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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, FAPTA, 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 19 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. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cook has published over 250 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. Dr. Cook was the Pauline Cerasoli Lecturer in 2017. In addition, Dr. Cook is also the 2011 winner and was the 2012 and 2013 co-winner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.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, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at Rocky Mountain University, the University of Montana, Rehab Essnetials, and MedBridge Inc. 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, Texas. 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 received 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 Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Before starting his own practice, he 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 more than 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).
Dr. Mowder-Tinney has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). She received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults certification 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 aging adults and patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, and Parkinson's Disease.
Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS, is the Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. His clinical practice focused on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy (1996).
Jeff Walter attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation"" and has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2009) from the University of Scranton. 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. He 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.
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.
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.
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, Las Vegas Physical Therapy & Sports, in Las Vegas, NV.
Jackie has been a physical therapist for more than 36 years and is a true icon in the field. She has presented at many colleges, universities, and national conferences. She received her master's 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, Massachusetts.
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 Associate Professor of Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina. She serves on NATA’s Pronouncement’s and Research Committees. She was a task force member and author of the Pre-Season Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics and a co-author of the recent NATA Position Statement update on Exertional Heat Illnesses. She also serves as an expert for the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical Board. She has 15 years of experience conducting research, over 40 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 10 years teaching both undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training courses such as Preventing 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 earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC). 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. 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 Gray 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 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 to 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. He 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, which 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 Associate Professor and Department Chair of PT at Lebanon Valley College, national lecturer, published researcher, and winner of numerous PT awards.
Dr. Fink teaches differential diagnosis, manual therapy (including high velocity low amplitude thrust grade V mobilizations), human anatomy, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging. 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 Nevada, Las Vegas. 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 an Emeritus Professor 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 his 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. Dr. Groher is an ASHA Fellow and Honors recipient as well as 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. She has also 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 the Program Director for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cinicinnati, where he also serves as an occupational therapy professor. Dr. Wheeler has published and presented both nationally and internationally on community re-entry 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 therapists 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 (retired), CSCS (retired), cert MDT, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of orthopaedics. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopaedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. O’Halloran is the sole owner of O’Halloran Rehabilitation, a division of O’Halloran Consulting, LLC.
John is credentialed with the McKenzie Institute in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine and has extensive post-graduate training in manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities. He is a certified SCTM-1 Practitioner and has certificates in SMT-1, SMT-2, and SMT-3 with the American Spinal Manipulative Institute. Dr. O’Halloran is also a certified functional capacity evaluator in the Blankenship Method. He has presented over 1300 times both locally and internationally on various orthopaedic and geriatric orthopaedic topics. In 2014, John was the recipient of Clinician of the Year and Excellence in Clinical Practice Award by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association. Recently, Dr. O’Halloran’s investigational work on the earlier facilitation of gait in the total knee arthroplasty patient has been cited in peer-reviewed journal publication
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 26 years experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Additionally, she 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 Science.
Ms. Persaud’s passion for travel has lead her to teach & treat overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Arab Emirates & Mexico, & she will go to Ukraine & Palestine in December 2017, & Poland in April 2018.
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 Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. 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 18 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level and post-professional curriculums to occupational and physical therapists. Dr. Ciro is currently researching 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. She has presented at international and national conferences and has also written a total of 25 peer-reviewed publications on topics such as activities of daily living, dementia, and interprofessional education.
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, 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 Therapists(AAPC 2006) won the 2007 Media in Excellence video award from the 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 Parent’s 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, the 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, OCS, SCS, ATC graduated from the University of Tennessee Memphis with a BS Degree in Physical Therapy in 1972. He completed his Master’s Degree at East Tennessee State University in 1979 and his Doctor of Health Sciences at the University of St. Augustine in 1999, making him one of the first to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the US. Dr. Smith's area of study was the pre-hospital care of injured athletes by physical therapists. He also completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician and was actively involved with the Burke County (NC) Rescue Squad for a number of years.
Due to his involvement in the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA, Dr. Smith was presented with the Turner A. Blackburn Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Ron Peyton Award, which is the highest award presented by the SPTS.
In 1996, Dr. Smith became an instructor with the American Red Cross in Emergency Response and became an Emergency Response Instructor Trainer. His goal was to educate physical therapists in emergency care on the field, in the community, and in the classroom. Since 1996, Dr. Smith has completed over 200 Emergency Response and Emergency Medical Response classes and continues to conduct classes today. If you are interested in attending or hosting a class in your facility, please contact Dr. Smith.
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.
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 at the 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, four 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 seven 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 and 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 two 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 is a faculty member with the University of Delaware’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She holds an MA. in counseling and a PhD in speech and hearing sciences. Her research explores the impact of chronic stress and other psychosocial factors on post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation. Rebecca trains clinicians in counseling skills and interpersonal communication and facilitates stroke family/caregiver support groups. She enjoys tennis, swimming, movies, and chasing her two children in her free time.
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 from providing care in any other setting, which is 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.
Diana '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 and standardized tests and measures in the fields 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 as the president of the Home Health Section of the APTA and has been an active member in good standing since 1986. Dee also 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 BS in Physical Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, and her MA 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 more than 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 third edition of the home handbook, the Home Health Student Program Roadmap & Toolkit, and The Home Health Section Toolbox of Standardized Tests & Measures. He is a member of the editorial boards of the GeriNotes publication and of the 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 HHS newsletter, The Quarterly Report.
Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT, is the owner and Director of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida. She is an associate 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 graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy from the Ohio State University and received her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her DPT is from Temple University. She has been certified as a geriatric specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists since 1994. She completed the Certification for Exercise Experts in Aging Adults in 2010 and holds academic rank as Assistant Professor in the Mayo College of Medicine. Dr. Brewer currently practices at Mayo Clinic as the Therapy Clinical Education Specialist and Director of the PT Geriatric Residency Program. She provides patient care in the outpatient setting. She was recently awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the year 2015.
Dr. Brewer is a dedicated clinician and educator with 40 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. She actively participates in professional initiatives which affect practice, awareness, advocacy and service delivery of care to patients and clients. Her areas of clinical expertise include osteoporosis, fall prevention, health promotion, functional assessment, and chronic disease management/wellness in older adults.
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
Deborah A Schwartz is a hand therapist with over 34 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She has worked at Orfit Industries America for the past ten and a half 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 at both 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 orthotic fabrication 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 textbook of orthotic fabrication.
Jennifer Fortuna, MS, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children with learning differences and special needs. 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 L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS, is a Professor in Physical Therapy in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine at 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 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, including the inaugural Director of Education, and has been honored with the Service to the Section Award and the APTA Lucy Blair Service 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. She is currently leading a group writing a clinical practice guideline for physical therapy management of concussion, and is involved in intervention studies that address treatment for sports and military concussion. Funding support for her research has come from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Football League, 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 Washington Department of Health, to disseminate a fall prevention program called “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 Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and the University of Texas at El Paso. 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. 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 TalusMedia.org and PTThinkTank.com. 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, Oprah.com, Good Morning America, and TIME magazine.
David Piskulic, PT, 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 more than 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 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 and collaborates on their multidisciplinary treatment approach, which works 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 a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. 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 nearly 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 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; Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to developing useful resources for helping speech-language pathologists help people who stutter. Visit Stuttering Therapy Resources
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 and frequently conducts workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their ability to work with individuals who stutter. Click here for more information about Dr. Yaruss’s workshops.
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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 in Minneapolis, MN, 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 eight NIH grants and five 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 eight 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 and served 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 four "Outstanding Poster" Awards in the past two years alone at the annual international meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and four capstone awards, won by his mentees in engineering over the past four consecutive years. In 2008 Dr. Page was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.
Heather is an occupational therapist and PhD candidate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State University. Currently working in the B.R.A.I.N. lab as a graduate research associate, she is primarily interested in 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 noninvasive 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 20 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 the University of Puget Sound, where she teaches courses on occupational performance adaptations and 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 degree from Creighton University in 2004. He has been a practicing occupational therapist since 1995, has held the designation of Certified Hand Therapist since 2001, and has been board certified in Physical Rehabilitation 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 six 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 received his PhD 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 a Hand Therapy Fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Woman's University in 1999, in Houston TX and was certified as a hand therapist that same year by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She received her Advanced Master's degree with hand therapy emphasis in 2003 from Texas Woman's University. 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 full time clinician for Yale New Haven Health System-L&M Hospital on the eastern coast of Connecticut, and lectures 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.
Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA is a professor at Grand Valley State University’s Occupational Science and Therapy Department and is the Coordinator of the OT Weekend/Hybrid Program. She also works at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, both of which are in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jeanine is a frequent guest lecturer and has spoken in 13 states and five countries. She has authored and coauthored nine book chapters and eight journal articles, many dealing with arthritis, orthotics, and the use of simulation in OT programs.Read full bio
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.
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.
Is the co-owner and co-founder (1988) of Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University (1974), Certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University (1976), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (1979) and a Master of Applied Science in Health Sciences from Curtin University of Technology (1981), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2007).
Dr. Farrell recently retired as a Senior Clinical Fellowship Faculty member of the Kaiser Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, where he has taught and mentored within the Fellowship program since 1984. For nearly two decades he taught and directed a Year Long Manual Therapy Program at Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Inc.
Dr. Farrell was a founding fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the AAOMPT’s first President. He helped establish the first description of specialty practice and standards for manual therapy education in the USA, and was instrumental in establishing the AAOMPT as the representative body for the USA as a full member country in the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists. His expertise and experience in communication, mentorship, clinical reasoning, orthopaedic manual physical therapy and political advocacy is significant, and was highlighted in 2015, when he earned the Catherine Worthingham Fellow status, the highest member honor bestowed by the APTA, and delivered the 2015 AAOMPT Distinguished Lecture. In 2018, his career accomplishments were also recognized by Northwestern Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science as the Distinguished Alumnus of the year.
Dr. Farrell has authored seventeen publications in peer reviewed journals and books pertaining to the treatment of the spine. For over three decades, Joe has been active locally, nationally and internationally in presenting hundreds of lectures/seminars on topics that include evaluation and treatment of spinal and extremity problems. Joe's past work experiences include acute Orthopaedics, neurological care and sports rehabilitation. He has specialized in spinal rehabilitation for the past 35 years. His current research interests relate to clinical reasoning and employer perception of residency and fellowship graduates.
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 15 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 a Professor 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.
Dr. Laura DeThorne is an associated professor of Speech & Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Her work over the last 20 years has focused on understanding individual and group differences in language development and the potential implications for education and intervention practices. With the intent of bridging biomedical and social models of disability, Dr. DeThorne's clinical research has centered on children diagnosed with autism, developmental apraxia of speech, and users of augmentative and alternative technology (AAC). She also collaborates with Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton to raise awareness regarding how race and culture intersect with our understanding of disability. Dr. DeThorne has presented her work internationally, published over 40 papers, and been funded by multiple agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.Read full bio
Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton is an assistant professor of Communication Disorders at Auburn University and an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. She spent 10 years working in New York city schools as a speech-language pathologist where her students were primarily African American and Latino/a. From the beginning of her career in communication sciences and disorders, she has always been interested in understanding the influence of language and culture on communication. This includes areas of diagnosed language disorders, language processing differences, and language variations. Specifically, Dr. Hamilton’s research centers on the classroom experiences of African-American English-speaking children and other speakers of non-mainstream dialects. She is curious about the paralinguistics of dialect, teacher-student communication interactions, and the role of dialect in acquiring Mainstream American English literacy. She also collaborates with Dr. Laura DeThorne to raise awareness regarding how race and culture intersect with our understanding of disability. Dr. Hamilton has presented her work internationally, consulted with teachers and speech-language pathologists, and maintains a website www.honeybeeconnection.com dedicated to increasing the understanding of cultural-linguistic diversity.Read full bio
Heather 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 and 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 the 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-Hearing Association. Her research and publication interests focus on consistent frameworks to support children with ASD in classroom settings.
