campbell is committed to the continuing education of health care professionals as a serving panel member of the industries, first accredited, Cancer Specialist certification produced by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Cancer Society.
Trent is Founder/CEO of Accelerated Conditioning and Learning (A.C.L.), LLC (www.aclprogram.com). A.C.L., LLC is the developer of the Dynamic Movement Assessment, Fatigue Dynamic Movement Assessment and the DMA Certification Series. Trent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a focus on biomechanics and motor learning. He is also the author of the book: "Dynamic Movement Assessment: Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance".
Along with treating high school, collegiate and professional athletes for over a decade, he has used his passion for exercise and prevention to research ways to use movement analysis to improve athletic performance. This has resulted in the development of the Dynamic Movement Assessment (DMA) which he is currently using at the collegiate and professional level to reduce non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries and drive improved performance in vertical jump and sprint speed. This is also the subject of his college textbook “Dynamic Movement Assessment: Improve Performance and Reduce Injury Risk” which is being published as an E-text in 2013.
Trent has a strong passion for education and has been presenting on the topic of movement assessment nationally for over 10 years to several organizations including the American Sports Medicine Institute, Andrew's Education, Seattle Mariners, Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association, APTA’s CSM and the Tennessee and Arizona Physical Therapy Associations. Trent has also been used as a nationally recognized resource for Advance PT, The Washington Post and Web MD as well as an international resource for the Brazilian Military. He is currently on the editorial board for The International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training and a member of the USA Cheer National Safety Council.
Dr. Kenzo Kase founded the Kinesio Taping Method in 1979 after years of testing, research, and clinical trial. He then designed and engineered an elastic tape to accompany his method. Since then, the Kinesio Taping method has been used all over the world by medical and sports professionals.
Dr. Kase has always held research, education, and patient care as his top priorities. These core values led him and other professionals to form the Kinesio Taping Association in 1984. By 1994 he had published 20 books on the Kinesio Taping Method.
Jack Stagge received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno in 1978 and a specialty certification in Adult Neurology from U.S.C. in 1979. His postgraduate training includes extensive manual therapy course work in Norwegian, Australian, McKenzie and Cyriax protocols.
He was chosen as a subject matter expert by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties in 1988 and helped in writing the first O.C.S. exam. He was Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in May 1990 and 1999, and became a Fellow of the A.A.O.M.P.T. in 2002. Mr. Stagge taught “Physical Evaluation and Treatment of Neural Tissues in Disorders of the Neuromusculoskeletal System” with Mr. Robert L. Elvey, P.T., G.D.M.T. of Curtin University, Perth, Australia for several years throughout the United States.
Jack has also been a featured presenter at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the APTA’s National Scientific meeting, Combined Section Meetings, State Conferences, and the I.F.O.M.P.T. in Perth Australia. He has served as a visiting professor and lecturer at several graduate programs and is a member of the International Teachers’ Forum of I.F.O.M.P.T. Mr. Stagge has also served as a book reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports P.T., and as a consultant on several articles published on orthopedic manual therapy.
In the past Mr. Stagge served as a consultant to the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Padres, and the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Association. Mr. Stagge is currently director of International Manual Therapy Seminars and continues to consult and teach in the area of neurogenic pain syndromes.
Leonard (Lenny) Macrina, MSPT, SCS, CSCS, is the Co-Founder and Director of Physical Therapy at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Waltham, MA. He received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. He has been teaching continuing education courses on shoulder rehabilitation, and presenting at conferences around the United States since 2006.
Lenny’s work has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, the Sports Health Journal, and many more. His professional memberships include the APTA Massachusetts Chapter, APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, American Sports Medicine Institute, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Bill Gallagher has developed a uniquely integrative approach to maximize comfort and function. By integrating the Physical Therapy traditions of the East (Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga) with somatic therapies of the West (Conventional Therapeutic Exercise, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Pilates, Osteopathy), Mr. Gallagher helps his clients maximize function and minimize pain. Through meditation instruction, guided imagery, biofeedback and other disciplines that work with the Mind & Body, clients are further empowered to optimize function and comfort while reducing suffering.
Bill sees a broad spectrum of clients in his practice including people with severe disabilities and elite performers. In addition to traditional 1:1 sessions, Bill teaches specialized group programs for people with pulmonary issues, spinal cord injury, brain injury, chronic pain, breast cancer survivors, and elders at risk of falling. His work has been published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Practice, Advance for Physical Therapists, Advance for Occupational Therapists and Tai Chi magazine.
He has also written a chapter for a physical therapy text, Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-making Approach on integrating Tai Chi & Qigong with conventional physical therapy for psychological, cardiac and arthritic conditions. Bill is recognized as an authority on Integrative/Mind-Body/Complementary rehabilitation and teaches his visionary synthesis to practicing rehab clinicians (Mount Sinai Medical Center, Beth Israel NYC, Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian, Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Oregon State Health & Science University) and at several Physical Therapy doctoral programs.
Richard Sabel is the Education Director of East West Rehab and a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate’s Occupational Therapy Program. For many years he successfully integrated occupational therapy and somatic practices of the East and West into a distinctive approach to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations.
This integrated practice evolved from his personal experience. After 20 years of back pain, Richard discovered the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness, breath work and the Feldenkrais Method. These practices, along with his therapist training, were instrumental in his ability to resume activities abandoned years before. Richard included these ideas in his occupational therapy practice and the response was overwhelmingly positive – clients reported less pain and started to make impressive functional gains. Richard’s personal experience and the response of his clients have fostered the continued exploration and growth of an integrated therapeutic practice.
Richard teaches this approach at several occupational and physical therapy programs and divides his clinical time between private and community practice. Richard received a 3-year grant from the Balm foundation to offer his Easy Does It fall prevention/wellness program at two senior centers in New York City. Easy Does It has also been adapted for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. Richard was a guest on local cable television and Doctor Radio to discuss his unique integrative approach. He regularly presents at professional conferences and community centers and has published a variety of articles on this topic in the physical and occupational therapy literature.
Bill Temes received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University and began practicing physical therapy in 1974. He earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1979. He became a certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy (OCS by the American Physical Therapy Association) in 1996 and received his Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (COMT) in 1994. He is a graduate of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Fellowship Program and received his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1998.
He has studied and worked extensively in acute and chronic spinal pain and orthopedics. Bill currently works with patients 3 days/week and also serves as the Director of the Supervised Clinical Mentorship Program for Therapeutic Associates. Bill also teaches for and serves the Chief Administrative Officer for NAIOMT. Bill places a high value on maintaing a healthy lifestyle and enjoys bike riding, hiking, and skiing. Ask Bill about his two daughters, Amy and Lindsay, of whom he is very proud. Amy is also a Physical Therapist and works in the Southtowne Clinic, while Lindsay is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Bill is married to his favorite girl, Kathy, an Occupational Therapist for Sacred Heart.
Dr. Kirk Iodice earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University in St. Louis, MO, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, also graduating with honors.
While at Logan, Dr. Iodice was amongst a select few chosen as an intern at Winchester-Hilgefort Spine and Joint Center, a world-renowned manual therapy clinic. During this internship, Dr. Iodice gained hands-on knowledge about diagnosis and treatment from some of the best doctors in the world.
He also attended many advanced soft tissue, adjusting, and rehabilitation technique seminars from a variety of organizations, further enhancing his knowledge and skills.
Dr. Iodice is the Chiropractor for the Kansas City T-Bones professional baseball club. He also is on the Recommended Physician Lists for the KC Ballet and the Runner's Edge of KC.
Dr. Iodice was born in West Islip, NY, spent his early childhood in southern Florida before moving with his parents to North Carolina. After attending college at UNC-Charlotte, he and his wife moved to Wentzville, MO while attending Logan.
Upon graduation from Logan, Dr. Iodice relocated to the Gardner/Olathe area where he enjoys spending time with this wife, Merinda, his daughters, Alyssa and Lynley, and his dog, Missy. He also enjoys exercising regularly and spending time with his extended family.
Ginger is an integrative physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer, and founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Studies, an organization providing curricula and competencies for using yoga in medicine. Ms. Garner advocates for Americans to receive holistic and integrative medical care in order to improve health and health care in the US. Her clinical fields of focus include public health education, orthopaedics, chronic pain, and women’s health.
Ms. Garner has been teaching, writing, and lecturing for hospitals, clinics, and universities throughout the United States since 2000. Her medical yoga graduate and post-graduate programs teach non-dogmatic, evidence-based care through fostering east/west multi-disciplinary education. They are a first of their kind in the United States.
Ginger can be contacted at www.gingergarner.com and www.professionalyogatherapy.org.
Melanie is co-owner and co-founder of Pacific Northwest Pilates in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton Canada and successfully completed her Part As and Part Bs in manual and manipulative therapy. She is a Master Instructor Trainer for Rehabilitation for STOTT PILATES, teaches health care professionals how to integrate therapeutic exercise into clinical practice, and has taught courses and workshops throughout USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Melanie specializes in resolving complex problems through movement repatterning/ neuromotor reeducation. She is renowned for ability to link assessment with movement intervention, and getting clients to successfully progress from injury to activity and sport.
Bill founded Olympic Sports & Spine Rehabilitation (OSSR) in 1984. He has been actively involved in the profession of physical therapy since 1972. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in the conservative management of pelvic and spinal disorders. He is semi-retired working part time with OSSR and part of the year as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also a member of the Advisory Faculty and a lead examiner for the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).
Bill has published extensively in the area of evaluation and conservative management of cervical and lumbar spine problems.
Bill is the recipient of the following awards:
2003 - John Mennell Service Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
2008 - Award for Clinical Excellence from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)
2009 - Became the first Life Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
2010 - Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association
2014 - Stanley Paris Distinguished Service Award (https://twitter.com/MedBridgeEd/status/431485600122671104)
Dr.O'Grady retired from the U.S. Army as a full colonel after 38 years of combined active and reserve service.
His specialties include:
Orthopedic physical therapy
Sports physical therapy
Spinal stability disorders
Pelvic and spinal disorders
Bill is an avid sports fan and USC supporter. He thoroughly enjoys golf, semi-retirement and his first grandchild.
Kelly Clancy graduated from Colorado State University’s school of Occupational Therapy in 1987. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2004. In 2011 she completed a three-year training at The Institute for Structural Medicine where she received her Board Certification in Structural Integration. She is certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Counselor. She is a Senior instructor for the American Bowen Academy and is also on clinical faculty with the University of Washington’s rehabilitation department. She is the founder and owner of The Seattle Center for Structural Medicine, an integrative wellness center incorporating Physical and Occupational Therapy, Hand therapy, Massage therapy, Nutrition, Gyrotonics, and Health Coaching.
She teaches classes nationally and internationally on topics related to fascia, postural assessment and manual therapy.
For more information, you can visit her website at: www.scfsm.com
Guido Van Ryssegem has been in clinical practice for 29 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 34 years. He is co-owner and co-founder of Safe Recovery, LLC. Guido is a practitioner and faculty at Oregon State University, and has published in the Asian Journal of Martial Arts. Guido is also invited faculty for the University of Oregon, Western University, Willamette University, local Community Colleges, and private schools. He has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. His expertise extends to his own Kinetic Integrations Exercise Specialist Certification. He is a board certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Registered Nurse (RN) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) while also certified by the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).
Guido serves as Northwest regional coordinator of the NSCA and is an NATA COR and Occupational Task Force Member. He is on the AQX Sports Incorporated and the Elevation Fitness advisory board. Additionally, he is an Athletes Performance Institute mentorship program presenter.
Guido developed the Kinetic Integrations Exercise certification program that includes a corrective exercise approach to resolve movement dysfunctions after injury, a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements and incorrect movement. He presents nationally and internationally on this methodology. Guido has also published in the International Journal Of Sports Rehabilitation.
Brandi began her undergraduate work at Ohio State University and she completed her studies at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, graduating from their acclaimed Physical Therapy program in 1996.
She started practicing women's health in 1997 and became a women's health coordinator in 2003. It was at this time that she created the Women’s Health program at Northwest Community Hospital's Wellness Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. During 2004 and 2005 she was the Women's Health Specialist at Women's Physical Therapy Institute in Lake Zurich, Illinois. In 2006 Brandi founded Kirk Center for Healthy Living. The center is a specialty center focusing on the treatment of pelvic and visceral conditions.
Brandi is currently conducting multiple research projects with Dr Denise Elser, of Women's Health Institute of Illinois, for future publication. She is also a faculty member for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and was a 2008-2011 board member for the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. In 2012 she was chosen to be a Subject Matter Expert by the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to assist in the development of the Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification. She has also created 2 on-line courses through MedBridge Education. Brandi is the creator of the Pelvic Health Table, which can be found through Current Medical Technologies. Brandi is also the creator of The Kirk Pelvic Eval. The CD of the Eval form can be found through Current Medical Technologies and a full EMR product containing the pelvic evaluation can be found through Hands On Technology's EMR TheraOffice.
Brandi earned certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in 2009. She is a member of the APTA Section on Women’s Health, the APTA Private Practice Section, the International Pelvic Pain Society and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. Her skill-set is rooted in manual therapy with an emphasis on visceral manipulation, myofascial release, internal vaginal/rectal releases, connective tissue manipulation and nerve mobilizations. As of 2012 she is one of only 3 practitioners in the state of Illinois to complete the Barral Institute’s Visceral Manipulation core series of levels 1-6 and their Listening Course. She is currently preparing to become a Certified Visceral Techniques Practitioner and a Certified Visceral Manipulation Practitioner through the Barral Institute. In 2012 she was accepted into The Barral Institute's Teacher Apprenticeship Program. She trains her existing physical therapists for at least 4 hours a week in these manual techniques. She has created a one -year internship program at Kirk Center for Healthy Living so that physical therapists are trained in the skills that she has found to be the most beneficial for pelvic/visceral conditions.
Outside of work, she enjoys working in her yard, kayaking, hiking, traveling, photography and spending time with her family.
Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS has been practicing physical therapy since 1978. She received a Masters in Health Science from the University of Indianapolis, a certificate in physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School and a BA in biologyand psychology from North Central College. She is the co-owner of Women’s Physical Therapy Institute, in Lake Zurich, IL specializing in orthopedics and pelvic dysfunction for men, women, and children. She is an adjunctfaculty member of Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she co-teaches Management in Physical Therapy Systems, Applied Management Skills in Physical TherapySystems, and lectures on women’s health and pelvic dysfunction.
She is a member of the APTA Section on Women’s Health, the Private Practice Section, the International Pelvic Pain Society, American Urogynecologic Society, and the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. Teri also speaks frequently to community and professional groups on topics related to pelvic dysfunction for men and women. She strives to maintain a balance between work, her family (1 husband, 2 sons), her church and community.
Dr. Kiesel is an Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy at University of Evansville. His areas of research include motor control of the core and functional movement testing and training. Because of his long-standing interest in athletic performance, injury prediction and recovery, his research has also led to significant work related to functional movement screening, testing and assessment for athletes. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents his work nationally and internationally as well as reviewing manuscripts for a variety of journals.
He serves as a consultant for professional and college sports teams as well as the military where he assists with injury prevention and implementation of the functional movement systems model. He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses emphasizing core training and functional movement assessment and intervention including both the FMS and the SFMA. He contributed his expertise related to the SFMA, FMS research, and the adverse affects of pain on motor control to the book, “Movement”. Dr. Kiesel is engaged in patient care in orthopedics and sports at ProRehab PC in Evansville, Indiana.
Dr. Plisky is an Assistant Professor at the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He is the Director of ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program, as well as a practicing therapist at ProRehab. Dr. Plisky received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Plisky is a board certified orthopedic specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a NATA board certified athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Dr. Plisky specializes in sport and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on injury prevention in athletes. His research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel, and school aged children––research that led to the development of the Y Balance Test. Dr. Plisky’s fieldwork has garnered research grants in collaboration with multiple universities totaling over 1.5 million dollars. Additionally, he consults for collegiate and professional teams, military, and school systems to identify injury risk and offer prevention options. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous scientific journals, several of which he serves as a manuscript reviewer. Dr. Plisky also presents internationally on the subjects of return to sport testing, injury prevention, and field expedient movement testing.
Jim Wallis is the director of Sports Medicine at Portland State. Wallis, who began in August 1989, specifically works with the men’s basketball team. Formerly the department's head athletic trainer, Wallis was elevated to the title of Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine. He oversees a full-time staff of three assistants, as well as graduate assistants.
Since July 2003, Wallis has also been an affiliated assistant professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State, and prior to that he served as an assistant professor with the school from August 1989–June 2003. From 1986-89 Wallis served as the head athletic trainer and an instructor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He was also the head athletic trainer and an instructor at the College of Idaho from Sept. 1984-July 1986. He got his start as in athletic training in 1983 at Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona, where he spent one year.
Wallis is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association and since 1994 has been a registered athletic trainer (ATC/R) with the state of Oregon. He has also been a certified kinesio taping instructor since 1997. More recently he has become the foremost expert on kinesio taping in the United States and a published author on the subject. In recent years, he has also travelled to international competitions with the U.S. Fencing and U.S. Saber teams as team athletic trainer.
In 2010, Wallis received the NATA Athletic Trainers' Associations' Athletic Trainer Service Award for his career service and achievement in the field. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, and the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association awarded him the Outstanding Service Award. In 2012, the NATA recognized him with the District Director's Award for those individuals and/or organizations who deserve recognition for their contributions to the field of athletic training.
A 1983 graduate of Washington State, Wallis earned his degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training. In 1984, Wallis earned his Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona.
A native of Puyallup, Washington, Wallis enjoys traveling in the United States and internationally as well as playing squash. Wallis’ son, Kyle is a graduate of Oregon Culinary Institute and works as a chef in Portland.
Dr. Masahiro Takakura is a Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractor, and a licensed Acupuncturist. He graduated with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's of Acupuncture from Bastyr University, and received his Doctorate degree of Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Science in Lombard, Illinois.
Dr. Takakura has learned medicine from various practitioners such as Dr Viola M. Frymann, Dr Dan Bensky, Dr Alain Gehin, Dr Nancy Soliven, Dr David W. Leaf, Dr Kurt Larson, Dr Kenzo Kase, Drs from Gonsted seminar, Sensei Shudo Denmei, and Sensei Stephan Brown.
Dr. Takakura has specialized training in CranioSacral Therapy, Cranio Osteopathy, Sacro-Occipital technique, Gonstead technique, Motion Palpation technique, Cox Decompression Technique (Certified), Applied kinesiology (Certified), Kinesio Taping (Certified Instructor), Visceral Manipulation (Teaching Assistant with Upledger Institute), Japanese Acupuncture, and Sotai.
Dr. Takakura focuses on combining science with nature providing an integrated approach to health. He provides support on multiple levels from prevention to chronic diseases. From the initial visit, Dr. Takakura teaches his patients to understand their bodies and treatments to assist healing.
Dr. Takakura truly embodies one of the basic naturopathic principles "Doctor as Teacher." He is also an assistant professor for physical medicine department at Bastyr University. His Goal: "True wellness is achieved by what you do everyday and not what happens during the visit. My job is to remove road blocks to health and to empower people to take charge of their health."
Dr. Takakura believes in the least invasive, most individualized treatment for your body. Specific chiropractic techniques, visceral manipulation, Craniosacral therapy or Cranio Osteopathy technique, acupuncture, homeopathy, flower essence, and emotional integration technique are all utilized by Dr. Takakura to facilitate your body’s self-healing capabilities.
Dr. Takakura is native Japanese and accepts Japanese speaking patients. Dr. Takakura enjoys being back in the Northwest where he feels that nature supports healing of the body, mind, and spirit. He enjoys hiking, camping, playing tennis, and taking his son to the zoo.
Dr. Scott is a health law attorney-mediator and educator. He is a faculty member in seven academic programs, teaching PTs, OTs, DNPs, O&P professionals and others. Dr. Scott’s principal teaching interests include health care ethics, law, management and policy.
He developed two widely-utilized health professional practice tools - the systems approach to ethical decision making and the 4-quadrant legal-ethical issues practice grid. Dr. Scott is the author of thirteen textbooks, most recently Legal Aspects of Documenting Patient Care, 4th ed. (Jones & Bartlett, 2013).
Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS, is a licensed physical therapist, board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and educator with more than twenty years of clinical experience. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and is former senior physical therapist at the renowned Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation located in Dallas, TX. Her clinical and research interests are centered around Stroke recovery, Gait and Balance rehabilitation and Multi-Disciplinary Neurological Care.
As lead investigator for the Locomotor Treadmill Training (LTT) study at Baylor Institute, Dr. McCain has helped make significant strides in gait and balance recovery in patients with stroke as well as improving outcomes in all stroke related impairments and is currently working on a third manuscript for LTT. In addition to teaching she maintains a clinical practice, and is actively involved in research with subjects with acute stroke.
Dr. McCain received her physical therapy degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and her DPT from Regis University. She is an active member of the APTA and holds a specialty certification in neurology as well as a degree in Speech/Language Pathology. She has earned both the Leadership in Practice Award and the Excellence in Allied Health Award.
Ben Hando PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT earned his Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Baylor University. He is fellowship trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy and recently authored a study investigating manual therapy and exercise for patients with osteoarthritis of the hip which was published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
Currently he remains heavily involved in clinical research and teaching. He also maintains a busy patient care schedule in Washington DC.
Graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (London) in 1975 and gained his undergraduate medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (London). He is a board certified medical practitioner and osteopath in Australia, holds postgraduate qualifications in musculoskeletal medicine and is appointed as a member of the Victorian WorkCover Authority Medical Panels.
Professor Gibbons has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is a co-author of "Manipulation of the Spine, Thorax and Pelvis: An Osteopathic Perspective” and a founding director of the Spinal Manipulation Education Group. He has presented research and spinal manipulation workshops nationally and internationally, and currently lectures in the subject area of High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) thrust techniques.
Graduated from the Physiotherapy School, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in Melbourne, Australia in 1971 and gained his osteopathic qualification at the British School of Osteopathy in 1975. He is a board certified physiotherapist and osteopath in Australia. Philip has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topic of musculoskeletal dysfunction, particularly relating to spinal manipulation.
Philip is a director of clinical services in osteopathy and physiotherapy at a multidisciplinary clinic in Melbourne, Australia and is an Associate Professor teaching into the Bachelors/Masters program in osteopathy at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Philip is co-author of the text "Manipulation of the Spine, Thorax and Pelvis: An Osteopathic Perspective” and a founding director of the Spinal Manipulation Education Group.
Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Sargent College, Boston University in 1989, and his doctoral degree in neurologic physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health professions. He is a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialist from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and a board certified Neurologic linical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Before starting his own practice, he has worked at the Rusk Institute, Beth Abraham Hospital, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. He specializes in the treatment of persons with neurologic impairments including Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson's disease, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, and Cerebral Palsy. His particular area of expertise is in multiple sclerosis. He has published and presented extensively in the field of MS and is a nationally recognized authority on Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise.
J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
She also has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the Neuromuscular series that incorporates the onsite pro-bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, Parkinson's Disease, and aging adults.
Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Clinical practice focused on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. Adjunct faculty at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy 1996.
Attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation”. Graduate of the University of Scranton, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2009. Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance. Developed a teaching website “www.vestibularseminars.com” designed to provide information to assist clinicians in the management of dizziness and imbalance.
Dr. Boyles is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Boyles’ primary area of instruction is orthopedics, which includes evaluation and intervention, manual therapy treatment techniques for the spine and extremities, introduction to joint mobilization, spine manipulation, and clinical radiology.
Currently, he serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Puget Sound on-site clinic and acts as a research faculty mentor. Dr. Boyles is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and a Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. His research interests predominantly include manual physical therapy of the spine and extremities. In 2010, Dr. Boyles received the Rose Award for Excellence in Research awarded by the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.
Meryl Roth Gersh, PT, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. She has been a member of the faculty since the inception of the Physical Therapy Program in 1985. Professor Gersh has served as vice president of the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is the former Eastern Washington at-large director for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. She also serves on the Electrotherapy Issues Special Interest Group and the Curriculum Guidelines Task Force for the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology.
She has spoken extensively and provides clinical consultation on the topics of electrophysiology, electrotherapy, and pain management, and is the author of numerous articles on these subjects, as well as the editor of the text, Electrotherapy in Rehabilitation, published by F.A. Davis Company.
Professor Gersh has received recognition for her professional and academic service, including the Award for Excellence from the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the APTA and the Trustees' Medal from Eastern Washington University.
Daniel White, PT, Sc.D. is a graduate of Sargent College, Boston University, with an M.S. in Physical Therapy. He is a board certified Neurological Clinical Specialist and the Research Committee Vice President of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Currently, he is an Adjunct Scientist at Tufts University Medical Center, and a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University
Daniel was awarded the Researcher of the Month in May of 2013 from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. His primary research interest is in the disablement process of older adults with musculoskeletal pathology. The specific focus of his research has been on factors associated with physical activity and functional limitation in older adults and people with knee osteoarthritis.
Greg has been very involved in cardiopulmonary physical therapy since 1992. He has been certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) since 1993 and obtained his certification as an Exercise Specialist in cardiopulmonary rehab from the American College in Sports Medicine in 1995. In addition to his work in multiple teaching hospitals, including Temple University Hospital, Albert Einstein Hospital (Philadelphia), and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Greg has taught at conferences and for physical and occupational therapy programs. Greg has taught over 100 "Bells & Whistles"(SM) and Telemetry Courses internationally since 2001.
Greg's professional background includes working in Neonatal and Adult ICUs. Greg has worked with patients who have undergone transplants, lung volume reductions, valve replacements, and bypasses. His specialized experience includes 2 years on a ventilator rehab unit and several years as a traveling Physical Therapist during which he had the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques used in ICUs nationwide.
Greg is a board certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Anne received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 1999 and has been treating in a variety of clinical settings ever since. Her career has spanned the wide gamut of acute inpatient, sub-acute, transitional care, and outpatient. In 2001, Anne found her true calling as she worked with a number of Certified Hand Therapists in upper extremity rehabilitation. She went on to obtain her own Certification in Hand Therapy in 2005 and has been expertly assisting those regain function ever since.
Anne is currently a Senior Occupational Therapist at Maryland Sports Care & Rehab and spearheads the upper extremity programs. She also provides integral leadership on the company’s Clinical Excellence Team; whose mission is to integrate and promote the highest level of clinical care and professionalism throughout the company. Her philosophy of individual treatment planning with an emphasis on patient education, laid the foundation for her work in clinical education.
When Anne is not restoring the function of others; she enjoys cooking, spending time with her daughter and family, and running in local charity events. She is an avid equestrian.
Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis’ career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland. She has held faculty and guest faculty positions at universities. In addition, Davis has presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation and the American Academy of Neurology. Davis is committed to providing interesting and highly effective training materials developed specifically for the purpose of improving the quality of life for stroke survivors.
Since 2000, Davis has developed state of the art educational materials for both practicing clinicians and educational programs and universities schools for PT and OT education. Her unique and highly successful multi-media programs combine excellent written materials with state-of-the-art video technology.
With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, Davis completed her MS degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2007. Her work has been published in university texts, medical journals, and publications for OTs and PTs. She has written articles to provide helpful information for families and caregivers published by the American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association.
Perhaps best known for providing high-quality continuing education to physical therapists and occupational therapists worldwide, she makes complex principles easy to understand as she provides practical, functional treatment ideas to illustrate her classes. Her teaching style is highly effective as she skillfully combines Motor Learning, Motor Control and NDT theory.
Dr. Hastings began teaching in 1995 and has maintained clinical practice since earning her PT license working throughout the spectrum of neurologic care (ICU through outpatient and home health). Dr. Hastings is responsible for the adult neurologic rehabilitation content in the curriculum. She is expert in spinal cord injury management, wheelchair prescription and seating systems, orthopedic complications of neurologic disease, and veteran health. Dr. Hastings actively researches physical therapy interventions for neurologic clients and has published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, and The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
She is currently the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. Tom Holland received his physical therapy education and his PhD degree from the Physical Therapy Program of NYU. He is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York - Hunter College/Program in Physical Therapy. In addition, he is an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, Columbia University, and Dominican College.
His practice includes per diem work at Kessler Institute (Saddle Brook NJ). Tom's physical therapist practice and specialty areas include physical modalities, kinesiology, prosthetics and orthotics, and wound care.
Julie Barnett received her BS in PT from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1985 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University in 2004. She owned her own outpatient sport and spine PT clinic for 13 years. Currently she is Director of Physical Therapy at The Non-Surgical Center of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Barnett is also assistant professor in Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She teaches courses in each of the 3 year doctorate program.
She created the business/reimbursement course for the inaugural transitional DPT class launched in 2012. She has over 20 years in clinical practice and business experience in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. She has attended or taught at multiple national and international clinical and business conferences throughout her career.
Dr. Schreyer is co-owner of Aspire Physical Therapy & Fitness P.C., and co-owner of the Aspire Center for Health + Wellness, New York City's first all-inclusive health & wellness center. In addition to his Practice, Dr. Schreyer is also a Faculty Professor at Touro College in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program where he teaches Human Anatomy, Prosthetics & Orthotics, Clinical Neurology, and Neurological Rehabilitation while conducting research on a regular basis. Dr. Schreyer has also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Hunter College.
He is a licensed Physical Therapist (NY/NJ), Board Certified Neurological Specialist (NCS), Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS), and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurologic conditions.
Dr. Schreyer received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from New York University and is a graduate of Rutgers University, receiving a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. He is very well-versed in the physical therapy arena, having practiced in two world renowned rehabilitation centers, Mt. Sinai and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Dr. Schreyer has worked with individuals with a wide array of diagnoses from spinal cord, stroke, amputations, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and brain injury, to orthopedic injuries. Dr. Schreyer continues his education with ongoing continuing education courses and certifications. He was recently certified in the specialized Parkinson's treatment LSVT BIG, and is seeking further knowledge on a daily basis.
Dr. Schreyer has recently had the honor of Co-authoring a Chapter on Multiple Sclerosis in the popular physical therapy textbook Physical Rehabilitation with Susan O’Sullivan. Dr. Schreyer is also featured throughout the text providing demonstrations of treatment techniques for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal Cord Injury and General Deconditioning.
Dr. Schreyer takes great pride in his ongoing research and has been both an invited lecturer at National Conferences and has presented his research at National Conferences.
Dr. Gee is a sports medicine and shoulder surgeon with specialty training in the care of the injured athlete. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and then completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania—the oldest training program in the U.S.
Dr. Gee completed a fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where he served as assistant team physician for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. He served as part of the medical staff for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and worked as an assistant team physician for the Iona College Gaels.
From March of 2004 to August of 2004 Dr. Donatelli worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour helping treat injuries sustained by the golf professionals.
In addition, he has served as a Physical Therapy Consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Teams. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Australia, and at the Swedish Foot and Ankle Society.
Dr. Donatelli is now running his own private practice, Modern Athletic Science, in Las Vegas, NV.
Jackie has been a physical therapist for over 25 years and is a true icon in the field. She has presented at many national conferences, colleges and universities. She received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Jackie is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the APTA and she is a full time professor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. Jackie is a Graston Technique® primary instructor and teaches nationally. She is one of New England’s only certified PRRT providers. Therapists throughout New England refer clients to her for second opinions and consultations. In her spare time, Jackie is a competitive runner who is well known regionally and has won far too many road races to count. She competes annually in the Mount Washington Road Race where she frequently finishes atop her age group. Jackie resides in Sutton.
Dr. Alexis Wright is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University. Dr. Wright is a clinical researcher, educator, and practicing physical therapist whose passions include refining and improving the patient examination and treatment process used in everyday physical therapist practice. Dr. Wright received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2006, and a PhD in physical therapy clinical research from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010. Dr Wright was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2011 and achieved APTA board certified orthopedic specialization in 2015. Dr. Wright is a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings and a productive author with over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy. Dr. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Editor of Physical Therapy Reviews as well as two journal editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for a number of other international and national peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wright is a 2007 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for the American Physical Therapy Association and a 2012 recipient of the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition to her research, she continues to practice clinically for Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM) out of High Point University.
Dr. Wright has received several small research grants including the AAOMPT Cardon Research Grant and the University of Otago Postgraduate Publishing Bursary. Awards include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, the APTA Emerging Leader Award, and the Duke University Health System Service Champion Award. Dr. Wright continues to maintain an active research agenda in the areas of spinal and extremity mobilization and manipulation, hip disorders, femoroacetabular impingement, and prognostic research. Dr. Wright received her PhD in clinical research from the University of Otago, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wright currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University. In addition to her position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University, she practices clinically for Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury.
Dr. Eric J Hegedus has had a notable 21-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research, and clinical practice and is founding Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. Dr Hegedus also is founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury. In addition to his administrative duties, Professor Hegedus has directed and taught Musculoskeletal Practice Management courses where he has won the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section James a Gould teaching Award. He is also a four-time winner of the “Duke DPT Excellence in Teaching” award and a three-time nominee for Duke Medical Center’s prestigious Master Clinician Educator Award.
In addition to his love for teaching, Dr. Hegedus is a lifelong student with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Health Science degree from Duke University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a board specialty in orthopedic physical therapy, and a specialty certification in strength and conditioning. Finally, Dr. Hegedus, is a productive scholar with more than 40 peer reviewed PubMed articles, 3 book chapters, and a textbook entitled, “Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach” now in it's second edition and translated into 5 languages
Dr. Acosta received her Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas after receiving a Bachelors degree in Pre-Medicine from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. After working several years as a clinician, she went on to pursue a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Southwest Texas State University. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Preventive Medicine and Community Health (Rehabilitation Sciences). Dr. Acosta has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, rehabilitation, out-patient, long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospital, and home health.
With approximately 35 years of clinical practice, she brings an abundance of expertise and clinical application to the academic setting to enhance student learning of clinical concepts. She has taught previously at the University of Texas at El Paso where the focus of her teaching responsibilities included management of the adult patient with neurological impairments. She also taught management of health care systems for Physical Therapists as well as geriatric elective courses and hippotherapy.
Dr. Acosta also has been awarded clinical specialist certification by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS). She also is an item writer for the board certification exam and is a member of the APTA Specialization Academy of Content Experts. Her current teaching responsibilities include topics of clinical foundation skills for first-year physical therapy students and aging across the lifespan for third-year physical therapy students.
Dr. Tim Kauffman's distinguished physical therapy career spans over four decades and includes work in U.S. Army and Reserve Unit hospitals, nursing homes, home care, research, lecturing, and private practice. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves as a clinical professor for many Eastern physical therapy schools. He is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in the Geriatric, Oncology and Sports Medicine sections. He has served on the Geriatric Section's Board of Directors, Research Committee, and the Editorial Board for Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
He has lectured throughout the U.S. and internationally on geriatric physical therapy care and his research has been published in a variety of journals. He is co-author and editor of the first and second editions of the Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, an internationally acclaimed practical manual that provides step-by-step guidance on the treatment and evaluation of geriatric diseases and disorders. It was an immense undertaking, representing contributors from nine countries and 18 different academic/professional degrees. Tim has served the Lancaster Arthritis Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross Board and Health Volunteers overseas.
Susan Yeargin is an assistant professor of Athletic Training. She serves on NATA’s Pronouncement’s and Free Communications Committees. She was a task force member and author of the Pre-Season Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics. She also serves as an expert for the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical Board and MomsTeam.com Panel. She has 10 years of experience conducting research, 25 peer-reviewed publications in the content area, and over 20 professional presentations at the local, national, and international level on thermoregulation and hydration behaviors.
Past studies include hydration status measurements, hydration behaviors of children and adolescents, heat acclimatization of youth, pre-cooling ergogenic aids, cooling for heat illness treatment, core body temperature validity, and thermoregulation in exercising individuals. She has clinical experience with national cross country and marathon competitions as well as Division I collegiate sports. She has been a professor for five years teaching both undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training courses such as Sudden Death in Sport and Orthopedic Evaluation.
Talli Rosenbaum, MSc, PT, IF AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, earned a Masters in Clinical Sociology and Counseling from the University of North Texas in Neve Yerushalayim. She also has a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Talli is the only AASECT certified sex therapist who is also a pelvic floor physical therapist and is an internationally recognized expert on the role of combined physiotherapy and sex therapy in the treatment of sexual pain disorders. She is a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research and she serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. She has also been awarded status of ISSWSH Fellow.
In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Talli lectures in the Bar-Ilan Sex Therapy Program, the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine program in Sexual Rehabilitation, the Puah Institute, and the Israeli Institute for Marriage and Family Studies. She is also co-director of the bi-yearly training program for pelvic floor physiotherapists in Israel. In addition, she acts as academic coordinator for a course in sexuality education run by Yahel: The Center For Jewish Intimacy and has authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on sexual health, unconsummated marriage, and sexuality and Judaism.
Talli has served on the board of directors and scientific committees of ISSWSH and as AASECT counselor certifications and international outreach chairperson. Currently she serves as International Region Membership Chair of AASECT. She also serves as comptroller for the Intercultural Center for Human Sexuality and Family Life.
Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC) and earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management.
Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011 and a chapter on "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011. Ms. Stralka is very active in the community with the Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Germantown Rotary Club and Girls Inc. as well as with many other civic organizations. She has held numerous state and national offices with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Arthritis Association. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients.
Gary Gary PT is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley Award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as “Father of Function” and the leading pioneer and authority in rehabilitation and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor.
He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal is to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.
Rick Gawenda, PT, is founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Rick is also Director of Finance for a physical therapist owned private practice with multiple offices located in Southern California. In addition, he was Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Detroit Receiving Hospital from February 2003 – December 2009 where he was responsible for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT/ICD-9 coding, billing, documentation compliance, revenue enhancement, and denial management as they relate to outpatient therapy services.
Mr. Gawenda is the Past President of the Section on Health Policy & Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the past President of the Michigan Association of Medical Program Rehabilitation Administrators. Mr. Gawenda is on the editorial advisory board for Advance for Directors In Rehabilitation. Mr. Gawenda serves as the liaison between the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and National Government Services, who is the Medicare Fiscal Intermediary for the State of Michigan.
Mr. Gawenda is the author of “The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials” and “Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers”.
Dr. Michael Fink is a former Air Force physical therapist that is dual board-certified in Orthopedics and Sports. He is an Assistant Professor of PT at Lebanon Valley College, national lecturer, published researcher, and winner of numerous PT awards.
Dr. Fink teaches human anatomy, pharmacology, differential diagnosis, and selected physical therapy practice topics: high velocity low amplitude thrust grade V mobilizations module and musculoskeletal ultrasound module. His research interests include factors impacting physical therapists use of manual therapy techniques, lower extremity injury prevention programs, clinical decision making ability among physical therapists, and the diagnostic utility of musculoskeletal ultrasound & electromyography. Clinical practice areas include orthopedics and sports medicine.
Ryan earned his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1994 and a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy under the same world renowned guidance, which included Gwen Jull, Carolyn Richardson, Paul Hodges and Bill Vicenzino. Ryan has worked extensively in the area of Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy with roles including Personal Physiotherapist to former world number four, Greg Rusedski on the ATP Tennis Tour and British Davis Cup team, and Team Physiotherapist for Essex County Cricket Club in the United Kingdom. As a Private Practitioner he has been involved in the management of European Tour Golfers and Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes in the disciplines of swimming, rowing, fencing, archery and triathlon to name a few.
Due to the strong biomechanical nature of the injuries in these sports and the limitations encountered with the available taping products, Ryan set about developing a product that would permit full range of movement but allow genuine mechanical assistance to alter movement patterns or to assist the role of injured tissues. The result is Dynamic Tape. Accompanying this is the Dynamic Taping Method, a novel approach to taping based on biomechanical principles and physiology of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue.
Ryan has also been a Clinical Tutor for the Musculoskeletal Component of the Griffith University Physiotherapy programme. He has had a number of television appearances in Australia including on the ABC Television programme ‘The New Inventors’ where his PosturePals product won the episode.
Sheila K. Nicholson is a partner at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. and practices from the firm’s Tampa, FL office. She is also the Director of FPTA's West Central District, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates, and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA). Her areas of practice include general liability defense, premises liability and premises protection, medical malpractice defense, professional malpractice defense and nursing home defense litigation. Additionally, Ms. Nicholson’s litigation experience extends to food claims liability. In this area, she counsels clients, healthcare providers and public health personnel on issues such as foodborne illness litigation, food-safety liability risk controls and corrective action plans. Prior to entering the field of law, Ms. Nicholson spent roughly fifteen years as a physical therapist and director of healthcare rehabilitation departments.
Ms. Nicholson is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Physical Therapy in 1984. Ms. Nicholson received a Master’s degree, with honors, in Health Education at the University of Alabama in 1988. In 2002, she earned a Juris Doctor cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, where she also received a Master of Business Administration. While in law school, Ms. Nicholson was the recipient of the Walter Mann Award, the Victor O. Wehle Award, and the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. She is included in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Ms. Nicholson is a longstanding speaker on topics of healthcare, risk management and documentation at accredited seminars locally, statewide and nationally. She frequently provides in-service training for clients on issues of documentation, risk exposure or other requested topics. Within the last two years, she has been selected to lecture at the American Physical Therapy Association, Florida Health Care Association, Mississippi Health Care Association, New Mexico Health Care Association, Florida Assisted Living Affiliation, Florida Association Directors of Nursing Administration, Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, Florida Association of Speech Language and Audiology, Florida Association of Activities Directors, and Dietary Support Services. Additionally, she has authored articles on the Therapy Cap Exception Process and Courtroom Guidance for Physical Therapists.
Ms. Nicholson is licensed to practice law in Florida and Mississippi. She is a member of the American Bar Association Health Law Section, The Florida Bar’s Health Law, Trial Lawyers Sections, Young Lawyers Division, the Mississippi Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Adriaan, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in research and spinal surgery rehabilitation from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a guest lecturer/adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University, St. Ambrose University and the University of Las Vegas Nevada. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa.