Dottie Handley-More, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience in the school-based practice. She has published and presented on a variety of topics including leadership, best practices, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, occupational therapy decision-making, pediatric assessment, and consultation and collaboration. Ms. Handley-More edits the "Collaboration and Connections" column for the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention and is Co-Chair of Occupational Therapists in Schools for the Washington Occupational Therapy Association. She was chair of AOTA’s Early Intervention and Schools Special Interest Section, where she also served as liaison to the Commission on Practice.Read full bio
Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor and Speech-Language Pathology Director in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. She is part of the interdisciplinary voice care team at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center, specializing in evaluation and treatment of all aspects of voice, with expertise in the professional speaking and singing voice. Sarah is an active contributor to voice texts and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on vocal health and rehabilitation. She studied voice and has performed in multiple settings, including musical theater, choral, and as a soloist.Read full bio
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; has lectured extensively at state, regional, and national conferences; and has 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 a past Clinical Assistant Professor at the 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.
Dr. Michael Borich is an assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine. He has a secondary appointment in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint Emory/Georgia Tech department, and also in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. Dr. Borich is keenly interested in understanding and harnessing the plastic capacity of the human nervous system in health and disease in an effort to improve rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with neurologic injury and disease.
He received both his bachelor’s degree in physiology and his doctor of physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. After finishing his PhD training in rehabilitation science and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Borich completed a postdoctoral research training using neurostimulation and neuroimaging techniques to elucidate biomarkers of recovery after stroke and mild traumatic brain injury at the University of British Columbia. He joined the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory in 2014. His previous clinical experience centers on rehabilitation from acute neurologic insult and major multiple trauma.
Dr. Borich currently directs the Neural Plasticity Research Lab at Emory, a trans-disciplinary research and training environment generously supported by multiple funding agencies. His research team utilizes multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques to characterize and modulate the structural and functional neuroplastic correlates of learning and recovery of function following neurologic insult.
Nadine Martin, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Director of the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University. She received her B.A. from Hofstra University in 1974 and her M.Ed. degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Northeastern University in 1975. She began working with Dr. Eleanor M. Saffran at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Neurology at Temple University in 1982 and completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Temple University in 1987. She became an Assistant Professor of Neurology (Research) in 1991 and then Associate Professor of Neurology (Research) at Temple University School of Medicine in 1997 until she was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. In 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from the Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. This award acknowledged her 20-year research collaboration with Dr. Matti Laine of Åbo Akademi University. Dr. Martin's research focuses on the relationship between word processing and short-term memory and the implications for rehabilitation of word retrieval disorders. She conducts both theoretical and clinical research and has collaborated on this work with numerous colleagues, including Eleanor Saffran (her mentor), Myrna Schwartz, Gary Dell and Matti Laine. A primary theoretical interest is the organization of word retrieval processes and their relation to verbal STM processes. Dr. Martin’s studies of the language and verbal short-term memory abilities of individuals with aphasia (following a stroke) have revealed a common cognitive mechanism underlying these deficits: the ability to maintain activation of semantic and phonological components of words sufficiently to support language function. Depending on the severity of this deficit, a person will demonstrate reduced verbal short-term memory capacity and aphasia (more severe cases) or verbal short-term memory without aphasia. Her clinical research applies the findings from her theoretical work to the development of diagnostic and treatment protocols for aphasia.Read full bio
Ken Learman, PT, PhD, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Youngstown State University where he is responsible for teaching manual therapy, patient examination and clinical reasoning, and research design and data analysis in the curriculum. Ken is also affiliated faculty at Duke University Division of Physical Therapy. Ken has been a practicing physical therapist for over 27 years and has 14 years of full-time academic experience and is currently engaged in clinical research. Ken received his BSPT at SUNY- Buffalo, his MEd in Health Education at Penn State University and his PhD in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Ken is a board certification specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, a certified orthopedic manual therapist through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS), and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Ken received a distinguished professorship award for scholarship and a second distinguished professorship award for service at YSU. He is a deputy editor for the Journal of Manual and manipulative Therapy, serves as a reviewer for at least 10 other journals and has served as an external reviewer for tenure and promotion reviews. He has over 25 peer-reviewed journal publications, 6 book chapters and was a co-editor on an orthopedic cases text published in 2015.Read full bio
Gail J Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, worked in the public schools in Iowa for four years before joining the faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where she has been for 35 years. She was Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences for 14 of those years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervising in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She is currently a professor emeritus and Director of the Autism Center and Students with Autism Transitional Education Program (STEP) at Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Richard specialized in childhood developmental language disorders, with expertise in autism, auditory and language processing, syndrome disorders, selective mutism, language-learning disabilities, and executive functions. She has numerous clinical publications, including The Language Processing Test, Differential Screening Test for Processing Disorders, The Source for Processing Disorders, The Source for Selective Mutism, The Source for Development of Executive Functions, The Source for Syndromes, The Source for ADD/ADHD, The Source for Autism, several clinical materials, book chapters, and articles. She has given over 500 presentations in her professional career and enjoys sharing her practical clinical knowledge with practitioners.
Dr. Richard has been very engaged with professional organizations, including the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She served in many roles, with the highlight being President of ASHA in 2017. She is a Fellow of ASHA and received Honors from ISHA, as well as numerous college teaching and service awards. Her other activities included Faculty Athletics Representative for EIU and service on the NCAA Management Council, which resulted in her induction to the EIU Athletics Hall of Fame!
Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together.
This journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all.
Besides a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, Ingrid has a Masters of Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design from Chatham University. She owns her own consulting business, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, focusing on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design.
Suzanne Davis Bombria, PT, C/NDT is an internationally recognized and respected clinician, teacher and consultant in the treatment of infants & children with neuromotor impairments. She is unique in that she brings first-hand practical experience to her profession as the mother of a son who has cerebral palsy. Mrs. Bombria was an Adjunct Professor at the university level for over 15 years, and is a Coordinator-Instructor for the NDTA. She is dedicated to providing insight into contemporary NDT and has had her works published. Over 300 of her courses have been taught to physical, occupational, and speech therapists around the world. Her skills have been provided in clinical outpatient, school-based, in-patient rehabilitation, and acute care settings. Mrs. Bombria has taught in North America, South America, Central America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Areas of expertise in clinical intervention include the intensive model, family support and education, professional education, program management, staff development, parent perspective, baby treatment, and equipment design.Read full bio
Jacqueline Grimenstein, PT,CKTP, C/NDT received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. She is a certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner and presents courses on the use of a variety of taping medium in conjunction with strengthening for the pediatric population. She is a member of NDTA where she is a PT instructor and currently sits on their Board of Directors, Instructor Group Executive Committee, Conference Planning Committee and Centers of Excellence Committee. She is currently the Community Rehabilitation Education Coordinator at Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, NJ. She has spent her career treating children with neurological impairments with an emphasis on children with severe disabilities. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including over 20 years in rehab, the NICU and over 30 years within school settings. She served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where she taught Intro to Pediatrics and Advanced Pediatrics and a guest lecturer at University of Delaware and Neumann University. She was a steering committee member of the International Pediatric Collaborative that assisted with the re-standardization the WeeFim and currently sits on their Best Practices and Outcomes committee. She presents continuing education courses on NDT, Therapeutic Taping in Pediatrics and Functional Exercise and Strengthening for the Child with Neurological Impairments both nationally and internationally.Read full bio
Jane Clifford O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. She received a master of science in occupational therapy at Boston University and a doctorate in public health with a concentration in the neurobehavioral basis of motor control from the University of South Carolina. Clinically, Dr. O’Brien has over 20 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health, outpatient pediatric centers, and a diagnostic center. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Dr. O’Brien has conducted research and presented on issues such as play and playfulness, motor control and motor learning, assistive technology, therapeutic reasoning, fitness and nutrition programs, and the application of the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric practice. She has an extensive publication history in examining the issues of children with disabilities, including numerous journal articles, book chapters, and four textbooks (Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and Occupational Analysis and Group Process).Read full bio
Patricia C. Montgomery, PhD, PT, FAPTA, received a BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Educational Psychology and PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Montgomery is an NDT-trained therapist and Faculty Emeritus of Sensory Integration International. She has taught in several physical therapy programs and is the author of multiple books and articles. Dr. Montgomery has worked in a hospital setting, a NICU, and a public school, and has a pediatric private practice. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served on its Board; she is also the past president of the Minnesota chapter of APTA.Read full bio
Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin received her PhD from Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Roseberry is also currently a part-time itinerant speech pathologist in San Juan Unified School District where she provides direct services to students from preschool through high school. She has worked in educational and medical settings with a wide variety of clients ranging from preschoolers through geriatric patients. She serves homeless persons in her community through direct work on the streets.
Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin’s primary research interests are in the areas of assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with communication disorders, as well as service delivery to students from low-income backgrounds. She has over 70 publications, including 15 books, and has made over 300 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin is a Fellow of ASHA, and winner of ASHA’s Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. She received the national presidential Daily Point of Light Award for her volunteer work in building literacy skills of children in poverty. She lived in the Philippines as the daughter of Baptist missionaries from ages 6 to 17.
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.
Dr. Dusing is a board certified pediatric physical therapy specialist with over 15 years of clinical and research experience with infants and children. Dr. Dusing is currently associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University where she directs the Motor Development Laboratory. Her research focuses on postural control, reaching development and interventions to advance development in infants with or at high risk of having developmental disabilities including interventions in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and the first year of life. Dr. Dusing is also a core faculty member in the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) program and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics. She provides clinical physical therapy services in the NICU and Neonatal Continuing Care Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Dr. Dusing received her BS in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo NY. She earned her MS and PhD in Human Movement Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an NIH career development award at the University of Delaware. She has had research funding from NIH, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, The US Department of Education, AD Williams Foundation, APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
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.
Beate Peter is the Assistant Professor and director of the Speech/Language Genetics Lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University. She has been conducting research focusing on genetic causes of communication disorders since 2007. Her interdisciplinary background is unique in that it includes a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, a PhD in speech and hearing sciences, three years of postdoctoral training in medical genetics, and the Graduate Certificate in Statistical Genetics, all obtained at the University of Washington. Dr. Peter teaches extensively in the area of genetics for clinicians, including as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University and at national conferences. She is a member of the Scientific and Professional Education Board at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.Read full bio
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.
Jennifer graduated from the Florida International University Occupational Therapy program in 1998. She has been practicing outpatient rehabilitation in Jacksonville, FL ever since. In 2002 she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2004. Part of the mission of the fellowship was to have the fellow bring the knowledge learned to an underserved area. To help fulfill this mission, she created her own continuing education company, 3Kings Upper Extremity Specialists, specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation. 3Kings Upper Extremity Specialists brings quality continuing education courses to Jacksonville, FL with the support of local hand/plastic surgeons and CHTs from around the country. Another goal of starting her own company was to unite the CHTs/MDs in the Jacksonville area, promote evidenced-based practice through holding journal clubs, and mentor area therapists.
Jennifer is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy and has served on the Education Council. She has been invited to lecture at local and national conferences around the US and Canada on various upper extremity topics. She currently works at UF Health Jacksonville, a level 1 academic trauma hospital. This allows her to practice the two areas she is passionate about, trauma and sports medicine. She previously served as Clinical Specialist for Hand where she developed the Hand Therapy program at the hospital. Through her years of practice, she has had the ability to start up Hand Therapy programs in various types of settings.
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.
Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions. She has had consistent funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990 and serves on a number of editorial review boards, including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997, and is currently involved in research projects examining the efficacy of the Project DATA model with toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
Dr. Schwartz has been working with children with ASD since 1978. She is dedicated to developing, evaluating, and disseminating effective and sustainable instructional strategies for students with disabilities. She is committed to helping every child with a disability have access to a high quality, inclusive educational experience.
Patricia K. Youngman is a speech/language pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed in the state of Washington. Her professional background includes working as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, acute care and rehabilitation hospital units, and skilled nursing facilities, and providing home health care speech-language services to individuals who were homebound. Additionally, she has participated on the treatment and management teams in two outpatient rehabilitation programs designed specifically for adults with traumatic brain injury. Patricia managed the Mild Brain Injury Program at the Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (Good Samaritan Hospital) in Puyallup, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, in the 1990s, coordinating the cognitive/communication, psychosocial, and vocational components of the services provided. It was during this period that she discovered a passion for working alongside individuals with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), treating their cognitive/communication deficits and learning from them about the changes in their lives resulting from the brain injury they acquired. A deep respect developed for these individuals and the issues experienced post-injury, as well as the price they paid for “looking good,” while struggling to participate in lives they had easily managed pre-injury. It was during her time at the Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation that she had the privilege of working with McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D. and Catherine Mateer, Ph.D., two pioneers in the rehabilitation of adults with traumatic brain injury.