Adriaan has been teaching postgraduate, spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through ISPI. In addition, Adriaan has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences and has authored and co-authored articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Recently, Adriaan completed his Ph.D. which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.
Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes.
Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success.
In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.
Teepa Snow is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved. Her practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals to in-home end-of-life care in rural parts of North Carolina. She has taught at medical schools and post-doctoral programs, health professional programs, colleges and universities, community colleges, and community centers. She led educational and training efforts as the Educational Director of the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for many years and was a major contributor and author of the in-depth hands on training delivered to family members and staff that led to the production of the DVD Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia, an internationally recognized resource for training and understanding dementia.
As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging.
She has served as an interdisciplinary team member and helped develop and conduct clinical research with leading researchers in dementia and geriatric care. Through opportunities she has had, she has learned from people living with various forms of dementia including: head injuries, stroke, autism, down syndrome, and many other neurological and chronic health conditions. Teepa has become committed to building a program of support and care that provides a just right match between what the person needs and is able to do, and the environment and care partnering that can provide it.
This wealth of experience and knowledge led to her development of a Positive Approach to Care for those living with dementia or other brain changes. Teepa's teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult.
Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT, graduated from D'Youville College in 1998 with a dual Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. His interests in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy lead him to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Studying under Stanley Paris, PhD, PT, internationally known for his manual skills and knowledge of the spine as well as his distinguished faculty, Dr. Religioso earned his DPT and Manual Therapy Certification in 2000. He later became credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine in 2000, and in 2008 became one of four mentors in the country who can train orthopaedic manual therapy to MDT Diplomats, of which there are only several hundred in the world.
Thanks to extensive training and certification from Dr. Mariano Rocabado, PT, of Chile, one of the world’s foremost experts in treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Dr. Religioso became certified in evaluation and treatment of oromaxillary, craniofacial, and temporomandibular pain in 2005. Later in 2005, he obtained Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and serves as a mentor for future Fellows through Daemen College’s Fellowship in OMPT program. He recently became certified in FMS level 1 in December 2011 and expects certification in level 1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment soon. In January 2013, Dr. Religioso became an official FMT level 2 certified Rock Doc, a state of the art method of kinesiotaping.
Dr. Religioso is adjunct faculty of SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT program. He founded the blog The Modern Manual Therapist to help mentor and teach professionals around the world and physioanswers.com to help educate consumers and the general public on the profession of physical/physiotherapy. He also is the creator of the EDGE Tool, a high quality stainless steel tool for assisted soft tissue manipulation, the EDGEility Tool, a lower cost, high quality plastic tool for IASTM, the CupEDGE, silicone cups for cupping massage and assisted tissue manipulation, the EDGE Mobility Bands, for enhancing mobility with compression wrapping and self mobilization from neck to foot, and the Stop Thought Viruses Challenge, for individuals in chronic/persistent pain states. He also is an importer of high quality Mirror Boxes for pain, arthritis, stroke rehab, and neuroorthopaedic problems.
Robert Grider has been a medical speech pathologist in private practice for over 25 years. He holds a masters degree in speech pathology from Eastern Illinois University, and has pursued an avocational study in areas of brain science, learning science, behavior and muscle function.
He holds certification in speech pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, license for speech pathology in the state of Minnesota, membership in Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association, and membership in the International Association of Orofacial Myology. He also participates with his voice colleagues in the Minnesota Voice Colloquium.
Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with over 25 years of experience. She is currently a senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for inpatient and outpatient programming including quality improvement initiatives, patient education, and clinical policies and protocols. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member and provides clinical supervision at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts.
Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Rhode Island College in 1983 and earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing association and is a member of Special Interest Division 13, which focuses on swallowing and swallowing disorders.
Jennifer Green-Wilson is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (previously known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA. Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in health care, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009.
Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014. Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York. Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University.
Dr. Burns has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.
Dr. Kendall is a Full Professor at the University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her research program is focused on rehabilitation of aphasia. She, along with her colleagues, has created a treatment for linguistic deficits in aphasia called Phonomotor Treatment. Through a Veterans Administration Associate Investigator Award (2000-2002), Career Research Development Award (2002-2005) and Merit Review Grants (2010-2013 and 2013-2017), she continues to systematically test and refine the phono motor treatment protocol.
Dr. Kendall has received numerous awards which include a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award to research and teach at the University of Pretoria in South Africa (2013), an Erskine Fellow Award from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2006) and the Clinical Achievement Award from the Washington State Speech and Hearing Association (2011).
Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, embodies the characteristics of leadership, having worked on committees and task forces and behind the scenes to advance the goals and vision of the profession of physical therapy for 40 years. Bottomley is an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator. Previously, she held clinical roles at Sunspectrum of Concord’s Outpatient Division of Sundance Rehabilitation, Hillhaven Corporation, and Cushing Hospital. She has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Aging and MGH Institute of Health Professions, and has been associated with University Hospital of Boston and Henry Ford Hospital. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Union Institute of Cincinnati, PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, MS from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and BS from the University of Wisconsin.
Bottomley's colleagues report that she employs the qualities of listening, awareness, persuasion, and foresight when advocating for APTA to develop the governance department; she played a vital role in the conceptualization of the department itself. In addition, she had the foresight to advocate for APTA to recognize the importance of the profession in Medicare law and regulations. Because of her efforts, APTA made lobbying from the geriatric perspective a priority. Bottomley participates in Lobby Day at the State House, has served as a key contact for the Massachusetts Chapter, and is a key contact for APTA’s Department of Government Affairs as well. As a clinician, she has long recognized the importance and value of providing pro bono services and is active in elder homeless initiatives, including incorporating student physical therapists into the provision of pro bono services, a first for the state of Massachusetts.
A member of APTA since 1971, Bottomley has been involved with the Wisconsin, Michigan, and Massachusetts chapters, and has been active in the Section on Geriatrics since 1986, including as president and vice president. Within her community, she volunteers with free screening for the elderly in low-income housing projects. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Mary MacDonald Distinguished Service Award, the Section on Geratrics’ Service Award, APTA's Recognition & Appreciation Award, the Maley Lectureship, and the Rich Kessler Memorial Award from the Massachusetts Chapter.
Dr Humbert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is an accomplished researcher, having studied the effects of electrical stimulation on hyo-laryngeal movement in healthy and dysphagic adults.
Dr. Humbert's current research focuses on swallowing neurophysiology and motor learning in normal and abnormal swallowing.
Michael Groher is a professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Dr. Groher has spent most of his career working as a medical speech pathologist in acute and long-term care settings. The majority of hospital work was done for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Seattle/Tacoma, New York, and Tampa. He is best known for his pioneering work with patients who have swallowing disorders.
The majority of his work is summarized in three texts: Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Management (Three editions), Introduction to Adult Swallowing Disorders, and Clinical Management of Dysphagia in Adults and Children, second edition in press. Dr. Groher is an ASHA Fellow, and a past founding associate editor for the journal Dysphagia. He is an honorary member of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation.
Diane Powers Dirette is a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University, mainly teaching Perception and Cognition, Research, and Theory. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and her master’s and doctorate degrees at New York University, studying occupational therapy at all levels. She has published in national and international journals and has presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Dirette’s main research interests are focused on treatments for people with acquired brain injuries, for whom she developed a frame of reference titled Self-awareness Enhancement through Learning and Function (SELF). Other areas of research include evidence-based practice, the use of compensatory strategies for cognitive deficits, Tai Chi for people with mental illness, and the use of grasp tests to detect malingering.
She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the health professions and is the coeditor of the textbook, Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Effect on Occupational Performance. She is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Jennifer Marie Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, graduated from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Illinois in 1990 and went on to complete both a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In July 2006, she was awarded board certification as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2012 she was awarded the Mary Sinnott Award for Excellence in Acute Care and she was awarded the Acute Care Section Lecture for 2014.
Throughout her physical therapy career, she has specialized in physical therapy care for critically ill patients. In her current position at the University of Chicago Medical Center she mentors staff and students about management of acutely ill patients along with her patient care. Her teaching in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy includes several continuing education seminars, and as a contract faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
She serves as: a delegate from the Illinois Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Education Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of APTA, and as a member of the Subject Matters Expert Task Force of the Acute Care Section of APTA. She founded Rehab Education Formula, an online resource for therapist-focused education.
Anne Mucha is the Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Concussion Program and Centers for Rehab Services. She is a board certified clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy with advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation. With over 20 years in treating individuals with neurologic conditions, she is also actively involved in clinical research related to the evaluation and management of patients following concussion.
Dr. Mucha was recently appointed a member of the CDC panel of experts to develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents. She received her Bachelor’s and Advanced Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh; and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Dr. Mucha is a frequent national lecturer on topics related to concussion and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh, her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her DPT from MGH Institute of the Health Sciences.
Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is the Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Whitney has authored or co-authored over 90 articles on Medline, most of which relate to vestibular rehabilitation, plus has co-authored a book related to dizziness and balance disorders.
Nicole Sergent, MPT is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nicole is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's.
Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise, CCC-SLP formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Sergent and Morise provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development. Nicole also enjoys freelance writing on Milestones & Miracles' blog and for other publications that focus on child development.
Lacy Morise, MS, CCC/SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Lacy's.
Out of this passion, Lacy and colleague Nicole Sergent, MPT formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Morise and Sergent provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development.
James Glinn, PT, DPT, OCS is the Founder of the “Movement For Life” family of clinics. With assistance from a Team of experts, Dr. Glinn participates in the operation of multiple fitness, wellness and outpatient rehabilitation facilities throughout California and Arizona. In addition, James is a principal in FutureRehab, a management and consulting organization that specializes in practice management and positioning for rehabilitation organizations of various sizes and specialties.
James has served on the Board of Directors for the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as serving on the APTA Advisory Board on Reimbursement and liaison to the Payment Policy Committee of the Private Practice Section for the American Physical Therapy Association. Passionate about the advancement of private practice Dr. Glinn was a formative member and current Vice Chair for the Physical Therapy Business Alliance. When not striving to improve the lives of those he serves, James a former All-American swimmer enjoys surfing, paddling and backpacking as well as spending time with his beautiful wife and daughters.
James Glinn Sr. PT has practiced physical therapy since the late 1960’s and has seen and participated in the development of manual therapy and sports physical therapy as they have evolved in the United States from the 1970’s to the present. Jim Sr. has bought, developed and sold private physical therapy practices three times during this career and co-authored with his wife Jan, the book entitled “Transitions: How to Position Your Physical Therapy Practice and Create Your Succession Plan” currently under copyright by the Private Practice Section APTA.
Partnering with his oldest son Jim Jr., he helped develop the consulting firm FutureRehab, which focuses on marketing physical therapy services and practice positioning. He has written and spoke extensively on these subjects.
From his studies on marketing and relationship building techniques came a focus on the “physiology of marketing” and the role neurotransmitters play in patient-therapist relationships and in PT interventions as well. This course entitled “The Patient Experience: Creating Fans for Life” produced by Medbridge is a result of this work.
Dr. Frank is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). She currently serves as a clinical instructor for both the Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Fellowship programs at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She has served on the Injury Prevention and Rehab Team for the National Training Center in Beijing, China (2010-2013) and the medical team for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships held in Los Angeles. She is a certified instructor for Janda’s Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes, and Kolar's Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.
A graduate in physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University, she went on to complete the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy & Biokinesiology at University of Southern California. She holds a post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. Dr. Frank’s clinical career is greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, Karel Lewit MD and Pavel Kolar PT, PhD. She is a certified instructor for Janda’s Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes, and Kolar's Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. She has presented at both state and national conferences. She currently teaches in the U.S. and internationally and has co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach."
Born and raised in Malaysia, Dr. Frank began competing in badminton at the age of 10 and won several state and national competitions. She represented Malaysia in the International Women's Uber Cup Championships prior to leaving for the United States to pursue her education as a physiotherapist at Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, she earned All American honors and the distinguished Broderick Award. Her experience in competitive, elite sports and training as a world class badminton player has set the backdrop for her keen interest in the neuromuscular system and its relationship with musculoskeletal pain syndromes and dysfunction.
Robert Miller spent the first thirty years of his career working in the Department of Veterans Affairs as a speech-language pathologist and Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dr. Miller also has an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds board certification from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Dr. Miller's clinical focus is in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders and most of his publications focus on dysphagia in adults. He has co-authored two books, Medical Speech Pathology with Michael Groher, and Management of Speech and Swallowing in Degenerative Diseases with Kathryn Yorkston and Edythe Strand. He consults in the Neuromuscular Clinic for Swallowing and Speech Disorders at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Wheeler has published as well as presented both nationally and internationally on community reentry issues following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Wheeler is a consultant with NeuroRestorative, a leading provider of post-acute rehabilitation services for people with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. He is also a Governors Appointee on the West Virginia TBI/SCI Rehabilitation Fund Board.
Dr. Wheeler received his PhD with a specialty in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. His dissertation topic was Community Participation and Life Satisfaction following Intensive Community Based Rehabilitation using a Life Skills Training Approach.
Kate Brewer, PT, MPT, MBA, GCS, RAC-CT is the owner and President of Greenfield Rehabilitation Agency, Inc. Mrs. Brewer has a Baccalaureate degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University as well has her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Mrs. Brewer is a Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. As one of only 14 Geriatric Clinical Specialists in the state of Wisconsin, this certification recognizes advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the evaluation and management of the geriatric client.
Mrs. Brewer has been active in the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. She has served on the state’s Practice Committee, Finance Committee, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Delegation, and as the District Chairperson and State Treasurer. Mrs. Brewer is also active nationally and has served on the Finance Committee and Editorial Board for Gerinotes for the Section on Geriatrics and on the Nominating Committee, Government Affairs and Practice Committee for the Section on Health Policy and Administration. Mrs. Brewer has also enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter for the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is the author of the book “Nursing and Therapy Documentation in Long Term Care – Skills for Collaboration and Compliance" with Theresa Lang, “The How To Manual for Rehab Appeals and Denials,” “Restorative Nursing Made Easy,” “The Essential Guide to Rehab Management” and “ICD-9 Coding for Therapy Professionals.”
Mike Ploski is the director of Strategic Planning - PT for Graston Technique, LLC and a Senior Member of Graston Technique Instructional Team. Mike was trained by David Graston in 1996, one of the original providers of GT. He is the former Clinic Director of GrasTech, the original GT clinic and former traveling clinician for PGA Tour and CART auto racing league, as well as the former Clinic Director and Group Director for a large national PT corporation. Mike currently maintains a clinical practice at BodyOne Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation in Indianapolis, IN utilizing GT heavily in daily practice.
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Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of Southern California in 1971 and completed a one year residency program at Kaiser Vallejo under Maggie Knott. He remained as senior faculty for six years. Mr. Johnson is best known for his identification of the need for Physical Therapists to integrate treatment of the facial system into manual therapy and the development of the first Soft Tissue Mobilization course for Physical Therapists in 1980. In addition, Mr. Johnson utilized his extensive background in PNF to adapt standard manual therapy techniques of Joint Mobilization and develop the dynamic techniques of Functional Mobilization™ and Resistance Enhanced Manipulation™ (REM) techniques for joints, soft tissues, and neurovascular restrictions.
Mr. Johnson has trainied or directed the training of over 40,000 therapist in the USA and internationally. Gregory Johnson is the co-founder and President of the Institute of Physical Art, the co-developer of the Functional Manual Therapy™ approach to patient care, and the Director of an APTA credentialed AAOMPT Fellowship program in Functional Manual Therapy™. He has published multiple chapters and articles on Soft Tissue Mobilization, PNF and the Orthopedic Patient, Functional Mobilization, and Functional Test for the Lumbar Patient and is currently involved in several research projects on Functional Manual Therapy.
Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT graduated in 1977 from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy. She then completed the six-month PNF training program at Kaiser Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA, under the direction of Maggie Knott, PT. Saliba Johnson's primary interests and studies in orthopedic manual therapy have been in movement reeducation and exercise prescription. She founded the Institute of Physical Art with Gregg Johnson in 1978 and began teaching PNF nationwide. In 1986 she developed and began teaching Back Education and Training through the IPA. She has co-authored several chapters; spoken at many APTA sponsored events and lectured at the 1994 FOMT Convention. She has studied many manual therapy approaches including Maitland, Paris, Grimsby, McKenzie, and Rocabado.
Her clinical practice focuses on Back Education and Training with an emphasis on movement rehabilitation, both on an individual and corporate level. Saliba Johnson is co-owner of Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy in Steamboat, CO. She previously was co-owner and co-director of Preventative and Rehabilitative Physical Therapy, The Back Clinic and Resource Center, and Marin Spine and Orthopedic Center in Marin, CA. In addition to her teaching and business administration responsibilities, Saliba Johnson co-directs the Functional Manual Therapy Certification program and serves as faculty for the FMT Fellowship.
Dr. Matthew Dodson is an occupational therapist and an expert in evaluating objective and functional deficits from MTBI/concussion and other forms of mild brain injury in both civilian and military populations. With extensive experience at patient, supervisory, and policy levels, he specializes in designing multidisciplinary clinical assessment and intervention programming for mild brain injury. Leveraging his experience in designing and administering multiple high-visibility concussion programs for the Department of Defense (DoD), he now leads evaluation teams for TBI and Psychological Health program evaluation efforts nationwide. Additionally, he has experience in research policy design, literature review methodologies, and academic-medical partnership staffing.
With multiple authorships and presentations, Dr. Dodson is an advocate of approaching concussion from a “deficits not diagnosis” approach. A proponent of the role a thorough functional interview plays when working with individuals with many forms of mild brain injury, Dr. Dodson has collaborated with multiple professional disciplines in developing and implementing innovative evaluation and treatment approaches. He is the owner-operator of Braintrust Services, LLC, and provides consultative services including forensic expert witness evaluation and testimony, concussion program development consultation, and independent client therapy service provision.
Dr. John W. O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Cert. MDT, is a licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with over 25 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. He is a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as well as a member of the Sports and Orthopedics and the Private Practice Sections of the APTA. In 2014, Dr. O'Halloran received the North Carolina Physical Therapy Associations Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. O’Halloran is the sole owner of O’Halloran Rehabilitation, a division of O’Halloran Consulting, LLC.
Dr. O’Halloran has served as director of physical therapy/sports medicine at Southeastern Orthopedics in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as co-owner of GOSMC Properties, LLC. He has also worked in a variety of settings including universities and hospitals. Dr. O’Halloran is also a former orthopedic instructor at the physical therapy assistant program at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1999, he became credentialed with the McKenzie Institute in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. Dr. O’Halloran is also a certified functional capacity evaluator in the Blankenship Method. His unique evaluation and treatment skills make him a sought after clinical instructor for physical therapy and athletic training topics. He has spoken both locally and internationally on topics such as sports specific rehabilitation of the shoulder, spine rehabilitation and treatment of foot and ankle injuries. Dr. O’Halloran has studied orthopedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia and New Zealand. His post graduate work has included manipulative therapy. His wide range of clinical experience and continued desire to further his education, combined with advanced post graduate training, allows him to provide evidenced based rehabilitation and treat complex musculoskeletal conditions.
Steve was certified in 1993 in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy through Lerner Lymphedema Services, PC the first fully specialized lymphedema treatment facility in the United States. He became the Chief Therapist of the Lerner Lymphedema Services, P.C. clinics located in Princeton, NJ, Manhattan, NYC and New Brunswick, NJ from 1994-1999. Over this period of time, Steve participated in the successful treatment of several thousand lymphedema patients.
In 1995 and 1999 Steve completed further educational programs in lymphedema management at the Foeldi College, Hinterzarten, Germany and the European Congress of Lymphology. In addition to his clinical duties, he was chosen to provide instruct CDT courses at the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies via hospitals, universities and clinics nationwide. In 1998 Steve co-founded an independent training and consulting company (Klose Norton Training & Consulting) offering CDT certification courses for medical professionals in various hospitals and clinical settings across the United States.
Steve was among the first therapists in the United States to become Nationally Certified in Lymphedema Therapy by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and in 2002 and 2003, was the first and only American lymphedema therapist to instruct an international group of clinicians at the world renowned Foeldi Clinic, Special Clinic for Lymphology, in Hinterzarten, Germany.
Since 1995 Steve has been the host/presenter/producer of internationally distributed educational treatment videos and in 2005 Steve was filmed and interviewed by the Discovery Health Channel for its program “Medical Incredible”, demonstrating and discussing lymphedema therapy. This program aired in 130 countries and was viewed by 300 million people worldwide.
Currently, as a consultant and CDT Clinical Instructor, he continues to provide services for private clinics, hospitals, independent physician's offices and firms within the lymphedema and related compression therapy industries. He regularly reviews lymphedema related manuscripts, and contributes to other clinical publications. Steve has authored articles on lymphedema management in professional publications and contributed to chapters and editorial revisions of the internationally renowned "Textbook of Lymphology" authored by, Prof. M. Foeldi & S. Kubik. Recently Steve authored a chapter on lymphedema in the medical textbook “Kuerer’s Breast Surgical Oncology” by Henry Kuerer, MD McGraw Hill 2009 and contributed a paper on Palliative Care and Complete Decongestive Therapy for the “Best Practices Document” of the International Lymphedema Framework Project. In 2013 Steve co-authored the internationally distributed textbook “Lymphedema Management; The comprehensive Guide for Practicing Therapists” with Joachim Zuther, published by Thieme, Stuttgart, Germany.