In 1995, Patricia opened a private practice in Seattle, focusing on the cognitive/communication treatment of adults with mild traumatic brain injury. Over the last twenty-one years, she has enjoyed working with high functioning adults to treat specific impaired brain processes resulting from mTBI. Therapy included hierarchical treatment exercises combined with compensatory systems and strategies to work around the deficits as well as teaching the habits to support use of all systems developed. It is her deeply held belief that the goal of treatment must be to facilitate functional change in the life of each patient, and that clinicians must accept responsibility to find and measure ways to effect these changes. Her presentation provides education regarding how the cognitive/communication, behavioral/emotional, physical, social, vocational and family unit changes are manifested functionally as a way to assist clinicians in becoming familiar with this group of individuals.
Claudia Senesac is a Clinical Associate professor at University of Florida in the Doctor of Physical Therapy department. Her teaching responsibilities include Functional Anatomy dissection and Pediatrics in Physical Therapy. She has over 37 years of pediatric clinical experience. She has been the owner and administrator of a pediatric physical therapy private practice since 1984 and is a board certified clinical specialist in Pediatrics. Claudia is still providing therapy to children with a variety of conditions. Her research focus has been in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). She is a sub-investigator for a multi-center NIH funded grant investigating Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomarkers in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, she has spearheaded investigating the reliability and common errors seen in outcome measures in DMD across research and clinic sites. She is a national educator for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy translating research to clinical practice. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals related to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as author and co-author. Most recently she was the recipient of the International Educator of the Year award for the College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF, 2016, and in 2014 Outstanding Pediatric Clinician Award from the Pediatric Section of the APTA.
Sean Redmond received his B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990, his M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Child Language from the University of Kansas in 1997. He teaches and conducts research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah. His program of research focusses on understanding the links between children’s language impairments and their socioemotional difficulties. Dr. Redmond has several peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters on this topic. His scholarship has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is an ASHA Fellow and is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (JSLHR). He has also served an associate editor for JSLHR and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.
Anne van Kleeck, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor and Callier Research Scholar at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in the School of Behavioral and Brain Science at the University of Texas in Dallas. She has taught courses and guided student research on children’s language development and language impairments for several decades. Anne’s research focuses on language and emerging literacy skills in children who are language impaired as well as children who are at risk academically. Some specific areas of interests include: parents’ language socialization processes in the home that provide their young children with foundations for later literacy and academic success, issues related to language assessment in the preschool population, and language interventions that prepare preschoolers for the academic demands of school. Dr. Anne van Kleeck’s publications include five edited books, 25 book chapters, and nearly 50 journal articles. She has given over 250 invited and peer-reviewed presentations nationally and internationally. A book she coedited on preschool language foundations for later reading comprehension was recently translated into Swedish.
Anne’s most recent work focuses on what she refers to as the academic talk register in preschoolers, and its importance to later academic achievement and reading comprehension. One of her publications in this area was honored with an award for the best article in 2014 in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently developing a curriculum for preschool and kindergarten public school teachers designed to enhance the academic talk skills of children from low-income backgrounds, and it is being implemented in 17 public school classrooms in Dallas. Additionally, each semester ten speech-language pathology graduate students are implementing the curriculum with very small groups of children from those classrooms who have the weakest language skills.
Christina is a Registered Physiotherapist in Ontario Canada receiving
Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2013. After
graduation, she gained experience working in both the public and
private sectors in outpatient orthopaedics focusing on exercise and
soft tissue based therapies for the relief of muscle aches and pains.
She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation,
especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in
2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under
the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the
utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and
prevention of disability. She is the co-owner of STAVE OFF
Physiotherapy & Exercise Facility which focuses on rehab but also
health and wellness for persons at any age.
Mary R. T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University, Orange, California. She is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and as a certified speech-language pathologist. She has worked with individuals with acquired brain injury for many years.
Dr. Kennedy’s research and clinical focus is in managing adult cognitive and language disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in the metacognition, self-regulation, and executive function disorders commonly associated with this unique population. She served on the Institute of Medicine writing committee that reviewed the scientific evidence in cognitive rehabilitation and chaired the ANCDS TBI Evidence-Based Practice Writing committee for 14 years, including 13 publications.
Dr. Kennedy has authored over 60 publications including, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and a book titled Coaching College Students with Executive Dysfunction: A Dynamic Approach by Guilford Publishing. Her recent research documents the common challenges that college students with TBI face and validates the usefulness of coaching, which explicitly instructs students in self-regulation so as to support executive functions.
Dr. Kennedy has been associate editor and guest editor for peer-reviewed journals on topics related to TBI. She has presented widely on cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury and published one of the first meta-analyses on the effectiveness of therapy aimed at remediating executive dysfunction. She is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow and is the recipient of the Honors of the ANCDS.
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.
Teresa began her occupational therapy career at Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR, 1993), continuing her professional education with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2016. She has spent the majority of her early career in adult neuro-rehabilitation. Now specializing in pediatric clinical practice and early intervention, Teresa enjoys understanding sensation and behavior from a nervous system perspective.
Supporting the parent and family to appreciate the importance of sensory processing, self-regulation, and sleep on a child’s daily life and routines is her most important work. She has completed professional education in feeding and oral motor development, sensory processing, clinical education, and management/leadership. She enjoys teaching and mentoring at all levels, and enjoys communicating the value in occupational therapy on the clinical and family team. She has provided consultation and panel expertise to MedBridge Education since 2016.
Cindy Marti began her career at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton in 1986. In 1989 she joined Milwaukee-based Competitive Edge Sports Medicine and became part of the management team in 1991. In 1994, after Competitive Edge became part of NovaCare, Cindy became General Manager of the Wisconsin region.
In 1996, Cindy stepped down from upper level management and began specialization in spine therapy. In February 2003, Cindy opened Spinal Dynamics of Wisconsin. In 2006, the Spinal Dynamics scoliosis clinic was established. In 2011, Cindy was named to the International Body of Instructors for Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School and began teaching Schroth courses for physical therapists in 2012.
Cindy employs 6 physical therapists in her Milwaukee-based private practice. The scoliosis clinic at Spinal Dynamics includes physical therapy using the Schroth and SEAS methods, custom scoliosis bracing, scoliosis screenings, and surface topography for the spine. Cindy is active in SOSORT, the international organization dedicated to conservative management of scoliosis. She currently divides her time between patient care, clinic ownership, lecturing at various professional meetings and universties, and teaching scoliosis certification courses with her fellow instructors under the recently formed Schroth-Barcelona Institute, LLC (™).
Jed Baker, PhD, is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center, and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topics of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of eight books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior; No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams; Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; and School Shadow Guidelines. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, The CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and technology consultant working in private practice at The Ely Center in Needham, MA. Sean spent over a decade in the public school setting serving in the roles of SLP and instructional technology specialist. His website, SpeechTechie, was inspired by the combination of those complementary vocations and a desire to empower those in his field to employ technology in their work. Sean currently consults to and presents for local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions, with the goal of demonstrating technology resources that can be applied to specific objectives in language, social cognitive and executive function development while aligning with best practices and research in the field. Sean is a regular columnist for The ASHA Leader.
Bob Barnhart is a Professor and the Director Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin. He received his PT degree from Emory University (1979), his MS from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (1992), and his ScDPT from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2006). He was a board certified pediatric physical therapist (PCS 1997, 2007), emeritus PCS (2017) and is NDT certified (1986). He has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings including school-based, early intervention, NICU, outpatient, acute care, and ICF/MR. He has authored or co-authored 8 peer review articles on pediatric rehabilitation topics.Read full bio
Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Rapport is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, where she is on the faculty of the Physical Therapy Program. She is the Director of the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program, the PT Program Student Services Coordinator, the PT Discipline Director for the Maternal Child Health LEND program through JFK Partners, and the Co-Director of the Teaching Scholars Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Rapport has extensive experience as an educator and a pediatric physical therapist with a productive record of presentations and publications. Much of her career has been focused on legislative action, policy interpretation for the delivery of special education, related services, and early intervention services.
Dr. Rapport has been a physical therapist for over 30 years and a physical therapist educator for over 10 years. While much of her career has been in academia and focused on higher education, she has maintained clinical practice in schools as a school-based physical therapist and as an early intervention service provider. Most recently, she has been working one day a week with students with disabilities at the preschool, elementary, and high schools levels in a local school district. She has taught courses and workshops and delivered conference sessions specifically on the implementation of services under IDEA and related federal laws to thousands of pediatric physical therapists over the years.
Amy Barr, PT, DPT is a practicing school-based therapist and the Physical Therapy Coordinator for a large school district located in the suburban Denver area. She has 20 years of experience working with adults and children and has spent the last 14 years serving preschool through transition age students in a school setting. Dr. Barr teaches nationally on topics important to school-based therapy, including team collaboration, IEP development, and physical therapist performance appraisal. She has a passion for providing quality continuing education for school-based physical therapists and cofounded an annual education day for therapists in Colorado.
Dr. Barr chaired the Physical Therapist Performance Appraisal Task Force for the School-Based Special Interest Group of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. She participated in the PT Performance Appraisal work group for the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Project and is an active member of the Colorado Department of Education Physical Therapy Advisory Committee. Dr. Barr graduated from the University of Colorado with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1997 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Ellen Harrington-Kane is the Assistant Vice President of Affiliate Network Advancement for Easter Seals national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. With over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation director for in-patient and outpatient therapy service and a master’s degree in Health Services Management, Ms. Harrington-Kane brings the business aspects of practice management to organizational operations and administration.
Prior to joining Easter Seals, Ms. Harrington-Kane served as Director of Physical Medicine for a hospital system in Florida, which included in-patient clinics, outpatient clinics, an inclusive fitness center and contracts with other local agencies. During her time in Florida she worked on a local, regional and state level to develop early intervention policies and practices and provided training for the early intervention services for the State of Florida.
She is passionate about global health care and eliminating health outcomes disparities. Ms. Harrington-Kane provides consultation, training and technical assistance to Easter Seals affiliate leadership and boards of directors nationwide. In her capacity as Assistant Vice President, Ms. Harrington-Kane shares her expertise in policy, program development, financial management, strategic visioning and organizational structure. Her innovative spirit is exemplified with her work in the treatment of autism, initiating Easter Seals’ Autism Initiative, the organization’s largest fundraising initiative in recent years, resulting in Easter Seals being recognized as the country’s largest provider of services for people with autism. Additionally, she partnered Easter Seals with the PLAY Project for research funded by the National Institute of Health to prove the efficacy of a new approach to treatment for young children. This work led to her recognition as the 2007 recipient of the Robert E. Bradford Leadership Award, selected by the governing board of Easter Seals headquarters.
In addition to her work for Easter Seals headquarters, Ms. Harrington-Kane is a surveyor for CARF International, reviewing compliance to over 1,500 quality standards for organizations around the world.
Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and professor in the Division of Otolaryngology, Clinic Director for the Voice Disorders Center, and Adjunct Faculty to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Utah. Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral work in the area of neurolaryngology with Dr. Christy Ludlow at the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer served in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences faculty at the University of Arizona (1997-2011), after which she joined the Neuroscience Graduate Group as well as the Voice-Speech-Swallowing Center team in the Department of Otolaryngology at UC, Davis (2011-2014). She has served on several ASHA committees, including as a past coordinator for ASHA’s SIG 3: Voice and Voice Disorders, during which time she contributed to the development of the Consensus Assessment Protocol for Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V) and the Classification Manual for Voice Disorders. She co-chaired the ASHA Annual Research Symposium on Neural Regeneration in 2009, served as ASHA’s representative to the AAOHNS Guidelines on Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery and the American Academy of Neurology’s working group for the development of the Essential Tremor Quality Measurement Set, and served on ASHA’s working group for the development of the Core Instrumental Voice Assessment Protocol completed in 2015. She has published numerous book chapters, one workbook, and several publications in scientific and educational journals related to her clinical and research interests in the neural controls of the larynx for respiration, voicing, and swallowing functions. In 2011, she was awarded Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in recognition of her contributions to the profession.
Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Adelphi University, Garden City, Long Island, NY. She is a NYS licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 35 years of clinical experience including 20 years of academic experience in the areas of early language and literacy development and disorders.
Together with colleagues and students, Dr. Lederer develops research-based intervention programs for young children with and without language delays. Descriptions and efficacy of these programs have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented across the country.
This research led directly to the publication of her award winning children’s books, I Can Say That, I Can Do That, I Can Play That, and Hey, Hey, Let’s All Say designed to help children learn to talk, play, and read. In addition, Dr. Lederer is a certified children’s yoga instructor and producer of the music CD, StoryBook Yoga.
Jane Yakel, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist currently employed as private contractor and consultant. She has worked in a variety of settings which include: acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, independent living facilities, hospitals, and school districts. She has been a regional and national clinical specialist or therapist, and a trainer for program directors throughout the United States. She taught Medicare Regulations and Guidelines and has defended Medicare denial claims at the Administrative Law Judge Lever for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathologist with 100% turnover. She has served as CEO of a Community RE-Entry Center for Traumatic Brain Injury survivors in Scottsdale AZ, and has been a professor and clinical instructor at four universities: University of Wyoming, Utah State University, DeVry University-Phoenix, and DeVry University-Fremont California. Her diverse background in the academic, administration, and healthcare arenas has given her strong clinical skills in patient assessment, evaluation, treatment, and patient/family education. She has also shared her expertise as an author and presenter for national and state board continuing educational courses on various topics including the Prospective Payment System, Ethics and Professionalism, Dysphagia Management, Customer Service, Comprehensive Assessment of the Patient and Cognitive Communication Disorders. She is the author of four comprehensive therapy books addressing dementia, cognition, dysphagia, and assessment.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a past representative for the People to People Ambassador Program for the American Speech and Hearing Association in South Africa, and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language and Audiology. Ms. Yakel completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Wyoming, specializing in neuropathology.
Great Seminars Online (GSO) is a physical therapist owned company offering continuing education that is widely proclaimed to be the best e-learning in geriatric rehabilitation. GSO courses are led by recognized leaders with extensive hands-on experience. Each seminar offers the latest and most effective techniques, as determined by extensive reviews of the literature, for diagnosing and intervening in today's changing health care environment. Courses engage you by using real patient examination and intervention videos, case studies, and interactive activities. Whether you’re a new therapist or an experienced practitioner, GSO courses will help you make informed clinical choices for your older patients.Read full bio
Linda T. Miller, PT, DPT, CLT, served as the founder and clinical director of the Breast Cancer Physical Therapy Center in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years. She has over 300 hours of training in lymphedema management and has been an international student of lymphedema, including training in the UK, Italy, Spain, France, and Australia.
In April, 2010, she helped to establish The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH), the Sultanate of Oman’s leading teaching hospital. She recently returned from the Middle East, where she was again invited to the SQUH to teach an advanced edema management course to an interdisciplinary team of health care providers.
Dr. Miller has also taken her edema management skills into the venue of sports medicine and orthopedics. Internationally recognized, Linda has published several articles and book chapters on post-operative breast cancer rehabilitation and breast cancer lymphedema. She has also trained hundreds of therapists and nurses in her comprehensive approach to edema management.
Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness at Ohio University. Dr. Grooms received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in health and rehabilitation sciences, with a focus on neuroscience and biomechanics. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Grooms was an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in kinesiology, an internship with the Cincinnati Bengals, and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Athletic Training. His main research interest is how the brain and movement mechanics change after musculoskeletal injury and therapy.
Emily Homer, MA, CCC-SLP has worked in the school systems for the majority of her career in Speech Language Pathology. She provides presentations and consultation services to school districts throughout the country on addressing swallowing and feeding in school systems. She is the 1999 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of an interdisciplinary dysphagia team in her district and served as Chair of the ASHA Committee on Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the Schools. She is the author of Managing Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools, Plural Publishing (2016). In addition, Ms. Homer has published articles on swallowing and feeding in the school setting in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, Seminars in Speech and Language, Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example, and Survival Guide for School-Based Speech/Language Pathologists, and Division 13 and 16 newsletters, and has been featured in the ASHA Leader and Advance magazine
Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is a lecturer, researcher, developer of the Self-Regulation and Mindfulness program, and co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders. Dr. Gibbs began her career after receiving her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She continued her studies in the field of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Gibbs received her professional degrees from Columbia University and Thomas Jefferson University. At Columbia University, she received a Master’s of Science degree. Her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy, was received at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, she successfully completed a PhD program of Health Sciences at Seton Hall University. Those professional relationships allowed her to take part in various research activities. Specific focus was given to neurological disorders, throughout the lifespan, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Dementia.
In addition to her educational development, in 2003 Dr. Gibbs founded Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. located in New Jersey. The company was established with the focus of providing interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. Dr. Gibbs’s published research has focused on family-centered care and Autism Spectrum Disorders and the use of telerehabilitation. No longer part of Universal Progressive Therapy, she has dedicated her time to being a lecturer educating practitioners, parents, and teachers throughout the country and internationally. As a the inaugural chair and director of the first Master’s program of occupational therapy in Delaware, Dr. Gibbs is steadfast and an expert in the field of neurology, cognition, and pediatric therapeutic intervention. Hence, she is an advocate of evidence-based practices, and making clinical connections to neuroanatomy, which are evident in her lectures. Utilizing the best evidence is paramount to Dr. Gibbs. However, she has a strong appreciation of allowing learners to challenge the information leading to further research development. Currently, her research and efforts continue, with specific interest in mentoring future researchers.
Lisa Juckett has served as a clinical instructor at The Ohio State University in the Occupational Therapy Division since 2011. She has extensive clinical experience in the inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing settings. Her position as an inpatient clinician led her to collaborate with researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to examine the effectiveness of static orthosis use for the post-stroke upper extremity. Ms. Juckett has provided numerous continuous education lectures and presentations at the local and national level for professional organizations such as The American Occupational Therapy Association, The Gerontological Society of America, and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She also has served as the outcomes assessor for research related to post-stroke upper extremity interventions through the Better Rehabilitation and Assessment for Improved Neuro-Recovery (B.R.A.I.N.) laboratory at The Ohio State University under Dr. Stephen J. Page.
After developing an appreciation for hand therapy across all domains of practice, Ms. Juckett earned her Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential in 2016. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Ohio State with a focus in implementation science.
Tracey Collins lives in Clarks Summit, PA, but is originally from Endicott, NY and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Scranton. She is a board-certified specialist in geriatrics. She has practiced in home health and hospice for more than 20 years. She continues to practice in home health through Commonwealth Home Health and VNA of Lackawanna County. She received her BS in PT from the University of Scranton in 1989, her MBA from UNC-Wilmington in 1997, and her PhD in Administration from Walden University in 2006. She has 17 scholarly publications and has presented 27 times at national physical therapy conferences.
Dr. Collins is the current research chair for the Home Health Section of the APTA and has served on the Home Health Section research and practice committees and the Academy of Geriatrics finance committee. She lived in North Carolina for nine years and was the treasurer for the NCPTA from 1997-2000. She enjoys spending time with her three children and returning to Wilmington, NC for vacations.
Kyle J. Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS, is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CCS). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, he is a physical therapy clinical specialist in the University of Colorado Hospital and a senior clinical instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Physical Therapy program.
At UCH, he has participated in program development and analysis, contributing regularly to clinical training, department logistics, and operations. He designed and implemented an innovative quality improvement project in the medical ICU that eventually became standard practice. Currently, he is a main contributor to an interdisciplinary activity and mobility program being piloted on a general medicine floor. At CU, he instructs within the cardiopulmonary and medicine clinical track labs as well as the acute care elective. He lectures on evidence-based practice, professional development, and physical therapy in the ICU.
Mr. Ridgeway has treated within the confines of a randomized trial investigating early, intensive PT for patients requiring mechanical ventilation. He participates in research surrounding hospital readmission, physical therapy in critical care, and acute/critical care physical therapy practice. He lectures nationally on these topics as well as quality improvement and outcomes after critical illness. He maintains an active social media presence on Twitter (@Dr_Ridge_DPT) and has appeared on various physical therapy podcasts.
Jason Falvey is a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University. His research training focuses on disability and recovery for older adults after acute hospitalization, and how physical function contributes to hospital readmission risk. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus in 2018. He previously received a dual BS and DPT from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Jason is particularly interested in how rehabilitation utilization after an acute hospitalization impacts trajectories of functional recovery, risk for readmission, and downstream health care utilization. He also has worked with long-term care providers to evaluate optimal measurement of physical function, and relationships between function and hospital utilization. Prior to his matriculation in the PhD program, Jason obtained his board certification in geriatric physical therapy in 2013 and worked as a home health therapist and rehabilitation director of a home health agency in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Jason maintains an active social media presence on Twitter (@JRayFalvey) and is a frequent podcast guest for topics related to geriatrics and health care policy.
Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has more than 40 years experience as a clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and program consultant to children and older persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families. He is both the Director of Childhood Communication Services (CCS), a private practice, and an Adjunct Professor in the Artists and Scientists as Partners Group, Brown University. Barry has served as a tenured Professor of Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University and Emerson College, where he developed specialty tracks in language disabilities and autism in the Master’s and Doctoral programs. He also was Founder and Director of the Communication Disorders Department at Bradley Hospital, with an Associate Professor Appointment in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Brown University Program in Medicine, and was an Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow in Early Intervention at UNC-Chapel Hill. Barry has developed family-centered programs for newly diagnosed toddlers with social-communication disabilities and ASD and their families in hospital and university clinic settings, and consults widely to schools and agencies in New England as well and nationally and internationally, from early intervention through high school settings. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters on autism, childhood communication disorders and child development, has given more than 700 seminars and workshops at national and international conferences and has served on the Editorial Board of six scholarly journals and writes a regular column for Autism Spectrum Quarterly. Barry has received widespread recognition and many honors in his career. He was an invited speaker at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day (April, 2013) and received the Divine Neurotypical Award of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (www.grasp.org), for contributions to improving quality of life for persons with autism spectrum disorders. Barry also was the recipient of the 2005 Princeton University Eden Foundation Award for career contributions in autism, Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association Clinical Achievement Award on two occasions.
Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. Currently in private practice, Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. The majority of Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families. Her consultative services focus on the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a coauthor, along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory guide her practice.
Amy is an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. She teaches courses focused on Research Methodology for educators. Previously, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Disorders Department at Emerson College and at the University of Rhode Island. In these roles, she developed graduate courses focused on preparing clinicians to meet the needs of children with autism, as well as the needs of their families.
Amy’s current research interests involve examining the relationship between characteristics of young children diagnosed with Autism and strategies used by parents to support them within the context of natural routines and play. Her publications focus on social communication and emotional regulation in individuals diagnosed with ASD. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on the SCERTS Model, and other topics related to therapeutic and educational intervention for children with ASD.
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA, an affiliate of Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She has also served as an instructor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she has developed courses to prepare graduate level students for addressing the needs of children with autism and their families. More recently, she has joined the team at the Marcus Autism Center, affiliated with Emory University, as an educational outreach specialist. Her publications have focused on early identification of autism, contemporary intervention models, and programming guidelines for high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs serving children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disorders.Read full bio
Sandra Laing Gillam is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University and the current Vice President for Speech Language Pathology Practice for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Since coming to Utah State, she has received numerous awards and honors including being named ASHA Fellow, Outstanding Alumnus, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, and Outstanding Researcher of the Year. She earned her BS and MS degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Auburn University and began her career as a speech language pathologist in public schools. Dr. Gillam obtained her Doctorate at The University of Memphis and began her academic career at The University of Alabama. She currently teaches courses in language development and disorders, assessment and intervention for language disorders, and professional issues. Her research interests include language and literacy impairments, diverse populations and comprehension. Sandi has received funding for her research from the Institute of Education Sciences.
Roberta Kuchler O'Shea, PT, PhD, DPT has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 30 years. She practiced in a variety of environments before joining the faculty at Governors State University. Dr. O'Shea earned her Bachelors in PT degree from St. Louis University, a Master’s degree in Public Service from DePaul University, a PhD in Education/Special Education from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a DPT from Governors State University. She has written books, book chapters and articles regarding many aspects of physical therapy and maintains a research interest in the impact of Conductive Education for individuals with neurological impairments.
Ann is a physical therapist who has spent her career focusing on optimizing the functionality of individuals across the lifespan impacted by neuromuscular disorders. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She has been in practice for 30 years, with 18 years in pediatrics. She has worked in varies clinic and community settings.
Dr. Jackson is the owner of Legacy Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consulting and support agency. She currently works with children, adults and their families in varies settings throughout the Chicagoland region to provide direct therapy services, navigational support and community based resource identification. Ann is committed to practicing within an Evidence Based framework to address the short and long term needs of those she works with.
Marnie Millington co-owns a pediatric speech-language clinic in MetroWest Boston. Marnie’s weekly caseload focuses on motor-speech disorders. She has taught pediatric and lifespan motor-speech disorders at Northeastern University and Emerson College. She has presented nationally on the assessment and treatment of young children with apraxia of speech. Marnie has been recognized for her training and expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.Read full bio
Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, is the owner and President of LiveNow which provides telepractice training and services. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language with extensive administrative experience running a multi-office private practice and leading a telepractice company clinical department. Ms. Jakubowitz has presented on a variety of issues including telepractice, private practice, and language disorders in school-age children. She has extensive experience working directly with school-age students in various settings in addition to leadership positions in both work settings and professional associations.
Ms. Jakubowitz has served ASHA and related organizations as a former president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice. Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the Legislative Council for 13 years and one year on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. As a member of the Legislative Council she was elected to serve as Chair of the Credential Committee. She was appointed to the ASHA Board of Ethics where she served on the Education Subcommittee and was Chair of this subcommittee in 2010. Ms. Jakubowitz was invited to participate in the Leadership Development Program at ASHA and has served as a convention program committee member in the topic area Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents, Business, Management, and Professional Issues and as the Topic Chair for Telepractice for two years. Recently, Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the SIG 18 Coordinating Committee and is currently the SIG 18 Coordinator.
Ms. Jakubowitz is a recipient of the Distinguished Service to Speech-Language Pathology and Honors of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of ASHA. She was also the California recipient of the DiCarlo Award in 2013.
Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT, PAqI has been a pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Kiki works for St. Croix Therapy in Hudson, WI and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing Aquatic Therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages with a special focus on the birth to three population and medically complex children. Kiki serves as the Birth to Three Team Lead for her clinic and coordinates services with several counties in Wisconsin. Kiki is certified in Halliwick, Ai Chi and Bad Ragaz and Cranial Sacral. Kiki is a Pediatric Aquaticist and has helped develop several courses for ATU and speaks nationally and internationally. Kiki is an adjunct professor for St. Catherine's University and teaches pediatric coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.Read full bio
Megan Sutton, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and the director and app designer for Tactus Therapy, a leading developer of apps for adult speech therapy. Megan earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University after studying linguistics at Rutgers. She has worked passionately with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders for over 13 years in inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in the assessment and treatment of aphasia. Megan is a frequent presenter on the topic of using apps in adult rehab and is a co-author of "Healing the Broken Brain", a book about stroke recovery. Megan is a clinical faculty member of the University of British Columbia and serves as a consultant to several local aphasia programs. She is a member of ANCDS and AphasiaAccess and was the recipient of the 2015 Honours of the Association awarded by BCASLPA.Read full bio
As the director of the USC Voice Center, Michael Johns III’s goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals with voice, swallowing and airway disorders. He strives to achieve this through a true interdisciplinary approach to promoting health, preventing and curing disease, advancing biomedical research and educating those around him.
He received his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Virginia, but his passion is for medicine. He graduated medical school from the Johns Hopkins University and then pursued training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan. While there, he did an NIH funded research year and became interested in voice, swallowing and airway disorders. This led him to pursue specialty fellowship training at the Vanderbilt Voice Center. He then founded the Emory Voice Center with Speech Pathologist Dr. Edie Hapner, PhD in Atlanta Georgia, which was amongst the first interdisciplinary voice centers in United States. 12 years later, he was recruited to the University of Southern California to form the USC Voice Center and bring their interdisciplinary model of care to Southern California.
He embraces a caring, patient-centered approach with his patients. At the USC Voice Center, his patients can count on a coordinated, cohesive and unique experience backed by a team of voice and swallowing experts to optimize outcomes and satisfaction.
Robin L. Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS, is a professor of physical therapy and prior director of the Institute for Physical Therapy at Widener University. She currently serves as dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener. Dr. Dole has been involved in pediatric practice for nearly 30 years, and as an academician and administrator for more than 20 years. Her primary areas of teaching, research, and practice involve pediatrics, community engagement, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She maintains an active clinical and consultative practice in early intervention and school-based services and provides continuing professional development courses on the use of standardized outcome measures and positive behavior supports. Dole is an active manuscript reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, where she also serves as an editorial board member. Dr. Dole is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to pediatric physical therapy, physical therapist education, and community engagement.
Dr. Dole was originally certified as a pediatric clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and again in 2016. Between 2014 and 2017 she was appointed to the Pediatric Specialty Council, including serving as chair for three of those years. Her active involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) includes past chair of the Education Committee for the Section of Pediatrics (now the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy), chapter delegate, chief delegate, and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the APTA, and member of the Reference Committee for the APTA House of Delegates. In 2011, Dole received the Service Award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and in 2017, the Pennsylvania Pediatric Special Interest Group honored her with its Award of Excellence.
Dr. Dole is Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Widener Partnership Charter School where she also has served as chair of the nominating committee and the Instructional Resource Team (IRT). She has been an advisory board member for Quest Therapeutics, a pediatric hippotherapy clinic, and is currently on the faculty advisory board for the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, a student-led pro bono clinic.
Debra Suiter is director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic and an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Suiter has been a speech-language pathologist for 24 years and has worked across a number of settings including acute care, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing facilities. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on assessment and treatment of adults with swallowing disorders. Together with Dr. Steven Leder, she developed the Yale Swallow Protocol, a tool used to identify aspiration risk. Dr. Suiter has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally, and she has published a number of manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.Read full bio
Laura Morris, PT, NCS is a physical therapist and lecturer with 25 years of experience in the management of adults with neurologic disorders. Her clinical work focuses on vestibular disorders and mild traumatic brain injury at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area. She is the Director of Communications for the Academy of Neurologic PT of the APTA. She teaches continuing education in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation both nationally and internationally.
Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient care, clinical research and program development, including the launch of the fourth credentialed Neurologic PT Residency Program in Pittsburgh. Clinical practice also included vestibular and concussion rehabilitation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Mild Brain Injury Program in Baltimore, Maryland and neurologic private practice in Alexandria, Virginia. She was re-credentialed for her as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2013.
She has been involved in the Academy of Neurologic PT and the Vestibular special interest group, primarily in positions involving website support. In 2005 she received the Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology by the Neurology Section of the APTA, and in 2015 received the Service Award from the Vestibular Special Interest Group. Her contributions to the literature include book chapters and journal articles in the area of vestibular disorders and mild brain injury rehabilitation.
Denise Dougherty owns a private practice in Indiana, PA. Ms. Dougherty was an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), received the Academy’s 2007 Honor Award for her achievements and 2014 AAPPSPA Award of Excellence. Denise is a member of the Technical Experts Panel for Quality of Insights of Pennsylvania, working on initiating quality measures for CMS to improve effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. Denise is a co-editor of Private Practice Essentials: a Practical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists. Denise works as a legal consultant/expert witness in litigation involving dysphagia and negligence/malpractice.
She received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in communication disorders from St. Louis University; and has completed postgraduate courses at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Phoenix. Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association, American Speech and Hearing Association and has received numerous ASHA ACE Awards.
Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD, owns an innovative private practice, Covell Care and Rehabilitation, which aims to help adult and older-adult clients become safer, more independent and engaged in the home and community through a unique and one-of-a-kind model. Krista developed this model from the ground up, and it allows clients to access OT, PT, SLP, geriatric care management, senior fitness instructors and massage therapy in their home and community settings.
Krista is an expert in issues related to aging adults and has extensive experience working in the home setting and helping clients reintegrate into the community. Having graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Social Work and Occupational Therapy, she is also board certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction. She works with students around the nation and internationally and was honored by Colorado State University as the Fieldwork Educator of the Year in 2013. The Coloradoan newspaper named Krista as one of their SuperWomen of the Year in 2015 for her contributions to the communities of Northern Colorado.
Krista serves as the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado’s president and has been a speaker at the Colorado State Conference on Incontinence and Pelvic Health. She speaks regularly at community events, at local senior centers, at health fairs and for professional organizations.
In addition to her deep passion of working with her clients, Krista finds equal satisfaction in helping therapists develop their own private practices, cultivate their passions and thrive in their careers.
Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA, is an international lecturer, author, private practice owner, and clinician. In 2017 she was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as a Fellow for "Leading Excellence in Pediatrics Around the Globe." She received her undergraduate degree in special education from Ohio University; her master's degree in occupational therapy from Boston University; and post-graduate certifications in sensory integration (SI) and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) for pediatrics, infants, and adults. Her area of specialization has been in treatment and program development for individuals with Autism, developmental disabilities, and sensory processing disorders
She shares her knowledge and expertise to train therapists, parents, and other professionals through international educational seminars. She has been teaching for the American Occupational Therapy Association for twenty years, being an adjunct professor for several post-graduate Autism Specialist Certification programs and being a Tutor for the Sensory Integration Network of the UK since 2003.
She is on the Board of Directors for Sleep'n Sync and the Advisory Committee for Southpaw Enterprises of the USA and UK, serves on the Planning and Grant Review Committees for Autism Speaks of Broward County, is on the Autism Community of Practice for AOTA, and has served on the Board of Directors for Abilitations. Among her awards are: Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Honorary membership (2013) and the Award of Excellence (1999) from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association, and Manager of the Year award while serving as Director of Rehabilitation for an acute care facility. Her website, www.starservices.tv, has links to articles, educational information, and more.
Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and PDD- Intervention Strategies, a text book for clinicians, parents, teachers and other professionals. This book provides practical holistic intervention strategies.
Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism, Second Edition. 2014 Is it Sensory or is it Behavior- Behavior Problem Identification, Analysis and Intervention.
Developing Visual Motor Integration. A workbook of easy-to-use, reusable worksheets to systematically build skills. Activities build visual spatial perception, perceptual organization, eye-hand coordination, problem solving, motor planning and fine motor control.
Sensory Modulation Laminated Card Series: Sensory Seeking, Sensory Avoiding, Passive Under Responsive & Positive Behavioral Strategies Cards- A laminated card series addressing practical solutions to regulatory issues.
Betty Paris, PT, M.Ed., C/NDT, international lecturer, author, educator, private practice owner, and clinician, attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University and her master's in education from the University of Phoenix. She holds post-graduate certificates in sensory integration (SI) and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) in pediatrics and has used her training and experience to develop and render a unique blend of NDT and SI treatments to children and adults with Autism and other varying exceptionalities in a variety of settings. She shares her knowledge and expertise to train therapists, parents, and other professionals through international educational seminars.
Betty has more than twenty years' experience teaching for the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been an adjunct professor for several post-graduate Autism Specialist Certification and occupational therapy programs and a Tutor for the Sensory Integration Network of the UK since 2003. She has co-authored in various educational journal publications and books. She serves on the Advisory Board for Southpaw Enterprises of the USA and UK, serves as Consultant for Florida International University's Medical Services Program for the Treatment of Individuals with Autism and as Consultant for Sleep'n Sync, and serves on the Planning Committee for Autism Speaks of Broward County. She has served on the Board of Directors for Abilitations-School Specialties. Her website, www.starservices.tv, has links to articles, educational information, and more.
Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Intervention Strategies, a text book for clinicians, parents, teachers, and other professionals. This book provides practical, holistic intervention strategies.
Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism, Second Edition. 2014
Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention.
Developing Visual Motor Integration. A workbook of easy-to-use, reusable worksheets to systematically build skills. Activities build visual spatial perception, perceptual organization, eye-hand coordination, problem-solving, motor planning and fine motor control.
Sensory Modulation Laminated Card Series: Sensory Seeking, Sensory Avoiding, Passive Under Responsive, and Positive Behavioral Strategies Cards- A laminated card series addressing practical solutions to regulatory issues.
Dr. Martin received a BA in Athletic Training from Purdue University in 1987, an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1990, and a Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2003. She joined the faculty of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2000, and is currently a Professor. Her clinical background includes early intervention and inpatient pediatric general acute care. Dr. Martin teaches the pediatric portion of the DPT curriculum, and her research efforts have been focused on orthotic effectiveness, and children with Down syndrome. Dr. Martin is currently the Chair of the Education Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and has been actively involved in identifying best practices in pediatric physical therapy professional education. She is also the 2008 winner of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA Frances Ekstam Award for outstanding contribution to the physical therapy profession.
Jennifer Schultz is an instructor for the speech-language pathology assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Jennifer spent 21 years working as a speech-language pathologist in acute inpatient rehabilitation and in education settings, providing speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing evaluation and treatment services.
Jennifer joined the faculty of Mitchell Technical Institute in 2012, where she teaches online courses in speech-language pathology assisting, anatomy and physiology, phonetics, observation, language disorders, neurogenic communication disorders, alternative and augmentative communication, clinical management, and fieldwork. In addition to teaching online speech-language pathology assistant coursework, Jennifer has presented courses on the use of literature in speech-language pathology, standards-based speech-language therapy goals and activities, and supervision of speech-language pathology assistants at state and national conventions. Jennifer is the author of a standards-based assessment of communication skills. She has previously served as the president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SDSLHA) and on the ASHA SLP Advisory Council. Awards include the SDSLHA Volunteerism award and Honors of the Association. Jennifer served as the Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals topic co-chair for the 2017 and 2018 ASHA conventions.
Dr. Lloyd earned his doctorate from Baylor University and completed a two-year residency in neuropsychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. For over twenty years he has worked in rehabilitation settings with patients who have suffered stroke, traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions impacting brain functioning. Dr. Lloyd provides neuropsychological services for patients in inpatient rehabilitation as well as outpatients referred by neurologists, physical medicine physicians, primary care physicians, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.Read full bio
Jeri Lundgren is a Registered Nurse who has been specializing in post-acute care since 1990. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Ms. Lundgren is board-certified as a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) by the WOCN Society and a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) by the American Board of Wound Management. Ms. Lundgren is the president and owner of Senior Providers Resource, LLC. She provides consultation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies on a wide range of issues, including wound prevention and management. Ms. Lundgren is nationally recognized as a wound care expert and has presented on wound management to 31 state associations and national associations, such as NADONA, AANAC, and the National Association of State Veterans Homes. Ms. Lundgren has authored wound care manuals for long-term care and home health. She is published in the peer-reviewed journal The Wound Care Advisor. Ms. Lundgren was a contributor to the Nursing Home Pressure Ulcer Change Package for Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. She was the author of Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: A Practitioner’s Guideline, Minnesota Department of Health. Ms. Lundgren has trained the Minnesota, Kentucky, and Indiana Departments of Health on pressure injury prevention and management. Ms. Lundgren has presented for and served as the wound care expert for the CMS QIN-QIO pressure injury initiatives in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and Wyoming. Ms. Lundgren was also the lead wound care expert for Indiana’s “We Will” campaign to reduce pressure injury rates across the state for both phase I and phase II.Read full bio
Anne Kloos, PT, PhD, NCS received her physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's and doctoral degrees in biology/neuroscience from Cleveland State University. Dr. Kloos is currently a Professor-Clinical in the Physical Therapy Division at the Ohio State University, where she teaches adult neurorehabilitation and neuroscience courses and conducts research on balance and gait interventions and fall prevention in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She is a board-certified neurologic physical therapy specialist and has over 25 years of clinical experience, including working as a consultant physical therapist in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and at the Ohio State University Movement Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kloos has presented her research both nationally and internationally and has numerous publications. Currently, she serves as Co-Director of the Ohio State University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Her past service has included being the Chair of the Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group and of the Neurologic Residency Curriculum Task Force for the American Physical Therapy Association.Read full bio
Patricia Anderson OTR/L, CHT has over three decades of clinical experience, with emphasis and specialization in burn and orthopedic care. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University, School of Occupational Therapy in 1980 and received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2002. She has worked in the acute, sub-acute and outpatient setting at Tampa General Hospital, a level one trauma center and home to Tampa Bay Regional Burn Center.
She has dedicated much of her professional life to the many aspects of burn care and rehabilitation. She been an active member of the American Burn Association and has served on their Educational Committee and as a Chairman of the OT/PT Special Interest Group. She is a Certified Instructor for SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) with the Phoenix Society, an international society for burn survivors. In addition she helped to develop and was coordinator for Tampa General Hospital’s burn support group.
In addition to her clinical work, Patricia has been an educator for continuing education courses and workshops at local, national and international conferences. She provides burn rehabilitation education for the University of South Florida Physical Therapy Program. She was a co-author of burn chapters in two publications for hand rehabilitation books.
Dr. Lovelace-Chandler has been an educator in pediatric topics for over 30 years to professional and post-professional physical therapy students. She has over 40 years of experience in pediatrics, has recertified as a specialist two times, and still carries a small caseload. She taught numerous Advanced Clinical Practice courses in pediatrics for the APTA, has published articles and book chapters on pediatrics and has numerous presentations and workshops on pediatrics. She was named as the recipient of the 2011 Linda Crane Memorial Lecture awarded by the Pediatrics, Cardiopulmonary and Education Sections, won the Service Award for 30 years of Service awarded by the Section on Pediatrics in 2003, was the Featured speaker at Opening Ceremonies of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties at CSM in 1991, and won the CAPTE Distinguished Service Award in April of 2014, the TPTA President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2016, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Distinguished Service Award in 2014, the Service Award for 23 Years of Service to the Arkansas Chapter of the APTA in 2003, and the Outstanding Service Award of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in 2008.
She holds a BS in PT from Southwestern Medical School (1971), an MA in college teaching from the University of North Carolina (1976), and a PhD in Academic Administration/Health Education from Texas A&M University (1989). She was Vice-Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) prior to retirement in 2014. She served as Chairperson for the University of Central Arkansas and Chapman University programs in physical therapy and as Associate Director in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University before joining UNTHSC.
She has served in numerous APTA elected leadership positions, was the pediatric content expert for the APTA’s Move Forward public site for 4 years, ending in 2016, served as secretary of the TPTA from 2013-2015, and has served as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for Texas for the last 6 years.
Donna Case, PhD, OTL, began her work with assistive technology more than 30 years ago when working with adults with significant multiple disabilities who had been removed from Michigan’s State Institutions. She received a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Technology from Eastern Michigan University to facilitate her students' ability to interact in meaningful ways with their environments and community. She received an Individual Interdisciplinary PhD in Industrial Engineering and Occupational Therapy, looking at improving employment options for individuals with severe disabilities using assistive technology. Donna has been teaching courses in assistive technology to occupational therapy, engineering, and special education students for more than twenty years. She has written chapters and articles on assistive technology for a variety of publications.Read full bio
Dr. Michelle S. Troche is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, she holds adjunct positions in the departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Florida, where she also served as a faculty member prior to joining Columbia University. She is director of the Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction. Her research is aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection (i.e., swallowing and cough). To that end, she employs a two-pronged approach including both basic science and clinical research. Basic science research goals focus on developing a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway protection and its disorders. Clinical research goals are the development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for dystussia (deficits of cough function) and dysphagia (deficits of swallowing function). Current projects focus on multiple behaviors contributing to airway protection and the ability to modify those behaviors via non-pharmacological treatment paradigms. Research participants include healthy volunteers, people with Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, ischemic stroke, and motor neuron disease. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Michael J Fox Foundation, and CurePSP Foundation. She directs a collaborative, multidisciplinary, and productive laboratory which creates a rich environment for trainees of all levels.
Her clinical work has mainly been in the area of Movement Disorders where she has evaluated and treated the motor speech and airway protective function of hundreds of patients. She has expertise and has mentored students and taught in the areas of: cognitive-motor relationships, neural/myogenic adaptations to exercise and training, with emphasis on the swallowing, coughing and respiratory systems, and clinical disorders of motor speech, voice, and airway protection. Her research, teaching, and mentorship have been recognized by several awards and in her academic record.
Rich Severin PT, DPT, is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist. Dr. Severin graduated from the University of Miami with his doctor of physical therapy degree in 2013, followed by a cardiopulmonary residency at the William S. Middleton VA Medical Center/University of Wisconsin-Madison, and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in rehabilitation science at UIC, with a focus on cardiorespiratory physiology and obesity. Dr. Severin also serves as a visiting clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a part-time clinical assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Baylor University. In addition to his research, education and clinical interests, Dr Severin has worked to develop clinical practice tools for disease risk assessments for physical therapists in a variety of practice settings and the translation of evidence into practice.Read full bio
Katarina L. Haley, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has specialized in the area of acquired neurological communication disorders for more than 25 years. Her research program pursues the dual paths of data-driven clinical decision-making and client-centered practice. Dr. Haley runs an active research laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.
Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University.
Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the co-founder and president of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing.
Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.
Dorian Rose, PhD, PT holds a dual appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida and a Research Health Scientist at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Rose’s interests as a researcher, educator, and clinician are in adult neurorehabilitation. In addition to teaching at the University of Florida, Dr. Rose has spoken at the state level, nationally and internationally on the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals post-stroke. Her research interests are in developing intervention strategies based on principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning for the rehabilitation of post-stroke motor control deficits of both the upper extremity and gait. She is currently Principal Investigator of an American Heart Association funded clinical trial, “A Novel Strategy to Decrease Fall Incidence Post-Stroke” and two VA RR&D funded trials: 1) “Biofeedback to Increase Propulsion during Walking after Stroke” and 2) “A Novel Strategy to Decease Fall-Incidence Post-Stroke.” She has also served as PI on two externally funded trials examining the use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an adjuvant to functional task practice to improve arm recovery post-stroke.
Dr. Rose contributed to two national multi-site clinical trials that rigorously examined two unique post-stroke interventions: 1) the Extremity Constraint Induced Therapy Evaluation (EXCITE) trial that examined Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for the paretic upper extremity post-stroke and 2) the Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS) trial that examined locomotor training on a treadmill with body-weight support for the recovery of walking ability post-stroke. Dr. Rose received her physical therapy degree from Daemen College, her Master’s Degree in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Rose maintains professional membership in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Heart/American Stroke Association and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Mary Boyle, PhD., CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and Professor/Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University. Dr. Boyle received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University, she was Director of the Speech, Language, & Audiology Department at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY. Her career encompasses more than 30 years of working with adults with aphasia in a variety of medical, home-care, and university-based settings.
Dr. Boyle directs the Aphasia Research Lab at Montclair State University. This lab investigates all aspects of aphasia, with an emphasis on: 1) developing and testing treatments for word retrieval problems in aphasia at single-word and connected speech levels, 2) developing and testing outcome measures of word retrieval treatment in connected speech, and 3) developing and testing clinician-friendly discourse outcome measures. With funding from the Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute and Montclair State University, Dr. Boyle completed the first studies to apply Semantic Feature Analysis treatment to people with aphasia. These projects demonstrated the efficacy of that treatment, and their results have since been replicated by independent research labs around the world. Dr. Boyle has also been among the first to assess outcomes of word retrieval treatment in connected speech. Results of her research have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Boyle’s research has always been clinically focused. Her goal with this course is to share clinically relevant information, and she welcomes questions and comments via email.
Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role in 1994; and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Rehabilitation Science in 2005, also from UTMB. Dr. Lehman is board-certified in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN); gerontological nursing (RN-BC); and in the CNS role (CNS-BC).