Steve is a regular contributing presenter and organizer of various lymphedema related conferences such as the National Lymphedema Network Conferences (1994-2010), International Society of Lymphology Conferences (ISL) 1997-2007, Guthrie/ Klose Norton Lymphedema Conference (Denver 1999, Toronto, Ontario Canada 2002), University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center/ Klose Norton Lymphedema Conference (Philadelphia 2003), International Union of Phlebologists (San Diego, Ca 2003) and various WOCN Conferences as well as the International Lymphedema Framework Project Conference in Brighton, England 2010. In 2003, Steve was appointed to the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) serving until 2009 and is currently a member of the International Advisory Board for the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) and the Educational Committee for the International Lymphedema Framework (ILF). In 2009 Steve was appointed as Adjunct Courtesy faculty at the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Nursing.
In 2007 Steve and the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy were invited to instruct a group of physicians and nurses in Vellore India as the first formally organized course by a leading lymphedema education school. Starting in 2007 the Norton School presented the first organized CDT Certification in South Africa at the University of Western Cape then in Pretoria at Tshwane University of Technology and maintains this annual venue. In October 2007, Steve conducted a unique and extensive workshop at the 9th People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China demonstrating for the first time Complete Decongestive Therapy to Chinese medical professionals. Recently, Steve was invited to conduct a Staff Briefing to Congress in Washington, DC related to an initiative to establish new laws geared towards improving reimbursement for lymphedema.
Dr. Richards has been an occupational therapy educator and rehabilitation researcher for over 20 years. She is currently the Chair and Associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah, with previous appointments at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Florida, and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. She has been conducting clinical trials of motor rehabilitation after stroke since 1994. The interventions she tests are based on principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
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Orli Weisser-Pike is the Assistant Director of the Low Vision Service at the Hamilton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Alongside her clinical appointment, she instructs ophthalmology residents and occupational therapy students. Ms. Pike currently serves on AOTA’s Low Vision Specialty Certification panel as a reviewer for applicants seeking the SCLV; she previously served on the same panel to develop certification requirements for OT practitioners in low vision rehabilitation. Additionally, she serves on the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Low Vision Certification Committee and was a previous member of ACVREP’s item development committee for the new certification examination in low vision therapy.
In 2004 she became the first Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) in the greater Memphis area and was the first occupational therapist (OT) in the region to achieve specialty certification in low vision (SCLV) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2006. To date, she is one of fourteen OTs nationally to achieve SCLV since its inception.
She is an instructor on low vision rehabilitation for national and international audiences and is co-owner of a business specializing in training of rehabilitation professionals in low vision rehabilitation. Ms. Pike is deeply committed to the advancement of low vision rehabilitation through the professions of occupational therapy, low vision therapy, and ophthalmology and is devoted to a full-time career in low vision rehabilitation.
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Deanna Britton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Northwest Center for Voice & Swallowing in the Department of Otolaryngology (NWCVS) – Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults by the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS).
Dr. Britton has published and presented on topics related to dysphagia, dysarthria, augmentative and alternative communication, respiratory support for speech and swallowing, motor neuron disease, and spinal cord injury. Her research interests include respiratory support for swallowing and cough effectiveness.
Dr. Michael Crary is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of Swallowing Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Dr. Crary specializes in disorders of swallowing in adults. He has published and lectured extensively, including internationally on these topics. He has received research funding from multiple sources including the NIH, Florida Department of Health, Shand’s Healthcare System, and corporate research sponsors. He is the lead investigator on a patent for an automated technology to identify dysphagia in acute stroke patients.
Dr. Crary’s clinical achievements were recognized in 1994 with the Florida Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s Clinical Achievement Award, and in 1995 with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award. In 1998 he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2005 he was awarded the Medal of Merit from his alma mater, Ohio University. In 2012, he was awarded the University of Florida Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award. He is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the Dysphagia Research Society. Dr. Crary remains active in patient care.
Liesa M. Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is a licensed physical therapist with 22 years experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Ms. Persaud is a practicing physical therapist at Tulsa Sunshine Center in Oklahoma, where she provides Animal Assisted Therapy with her Border Collie, Serendipity. Additionally, Liesa is owner of Know to Change, PLLC in Skiatook, Oklahoma, and has educated health care professionals, both nationally and internationally, in advanced treatment techniques, specialized practical training and consultative services. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private pediatric and adult clinics, schools, private homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Ms. Persaud is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and also teaches human anatomy, physiology and nutrition at Tulsa Community College.
She received her Associate’s Degree in 1993 from Tulsa Junior College and worked as a physical therapist assistant while completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Persaud earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Oklahoma in 2003 and continued to expand her expertise in the field. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. In 2007, Ms. Persaud served as Treasurer for the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association and has been a member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Physical Therapy since 2004.
Ms. Persaud’s passion for helping others extends into her private life. She volunteers as a Call Rape Advocate, Salvation Army Volunteer, and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. Her wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor.
Giselle Carnaby-Mann is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Her research focus lies in survivorship and the rehabilitation of patients with swallowing disorders following Head/Neck cancer and stroke. She specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics, and has worked extensively in neurology and dysphagia research trials.
Dr. Carnaby is the author of the “Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability (MASA)” and a research scholar of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Carnaby was recently awarded one of ASHA’s highest honors, ASHA Fellow, in 2012.
Dr. Carrie Ciro is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health and hospital care. Additionally, she has 14 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level curriculum to occupational and physical therapists. Her current research focuses on examining an intervention to improve activities of daily living for people with dementia called Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice, or STOMP.
Dr. Ciro received her PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Preventative Medicine and Community Health. Not only does she have experience teaching students, she has written multiple publications relating to dementia.
Dr. Jane Painter-Patton has 37 years of experience working with older adults and is a professor at East Carolina University’s Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on the NC Falls Prevention Coalition and is a Board member of the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications focus on geriatric community-based therapy, including fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi and Interactive Metronome instructor, and is a Master Trainer for both A Matter of Balance and AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate program.
Dr. Painter-Patton works with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a geriatrician, physical therapist, and geriatric pharmacist in the Fall Risk Assessment Clinic for Older Adults at the Brody School of Medicine's Family Medicine, Geriatric Clinic. She has recently become a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program.
Dr. Anderst is currently the Division Director on the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His specialties include child abuse pediatrics, evidence-based medicine, physician-child protective services relations, and clinical research in child abuse diagnosis.
Dr. Anderst received his Masters Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. He received is MD Degree in 2000 from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She also teaches in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years.
Dr. Steele is known for her commitment to pursuing theoretically driven research that will underpin clinical interventions with sound empirical evidence. She has received particular recognition for her work on tongue function in swallowing. Dr. Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, and funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Steele is in demand as a teacher around the world, and has given workshops and invited lectures across North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.
Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, BCP (AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics), has helped children over the past 25 years as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist working as a speaker, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny’s Kids, Inc.), school-based occupational therapist, independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Her Sensory Processing Disorder Kit: Simulations and Solutions for Parents, Teachers, and Therapist (AAPC 2006) won the 2007 media in excellence video award from Autism Society of America.
Her passion for developing new approaches to therapy can be seen in her diverse contributions to the field, including: the evidence-based curriculum material Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004), and the sequel Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary School Activity Themes (AAPC 2009). Jenny was a contributing author for the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals (Greenwood Publishing Group 2007), as well as the author of a chapter in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies (Pearson Publishing 2011). Most recently, Jenny was the technical reviewer for The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder (Terri Mauro, Adams Media 2014). Jenny is the inventor of the patent-pending “Weigh” Cool Bracelet (www.abilitations.com) and her most recent creation, Letter Treasure Hunt handwriting game (Therapro 2014). She can be reached at www.SPDconnection.com.
Dr. Edythe Strand is an emeritus Professor in the Mayo College of Medicine and former Head of the Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester Minnesota. Dr. Strand’s research has focused on developmental, acquired and progressive apraxia of speech, and issues related to intelligibility and comprehensibility in degenerative dysarthria. She has a long history of clinical experience, including the public schools, private practice, and hospital and clinic settings.
Her primary clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment of children and adults with neurologic speech and language disorders. Dr. Strand’s publications include many articles and book chapters related to motor speech disorders. She frequently gives lectures on the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders in children and adults, management of communication disorders in degenerative neurologic disease, and neuroanatomy. She is the co-author of the books: Management of Speech and Swallowing in Degenerative Disease; Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults; and is Co-editor of the book, Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children. She is an ASHA fellow and has recently been awarded Honors of the Association of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Julie Wambaugh, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah and is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Dr. Wambaugh teaches graduate courses in Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders.
Her research is focused on the development of theoretically-motivated and clinically-applicable treatments for acquired apraxia of speech and/or aphasia. Her research has been continually funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development for more than 20 years. She has presented and published extensively on the topics of treatment of apraxia of speech and of aphasia. She is past Chair and a current member of the Apraxia of Speech Treatment Guidelines Writing Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also a former coordinator for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 2, is a current member of ASHA’s Publication Board, and is an ASHA Fellow.
Ethel Kaufman’s background as a life-long educator has given her an advantage in the field of compliance and regulatory training. She has a strong understanding of how adults learn, and adapts her courses to meet the various styles of learning shared by the course participants with a record of demonstrated success.
Ethel has over 13 of years experience delivering OSHA mandated education with a focus on customized solutions for a variety of industry-specific regulations. She is currently the owner and instructor of E.C. Kaufman Consulting, LLC providing safety, health and environmental training. In addition, Ethel is an Outreach Trainer for Construction and General Industry, as well as a teacher for OSHA 500, 501, 510, 521, and 2225.
Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team won 29 medals. He has served as head team physician at both Division I and Division II colleges. Todd has extensive training through the Titleist Performance Institute in the biomechanics of the golf swing, golf fitness and health care related to the golfer, and is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™. He sees patients daily and is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of concussions.
Dr. Todd Arnold is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. He received training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
Dr. Daniels received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She is a research speech pathologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Daniels is a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
Her research, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is focused on neurogenic dysphagia. She teaches graduate courses in dysphagia, and undergraduate courses in anatomy and physiology at the University of Houston. Dr. Daniels also provides clinical education in adult communication disorders.
Dr. Lyn S. Turkstra is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a faculty member in the Neuroscience Training Program and Department of Surgery.
Dr. Turkstra has published extensively on cognitive and communication function after TBI, and is co-author of the 2011 text, Optimizing Cognitive Rehabilitation, with Dr. McKay Sohlberg. Dr. Turkstra served on the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences writing committee on Practice Guidelines for Cognitive-Communication Disorders after Traumatic Brain Injury, and continues to work nationally and internationally on the development of practice standards for cognitive rehabilitation.
Her research focuses on social communication problems in adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury, with the aim of developing assessment and intervention methods that improve social participation.
Ellen Hickey is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She received her doctorate in speech language pathology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2000. Dr. Hickey's teaching focuses on motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and the treatment of cognitive and language disorders in adults.
Dr. Hickey's research focuses on topics in aphasia, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and communication and participation after brain trauma. She is a member of several ASHA special interest groups including Neurogenics and Neurophysiology, Gerontology, and Global Issues in Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Joseph Duffy, PhD, is currently a Professor of Speech Pathology and a practicing Medical Speech Pathologist at The Mayo Clinic. His research interests include neurologic motor speech disorders (the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech), acquired language disorders (aphasia) and acquired psychogenic speech disturbances.
The primary focus of his research has been on defining the distinguishing clinical characteristics of these neurologic disorders, establishing their neurologic correlates and refining their differential diagnosis.
Sherri Betz has been a physical therapist since 1991. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, PMA® Certified Pilates teacher, and director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinic since 2001. She was elected as the Vice-President of the Pilates Method Alliance in 2007 and served on the PMA Board of Directors from 2003-2009. Sherri is the PMA Research Committee Chair, PMA Certification Board Chair, and co-author of the PMA Exam Study Guide.
Sherri is passionately devoted to improving awareness about geriatric exercise, bone health and Pilates-based rehabilitation through development of professional and consumer education as well as through promotion of low-cost community exercise programs for older adults.
Dr. Gladson has earned a BS from the University of Pennsylvania in Occupational Therapy, a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Health Professions, and the Director of the Rutgers BioPharma Educational Initiative, MS in Clinical Trial Sciences, which educates individuals seeking to enter the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Dr. Gladson's areas of teaching include Medical Pathophysiology, Pharmacokinetics, Cultural Diversity in Clinical Trials and Pharmacology. She has developed several web-based courses and has recently completed a textbook in pharmacology. Dr. Gladson’s research interests include methodology to improve subject recruitment efforts in clinical trials as well as in educating the public on the value of participating in a drug trial.
Danny D. Smith, PT, DHSc, SCS, OCS, ATC, is the founder, president, and CEO of Physical Therapy Services, P.A. with offices located in Elizabethton, TN and Johnson City, TN. Dr. Smith has been actively involved in the evaluation, treatment, and return to play of athletes in the Northeast Tennessee region since 1977 when he became the volunteer sports physical therapist for the Elizabethton School System, a position he continues today. Physical Therapy Services, P.A. houses the only Sports Physical Therapy Residency in Tennessee.
Smith has served numerous capacities within the Sports Physical Therapy Section including, Secretary, Member-at-Large as well as the first Emergency Response SIG chair. He has lectured over 200 times nationally and internationally and is currently an Emergency Medical Response Instructor Trainer. His specialty area is in the pre-hospital care of the injured athlete. He has received the Turner A. Blackburn Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Ron Peyton Award which is the highest award given by the Sport Section. Dr. Smith currently serves as adjunct profession at Belmont University PT Program, East Tennessee State University PT Program, and Milligan College. Additionally, Smith has served as a Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and remained in Atlanta and served as the Director of the Sports Medicine Center for the 1996 Paralympic Games.
Dr. Phil Page was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is currently the Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health, manufacturer of TheraBand, Biofreeze & Cramer products. Dr. Page is also an instructor in the Athletic Training curriculum at Louisiana State University and a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedics for Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. Page’s clinical and research interests include the role of muscle imbalance in musculoskeletal pain, and promoting physical activity for health-related physical fitness, particularly for chronic disease management.
Dr. Page is a member of the educational committee for the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative for the ACSM. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and serves as a member of several national advisory boards. Dr. Page is on the scientific review committees for the APTA and ACSM. He regularly reviews grants and article submissions for several professional journals.
Dr. Page lectures extensively and provides workshops on a variety of topics around the world, including the Janda Approach to Muscle Imbalance. He was awarded the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award by the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA. He has presented over 100 international lectures and workshops on exercise and rehabilitation topics, and has over 50 publications including three books; most recently publishing Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach. He has worked with the athletic programs at LSU, Tulane, the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials. He lives with his wife and four children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Heidi Engel has been a physical therapist for 27 years, working at University of California San Francisco Medical Center for the past 26 years, while also working in private practice and home health settings. She earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 from Boston University, with an emphasis in Oncology and Integrative Medicine. Dr Engel started her focus on patients in the ICU at UCSF in October 2008, with formation of the ICU Early Mobility Inter-professional Group, and initiated full time physical therapy in the Medical Surgical ICU there in March 2010. She received the UCSF Colleague of Nursing Award in 2012, a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for Research Excellence in 2014.
Currently, she works full time in the intensive care units, teaches at the SFSU/UCSF Graduate School of Physical Therapy, serves on the Special Interest Group for Palliative Care, and the task force for clinical practice development in the ICU for the American Physical Therapy Association, and serves on the Pain, Agitation, and Delirium Implementation Task Force for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Susan Falsone is currently the owner of Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling and S&F: Structure and Function. Sue worked as the Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team. Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Sue received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West). Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. Her philosophy includes looking at the athlete as a whole person, working with the entire body to create an optimal environment for healing and performance training.
Barbara Hoogenboom, EdD, PT, SCS, ATC was the first Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist in West Michigan, and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1988. She is a professor at the Grand Valley State University Physical Therapy program, and has a certification in physical therapy from Cleveland State University, a Masters Degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Barbara has been certified three times by the ABPTS as a Sports Certified Specialist. In addition, she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Sports Section. She formerly served as Sports Section program chair for educational programming for The Combined Section Meeting of the APTA, and is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Barbara has authored many articles on the female athlete, nutrition, and sports physical therapy topics, and has contributed to 8 textbooks. She is the editor of the therapeutic exercise textbook entitled "Therapeutic Exercise: Techniques for Intervention." She is also the Senior Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.
Michelle Lyons PT, MISCP, is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland, with over eighteen years experience working in women's health. She is currently living and working in Connecticut as Women's Health coordinator for Access Rehab Centers, one of the largest therapy providers in New England.
At Access Rehab Centers, Michelle designed and implemented their women's health programs, including pre and post partum care, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and colorectal health, menopausal wellness, spinal dysfunction, TMJ/headache pain and a breast cancer rehab program, which incorporates manual therapy, lymphedema management and specific exercise prescription. A firm believer in integrative healthcare, she incorporates therapeutic Pilates, yoga and lifestyle advice into her treatment protocols.
Michelle has appeared in local newspapers, radio and television programs speaking on women's health issues. She has presented programs in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. including The Wise Woman weekend, The International Herbal Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference and for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Steve Graef, PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist in Ohio specializing in sport and performance, as well as common psychological illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and adjustment. He received his Bachelors in Psychology at The Ohio State University and completed both his masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron.
A former student-athlete himself, Steve recognizes the important role that psychology has in sport and performance, as well as in mental and physical well-being.
Richard Briggs PT, MA has a clinical practice specializing in palliative care and hospice for the past 30 years. He has taught at the APTA National Conference and Combined Sections Meeting, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Clinical and Management Conferences, the California Hospice Foundation, and is Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Sacramento.
His articles have been published in Rehabilitation Oncology, Home Health Section Quarterly, NHPCO Insights and Complementary Therapies Handbook, Geriatric Physical Therapy 3rd Edition, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He has served as chair of the NHPCO Allied Therapist Section and founded the APTA Hospice and Palliative Care SIG.
Edie R. Hapner is a Professor in the Rick and Tina Caruso Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Southern California and a founding member of the USC Voice Center, an interprofessional team treating persons with disorders of voice and swallowing. Dr. Hapner has authored over 33 peer reviewed articles on voice and voice disorders, 4 book chapters, and is the co-editor of Voice Disorders, Clinical Case Studies. She is the author of Training and Implementation of FEES, a DVD training program for clinicians.
Dr. Hapner served on the Coordinating Committee of Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, for 7 years. She served as both the Coordinator and Associate Coordinator of SIG 3 during her tenure. She was the Chair of the SIG 3 Reimbursement Committee between 2006 and 2009 served as a member of the Member Advisory Group (MAG) to ASHA's Health Economics & Advocacy Team. Dr. Hapner was an ASHA appointed member of the National Advisory Committee to the Educational Testing Service. She served as the ASHA appointed member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology's committee for the development of evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of dysphonia. She served as an ASHA site visitor through the Council on Academic Accreditation. She was the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Vice President for Convention Planning and was a member of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Convention Committee. Dr Hapner received an honors award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2013 and remains an engaged member of the AAOHNS.
Dr. Hapner cherishes three very special awards: GSHA's Clinician of the Year; The University of Missouri's Education Program Alumnae of the Year; and the Clinical Scholar's designation of the AAOHNS. Her passion is her work with A Voice For Hope, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the prevention of head and neck cancer through early identification screening programs. She is the coordinator for multiple large-scale community-based free head and neck cancer screenings at sporting events, specifically NASCAR events around the county.
Marnie Renda, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM, is the founder of Destination Home LLC, which provides OT Home Assessments, product and home modification consultations, as well as, care coordination services for elders and persons with disabilities living at home.
Marnie graduated from Lafayette College and Springfield College with a B.A. in Psychobiology and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and in the community. Additionally, Marnie is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and earned an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications.
Marnie is a nationally recognized expert in home modifications. She has authored several articles on home modifications and assistive technology which were published in professional journals. Marnie was recently appointed the American Occupational Therapy Association, Home Modification Network Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the occupational therapists across the country providing home modifications. Additionally, she is co-authoring the American Occupational Therapy Association official document entitled “The Role of Occupational Therapy in Complex Home Modifications”.
Dr. Cuong Pho received an athletic trainer certification in 1996 while working with the athletic department at George Mason University, VA. He went on to receive a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1999. Dr. Pho completed the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopedics Residency Program in 2000 and the Fellowship Programs in both Manual Therapy in 2002 and Hand Therapy in 2004.
Dr. Pho has been invited to lecture at both the state and national level on the topic of sports, orthopaedics, and hand/wrist rehabilitation. He is a published author in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He has served as a board member for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). He currently serves as a member for the Credentialing Service Council of the ABPTRFE and for the Education Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopaedic Section.
Dr. Campbell has spent her clinical career rehabilitating athletes at all levels from youth to professional, as well as individuals in the general population. Currently, she works at Belmont University School of Physical Therapy. She also specializes in the assessment and treatment of hip pathology at Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.