Dr. Lehman’s clinical nursing experience includes medical surgical, geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing in the roles of staff nurse, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist. She has worked in the rehabilitation nursing field since 1987. She is a past-president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and the Editor and a co-author for the 7th edition of The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum. Dr. Lehman’s articles and chapters on rehabilitation and gerontological topics have also been widely published in national journals and textbooks.
Dr. Lehman retired in 2014 at the rank of Clinical Professor from the University of Texas system after 24 years of service. She worked in the clinical setting at UTMB for 17 years, and her most recent service was in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she worked for 7 years in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Lehman currently serves as a nursing consultant in educational and legal endeavors.
Dr. Kegelmeyer has over 30 years of clinical experience and is currently a Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. She has extensive clinical expertise, having worked in acute care and outpatient therapy, and spent 10 years as director of physical therapy at a skilled nursing facility. Currently she works as a consultant at the Movement Disorders Clinic at Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University. She studies mobility and fall prevention in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases and the elderly. Her publication titles include "Use of the Tinetti Mobility Test in Parkinson and Huntington’s Disease" and "Use of Dance, Dance Revolution to Improve Balance in Huntington’s Disease." She is also one of the co-authors of the textbook Neurologic Rehabilitation: Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity in Physical Therapy Practice.Read full bio
Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA, is a behavior consultant working in midcoast and central Maine. She specializes in designing educational programs based on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports framework and the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dually certified as a Behavior Analyst and an Occupational Therapist, she possesses a unique understanding of special education and the necessary supports to promote student success. Her practice focuses on using an evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior and improving functional performance in the education environment. Ms. Scheibel presents nationally on the topic of building interdisciplinary collaboration and demonstrating the value of occupational therapy in complex practice environments. Additionally, she provides programmatic consultation on interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practice implementation.Read full bio
Susan B. Perry, PT, DPT, is Professor and Curriculum Director in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a full-time faculty member at Chatham since 1995, where her primary teaching assignment includes adult neurologic rehabilitation. Her neurologic practice experience has spanned over 30 years, in settings from the ICU to outpatient rehabilitation.
She has published in the areas of functional outcomes in patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury; fall and fracture prevention; and knowledge translation in neurologic physical therapy. She was honored with APTA’s Education Section’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2012, and the Neurology Section’s Service to the Section Award in 2014.
Dr. Melissa Bednarek received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, followed by a Master of Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University. Following four years of acute care experience, she returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2009, she joined the faculty in the DPT Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches exercise physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and the pharmacology thread in the curriculum. In addition to teaching, she has continued to practice in home health and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy in 2014.
Julie Hershberg is a passionate neurologic physical therapist, educator, mentor, learner and forever neuro-nerd. She owns and practices at [re+active] physical therapy & wellness, a state of the art outpatient neurologic physical therapy and wellness practice in Los Angeles. It is here she has the privilege to lead a team of PTs, OTs, yoga therapists and personal trainers to change the lives of people with neurologic disorders. She also gets to lead the clinical education of many students and direct the Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship. Her clinical practice is greatly influenced by her teaching (for the last 8 years) of Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology at the University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Where else does a PT get to make brains and lesions out of play-doh and tweet summaries from a neurologic differential diagnosis lab? She truly loves a fun and interactive classroom where research, didactic learning, student knowledge and dancing all come together. You will also find Julie online through the NeuroCollaborative where she is spreading the #iloveneuro PT spirit and furthering the profession of neurologic physical therapy.
Jenny Loehr is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years experience working in adult neurology. She has presented at over 20 state and national conferences and online continuing education programs on the topic of dementia, including the American Speech and Hearing Association, the National Association of Home Health and Hospice, and Leading Age of Texas. She is the co-author of the book Here’s How to Treat Dementia (Plural Publishing, 2013) and has also published articles for the ASHA Leader and the Journal of Communication Disorders. Jenny is an LSVT-certified clinician and is COS-C certified. She currently works for Encompass Home Health and Hospice as a Clinical Integration Specialist providing training, education, and mentoring for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and nurses in home health care policy, procedures, compliance, and program implementation. She assisted in the development and implementation of the Memory Care Program with Encompass Home Health and continues to provide ongoing training and support in this specialty area.Read full bio
Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT, is a pediatric hand therapist. She worked as an occupational therapist/hand therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1982 through 2017. During her 35 years, she gained expertise, with special skills in creative splinting/orthotic intervention, and developed the hand therapy program for the hospital.
She is currently devoting her time to sharing her knowledge with the therapy community by teaching continuing education courses. She has been teaching pediatric-oriented CE courses nationwide through Rehab Education, LLC since 2007.
Jill has authored numerous journal articles, chapters on pediatric splinting/orthotic intervention in "Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity" and "Foundations for Pediatric Occupational Therapy." She has also co-authored a book entitled "101 Creative Therapy Ideas."
She has presented at annual conferences for professional organizations, including AOTA, ASHT, and OTAC. She has been an invited speaker several times at international conferences. She is currently the President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.
Mary “Peggy” Faussett is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She graduated with a master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2001 from Chatham University. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2012. Peggy currently works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Hand Therapy Program. She enjoys treating children of all ages with a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions. Peggy has presented both locally and nationally on pediatric hand therapy. When not working as an OT, Peggy enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.Read full bio
Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL. Dr. Bislick is the director of the Aquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders (ANCD) Research Lab at UCF, and a research affiliate in the Aphasia Research Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Her research primarily focuses on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of acquired apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that typically results from left hemisphere stroke. Dr. Bislick’s long-term goal and current area of focus is the development of an effective treatment program for the rehabilitation of acquired apraxia of speech and the implementation of this treatment program into clinical practice.Read full bio
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital. Candy received a BS in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in 2008. Candy has been working in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 2000. She received an assistive technology practitioner (ATP) certification in 2005 and became a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) in 2007. She has been involved in numerous research projects and has focused much of her career on interventions and program development promoting recovery after neurologic injury or disease. Candy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.Read full bio
Dr. Scalise-Smith is the Dean of the College of Health Professions, a professor in the Department of Health Science, and a full professor in the Department of Allied Health at Northern Kentucky University. She collaborates with colleagues to serve children with disabilities using contemporary, evidenced-based practices in the US and internationally. Dr. Scalise-Smith has worked with colleagues from the arts to increase participation of children with and without disabilities. She has authored chapters in early intervention and physical therapy textbooks. She is on the editorial board of an international peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Scalise-Smith is the recipient of a variety of awards, including the Bud DeHaven award for Outstanding Service to the Section on Pediatrics (APTA).
Joe Adler graduated in 1993 with an MS PT from Arcadia University (then Beaver College) in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and earned a transitional DPT degree from Arcadia University in 2011. He has been working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia since graduation. He spent the first three years testing the waters of outpatient and inpatient acute rehab but found his passion in acute care in 1996 and has never looked back.
Joe has more than 20 years of acute care experience. He specialized in the areas of trauma and orthopedics until 2006, when he transitioned into the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, including transplant and critical care. In 2006, he received the APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialization in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (CCS) and was re-certified in 2016. Since 2009, he has worked in critical care in a cardiovascular and pulmonary surgical ICU.
As his career has progressed, he has taken a special interest in student education, taking on the role of center coordinator of clinical education (CCCE) from 2004-2016 and that of coordinator of our health system’s Acute Care Internship since 2007. His commitment to student/new employee education and mentorship has been complemented by his affiliation as an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University since 1998, teaching in the content areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and acute care.
In 2013, he was appointed Program Chair for the Section on Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy of the APTA, responsible for educational programming at their annual Combined Sections Meeting.
In 2015, he was honored to receive the Mary Sinnott Clinical Excellence in Acute Care award from the APTA’s Academy of Acute Care. Most recently, Joe was honored to have been awarded Arcadia University's Adjunct Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching 2018.
Dr. Brandy is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Valparaiso University. She holds a PhD in Nursing Science from Loyola University, Chicago, a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and a post-graduate Certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Valparaiso University.
Dr. Brandy is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. Her clinical background includes experience in critical care, surgery, acute, and residential psychiatric care, family practice. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner overseeing the care of rehabilitation and extended-care patients at a residential facility.
Dr. Brandy’s work has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services and Jacob’s Journal of Gerontology. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, National Gerontological Nursing Association, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has been invited to serve as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Her research interests include spirituality and mental health.
Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, is the Director of Operations for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center at the Vallejo Medical Center. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center as well as outreach, quality, and regulatory oversight. Michelle is a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has participated in numerous national and international advisory panels and committees related to professional nursing practice, rehabilitation, and health care reform, and has published 13 peer-reviewed publications. Michelle currently serves on the National Institutes for Health National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Quality Forum Neurology Standing Committee, and the Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Nursing, and is Chair-elect of the American Heart/Stroke Association International Stroke Conference State-of-the-Science Symposium. Michelle recently finished her doctorate in nursing and health care leadership program at The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. She is studying the predictive validity of the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home after Stroke (PATH-s), a novel instrument she developed with a colleague to assess stroke caregivers' commitment and capacity for the caregiving role.
Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L is co-owner of PASS – The Partnership for Advancement of School Service-Providers, LLC, providing professional development, consultation, and staff training in areas that inform and empower related service providers, teachers, families, and others to support and facilitate the success of children in educational settings (www.otpartnership.com). Dr. Hollenbeck is a Special Education Administrator responsible for related services, secondary transition services, assistive technology, and Section 504 for a Massachusetts Public School District. She received her BS and OTD degrees in occupational therapy from Tufts University - Boston School of Occupational Therapy and her MS degree from Boston University with a specialty in pediatrics. She is first author of the Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts Public Schools (www.maot.org) and has served on the AOTA Early Intervention and Schools Special Interest Section Committee. Dr. Hollenbeck has lectured extensively on the role of the related service provider in the public schools, including local, state, and national-level conferences and is a regular provider of professional development for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.Read full bio
Dr. Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Nurse Consultant, is a retired Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Research Center of Inquiry and is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation. Her contributions to patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation are evident at a national level, with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders’ independence and safety. For over 40 years, Dr. Quigley has practiced in the field of rehabilitation nursing, including 32.5 years with the Veterans Administration. She serves as patient safety expert for fall and injury reduction to the American Hospital Association, Washington State Hospital Association, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, and their Hospital Engagement Networks – now Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks. She also served as fall and fall injury prevention subject matter expert for the 2013 AHRQ National Falls Toolkit and the 2008 and 2013 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Reducing Serious Injurious Falls on Medical Surgical Units. Dr. Quigley serves as a committee member of the NQF Patient Safety Standing Committee and past member of the NQF Patient Safety Complications Steering Committee, nominated by ANA.
Her leadership resulted in redesign measurement of patient safety indicators for falls and fall injuries that link organizational, unit, and patient-level variables that are relevant and evidence-based. With a legacy as primary and co-investigator on health services and rehabilitation research, she has conducted large-scale studies to examine trends and cost savings on national interventions to reduce harm from falls. Dr. Quigley has served as principal or co-investigator in 35 research studies, totaling over $7.5 million. She has a track record of interdisciplinary research with health economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians for population-based outcomes research. Dr. Quigley has co-authored and served as associate director for eleven VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry center grants from 1999-2016, totaling over $13 million. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 50 non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, products, and media works.
Dr. Quigley is grounded in practice, with a legacy of leadership in healthcare outcomes related to functional improvement, rehabilitation outcomes, and continuum of care. For over 20 years, she led an interdisciplinary clinical team in the development of evidence-based assessment tools and clinical guidelines related to assessing veterans’ risk for falls and fall-related injuries across multiple medical centers. Additionally, she provides ongoing consultation to the nursing staff, quality management, and patient safety coordinators for management of complex patients at risk for falls.
Dr. Patricia Kelly Ralabate is a nationally recognized leader on effective instructional design for all learners. Building on 25 years as a speech-language pathologist, nine years as the National Education Association (NEA) Senior Policy Analyst for special and gifted education, and four years at CAST leading implementation and professional learning projects, Dr. Ralabate offers three MedBridge online courses focused on understanding and applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in clinical and educational settings. In addition to teaching for the George Washington University and CAST, she creates dynamic resources and texts for educators, including authoring Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching All Learners and co-authoring Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach.