Dr. Campbell’s passion has always been in sports medicine and more specifically in the injury prevention. She feels that many of the sports-related, often season-ending injuries could be prevented with proper screenings and interventions and enjoys educating students as well as other medical professionals on these topics.
Dr. Whetstone is a graduate of the University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Whetstone completed her post-doctoral work with the University of Evansville/ProRehab, PC Sports Residency Program where she currently serves as a clinical mentor and is responsible for curriculum development. Dr. Whetstone is also an adjunct professor in the University of Evansville Physical Therapy Program.
In the clinic, Dr. Whetstone specializes in the treatment of both traditional and recreational athletes at all levels. She is an expert in the clinical utilization of Functional Movement Systems such as the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, and Y-Balance Test. Her special interests include the application of injury prevention programs, the female athlete, and the clinical development of sports clinical experts.
Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature.
Presently, Dr. Voight is a tenured professor with Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy in Nashville TN. In addition to working in academia, Dr. Voight is also recognized as a clinician of the highest caliber, and has worked with a number of high-profile athletic organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Voight has served as a Team Physical Therapist in the NFL and NBA. In addition, Dr. Voight has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL, and the MLS. Early in his career he became active within the United States Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, and has had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the different continents with various Olympic and national teams. Most recently, Dr. Voight works with the Professional Golf Association. His role with the advisory board of the Titleist Performance Institute allows him to consult on the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of golf injuries with many noted golf professionals.
Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 700 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. Dr. Voight is a principle reviewer for the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine and actively resides on the editorial boards of several different journals. He played an instrumental role in the development of the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has authored over 75 papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise. In 1996, 2000, and 2009 he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section making him the only person to have received this award multiple times. Dr. Voight was honored again in 2010, when he was presented the inaugural SPTS “Lifetime Excellence in Education” award.
Dr. Voight is a clinician, educator, and researcher who is regarded by his peers as one of the leading musculoskeletal physical therapists in the world. In 1997, he was presented the SPTS distinguished service award for his dedication to service. In 2008, he was presented the President’s award for his career of service to the SPTS and was also presented the prestigious Ron Peyton award for career achievement. In 2010, Dr. Voight was elected into the SPTS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of excellence in sports physical therapy. His many accomplishments were again validated in 2011 when the American Physical Therapy Association presented Dr. Voight with their highest honor, naming him a Fellow of the APTA. He remains extremely active in patient care, education, and research activities and his lectures are both well attended and receive excellent reviews based upon his innovative presentation of the scientific evidence and the interactive, fun approach to teaching.
After serving in the Army as a helicopter crew chief, Frank Underwood completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Biology from Central Missouri State University. He then completed the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. After 6 years as a clinician in Kansas and Berlin, Germany, Dr. Underwood was an instructor in the physical therapy technician program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His next assignment lead him to become a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, where he earned a PhD in exercise physiology. After teaching for 6 years in the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Dr. Underwood retired from the Army, and taught at the University of Evansville for 17 years. He has been an emeritus professor of physical therapy at the University of Evansville since 2014, and continues to teach as an adjunct professor for two universities. He has taught interpretation of medical literature to both practicing therapists and students since 1991 and has been a board-certified specialist in clinical electrophysiologic physical therapy since 2003.
Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 30+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers as they move through the continuum of care, from acute care to home. The goal of her work is to engage patients and their family caregivers in developing person and family-centered, community-based interventions for people with stroke and other chronic illnesses. She is a Co-Investigator on a PCORI-funded research study to test a person-centered, community-based Emergency Department (ED) to Home transitional care intervention developed in partnership with a research team that includes former patients, family caregivers, social workers, ED physicians, staff of 2 local Area Agencies on Aging, and health services researchers.
Dr. Lutz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Heart Association (AHA), and National Academies of Practice. She is a board member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and is a co-author on a position paper on the transitional care needs for patients needing rehabilitation services and on AHA scientific statements on palliative care in stroke, risk adjustment for stroke, and best evidence on stroke caregiver interventions. She has also served as a member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee and as a rehabilitation expert on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.
Dr. Cynthia Neville is a certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) and Clinical Faculty at the University of North Florida, Department of Physical Therapy where she teaches classes in anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor, and topics in women’s health physical therapy. She practices in private clinical practice at SmartBody Physical Therapy in Jacksonville, Florida, and primarily cares for women and men with bladder control problems and pelvic floor disorders. She has authored several research articles, book chapters, and online educational videos about women’s health rehabilitation, incontinence, and pelvic pain.
She has presented courses, research platforms, and posters at national and international meetings including the World Congress of Physical Therapy, the International Continence Society, the World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain, and the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Neville is a nationally and internationally recognized educator and speaker in women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation. She developed the first credentialed women’s health physical therapy residency program in the state of Florida. She teaches postgraduate continuing education courses on topics including women’s health rehabilitation, incontinence, pain, pelvic floor examination and treatment, and pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation.
Brooke graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Milligan College. She works as an acute care occupational therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Brooke has worked on the orthopedic, geriatric and medicine floors. She currently covers the surgical ICU. She is a member of The American Occupational Therapy Association. Brooke has been apart of the Vanderbilt Acute Care Rehab Team since September 2012. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and black lab.
Rebecca Hunting Pompon, Ph.D., received a B.A. in Education, an M.A. in Counseling, and a B.S. and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Her VA-funded research explores the impact of chronic stress on aphasia rehabilitation. Rebecca trains graduate students and clinicians in counseling skills, serves as a clinical consultant for the Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences, and co-facilitates stroke caregiver support groups. She enjoys tennis, swimming, movies, and chasing her two children in her free time.Read full bio
Dr. Joseph Zuckerman is a well renowned orthopaedic surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center. His research focuses on the outcomes of shoulder replacement surgery, treatments for shoulder fractures in older adults, and methods to improve orthopaedic resident education.
As a former athlete, Zuckerman was inspired to be in orthopaedics following a basketball injury. Today, he is recognized internationally as an expert in shoulder surgery, hip and knee replacement, and has served as President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Zuckerman has also published over 250 scientific articles regarding shoulder replacement surgery and treatments for shoulder fractures in older adults.
Dr. Egol is an internationally recognized orthapaedic surgeon who is affiliated with both NYU's Langone Medical Center and Hospital for Joint Diseases. He specializes in fractures of the wrist, shoulder and ankle, fracture nonunion, bone reconstruction, reconstructive surgery and osteomyelitis.
As a graduate of Binghamton, Dr. Egol completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He currently sits on the editorial board of several medical journals, and has authored 4 textbooks, contributed 25 textbook chapters and over 200 scientific articles. Today, he maintains an active clinical practice specializing in orthopaedic trauma and fracture, performing over 450 operative procedures each year.
Sandy Shelton has been the senior physical therapist for the orthopedic unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for over 20 years. She was a member of Vanderbilt’s first committee to develop and implement the use of orthopedic critical pathways, and continues to serve on a hospital-wide collaborative patient care task force.
She has published an article titled “Rehabilitation Following Total Hip Arthroplasty”, served as a guest editor for an edition of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation on the subject of joint replacements and served as a contributing editor to an orthopedic nursing textbook OP Care: Orthopedic Patient Care. In addition to her written contributions, Sandy has also presented to physical therapy conferences and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons on topics on rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic problems. Ms. Shelton received her Geriatric Training Certification in January 2001.
Dr. Lewis has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. She started a private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1983 and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received her two Master’s degrees in Health Care Management and Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She also received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Health Education. She currently serves on the Medical Faculty at George Washington University as a full adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics and is the Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Lewis has extensive publications in the field of aging. Her articles have been published in The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Management, Geriatrics, Geritopics, and Senior Patient. She is also editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue of Scientific Journal. In addition to her articles and journals, Dr. Lewis has written numerous textbooks on aging such as: Aging: Health Care’s Challenge: Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, now in its fourth edition, Geriatric Clinical Strategies, Geriatric Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, The Geriatric Exercise Kit, The Functional Toolbox I & II, The Balance Book and Osteoporosis Exercise Book, the Prevention and Wellness Toolbox, and the Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox as well as Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults and Improving Mobility in Older Persons. She also co-authored a book for the lay public with Dr. Marilynn Moffat entitled Age-Defying Fitness published in August 2006 by Peachtree Publishers.
Her accomplishments include receiving the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award and The Section on Geriatrics highest honor, the Joan Mills Award & the Section on Geriatrics’ Clinical Excellence Award. She is also a Catherine Worthington Fellow for the APTA. She was chosen as one of the ten Outstanding Young Women in America. She has served the profession by volunteering for many local and national offices and served as the president of both the DC chapter and the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Lewis has lectured extensively. She has spoken in over 48 states. Her international lectures include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Canada, China and Israel. She combines her diverse education and extensive clinical background to provide medically substantiated and usable information for today’s practicing clinician.
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles and settings as both a clinician and manager/director: hospital, transitional care, Director of Rehab for a hospital home health agency, Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long term care, home health and outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is the owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings. For the past seven years, she has specialized in helping clients understand and navigate the CMS regulations for post-acute care settings, as well as how to prepare for the transition to a value-based system. Ellen is passionate about delivering medically necessary therapy services in these settings, and lectures nationally on the topics of pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, exercise and wellness for older adults, the importance of functional outcomes, and coding/billing/documentation for therapy services.
Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she has served on a Payment Policy Strategy Committee advising the APTA Board of Directors on payment policy in all settings. She is a member of the APTA Section on Geriatrics, the APTA Home Health Section and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves on a state level as the President of the Alabama Physical Therapy Association and as its Practice & Reimbursement Chair. She is a member of the American Health Care Association, where over the last three years she has been a part of a therapy workgroup to develop a national quality measure for rehabilitation.
Cindy Krafft brings more than 20 years of home health expertise that ranges from direct patient care to operational and management issues. Years spent in the homes of patients confirmed that she was in the best setting to focus on functionality and the specific challenges faced by each patient. Cindy recognizes that providing care in the home environment is different than any other setting, which is clearly evident in both her training and consultation activities.
For the past 10 years, Cindy has been a nationally recognized educator in the areas of documentation, regulation, therapy utilization, and OASIS. She has served in several national projects, and been an expert resource for OASIS updates. Her focus is on providing the knowledge and tools to operationalize external requirements while keeping the driver of care where it needs to be – the needs of each patient being cared for in the home setting.
Cindy has been involved at the senior leadership level of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for more than 10 years and is the immediate past President of that organization. She has been working with APTA and CMS to clarify regulatory expectations and address proposed payment methodologies to ensure the long term participation of therapy services in home health. She has written two books – The How-to Guide to Therapy Documentation and An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Care – and co-authored her third, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy.
Dee Kornetti, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Dee now provides training and education to home health industry providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. She serves as Chief Operations Officer with her business partners Cindy Krafft and Sherry Teague.
Dee is nationally recognized as a speaker in the areas of home care, standardized tests and measures in the field of physical therapy, therapy training, and staff development in the home health arena. Dee is the immediate past Editor of the Quarterly Report, a publication of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Home Health Section, as well as a member of the Home Health Section’s Practice and Education Committees. She currently serves the President of the Home Health Section of the APTA and has been an active member in good standing since 1986. Dee currently serves as the President of the Association of Homecare Coding and Compliance, and is a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts.
Dee is a published researcher on the Berg Balance Scale, and has co-authored APTA’s Home Health Section resources related to OASIS, goal writing, and defensible documentation for the practicing therapist. Dee has contributed chapter updates to the Handbook of Home Health Care Administration 6th edition, and co-authored a book, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy.
Dee received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, and her M.A. from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Her clinical focus has been in the area of gerontology and neurological disease rehabilitation.
Kate A. Hutcheson, is an assistant professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and associate director of research in the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hutcheson graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University. She earned a master of science in communication sciences and disorders at Baylor and attained a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2010. Dr. Hutcheson has authored over 40 peer-reviewed and invited articles on upper aerodigestive tract functioning in oncology patients. She is the recipient of the University of Texas Health Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship Award supporting her work on late effects in head and neck cancer survivors. Dr. Hutcheson is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and expert in head and neck cancer rehabilitation.Read full bio
Jennifer DeRosa, OT/L CAPS is the founder of AdaptABLE for LIFE, which originally provided in-home modification assessments and care coordination for older adults, however now focuses primarily on providing professional educational services.
Jennifer graduated from University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and earned a certificate in Gerontology from Salem State College. Jennifer has 20 years of extensive experience working throughout the continuum of care from the ICU, inpatient rehabilitation units, and home health settings both as a clinician and a supervisor.
Jennifer is a recognized speaker and author on topics related to home and community health interventions and documentation.
She is currently working on behalf of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on authoring guidance documents for clinicians related to evaluation and treatment of driving competency in older adults. Jennifer also contributes to the web-based content and competency management product, Mosby Home Healthcare Collection.
Jennifer is an elected member of the Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for Joint Commission representing AOTA as well as a member of the Home and Community Health Special Interest Section for AOTA.
Danielle Keyser MS, LOTR, GTC is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Louisiana State University (1998), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001). She is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of Louisiana, a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and Vice President of the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association. As LOTA Vice President, Danielle has arranged continuing education opportunities and annual State Conferences to bring the latest research and evidence based educational opportunities to therapists in Louisiana. Danielle has worked in the field of Geriatrics for 13 years, with an emphasis on Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health Care. Danielle has dedicated her career to geriatrics, serving the roles of treating therapist, Mentor, and currently Director of Education for The Therapy Center. As Director of Education, Danielle travels the state to assist therapists with challenging patients, training of new therapists, and in-house educational opportunities. Her focus areas include extensive knowledge of Medicare PPS and RUG Utilization, caseload development, creating individualized treatment approaches, facility training and education of nursing home staff, and application of evidence based treatment techniques. Danielle was awarded her Geriatric Training Certification in January 2014, an educational path that consisted of advanced clinical geriatric training, evidenced based evaluation and treatment strategies, and culminating in intensive testing protocols.Read full bio
Carolyn has fifteen years of experience as a clinical, educational and community-based occupational therapist with award winning practices. She is specially certified in the area of environmental modifications (SCEM) by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Homebuilders. Carolyn has been awarded “CAPS Designee of the Year” for her role in advocacy and leadership. She has spear headed aging in place initiatives and home modification programming for local, state and national organizations that support healthy environments for the aging community.
She has served the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Orlando Senior Resource Alliance, AARP, National Rebuilding Together, Home Depot and the American Occupational Therapy Association, with her expertise in the home modification area. Carolyn is the Founder & Chief Health Officer of Home for Life Design®, where she helps healthcare and aging in place service providers meet the needs of homeowners through technology and evidence-based practices, specifically in the area of home assessment.
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD specializes in pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain), orthopedic manual therapy, and TMJ treatment. She is the leading expert in the field of pediatric incontinence in physical therapy. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy since 1992 both nationally and internationally. Dawn is certified by the Biofeedback Institute of America for pelvic muscle biofeedback treatment.
Dawn has actively been treating patients for the past 32 years and owns a private practice in Denver, Colorado, develops educational materials for health care providers through Progressive Therapeutics and provides consulting services through Physical Therapy Specialists. In addition she is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University Department of Physical Therapy in Denver, CO where she teaches pelvic muscle dysfunction/ women’s health physical therapy, as well TMJ.
Dawn received her degree in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. In 1992, Dawn completed an additional two-year residency to become a certified instructor of the Mariano Rocabado techniques for the spine, pelvis and craniomandibular joints (RCMT). Dawn also received her BCB-PMD Board Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction.
Stacy Williams graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in 1997. She serves as the Occupational Therapy Manager at HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital. Stacy is NDT Certified and has worked with the traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury and stroke populations for over eighteen years. She is Co-Chair of Stroke and Brain Injury Programs of Excellence at HealthSouth and has served as a guest lecturer for Barry University. Stacy is a national instructor for HemiMove (Neuro Handling), and teaches Vision and Cognition courses for HealthSouth.Read full bio
Vicente L. Cavalida graduated from Cebu Doctors’ College, Cebu City, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1987 and earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 1983 from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. He received his license to practice in the United States from the University of the State of New York in 1989. Vinnie received his NDT certified in 1997 and has been working in the brain injury program at HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital since 1990. Vinnie is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Brain Injury Program and is also the Co-Chair of the Brain Injury Program of Excellence. He had been a national instructor for HemiMove (Neuro Handling), courses for the HealthSouth Clinical Excellence University since 2002.Read full bio
Dr. Swinth is a Professor and Program Chair at the University of Puget Sound. She has more than 25 years of experience working in pediatrics, primarily in school-based settings. Within the schools, she has provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age, and has been involved in the development of several different programs and grants that address service delivery issues to students with disabilities. She also has completed research projects, worked on different local and national committees, and is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section.
She has mentored student research studies for more than 12 years and has extensive experience with qualitative research, single subject studies and survey research. Currently, Dr. Swinth and some of her students have been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms to support student participation. Other research interests include effective and efficient occupational therapy assessment and services in the schools, assistive technology, and service delivery options for children with disabilities. Dr. Swinth is currently completing the data analysis of a national research project that looks at issues of efficacy and efficiency of school-based practice.
Dr. Swinth has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books regarding occupational therapy service delivery in the schools as well as pediatric service delivery. Most recently, she authored a chapter on school-based services for Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and a chapter on services for children with severe disabilities in the new AOTA textbook for school-based therapists. She also recently has several publications in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on services for children with autism. Dr. Swinth is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention.
Debra Latour has been an innovator from her earliest years. Debi wore her first prosthesis at the age of 14 months and then spent the years that followed working with the clinical team at Shriners Hospitals to improve upon their prosthetic designs. When it came time to decide upon her next step, Debi decided that a career as an occupational therapist was just what she needed. Not only could she combine her interest in art with her love of science, but she felt like her use of a prosthesis could really provide a unique perspective to her future patients. So, Debi enrolled at the Tufts University/Boston School of Occupational Therapy and then eventually received her Master’s in the Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy from Springfield College.
Debi’s career in occupational therapy has taken her around the world to present on topics related to successful patient care for upper limb prosthetic patients. She has been a featured speaker at events throughout the US, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands. For the past thirteen years, she has worked with pediatric patients through the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, MA as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Springfield College since 2006.
Debi’s passion for helping people not only applies to her patients but also to all the people in her life. She enjoys spending a great deal of time with her immediate and far-reaching family members. Debi has also spent a substantial amount of time working on her new Anchor Technology that provides a completely new way for patients who use body-powered, upper limb prosthesis to have a more solid suspension system. Whether it is her family, her friends or her Handspring patients, Debi Latour is dedicated to helping to improve their lives each and every day.
Ashley Hendricks, OTR/L is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Indiana. She has been certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Tennessee and a member of the
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Since 2012, she has worked at Life Care Centers of America at Hickory Woods (LCCAHW), Antioch, TN, which is a 128 bed, skilled nursing facility (SNF). Ms. Hendricks evaluates patients, develops treatment plans for geriatric patients, implements interventions to achieve short and long-term goals, completes home evaluations, and plans discharge for safe transitions. She supervises Occupational Therapy Assistants and serves as a Clinical Instructor for Level II students.
Priscilla Sanders, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has been certified by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), and is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Tennessee. Ms. Sanders has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2005, and has received her Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency and Certified Clinical Instructor certifications from the organization. Since 2007, she has worked at Life Care Centers of America, evaluating and treating patients with various diagnoses in long term care, skilled nursing, and outpatient therapy settings. Among her many talents, Ms. Sanders provides supervision to PTAs, cross trains in various management duties, and serves as a clinical instructor for graduate PT students.Read full bio
Dr. Kenneth Miller has been an educator, physical therapist and consultant for the home health industry for over 20 years and serves as a guest lecturer, adjunct teaching assistant and adjunct professor in the DPT program at Touro College in Bay Shore, New York. He has presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Educational and Leadership Conference of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and Education Section of the APTA and the Annual Conference of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice on a variety of topics including: objective testing, professionalism, interdisciplinary team modeling, osteoporosis, differential diagnosis of dizziness, documentation, patient engagement, student program development and home health regulations.
He serves as Chair of the Practice Committee of the Home Health Section (HHS) of the APTA. As the Chair, he led the development of the Providing Physical Therapy section in the home handbook, Third Edition, Home health student program road map and tool kit and the home health section objective test toolbox. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the GeriNotes publication and Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Medicine and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Journal of Primary Care. Dr. Miller has authored numerous articles for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, GeriNotes and The Quarterly Report Newsletters.
Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT, is the owner and Director of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida. She is an assistant professor at Gannon University. She has been in private practice for over twenty years and specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow, shoulder, splinting, and arthritis. Dr. Valdes has published articles in the Journal of Hand Therapy, Hand Magazine, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. She serves as a member of the Board of the American Society of Hand Therapists and American Association of Hand Surgery.
Dr. Valdes has published chapters on hand, elbow, and shoulder fractures and dislocations in Advanced Concepts of Hand Pathology and Surgery. She is an assistant editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy. Dr. Valdes received her OTD degree with a specialization in hand rehabilitation from Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professions in Provo, Utah. Dr Valdes is member of the Guatemala Healing Hands Medical Mission.
An Occupational Therapist for 16 years, Nathalie Drouin brings a wide range of experience to the field including acute care, pediatrics and geriatrics. For the past six years, she has worked in an outpatient setting while gaining almost three years’ experience in the area of Driver Rehabilitation. Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital and Clemson University have an established collaborative evidenced-based research effort in which Nathalie has been heavily involved in for the past four years. She is active with ADED nationally and has served as a committee member in developing the Fundamentals of Driver Rehabilitation course. She was a committee member for the Education and Scholarship committees and is now the chair for the Education Committee. Nathalie has presented twice at the ADED National Conference.Read full bio
Martin B. Brodsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) Group, a multidisciplinary clinical and research group dedicated to understanding and improving patient outcomes after critical illness and surgery, at Johns Hopkins University. He earned his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s degree (ScM) in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Award (KL2 Mentored Careeer Development Award).
Dr. Brodsky is a researcher, international lecturer, and clinician with more than 20 years of continuous medical speech-language pathology experience. His peer-reviewed research publications and book chapters focus on swallowing and swallowing disorders. Dr. Brodsky’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, studying the effects of critical illness and critical care medicine on swallowing and its long-term outcomes. He is a former member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 3-year Task Force on Post Intensive Care Syndrome, a frequent reviewer for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and scientific journals, and a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Dysphagia Research Society, and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Brewer is a dedicated clinician and educator with over 35 years of experience in a variety of settings including acute, outpatient, home care, long term care/SNF and public health programs with an emphasis in geriatric care, education and administration. She frequently writes and presents these topics in local, state and national PT and community educational programs. Dr. Brewer currently practices at Mayo Clinic as the Therapy Clinical Education Specialist and Director of the PT Geriatric Residency program. She was recently awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the year in 2015. She graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University and received her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her DPT is from Temple University.Read full bio
Dr. Alicia White graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2004 with a degree in athletic training. She continued her studies at the University of Miami where she earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Dr. White worked at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas for ten years where she treated high-level patients with amputations in the military and civilian sectors. Additionally, she taught the running course for all patients with amputations that had a desire to run while being treated at the Center for the Intrepid. She has served as an expert witness in several cases concerning the functional expectations for patients with amputations. In addition, she has taught Prosthetic Rehabilitation at the US Army Baylor Physical Therapy Program and Adaptive Sports at Texas State University. Dr. White continues her passion for teaching running as the South Texas Paralympic Track Coach and within her own practice, Evolve Prosthetic Rehabilitation. Dr. White also treats pediatric patients with amputations at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.Read full bio
Mary Beth Osborne PT, DPT, NCS earned her BS and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her area of clinical expertise is in adult neurologic rehabilitation including working with people following brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and neurologic diseases. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Osborne has served as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill assisting with online and traditional classroom courses focusing on neurologic physical therapy and evidence based practice. She is currently working as a clinician at Duke University Medical Center on the outpatient team in adult neurology.
Dr. Osborne is the current chair of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a past member of the practice committee. She also has interest and expertise in using hippotherapy (using movements of a horse) as a treatment strategy for children and adults with neurologic conditions.
John Fergason, CPO, is the Chief Prosthetist at the Center for the Intrepid at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He was formerly an Instructor and Clinical Manager for the Prosthetics-Orthotics Program at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX and proceeded to become the Director of the Division of Prosthetics-Orthotics at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He currently is adjunct faculty for the Baylor Prosthetics-Orthotics Program and the UT Southwestern Prosthetics-Orthotics Program. He has lectured extensively on all topics in lower limb prosthetics, has many peer-reviewed articles and has authored multiple book chapters. While at Brooke Army Medical Center, he has developed the services from a small laboratory serving the local needs of the hospital to an international Center aimed at improving function for service members who have sustained catastrophic limb injury. His staff continues to treat the most complex patients seen as a result of battlefield injury and has become established as one of the primary military centers for limb loss.Read full bio
Debby Schwartz is a hand therapist with over 30 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She has worked at Orfit Industries America for the past 9 years promoting product awareness and offering a variety of educational programming on orthotic fabrication. Debby is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT) and has participated in the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (IFSHT) meetings as well. She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics both at national and international conferences, and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including the Journal of Hand Therapy, the British Journal of Hand Therapy, HAND, www.exploringhandtherapy.com, and OT Practice.
Debby completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She presently teaches splinting workshops for Orfit Industries America, for both student Occupational Therapists and advanced clinicians. She is also an adjunct professor at the Occupational Therapy department of Touro College in New York City, where she teaches orthotic fabrication and an elective on Hand Therapy. Debby is currently writing several book chapters for hand therapy references, and collaborating on a text book of orthotic fabrication.
Jennifer Fortuna, MS, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist and the Director of Clinical Support and Training at Dynavision International. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working with children with learning differences and special needs. At Dynavision, Jennifer develops educational materials and individualized protocols to promote health, safety and human performance. She facilitates regional and international trainings and workshops for practitioners working in clinical rehabilitation and high performance sports.
Jennifer has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. Jennifer is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She also teaches in the OT Program at Western Michigan University.
Karen McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS is a Professor in Physical Therapy, Division of PT, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she has taught entry-level and advanced level students in neurorehabilitation since 1993. She has served in multiple roles within the Neurology Section of APTA, including the inaugural Director of Education, and has been honored with the Service to the Section Award.
Karen has cared about individuals with traumatic brain injury since beginning as a PT in clinical practice, extending from moderate to severe brain injury to a recent focus on concussion. Her research has focused on developing outcome measures and interventions to improve active movement, balance, and functional mobility, with the aim to improve quality of life. She developed the Arm Motor Ability Test (for upper limb recovery following stroke) and the Walking and Remembering Test (for dual-task performance in older adults and individuals with acquired brain injury).
She served as an ORISE Fellow with the Army Office of the Surgeon General, addressing TBI issues that affect individuals in military service. Her current research efforts are focused on wounded warriors with mild traumatic brain injury as part of a team that developed the Assessment of Military Multitask Performance, a test battery of challenging dual- and multi-task activities. Funding support has come from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense.
Mark Showers is an Occupational Therapist specializing in cognitive rehabilitation. Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Mark worked five years developing Work Hardening programming for worker’s compensation cases. Following this he developed a TBI Occupational Therapy department at a VA hospital. Since 2012 Mark has found a passion working with soldiers returning to duty following TBI or other traumatic injuries. Innovative, performance based evaluations and creative treatment design for mild head injury are hallmarks of Mark’s clinical and program development skill set.Read full bio
McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Oregon since 1994. She is the proud director of the Communication Disorders and Sciences program. Professor Sohlberg is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to address deficits in attention, memory and executive functions following acquired brain injury. She is particularly interested in the development of treatments that mitigate cognitive effects for individuals with brain injury in the post acute phase, including individuals with persistent cognitive effects following concussive injuries and individuals who are attempting to pursue postsecondary education following brain trauma. Dr. Sohlberg has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as coauthored three leading textbooks in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. She has been supported by a number of federal grants that focus on the development and evaluation of assistive technology for cognition and the evaluation of attention training. Professor Sohlberg teaches graduate courses related to cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based practice and supervises in the CDS PhD program. She also co-directs the cognitive rehabilitation clinic in the College of Education HEDCO clinic.
Professor Sohlberg is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds the HEDCO Endowed Professorship and has received a number of honors for her teaching and research. Professor Sohlberg serves on several committees charged with the development of evidence-based practice guidelines for the treatment of traumatic brain injury within the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.
When not focusing on her administrative, teaching and research commitments, she can be found spending time with her family or exploring the running, hiking and cycling trails in the great Northwest.
Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA, is recognized nationally for providing high quality continuing education courses that focus on vestibular rehabilitation, balance training, and fall prevention in the elderly. Laurie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound, as well as a PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University. She has experience as an academic faculty member teaching neurologic and geriatric courses in physical therapy programs in Michigan and California. More recently, she has gained expertise in marketing and management in the corporate sector by establishing and managing a fall prevention program for the elderly in Pierce County, Washington. Laurie has worked closely with the Department of Health, State of Washington to disseminate a fall prevention program, “Stay Active & Independent for Life” (SAIL) in the public health sector and this program is now recognized as one of the leading evidence-based programs in the country. Laurie has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. Laurie has completed the competency-based course in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University, as well as the vestibular function and test interpretation course. She is recognized as a "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" through the Geriatrics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Laurie received the Award for Clinical Excellence from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA) in 2014.Read full bio
James (Jim) Elliott (@elliottjim) completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) at UQ’s Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the principal investigator of The Neuromuscular Imaging Research Lab (@NIRL_NU) where he supervises five PhD students. Jim is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at UQ and an Affiliate Professor at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.
He has been successful as an early career investigator as in evidence of $3.3 million in research funding, over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and numerous speaking invitations at interdisciplinary conferences on a national and international level. The primary focus of Jim’s laboratory is to characterize the underlying neurophysiological and biological mechanisms for poor functional recovery following spinal trauma, in particular, traumatic injuries following a motor vehicle collision (MVC). Broad applications of his work include preventing, diagnosing, and treating neuromuscular related pain and its sequelae. To do this, he utilizes structural and advanced imaging applications to quantify the temporal development of altered spinal cord anatomy and whole-body skeletal muscle degeneration as potential markers of poor functional outcomes.
Jim currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the journal Spine and is a Board of Director for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Jim played professional baseball for the San Diego Padres (1990-1992), worked in major league baseball operations for the Colorado Rockies (1993-1996), and was recently inducted into the University of Denver Athletic Hall of Fame (2014). In full transparency, Jim admits to needing medication for his life-long love of the Chicago Cubs.
David Walton (@uwo_dwalton) completed his BScPT in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, MSc in Neuroscience in 2001, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science from Western in 2010. Following a combined 10 years of clinical practice, he is now Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London, Canada), an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and a member of the teaching faculty with Western's Bone and Joint Institute. He is Director and Principal Investigator of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab where he supervises five PhD and one MSc student in addition to several professional and undergraduate students.
Dave is active in the University community, having formed two interdisciplinary research groups: the Collaboration for the Integration of Rehabilitation and Consumer Electronics (CIRCLE) and the Solving Traumatic pain and disability through Advanced Research Translation (START) groups. Innovative research and knowledge translation initiatives are underway through these groups that focus on improving measurement, prognosis, and treatment for neuromusculoskeletal pain problems of primarily the neck and low back. He has published over 50 scientific publications, four book chapters, presented at several national and international conferences, and has secured nearly $1 million in research funding. Outside of the University, Dave is currently an Associate Editor with the scientific Manual Therapy and an International Editor for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, he is Secretary of the Education Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, a member of the Allied Health subsection of the North American Spine Society, and co-founder / past-Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Dave has been recognized for this teaching and mentorship through two Faculty Teaching Awards of Excellence and the 2014 National Mentorship Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He is an active member of Western's Teaching Support Centre through which he facilitates workshops for faculty development, and is increasingly sought as a provider of Continuing Professional Development in the area of neck pain management, soft skills development, pain assessment, and adult education for clinicians. Finally, and most importantly, Dave is immensely proud of his role as father to two incredible daughters and husband of an outstanding wife. The phrase 'punching above his weight' most certainly applies.
Todd serves as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Todd is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s DPT and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs. He is a past clinical research fellow at the Warren G. Magnusson Clinical Center at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Todd is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He has been continuously recognized as a Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2005.
Todd has worked to translate evidence from scientific research into best practices for physical therapy. He is a member of the Evidence Based Documents Task Force of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), through which he has been involved with authoring two CPGs to date with emphasis on foot and ankle health conditions. He also has served on the multidisciplinary Primer Writing Committee of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) and as a content reviewer for clinical practice guidelines created by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Todd is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a reviewer for several journals in the fields of rehabilitation and rheumatology. In addition to his teaching, scholarship, and service work, Todd practices clinically at the Kaiser Permanente offices in Stockton, California.
Megan Oelke, M.S., CCC-Med SLP, works in the Aphasia Lab as a research speech-language pathologist. She works with Dr. Kendall on a research study comparing two treatments for word-retrieval deficits, and assists with a number of other projects in the lab. She completed her B.A. in Language Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington, and a clinical fellowship with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Megan enjoys cycling around Seattle, swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends, and having adventures of any kind.Read full bio
Michael Walsh Dickey's research centers on sentence comprehension and production in adults, the neural bases of these abilities, and their impairments in aphasia. His research also extends to measurement and prediction of treatment response in aphasia, focusing on psycholinguistically-motivated impairment-level behavioral treatment. In carrying out this work, he has examined complex sentence comprehension (ellipsis, wh-movement and garden-path sentences); verb-argument processing; tense and temporal interpretation; and both lexical-level and sentence-level aphasia treatment. His work uses behavioral methods (reading measures, reaction-time tasks, the visual-world paradigm), meta-analytic modelling (hierarchical linear modelling, logistic regression), and neuroimaging methods (structural neuroimaging; voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping) to explore these questions.
Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA. Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation Program and Co-Director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Warren lectures extensively on vision rehabilitation for adults with age-related eye disease and vision impairment from adult acquired brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area.
Dr. Warren is the author of the Brain Injury Visual Assessment Battery for Adults (biVABA), is the co-editor of the textbook: Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision and has contributed chapters to several rehabilitation textbooks including "Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction." In addition, Dr. Warren chaired the AOTA panel that developed specialty certification in low vision rehabilitation (SCLV) and has represented AOTA on numerous ad hoc committees addressing issues in low vision rehabilitation. She was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2006 for her work in vision rehabilitation. Her other honors include the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Envision Foundation in 2012 and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UAB School of Health Professions in 2010.
Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University, and his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree from Boston University. He is board certified in orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) where he currently serves as Secretary on its executive board. Dr Robertson has taught musculoskeletal physical therapy, pharmacology differential diagnosis, and radiology courses in several physical therapy education programs from entry level through the postgraduate level. Dr Robertson is the immediate past chair of the public relations committee for APTA’s Orthopaedic Section. He has authored several web-based continuing education courses for entry level and postprofessional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs. Dr Robertson leads a quality and health outcomes assessment team for Rehab Services at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.
Dr Robertson’s research interests lie in health service utilization, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and exploring the impact of technology on health care. He is a frequent national presenter. He specializes in information management and the use of social media in health care. He is the founder of 2 websites, PTThinkTank.com, a popular blog devoted to critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession, as well as PTCoop.org, an open-source repository of peer-reviewed physical therapy educational content. A prolific writer, Dr Robertson’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, on popular health websites, and in large television and print media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, and TIME magazine.
David Piskulic, DPT, SCS, ATC, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He received his BS in Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is an NATA board certified Athletic Trainer and is also an APTA board certified Sports Clinical Specialist. He has over a decade of experience in both athletic training and physical therapy working with young and professional athletes. Previous experiences include serving as an athletic training intern with the Kansas City Chiefs and providing medical care and sports performance training for high school, DI, DII, and Olympic Level athletes.
In the past, David has worked extensively with St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as experience with Seattle Children’s Hospital in developing throwing programs and return to sports protocols to return young athletes to competitive play. He is a team member of the Young Athlete Center, a multidisciplinary treatment approach working in collaboration with multiple clinicians at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive care to pediatric and adolescent athletes. He is a lab assistant with the Washington University Program in Physical Therapy and is an active speaker, lecturer, and blogger on topics related to sports pediatric physical therapy, overhead throwing injuries, and return to sports testing for pediatric athletes.
Speech-language pathologist Dr. Lynn Williams is a clinical scientist with interests in models of assessment and intervention of communication disorders in children, and translational research and implementation science. Dr. Williams’ research focus is primarily with children with speech sound disorders, with corollaries of this research interest that address emergent literacy skills for children living in poverty, the impact of communication disabilities on children’s life activities, and social and cultural aspects of communication disorders in children. She is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University and a Professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology. As an international expert on intervention for speech sound disorders in children, she has secured $1.5 million in competitive grants; developed resources to facilitate speech-language pathologists’ implementation of intervention (e.g., created the Sound Contrasts in Phonology (SCIP) software program, 2006; 2016), and has a strong track record of over 175 publications (books, book chapters, peer reviewed articles) and presentations. Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is currently serving as ASHA Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology (2016-2018).Read full bio
Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and specializes in the assessment and intervention of children with apraxia of speech. With 30 years of experience, Dr. Stoeckel has delivered services to children in schools, outpatient clinics, and rehabilitation hospital settings. She is often asked to render 2nd opinions on CAS diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment progress. Dr. Stoeckel has presented lectures, workshops and advanced training on Childhood Apraxia of Speech on an international level, including the United States, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, Dr. Stoeckel has authored and delivered numerous web-based courses focused on CAS. She has co-authored articles on CAS assessment and treatment in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Stoeckel is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.Read full bio
Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT is a professor of physical therapy at Northern Arizona University, where she has taught end of life concepts, professional communication, and mindfulness concepts since 1987. She is the co-founder and inaugural vice chair of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Oncology Section Hospice and Palliative Care Special Interest Group. Dr. Mueller has published and presented extensively on topics related to end of life, mindfulness, and professional communication. She is the author of Communication from the Inside Out: Strategies for the Engaged Professional (FA Davis, 2010).Read full bio
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, Coordinator of Clinical Research in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania.
A board-certified specialist in fluency disorders, Dr. Yaruss has served on the board of directors for the National Stuttering Association and as Associate Coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. His research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children as well as methods for assessing and evaluating treatment outcomes in children and adults who stutter.
Dr. Yaruss has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and nearly 100 other articles, papers, and chapters on stuttering. He is author, co-author, or editor of several booklets, books, and brochures on stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), a comprehensive evaluation tool for children, adolescents, and adults who stutter; School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and the Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter program (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. [www.StutteringTherapyResources.com], a publishing company dedicated to developing useful resources for helping speech-language pathologists work with people who stutter.)
Dr. Yaruss has been named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association and received the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for speech-language pathologists at the University of Pittsburgh and frequently conducts workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their ability to work with individuals who stutter. Information about Dr. Yaruss’s workshops can be found at www.Yaruss.com.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah), Virginia first became interested in hand architecture during her fieldwork days. She is actively involved in clinical and biomechanical research of the thumb and the wrist, is a member of the AOTA Evidence Exchange committee and a member of the ASHT Research Committee, is a published author in the Journal of Hand Therapy (JHT), a contributing editor for the Year Book of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery since 2012, and is a reviewer for JHT and Journal of Hand Surgery. Virginia owns her own business, O'Brien Upper Limb Consulting LLC, and works full time clinically at University of Minnesota Health-Hand Center, a clinic of the Institute of Athletic Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, USA, where she is the Hand Therapy Residency Coordinator. Since 2005 she has presented on a variety of hand related topics to therapists and physicians locally, nationally and internationally.Read full bio
Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor, Program Coordinator and School Internship Coordinator at San Francisco State University. Her research and clinical focus is on Spanish-bilingual language development/disorders and inclusion. She was California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Program Co-Chair, 2014 & 2015, and Volunteer Committee Co-Chair in 2016. She was awarded the CSHA Diversity Award, 2011, and received the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Fellowship, 2010.Read full bio
Dr. Page’s team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. He has held uninterrupted extramural funding to support his rehabilitative trials for over 15 years, and has produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation, brain stimulation in moderately impaired individuals, and several other innovative strategies in people with acquired brain injuries. This includes 8 NIH grants and 5 grants from the American Heart Association, as well as funding from multiple private organizations and subcontracts. He has also published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has served as guest issue editor for 14 special issues of rehabilitative and neurological journals since 2001, including The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and a standing panel member on NIH's Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Panel.
While "translation" is a common buzzword in academic circles, very few clinician scientists make efforts to actually speak regularly with nonscientist audiences (such as clinicians and patients) about their findings. To accomplish such translation, Dr. Page has organized and chaired 8 regional, national, and international neurorehabilitation conferences, co-chaired the 2003 and 2004 international, joint meetings of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation/the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Locally, he created and co-directed the Ohio Neurorehabilitation Academy, which brings in national speakers to provide all day, "hands on" neurorehabilitation education to rehabilitation clinicians from across his region. He also takes great joy in providing lunch and learns to area clinicians, and outside of his region co-develops and co-implements the field's only stroke certification for physical and occupational therapists. This seminar-based program - called the "Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist" (CSRS) - is another way that he translates scientific information to clinicians. You can learn more about this opportunity at: www.strokecertification.com
Finally, he has mentored well over 60 students, with almost all of them at least publishing a paper and/or presenting the results of their work at a professional meeting. His mentees have won multiple awards for their work, including 4 "Outstanding Poster" Awards in the past 2 years alone at the annual international meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and 4 capstone awards, won by his mentees in engineering over the past 4 consecutive years. In 2008 Dr. Page was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.
Heather is an occupational therapist and Ph.D. student in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. Currently working in the B.R.A.I.N lab as a graduate research associate, her primary area of interest is developing and testing interventions that improve motor function and quality of life in stroke survivors. Specifically, her primary research area of emphasis is examining the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation combined with occupational therapy (Functional Brain Stimulation™) on improving arm and hand function in survivors of stroke. Heather has also engaged in research and/or published in the topics of mental practice, outcome measurement validity and portable upper extremity robotics.Read full bio
Ann Chapleau, D.H.S., OTR/L, is an associate professor of occupational therapy at Western Michigan University. She has 30 years of clinical and managerial experience in community mental health. She is certified as an Action Methods Director through the Michigan Psychodrama Institute and is certified to administer the A-ONE Neurobehavioral Assessment.
Her current research includes assessment of student learning using goal attainment scaling and interventions for people with severe mental illness and addiction. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and newsletters, AOTA publications, and book chapters, and has presented her work at local, national, and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board for the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) and was an invited guest editor for the summer 2016 special issue on assessment. Dr. Chapleau is the recipient of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association’s 2012 Award for Excellence for Outstanding Global Contributions to the Profession and the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association’s 1995 Distinguished Service Award.
Patrice Antony, PT, GCS, CAPS is a Florida International University graduate who has been practicing physical therapy in the Central Florida area since 1981. Patrice became a Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 1992 and received the Clinical Excellence in Geriatric Practice award from the Geriatric Section of the APTA in 1996; she also received the Advocacy for the Older Adult award in 2009. She taught as an adjunct instructor in the University of Central Florida physical therapy program for four years and has done extensive lecturing around the country on various topics relating to care of the elderly. She is owner and President of Elder Advocates Inc., a care management company founded in 1998 that is designed to assist with medical decision making to meet the needs of the frail elderly and the medically complex client. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who serves as a medical consultant for residential universal building and re-modeling.Read full bio
Betty Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State, she practiced as a speech-language therapist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Her research interest is in how children's language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence. Her current research focuses on the communication experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families within bilingual contexts. She is a member of the Conversation Analysis Research in Autism (CARA) research group. She teaches courses related to language development, atypical language development, cultural and linguistic diversity, intervention in young children, and counseling in Communicative Disorders. The emphasis of her clinical instruction is on the provision of family-centered services to support communication development in children on the autism spectrum. She is the co-director of Project Common Ground, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language therapists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum.Read full bio
Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, is a licensed occupational therapist with 19 years of clinical experience working with children with feeding difficulties. She has previously worked in both inpatient and outpatient multidisciplinary feeding programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing occupational therapy services to children with oral motor impairments, self-feeding problems, and other sensory-behavioral needs related to feeding. Dr. Pitonyak has also worked in early intervention and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) settings where she specialized in supporting breastfeeding in infants with a history of prematurity and developmental delays. She holds specialty certification in feeding, eating, and swallowing from the American Occupational Therapy Association and is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
Currently, Dr. Pitonyak is faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy at University of Puget Sound where she teaches courses on occupational performance adaptations, psychosocial and biomechanical approaches to intervention. She is also coordinator for the onsite occupational therapy clinic at Puget Sound. Dr. Pitonyak has presented nationally on the topic of occupational therapy for children with feeding difficulties and has authored several publications on the role of occupational therapy in breastfeeding promotion. She values a family-centered, culturally-relevant approach to occupational therapy, as well as the importance of interprofessional collaboration and communication to best support children with developmental needs and their families. She is currently a per diem therapist on the infant team at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Pitonyak earned a BA in Psychology from Allegheny College, a MS in Occupational Therapy from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and a PhD in Health Policy from the University of the Sciences.
Salvador Bondoc is a tenured professor of occupational therapy and has been a faculty member of Quinnipiac University since 2006. He received his post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2004. He has been a practicing occupational therapist since 1995, holds the designation of Certified Hand Therapist since 2001 and is Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation, granted by the American Occupational Therapy Association, since 2008.
The focus of Dr. Bondoc’s scholarship is in the application and integration of evidence into practice. His practice and scholarly work are in the following broad areas: participation and occupational performance in the well and frail elderly; functional use and motor control of the upper limb following a stroke; and health professions education (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).
Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician and dynamic instructor. She is the therapy manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant. Ann completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. Most recently, Ann has become certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). She previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Examination committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). Ann also previously served as the Northeast District chair for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association from 2004 to 2008. She is a lead instructor who developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Hand Conferences, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conference.Read full bio
Stefany Shaibi earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Southern California where she was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Cane Award. Dr. Shaibi is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both orthopedics and geriatrics. She is an assistant clinical professor of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University where she teaches courses in Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Evaluation as well as Geriatric Care. Her research is focused on the relationship between knee osteoarthritis and instability in the elderly with a second line of research examining the utility of standardized patients to facilitate physical therapy education. Dr. Shaibi is committed to providing physical therapy services to vulnerable populations and volunteers her time and supervises students at the St. Vincent de Paul Medical and Dental Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.Read full bio
Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is an established educator and researcher in pediatric physical therapy and has taught at several universities including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 1986, she established the sixth doctoral program in physical therapy in the United States at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA, and then the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program at the University of Kentucky. She co-founded the Adaptive Learning Center for Infants and Children in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Effgen is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As co-chair of APTA’s Section on Pediatrics’ Government Affairs Committee, she was active in the process of the authorization and reauthorizations of IDEA. Dr. Effgen has published extensively, has served on several editorial boards, including Physical Therapy, and edited both editions of the text Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children. She was principle-investigator of a US Department of Education grant: PT COUNTS, Study of the Relationship of Student Outcomes to School-Based Physical Therapy Services. Dr. Effgen received the Section on Pediatrics’ Bud DeHaven Award for Extraordinary Service to the Section and the Section’s Advocacy Award, which is now given in her name. She is the founding chair of the Section’s School-Based Physical Therapy Special Interest Group. She is presently working with an adaptive dance program in a number of Kentucky schools.
Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS is the owner of Southwest Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation (SWAN Rehab), an outpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological diseases. She received her physical therapy degree at Northwestern University and her doctorate of physical therapy from Northern Arizona University. She is a board certified specialist in neurological physical therapy. Dr. Wing has taught courses in neurological rehabilitation and mobility training as well as instructed PNF workshops throughout the United States and internationally for many years.
Dr. Wing has collaborated with A.T. Still University, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University in clinical research to incorporate research into clinical practice and is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University and A.T. Still University. Dr. Wing is the recipient of the Section on Administration Outstanding Service Award, the Arizona Physical Therapy Association Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year award, the Neurology Section Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology, and the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena award.
Dr. Clewley is an educator, clinical researcher, physical therapist, and mentor in the Duke University DPT program. His specific area of expertise and training is orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has achieved board certification in orthopaedics, and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is a PhD candidate with primary research interest in health systems and big data applications with a focus on health seeking behaviors. Additional research interests include dry needling, manual physical therapy, and pain sciences. Dr. Clewley has extensive experience in the development of continuing education, residency, and fellowship postgraduate training programs. He has presented at numerous national conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.Read full bio
Ms. Normand graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Laval University in Québec, Canada. She completed her Advanced Master’s degree with hand therapy emphasis in 2003 at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She was certified as an orthopedic manual therapist through The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US (IAOM-US) in 2006, and soon after joined their faculty for the creation of a specialty Hand and Upper Extremity Track.
Ms. Normand currently works as hand therapist and orthopedic liaison for UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison, WI and continues to lecture nationally for IAOM-US.
Bonnie Brinton, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, UT. Dr. Brinton has worked as a practicing speech language pathologist in school, clinic, and hospital settings. She has also worked as a research scientist at the University of Kansas, and an associate professor of speech language pathology at the University of Nevada, Reno. At BYU, Dr. Brinton has served as an associate dean in the McKay School of Education, and as Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Brinton has chaired the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Committee on Language Learning Disorders, and has served on the program committee for the ASHA convention on multiple occasions. She also served as an associate editor for the journal, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools from 1990 to 2000. Dr. Brinton, jointly with Martin Fujiki, has received the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award from BYU and the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Brinton is also an ASHA fellow.
Dr. Brinton has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters and two books. She is a sought-after lecturer, having been an invited speaker in numerous settings nationally and internationally, including Canada, England, China, and Poland. Her work has focused on the social communication skills of individuals with disabilities, with a particular focus on children with language impairment (LI). Her earlier research examined the pragmatic abilities of children with LI. These studies let to investigations focusing on the social outcomes experienced by these children. Dr. Brinton’s research documented that children with LI had fewer friends, were less accepted by peers, and participated in fewer social interactions than children with typical language skills. Her most recent work has focused on developing interventions to address deficits in social communication in children with a range of language disabilities.
Martin Fujiki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah. He has practiced in the school setting as well as working as a research scientist at the University of Kansas and an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Fujiki has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, The American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools. He has also served on the ad hoc committee for language in context of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and on the national advisory board of Pearson Assessment. Dr. Fujiki, jointly with Bonnie Brinton, has received the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award from BYU and the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Fujiki is an ASHA fellow, and in 2015 received Honors of the Association from ASHA.
Dr. Fujiki’s work has focused on the interactional skills of children with language impairment. He has authored over 70 publications, most focusing on the social and emotional competence of children with language impairment (LI). Working with Dr. Bonnie Brinton, he has examined the social outcomes experienced by children with LI, documenting that these children have fewer friends, poor peer acceptance, poor self-esteem, and fewer social interactions than typical children. His most recent work has focused on the social cognitive skills of these children, with a particular emphasis on emotional intelligence.
Linda A. Kliebhan is a physical therapist with over 40 years of experience treating children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders. Linda is a Coordinator-Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, teaching the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Advanced NDT Courses, and workshops related to pediatric practice in the US and internationally. She is in private practice in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area providing consultations and short-term intensive therapy. She also serves as Cerebral Palsy Consultant to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Orthopaedics, and is President of Partners For Progress, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing short-term intensive therapy.Read full bio
Dr. Patrick J. Rydell is the Founder and Director of Rocky Mountain Autism Center and the developer of Autism on Call, LLC., RMAC's Online ASD Training Program. With more than 35 years of practice in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), he has provided international and national training, workshops and program development to government agencies, medical facilities, universities, school districts, professionals and families.
His doctorate was earned through a National Institute of Health Leadership in Autism grant (1989) and he has a double master's degree in speech pathology and special education with a program emphasis in early childhood and autism spectrum disorders. He is also a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant recipient (2005).
Dr. Rydell is the author of the Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders® (Rydell, 2012) and co-author of the SCERTS® Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006). Dr. Rydell has also co-authored 5 book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed research articles on topics related to autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Rydell is currently providing LSP training to medical and intervention specialists internationally in China and South America.
Lisa A. Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor/Program Director for Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Edmonds received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin and her MA degree from The Ohio State University. Prior to her current position at Columbia, Dr. Edmonds was an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences Disorders at The University of Florida and a Research Health Scientist at the Brain Rehabilitation and Research Center of Excellence at the Malcom Randall VA in Gainesville, FL. She was funded with a VA Merit grant to conduct a clinical trial with Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST), a treatment she developed to improve sentence production and discourse in persons with aphasia.
At Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Edmonds directs the Aphasia Rehabilitation and Bilingualism Research Lab. Her lab aims to: 1) develop and test treatment approaches and outcome measures for aphasia, including bilingual aphasia, 2) understand mechanisms of improvement resulting from various treatment approaches, 3) evaluate outcomes of treatments delivered via teletherapy, 4) develop assessment measures and treatment protocols that incorporate typing and computer use, and 5) describe normal language and related impairments in aphasia via various methodologies, including eye tracking. Most of the treatments developed in the lab are multi-modality (include spoken and written production and comprehension) and aim to facilitate generalized improvement to the production of spoken and written output in sentences and discourse.
Dr. Edmonds’ primary research goal is to conduct clinical studies that can be translated for use by speech-language pathologists working in the field. She hopes that her courses provide information and tools helpful to practicing clinicians, and she welcomes follow-up questions via email.
Kimiko Domoto-Reilly completed her neurology residency and fellowship training at the joint Harvard program based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She then served as a clinical and research staff neurologist in the MGH Frontotemporal Dementia Unit. Dr. Domoto-Reilly joined the University of Washington in 2014, and sees patients at the Memory & Brain Wellness Clinic. She conducts research in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center as well as the Integrated Brain Imaging Center, with a focus on multimodal imaging in frontotemporal degeneration spectrum diseases.
Joseph Stemple is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty in the UK Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2005, following a 30-year clinical career as founder and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation, Dayton, OH, and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. He is the author of the texts Voice Therapy: Clinical Case Studies (4th ed.) and Clinical Voice Pathology: Theory and Management (5th ed.) (Plural Publishing, Inc.), as well as research articles and text chapters related to clinical voice disorders. His current research involves a translational study of various aspects of the aging voice including epidemiology, treatment outcomes, and the biology and morphology of aging laryngeal muscles. An active national and international speaker, he is a Fellow and Honors recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.Read full bio
Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN is a world-renowned pioneer in cancer and physical activity. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner with specialization in oncology and is a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She co-chaired the American College of Sports Medicine’s roundtable to develop exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and is a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board.
Schwartz is the author of four books and over a hundred scholarly articles on physical activity for cancer survivors. Anna’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Foundation, and industry. Anna has received numerous awards from national organizations, including the 2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society award for writing. She is the author of Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Her new book, Okie the Wonder Dog (Sunstone Press, 2016), blends her passion for physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle with her knack for telling stories from her animal’s perspective. Her website, annaschwartzphd.com, has links to articles, educational information and more.
Angela Hein Ciccia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Ciccia’s research focuses on factors that impact childrens’ ability to recovery/develop in the presence of a diagnosis of an acquired (i.e., new onset) and/or developmental neurogenic communication disorder. Dr. Ciccia is also interested in the use of novel service delivery models (including telemedicine) to enhance access to rehabilitation/support services for these children.
Clinical populations of interest include Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disability, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota. Jodi is a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She is currently working towards a PhD through the University of Newcastle, where she is researching healthcare utilization and patterns of care in patients with lower extremity injuries.
Jodi has been involved in entry-level physical therapy education for over seven years where her expertise is kinesiology, musculoskeletal, and manual therapy content. She currently works with both residency and fellowship programs as an academic faculty member. Jodi has presented at national conferences in the area of manual therapy and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Jodi maintains a clinical practice in outpatient orthopedics, with a special interest in the spine.
Dr. Wendy K. Anemaet, a physical therapist since 1989 in home health, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing, is an associate professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Wound Specialist, has a Geriatric Training Certificate, and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.
She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, therapeutic exercise, wound assessment and management, and competency testing for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C). Her research interests focus on exercise and older adults and clinical practice related especially to home care.
Dr. Buggey worked in the field of special education as a teacher and supervisor in the US and Canada prior to receiving his PhD in Early Intervention from Penn State University in 1993. He then spent 14 years as a professor at The University of Memphis. While in Memphis he was the primary investigator on numerous grants, most of which provided technical assistance to schools and families in the areas of inclusion, assistive technology, positive behavior supports, early intervention, and school reform. He also worked closely with the State Dept. of Education and the Division of Mental Retardation Services on numerous projects. In addition to the grants, he was also responsible for designing the curricula for the 5-course Home Manager Training Program now being offered in most Community Colleges in Tennessee – the first such program in the country. He also was instrumental in establishing the Access Center for Technology, the first ATA accredited assistive technology center located on a university campus. In 2007 he was appointed Siskin Chair of Excellence in Early Intervention at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he focused on his line of research in Video Self-Modeling (VSM). He has conducted research on this very promising technique (especially with children with autism) since 1993 and has published numerous research papers on the topic. In 2009 he published the first book on VSM Seeing is Believing. He is currently on the editorial board of Focus on Autism and serves on the advisory boards of Autism Behavior Services, Lookatmenow, and Invirtua. In December of 2014 he retired so that he could focus on the next steps in video modeling: providing a way to bring VSM and video-based instruction into mainstream use in the field of autism. He presently resides in Hixson, TN with his wife Ann.Read full bio
Julie Ries is a physical therapist and professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has a special interest in physical therapy with older adults, particularly those with cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer’s disease, and her recent research has been in the area of outcome measures and balance interventions in this population.Read full bio
Gail Deyle is a Professor with Baylor University Graduate School and the founder and senior faculty member of the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is an internationally recognized expert, frequent national guideline panel member, and experienced researcher on physical therapy treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. His earned professional degrees include a BSc from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a Master of Physical Therapy from Baylor University, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Creighton University, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is board certified in Orthopaedics and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Dr. Deyle has received outstanding researcher awards from the Texas Physical Therapy Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the Geriatric Specialty Section. He has twice received the Rose Research Award from the Orthopaedic Specialty Section. He is the recipient of the Hartgraves Award for Teaching Excellence from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and the Freddy Kaltenborn “Teach I must” and the Distinguished Lecturer Awards from the American Academy of Orthopadic Manual Physical Therapists. He has also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Army-Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Alumni Association. He continues to be actively involved with clinical practice and research, and teaching in numerous academic and clinical settings.
Dr. Steven Dischiavi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University (HPU), as well as the Director of Rehabilitation for the Department of Athletics at HPU. Dr. Dischiavi brings over 20 years of experience in sports medicine to MedBridge, including 10 years with a professional sports team. Dr. Dischiavi served as the team physical therapist and certified assistant athletic trainer for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League from 2004 to 2014, where he gained a specialized treatment approach for the hip and pelvis.
He holds a relatively rare combination of credentials as a licensed physical therapist and a certified athletic trainer giving him a unique appreciation of the athlete. He also holds a manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute. He is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS).
Dr. Dischiavi is a faculty member at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. He has developed his own course that he presents nationally titled Biomechanical Assessment & Treatment of the Hip & Pelvis.
Dr. Dischiavi is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Ulster in Ireland under the direction of Dr. Chris Bleakley. His current research focus is on optimizing therapeutic exercises for the hip to prevent lower extremity injuries and enhance physical performance.
Dr. Dischiavi attended Slippery Rock University, where he earned his bachelors degree in athletic training. He earned a Master of Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.
Michelle is an occupational therapist with nearly 30 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice at Access to Independence, Inc. for 10 years. Michelle’s work in assistive technology covers a broad range of roles and services. She evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses as well as provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, mounting, interfacing, and electronic aids to daily living.
Michelle is a well-respected lecturer both nationally and internationally and has presented over 500 workshops, courses, webinars, and recorded content. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). She develops educational content for Numotion, the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS), and MedGroup.
Michelle is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th Ed. (RESNA Press) and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. She is also former Editor of the Technology Special Interest Section (TSIS) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Michelle has authored 6 book chapters and over 200 articles. She is a reviewer for Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Journal and the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD). She is also a member of the RESNA Assistive Technology Journal Editorial Board. She is on the OccupationalTherapy.com advisory board.
Michelle is a past RESNA Secretary, Member at Large, member of the Board of Directors, Education Chair and the Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Special Interest Group Vice Chair. She is a past member of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board, is a member of the Clinician Task Force and a Friend of NRRTS. Michelle is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS). She is also a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).
Dr. Whitmire is President of SDG Enterprise, an education consulting firm. She previously served as Director of Educational Programs and Director of the RTI Action Network for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, responsible for school reform initiatives with a global reach to millions of students and educators. In addition, she served as Director of School Services in Speech-Language Pathology for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), leading programs for over 50,000 speech-language pathologists working in the schools. Prior to that, she held positions as a clinic supervisor and lecturer at Syracuse University and as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Disorders Department at The College of Saint Rose. She began her career as a school-based clinician in California and New York, where she worked for fourteen years.
A nationally-certified speech-language pathologist, Dr. Whitmire is a board-certified specialist in child language and language disorders and is an ASHA Fellow. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed and invited journal articles and chapters, has served as guest editor for three professional journals, and sits on the editorial boards of Topics in Language Disorders and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group and Chair of the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders. She has presented extensively at the international, national, and state levels on issues related to academic and social implications of disabilities in school-age children and adolescents, with particular interest in learning disabilities, stuttering, and deafness. She has also served in a variety of capacities for regional and state professional associations and boards, for which she has received two Distinguished Service Awards and a Special Citation. Dr. Whitmire received her MA, MS, and PhD from the University of Rochester.
Cynthia K. Thompson's research focuses on normal and disordered language and how language recovers in persons with brain damage. This work makes use of mutually supportive language representation (linguistic) and processing accounts of normal language to predict breakdown and recovery patterns. These patterns provide blueprints for clinical protocols and, in turn, address the utility of this translational approach for studying language disorders. The processing mechanisms that support recovery also are studied by tracking eye movements in sentence processing and production, and the neural correlates of recovery are examined using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Read full bio
Dr. Cheryl Sparks is the Director of the Rehabilitation Center of Expertise for the OSF HealthCare System. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and is board certified by the ABPTS as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. She maintains professional membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Illinois Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, sections on Orthopedics and Research. Prior to joining OSF HealthCare, Dr. Sparks served as the co-Director of the Bradley University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency program.Read full bio
Haideh graduated with a double major in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. Upon completion of her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1993, she accepted a position at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. She worked there for the next 11 years specializing in orthopedic and sports related injuries. Haideh is also a 2002 graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). In 2005, she received her certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Haideh currently serves as the Vice President for the AAOMPT. She recently relocated to Reno, NV after working for the past 10 years as the manager of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Department of Physical Therapy. She enjoys snowboarding with her husband, hiking, crossfit, and yoga and is looking forward to living life near the Sierras.Read full bio
Dr. Harrison is an Associate Professor and Director of Professional Studies of Physical Therapy in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on aging, balance, and postural stability and interdisciplinary aspects of functional health in older adults. She also focuses on educational strategies and outcomes in geriatrics and multimedia adjuncts in teaching. Her clinical work includes extensive clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics. She currently works on an interdisciplinary team managing patients with orofacial pain at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.Read full bio
Dr. Dan Rhon is a clinician, active researcher, and assistant professor at Baylor University in Texas. He received an MPT and DSc through Baylor University, and then a DPT through Temple University. He attended a manual therapy clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and an orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS). He completed a postdoc research fellowship through the University of Utah and has a strong research interest in the effectiveness of clinical care pathways for musculoskeletal disease, both at primary and specialty care levels, and the intersection of these two. He is a past recipient of the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA and the COL Mary Lipscomb Hamerick Lifetime Research Award.Read full bio
Dr. Ashlea Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She is also a practicing neonatal occupational therapist, having over 16 years’ experience in a Level III NICU at Mercy Children's Hospital, Springfield, MO. Dr. Cardin is Board Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), was awarded the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and is a licensed NOMAS® infant feeding professional.
Dr. Cardin holds a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN; a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Missouri State University.
During her career, Dr. Cardin has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented internationally, nationally, and regionally on a multitude of neonatal topics, including infant and parent occupational performance in the NICU, developmentally supportive caregiving, infant feeding, parenting and family participation, evidence-based NICU practice, sensory, motor, and neurobehavioral development, the role of family advisory boards in care, and cultural competence in the NICU.
Dr. Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University and is Associate Project Director of the Spaulding/Harvard TBI Model System at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi’s research work focuses on acquired brain injury across the lifespan, with a particular focus on memory impairment. She has been a practicing clinician for over twenty years, evaluating and treating individuals in a variety of educational and medical settings.
Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi has authored/co-authored numerous publications, many related to traumatic brain injury. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi presents frequently on the ‘state of the art’ and the ‘state of the science’ of acquired brain injury. Her other clinical and research interests include using neuromodulation to improve cognitive-communicative function and optimizing care for family caregivers of acquired brain injury survivors. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi serves as Chair of the Academy of Neurologic Sciences and Disorders TBI Research Writing Committee.
Susan Spitzer is a licensed occupational therapist, author, and lecturer with expertise in sensory integration, play, and autism spectrum disorders. She has operated her own private practice clinic in Pasadena, CA for 12 years. Her highly creative and individualized approach continues to energize her practice after 20 years of experience. Previously, she directed a hospital program and worked in early intervention programs and public and private schools. She is certified in sensory integration and the Interactive Metronome®. Dr. Spitzer has taught occupational therapy courses at the University of Southern California. She is a highly respected presenter for audiences within and outside of occupational therapy. Her work radiates her passion about the benefits of occupational therapy as well as the capacity for development and potentiality in all children with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Spitzer received her B.A. in psychology from Claremont McKenna College, where she conducted research on video modeling for play with children with autism and assisted in behavioral interventions. She received both her M.A. in occupational therapy and her Ph.D. in occupational science from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focused on understanding individual meaning in activities for children with autism. This research and training provided the foundation for her focus on using personal occupational meaning as the cornerstone for effective intervention.
Dr. Spitzer’s professional endeavors have been driven by her desire to make research more accessible and relevant to practice. Currently, she is co-editing the 4th edition of the text, Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach (published by the American Occupational Therapy Association). She co-authored the text book Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right, as well as chapters in other books. She has written several articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy as well as published in the Journal of Occupational Science and the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an internationally renowned clinician and teacher. She is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
She is Clinical Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Dr. Arvedson received her BS, MS, and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an ASHA Fellow.
Dr. Arvedson has focused patient care, teaching, and research on swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children, delivering evidence-based knowledge and immediately applicable strategies via workshops and seminars throughout the world. She emphasizes a functional “whole” child approach stressing the importance of collaboration among professionals and caregivers.
She has 3 books in publication: Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children: A study guide to improve diagnostic skills and treatment planning, 2007, Northern Speech Services; Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 2nd edition, 2002, with L. Brodsky, MD, Delmar Cengage Learning; Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Profesional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines, 1999 (with M. Lefton-Greif, PhD), Pearson Publishing. Two self-study courses for continuing education by Dr. Arvedson (Clinical Decision Making and Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Problems) are available through ASHA. Dr. Arvedson has numerous articles focused on pediatric swallowing and feeding in peer reviewed journals.
John McCarthy is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University. He teaches courses on AAC, interprofessional education, preprofessional orientation, language development, and introduction to communication disorders. His research interests include developing better computer user interfaces and expanding the creative possibilities for children and young adults with complex communication needs. Experiences as a school-based SLP, a background in voice performance, and an interest in technology have been major influences in his career. Currently he is part of Ohio's Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative (HCA) to improve interprofessional education outcomes with a focus on technology tools.Read full bio
Dr. Lusardi’s interest in balance and falls in later life has its roots in her early years as a physical therapist on the neurological service at Hartford Hospital, when she noticed that many of her patients with stroke and amputation limited their physical activity because of concern about falling. Seeing the functional consequence of inactivity in the older adults who completed rehabilitation, Dr. Lusardi returned to graduate school to prepare for an academic and research career that has focused on geriatrics and functional mobility.
Dr. Lusardi served on the physical therapy faculty at the University of Connecticut from 1981 through 1996, responsible for the neurological curriculum thread, as well as content on prosthetics and orthotics. She moved to the problem based learning Master’s program as a founding faculty member in 1997, coordinative the 2nd semester with its emphasis on neurological rehabilitation across the lifespan. During her time at Sacred Heart, her research produced gender and age-based "norms" for many functional tests and measures used in rehabilitation. Although now a retired Professor Emeritus, Dr. Lusardi has continued to write and teach about physical therapy care for older adults.
Dr. Lusardi has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, as well as a textbook "Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation", now in its 3rd edition. She has presented her research at both APTA CMS and NEXT conferences, as well as the Gerontological Society of America Annual Meetings. Her continuing Education courses on neuroanatomy and functional assessment have been well received in more than 15 different states.
Dr. Lusardi has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, as Editor of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and as chair of the "GeriEDGE" task force on functional assessment. She has made numerous presentations at APTA Combined Sections and NEXT Meetings, as well as at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. Lusardi’s contributions to the profession and excellence as an educator have been recognized by the Joan Mills Award and Outstanding Educator Awards from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and by the Baethke-Carlin Award and Lucy Blair Award from the American Physical Association. In 2016, she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Lusardi is excited to join the MedBridge team with her colleague Mariana Wingood as part of the GCS preparatory efforts, contributing a three course series on Balance and Falls in Later Life.
Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA is a physical therapist at University of Vermont-Acute Inpatient Department, in Vermont. She is a highly enthusiastic member of the Academy of Geriatrics who is involved in numerous projects including the CPG research group, GeriEDGE Fall Risk Assessment workgroup, Chair of the Balance and Falls SIG, Vermont State Advocate, and Program Committee.
Dr. Wingood’s focus is on fall prevention and exercise prescription for older adults. Her professional goal is improving the profession by increasing the knowledge base of evidence based practice. This is why she has taught at University of Vermont and presented at numerous state and national conferences.
Maureen Lefton-Greif, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an ASHA fellow.
Dr. Lefton-Greif is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in linking clinical practice with research. Her work is credited with identifying dysphagia in children who were not previously recognized as having swallowing impairments and thereby with improving their care and survival. Dr. Lefton-Greif developed the first outcome measure to assess the impact of children’s feeding/swallowing problems on their caregivers and is considered a national expert in this area.
Dr. Lefton-Greif has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles, including original research, and 7 book chapters. Her research focuses on standardization of fluoroscopic images from bottle-fed children with dysphagia and respiratory-swallow coordination in progressive diseases with pediatric origins. She co-authored with Dr. Arvedson Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines, 1999.
She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Dysphagia and Editorial Review Board of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT established her pediatric private practice in 1981 after serving the pediatric population since 1977. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professionals, East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Education in exercise physiology and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a PhD in Pediatric Science. Her doctoral research was potential risk factors related to the diagnosis of torticollis. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, specializing in treating children; birth thru young adults. Cindy completed the eight week Pediatric NeuroDevelopmental training course and the Advanced Infant course. Presently, she serves as Chair and Meeting Planner of the Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference (SoPAC), SOP IV Step Committee and is on the NDTA board of directors. She served as SOP Treasurer 2008 through 2013 and Treasurer elect 2007-2008. Dr. Miles presents nationally on pediatric private practice and reimbursement as well as nationally and internationally on Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, and Fitness for All Abilities. She has published in peer review journals and books on topics related to pediatric physical therapy.
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Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced in pediatrics for over 25 years in rural and inner city schools, outpatient clinics specializing in OT using sensory integrative intervention, early intervention settings, inpatient settings, and privately in children’s homes. She currently is an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching the pediatric content of the occupational therapy program and courses in research. Mrs. Kuhaneck is an editor or co-editor of three editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association, a co-author of Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right and a co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure and the Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool. She has written a variety of chapters, articles, and CE on CD on intervention with children with autism, promoting family resilience and coping in mothers of children with ASD.Read full bio
Mike Szekeres, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), CHT, is in private practice at Hand Therapy Canada in London, Ontario, Canada. He is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Hand Therapy. He is currently a sessional faculty member at Western University and has recently completed his PhD in the field of Physical Therapy within the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Mr. Szekeres has served on the Board of Directors for the ASHT. Current professional interests and research include the use of technology for rehabilitation and optimizing the composition and delivery of therapy interventions after wrist fracture.Read full bio
Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida where she taught courses in autism, pediatric language, augmentative and alternative communication and was the team leader in the language/phonology clinic. She was also a member of the USF Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention Team which offers guidance to Florida Public School Systems regarding children with complex needs. She is the founder of the USF Friends’ Group at USF which provides social communication intervention along with parent training to children with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Diehl has supported children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over thirty years and has a long history of clinical experience including public school settings, university settings, and clinical settings. She has been recognized by the Early Childhood Council and received Florida Speech and Hearing Association Clinical Career Award. She frequently consults for school systems and conducts workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters along with continuous education courses for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her research and publication interests focus on consistent frameworks to support children with ASD in classroom settings.
Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She serves as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she has taught, mentored, and supervised undergraduate students in the classroom, research lab, and clinic for 18 years. Dr. Jakielski has over 30 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with severe speech sound disorder (SSD), including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Her research focuses on genetic bases, differential diagnosis, and intervention efficacy of children with SSD-CAS. She enjoys the challenge of thinking phonetically about severe SSD, and recently published a phonetics-based intervention for children with CAS and is co-authoring a textbook on phonetic science for clinical use. After dreaming most nights about phonetic symbols, teaching the next generation of speech-language pathologists and thinking about CAS is what gets her out of bed in the morning.Read full bio
Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and founding therapist at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Good Shepherd/Penn Partners) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA – part of the University of Penn Health System. Heather received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and her Master’s in Gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She has been a physical therapist since 1994, with the majority of those years dedicated to working with patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Atypical Parkinsonisms.
Heather is a LSVT® BIG certified clinician, LSVT® BIG Faculty Instructor for LSVT Global, Inc., and a PWR! clinician. She also is a graduate of the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) Allied Team Training Program and Rock Steady Boxing program for PD. Heather has authored book chapters on rehabilitative strategies for PD, and Frontotemporal Degeneration. She also is the author of two educational manuals on fitness and ADLs for the NPF. Heather has also lectured for various state Physical Therapy Associations, the Parkinson Disease Foundation, national continuing education companies, and Philadelphia-area conferences and support groups. Her research includes movement strategies for bed mobility, falls, freezing of gait, and functional movement disorders. She teaches about rehabilitation and PD at Thomas Jefferson University’s (Philadelphia, PA) and Neumann University’s (Aston, PA) departments of PT.
Heather is a former Board member of CurePSP® and founding team member of the COPE program (Comprehensive Outpatient Atypical Parkinsonism Evaluation) at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center.
Mary J. Sandage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University. She earned her M.S. degree in speech language pathology from The University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Auburn University. She has been a clinician for over 24 years, specializing in the assessment and treatment of upper airway and voice disorders, with a particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of chronic cough and paradoxical vocal fold motion. During her doctoral program in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University she was fortunate to have access to the Auburn University swim team and learn about their training practices and breathing techniques. This experience, combined with her experience treating other athletes with paradoxical vocal fold motion expanded her clinical approach in a meaningful, functional direction.
Dr. Sandage, a singing teacher for over 20 years and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), was integral in developing the professional voice care clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Otolaryngology during her 10 years there as clinical faculty.
Her current research interests include muscle bioenergetics and voice training considerations, upper airway thermoregulation, and hormonal influences on voice production. She has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for over 17 years and uses its principles regularly in clinical care for individuals with voice and upper airway disorders.
Sue Eastgard is a nationally recognized expert in the field of suicide prevention. She has worked on mental health issues for 30+ years as a clinician, manager and director of crisis services and suicide prevention efforts. She is currently working as the Director of Training for Forefront, a suicide prevention education and research program based at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Sue is also the Chair of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Ms. Eastgard founded the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State in 1999 and served as its director until June 2011. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director for the Seattle-King County Crisis Clinic for 3½ years. She was the President of the American Association of Suicidology in 2002. Sue holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington. She is a Master Trainer of ASIST and SafeTALK, suicide first aid training programs.Read full bio
Ken Bleile is a university professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his advanced degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa before completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Bleile is the recipient of the State of Iowa’s Regent’s Scholar Award and UNI’s Fine Arts Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Bleile is an ASHA Fellow and served twice as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He is the former Chair of ASHA’s International Issues Board, and is a recipient of the association’s Multicultural Board’s Diversity Champion Award. Dr. Bleile publishes widely on speech development, international issues, and communication disorders in children with medical needs and developmental disabilities.
Shari Robertson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech Language Pathology and Dean’s Associate for Graduate Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robertson spent 18 years as a school-based SLP and special education administrator prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently served on the ASHA Board of Directors as Vice President of Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology and owns several companies, including a publishing and a consulting business. Shari has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented several hundred workshops at state, national, and international venues related to language and literacy. She is known for entertaining her audiences while delivering practical, evidence-based information that can be immediately used in clinical practice.
Dr. Watling has been a pediatric occupational therapist in Washington State since 1992. She has worked in clinic, school, and private practice settings and has lectured extensively at state, regional, and national conferences and published extensively on the topics of sensory processing, sensory-based occupational therapy intervention, and issues related to services for children with autism. She is the lead author of the AOTA Practice Guideline for Children and Adolescents with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration and the co-editor for Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach. Dr. Watling received her BS and MS in occupational therapy from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and her PhD from the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between sensory processing and behavior, especially among children with autism spectrum disorders. She has served on various committees for the American Occupational Therapy Association, including holding the positions of Chairperson and Education/Research liaison for the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section and participating in the Autism Workgroup. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been on select advisory panels for the organization. She is past Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Washington – Seattle and is now Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound where she teaches in the entry-level Master’s program and post-professional doctoral program.
Jeffrey C. Sung, M.D. is an acting instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since 2002, his clinical responsibilities have included direct service and consultation in the care of individuals facing homelessness, medical illness, substance use and psychiatric conditions. He has taught psychotherapy, suicide risk assessment and managing response to patient suicide to mental health practitioners, physicians and chiropractors. In addition to working with the university, Dr. Sung also maintains a private practice. In 2015, he received the Sue Eastgard Training Excellence Award for his work with training mental health practitioners in suicide care.
Michelle Suarez is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy department at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Eastern Michigan University and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Science from Western Michigan University. In her role as professor, she teaches the pediatric content to Master level OT students, co-coordinates the clinic where students complete their level I placements, is a member of an autism diagnostic evaluation team, and conducts research in pediatric practice.
Michelle has published peer reviewed research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, International Journal of School Health, Autism and Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. In addition, she has written several book chapters for the Conditions in Occupational Performance text book. Michelle’s research areas include Food Selectivity, Sensory Processing Disorders, measuring physiological responses to everyday occupation, and the impact of abuse, neglect and prenatal substance abuse on children and relationships. She regularly presents at professional conferences and for community organizations. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.
Timothy F Tyler MS, PT, ATC has been working in sports medicine for the last 25 years. In 1989 he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University and started working as an athletic trainer. After receiving a Masters in physical therapy from Long Island University he started as a staff physical therapist at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Clinical Research Associate where he remains on staff as a consultant. In 2001 he started a private practice in Scarsdale, NY named PRO Sports Physical Therapy of Westchester. In addition, he works as the head athletic trainer at Scarsdale High School. He is a member of the APTA, AOSSM, NATA, ICCUS, and ASSET, and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and The North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has published over 50 articles in peer review sports medicine journals along with writing 30 book chapters. In 2010 he was the first to be president of the Sports Physical Therapy Section and the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists in the same year.
Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a physical therapist for 20 years and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist since 2011. He completed his undergraduate and graduate physical therapy training at Boston University in 1994 (BS) and 1996 (MSPT) respectively. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Besides the education of the next generation of physical therapists, Chris’s expertise is the management of patients with low back pain and implementation of innovative models of care that provide the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science with a focus on the use of PT’s as “First Contact Practitioners” for patients seeking care for musculoskeletal disorders. Of particular interest is the use of physical therapists in the emergency department and urgent care settings.
Chris has spoken at national and international conferences about the treatment of low back pain and the impact it has on the US Public Health system. He’s consulted with tech companies, done webinars for Intel and assisted in the integration of the Treatment Based Classification for wellness apps. Chris is one of the current thought leaders seeking to change the paradigm from which clinicians treat low back pain.
Chris claims native status in New Hampshire but has lived in Pittsburgh for 18 years. His wife and children tolerate his late night hockey, poor guitar playing, and constant outdoor activity.
Patricia Prelock, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders and has been awarded more than 11 million dollars in university, state and federal funding as a PI or Co-PI to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training supporting children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in autism spectrum disorders. She has over 155 publications and 500 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities.
Dr. Prelock received the 1998 Friends Award through the Vermont Parent Information Center and the first annual Autism Society of Vermont Excellence in Service Award in 2000. She also received the University of Vermont’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Prelock was named an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and a University of Vermont Scholar in 2003. She was awarded the Puppets Choice Award through Kids on the Block of Vermont in 2010 for her work in autism. In 2011 she was named the Cecil & Ida Green Honors Professor Visiting Scholar at Texas Christian University and in 2014, she and her colleagues received the Editor’s Award for the best paper in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2015 Dr. Prelock was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh. In 2016, she was awarded the Honors of Association, the highest honor given by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She and her colleagues were recognized for a meritorious poster submission for the 2016 ASHA Convention.
Dr. Prelock earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, and a Hanen certified SLP for It takes Two to Talk, More Than Words and Talkability. She was the President Elect (2012), President (2013) and Past President (2014) for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a member organization of more than 180,000 speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Currently, she serves as the Chair for the ASHA Committee on Leadership Cultivation and is a member of the ASHA Foundation Board.
Tiffany L. Hutchins is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience in experimental psychology and communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Florida in 2002. Dr. Hutchins’ research focuses on social cognition in typical and atypical development and she has over 50 peer-reviewed and editor-reviewed journal publications, test reviews, and book chapters related to this topic. More specifically, Dr. Hutchins’ primary research foci examine 1) the links from maternal interaction styles to children’s social, cognitive, and linguistic development, 2) the efficacy of story-based interventions to remediate the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder, 3) the development and validation of measures of ‘theory of mind’ and, 4) visual attention to social stimuli in children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Hutchins is internationally recognized for her work on the measurement of ‘theory of mind’ and her tools have been validated by independent researchers and translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Dr. Hutchins has delivered over 100 presentations at national and international conferences and venues. She was also recently honored with the Research Award from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont.
Steve Anderson is the CEO of Therapeutic Associates, a physical therapy company that consists of 83 outpatient clinics in Washington, Oregon and Idaho and a major hospital contract in Southern California. The company was formed in 1952 and Steve is only the 3rd CEO and has held this position for 19 years. As a physical therapist, Steve started his career in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. In 1983 he opened the first Therapeutic Associates clinic in the state of Washington in West Seattle. As an owner/director of West Seattle Physical Therapy for 16 years, Steve was elected by his peers to become the CEO of Therapeutic Associates in 1998. He is also active nationally in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is a Board of Trustee for The Foundation for Physical Therapy and was the President of The Private Practice Section of APTA from 2002-2008. In 2010, he was awarded the most prestigious award the Section bestows upon physical therapists, the Robert G. Dicus Service Award. Steve received the APTA Leadership Advocacy Award in 2006 for his efforts in Washington D.C. and Washington State in the legislative arena. In 2012 Steve received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Northwestern University Physical Therapy School. In 2016 Steve was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by PTWA, APTA’s Washington State Chapter.
Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1979. He went on to attend physical therapy school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has been a physical therapist for 37 years and has worked for Therapeutic Associates his entire career. He is also an owner in the business along with multiple physical therapist partners. He resides in Kirkland, Washington with his wife Sharon.
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