Dr. Stephanie Davis Burnett is an advanced practice nurse with more than 35 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation nursing. She is considered an expert in the areas of rehabilitation, leadership, and staff education. Her certifications include being a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (ACNS-BC) and a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN). She holds Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and masters in nursing (MSN) degrees from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Stephanie’s experience includes positions as a hospital staff nurse, nurse manager, staff educator, and program coordinator; and in academia, adjunct faculty member in the masters of nursing level program. She also works as an independent expert rehabilitation nursing consultant in the area of nursing practice and staff education. Stephanie is a published author, editor, and accomplished speaker-presenter in her chosen field of practice. Dr. Burnett served as editor of the ARN publication “Evidence-based Rehabilitation Nursing: Common Challenges and Interventions, 2nd Ed.” (2013) and chapter co-author in two recent editions of the ARN core curriculum.
Stephanie is an active member in three professional nursing organizations: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), of which she is a past national president, past chair, and member of the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification board and ARN Board of Directors;
American Nurses Association (ANA); and, National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Her nursing experience in leadership and rehabilitationand her collaborative skills make her a highly sought and skilled conference presenter.
Dr. Burnett is currently a self-employed consultant in the field of rehabilitation nursing and legal nurse consultant, residing in the Birmingham, AL area.
Anne graduated with a Master of Science-Nursing from the University of Phoenix and has worked in the field of rehabilitation nursing for most of her career. She started as a staff nurse in inpatient rehabilitation at Weldon Center for Rehabilitation in Springfield, Massachusetts and then moved to Madison, Wisconsin, at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UW Health). Since then, she has had progressive leadership roles in the acute care rehabilitation unit at UW Health, moving from Care Team Leader to Patient Care Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Manager. Most recently, she opened and served as the Chief Clinical Officer for the new UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital. She has taken an active leadership role in improving care for patients by leading change initiatives in her work areas and implementing measures to improve patient care. In addition, she has been an active volunteer and leader in both the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the Wisconsin Association for Rehabilitation Nurses, where she has given multiple presentations and received the Nurse Manager Role Award. Anne received her BSN in Nursing from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN). Anne currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Quality & Safety for UW Health system hospitals.Read full bio
Gail Sims serves as a Patient Care Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, CA. She served as the Director of Nursing at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA for 8 years. She has also been a nurse surveyor for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the past 11 years. During the past thirty-nine years, nursing leadership and clinical management have been the main focus of her professional practice. She has been an Infection Control Nurse in long term and acute care settings on two separate occasions and served as adjunct faculty at two universities in their BSN programs. She has also served on the national board for the professional specialty organization of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and has advocated for health care reform in Washington DC with the ARN Board on three annual Hill visits. She has presented rehabilitation nursing topics at ARN national conferences and annual symposiums throughout her career. She has contributed to three rehabilitation nursing textbooks as well as two professional nursing journals.Read full bio
Sue Ann Guildermann has over forty years experience providing education, leadership and consultation to non-profit and for-profit senior service organizations. Sue Ann is a Registered Nurse with a BA and MA in communication. She currently conducts research of evidence-based findings and practices to create quality improvement programs, educational seminars and conferences with targeted solutions for Empira, a consortium of 26 skilled nursing facilities and 14 Assisted Living facilities in Minnesota. For the past three years she has traveled nationally to share the findings from the work of two national and state quality improvement grants awarded to Empira. The purpose of these grants was to reduce resident falls in skilled nursing homes and to ensure that their residents slept undisturbed throughout the night.Read full bio
Donald D. Kautz earned his BSN from the University of Northern Colorado, and his MSN and PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Don worked in many areas of Rehabilitation Nursing, including acute inpatient rehab on spinal cord, head injury, stroke, and general rehab units. He worked as a staff nurse in a pain clinic, outpatient clinics, and home health. In addition, he worked as a rehab unit nurse manager, and a neuroscience and rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist. For the last 20 years, Don taught nursing in ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN in Education programs. He has presented at over 100 local, state, regional, national, and international nursing conferences, and co-authored over 100 publications. Don retired in December 2016.
Dr. Wollman has been an educator and clinician for over 35 years. She has worked as a gerontologic nurse practitioner at multiple sites of care across the health care system. She also served as Director of Senior Health for a large health system and the coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner program for more than ten years at Neumann University in Aston, PA. She worked as one of the first advanced practice nurses in transitional care research at the University of Pennsylvania twenty years ago. Dr. Wollman has more recently taught nurse practitioner courses in an online college of nursing. She has presented at multiple national conferences on aging topics, including transitional care, dementia, falls, and health literacy.Read full bio
Andrew Opett received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996; a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, in 2000; and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, in 2001. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, in 2012. Dr. Opett is board certified as a clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Opett is clinical assistant professor at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and teaches course content in Human Gross Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Differential Diagnosis, Pharmacology, and Musculoskeletal Management. He supervises student research projects within the realm of diagnosis and treatment of spine-related complaints. He also continues to practice physical therapy part-time in the Rochester, NY, area. Dr. Opett currently serves as the Vice Chair of the New York State Board for Physical Therapy. He also serves as the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the New York State Physical Therapy Association.
Jessica Sparrow has been an occupational therapist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 10 years and has been in the lead therapist position there for 6 years. During this time, a focus of her clinical services has been devoted almost exclusively to children with functional deficits and related limitations in occupational performance due to cancer and related treatment. She received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. She is a 2010 AOTA Emerging Leader and in 2013 received her AOTA Pediatric Board Certification. She has been the PI and co-investigator on a number of research protocols and has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of pediatric oncology.
Russell Certo, PT, OCS, a physical therapist for 35 years, is the Founder of Trilogy, MOG National, and Grand Island Physical Therapy. He designed and developed the idea of an integrated physical therapy practice and medically oriented gym (MOG). He has become a leading expert in the field of medical fitness and lifestyle management and has been an invited speaker at many national association conferences. The catalyst for the creation of Trilogy was the recognition of the impact that a MOG model and its partners can have on the health of any employee population.Read full bio
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, is President/Consultant of Steffes & Associates, a rehabilitation consulting service. She provides consulting services to rehab providers nationwide, enabling countless providers to achieve optimum success in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care to their patients/clients. Dr. Steffes is also has extensive clinical experience and educational background in pediatric and adult neurological treatments. She co-authored the publication Refresh! Life Re-Energized, a manual for building a health and wellness program for aging adults, and developed BrainyEX, a turnkey program for brain health and fitness throughout the lifespan.
Dr. Steffes is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and completed her Transitional DPT in December of 2010. She served as a Network Administrator for a group of more than fifty private practice clinics, where her primary responsibilities included marketing, payer and provider relations, and contract management. In addition, Dr. Steffes is active in her profession, serving on the Nominating Committee for the Private Practice Section of APTA, and in the Wisconsin Chapter of APTA, serving as the Chapter’s Reimbursement Specialist.
Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP, practices privately as a speech-language pathologist. Her extensive clinical experience has included work with adults in post-acute, long-term care, and home health settings. Benigas's research interests include improving quality of life for persons with dementia, specifically those who have difficulties eating and swallowing. Her research has incorporated the use of Spaced Retrieval to teach swallowing strategies so that individuals with dementia can avoid unwanted dietary modifications. She has traveled nationally to consult and speak with other professionals in the medical field who work with persons with memory loss. Benigas received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in speech and hearing science with an interdisciplinary specialization in aging from The Ohio State University. She is a former Assistant Professor and is the coauthor of Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.Read full bio
Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS received his BS degree in Health Sciences and MA degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College (NY) in 1992, and his PhD degree in Health Sciences from Trident University (CA) in 2010. Dr. Cohen is currently an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program-South in the School of Health Professions at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in Blackwood, New Jersey. He teach courses in neuroscience, neuropathology, and neurorehabilitation.
In 2016, he was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association – Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s (APTA-ANPT) Excellence in Neurologic Education Award for his work in entry- and professional-level teaching in neurologic Physical Therapy. His primary research focus is on examining the impact of fatigue and gait, walking, and balance dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and rehabilitation interventions to ameliorate these problems. Dr. Cohen has a secondary focus on knowledge translation related to outcomes measurement and physical therapy practice for people with MS. He has been an ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist since 2002. He has published and presented nationally and internationally on physical therapy examination and outcomes measurement and on the rehabilitation of gait and walking in persons with MS. He is the Co-Chairperson of the APTA-ANPT Task Force on Outcomes Measurement for People with MS (MS-EDGE), and served in a number of elected positions in the APTA-ANPT Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group.
Dr. Wendy LeBorgne is a sought-after voice pathologist, speaker, author, and master-class clinician regarding vocal wellness and vocal athletes. Dr. LeBorgne actively presents nationally and internationally on the professional voice, with over 100 presentations on vocal wellness and vocal athletes. Her 20-year career as a voice pathologist and singing voice specialist includes serving as the clinical director of two successful private practice voice centers (ProVoice Center, Cincinnati, OH and BBIVAR, Dayton, OH), both evaluating and treating patients with vocal injury. Dr. LeBorgne holds an adjunct professor position at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a Voice Consultant caring for the voices of the actors and singers at CCM as well as teaching undergraduate vocal pedagogy, a new doctoral-level commercial music pedagogy course, and a new course entitled “Vocal Wellness for Vocal Athletes." She completed a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and both her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her original peer-reviewed research has been published in multiple international journals, and she is a contributing author on multiple voice textbooks. Most recently, she has co-authored The Vocal Athlete text (Plural Publishing) and workbook. She maintains an elite private studio (ProVoice Consultants) and continues to perform professionally. Her patients and private students currently can be seen and heard on radio, TV, film, cruise ships, Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, commercial music tours, and opera stages around the world.
Aimee E. Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA received her BS in Health Studies and MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital - Institute of Health Professions. She achieved American Physical Therapy Association Board Certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2008. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits and older adults. She also has extensive training and is certified as a Geriatric Certified Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA), Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), and in LSVT BIG.
Aimee is currently a Regional Clinical Director for Genesis Rehabilitation Services (GRS) where her primary role is in supporting evidence-based service delivery and top of license practice throughout New England. She also serves as a GRS Master Clinician in Neurology and Strength Training for the Older Adult. In addition, Aimee is Lab Instructor for Massachusetts General Hospital – Institute of Health Profession for the entry-level DPT program neurological courses. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the assessment and treatment of patients with neurological deficits, spasticity management, balance challenges, strength training, and aging adults.
Dr. Allison has been a DPT faculty member at Winston-Salem State University since 2013, and was a physical therapy educator at Midwestern University and East Carolina University from 2004-2013. She has 12 years of clinical experience in adult neuro-rehabilitation and geriatrics in acute, inpatient and outpatient settings.
Early in her clinical practice she became certified in Adult Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, later becoming an ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Subsequently she followed her strong interest in balance rehabilitation with seven years of experience as a clinical applications specialist for NeuroCom International, Inc. She is an invited speaker who has presented numerous courses on balance rehabilitation and fall prevention nationally and internationally. Her dual research focus includes (1) impaired multi-sensory integration mechanisms in individuals with balance deficits, and (2) fall prevention in older adults. She has published two book chapters and four peer-reviewed articles, and received external funding for research, on these topics. She has provided national professional service in the Neurology and Geriatric Sections of the APTA, as a peer-reviewer for numerous publications, and as an invited member of the CDC’s Division of Injury Prevention Workgroup on Exercise Interventions for Fall Prevention.
Staci Lyons has been a physical therapist for 20 years and currently owns a group of private practice outpatient orthopedic clinics in the state of Washington. She also serves as the Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Services for a local public hospital. Her practices specialize in the management of traditional orthopedic injuries and dysfunction, as well as the prevention and management of chronic diseases and lifestyle-related illnesses.
During her career, Staci has had the opportunity to teach for Great Lake Seminars on the holistic treatment of the foot and ankle complex and has given several seminars and community-based presentations on the impact of exercise and lifestyle modification on the prevention and progression of many of the most common diseases. She is also active in her professional affiliations including acting as a Key Legislative Contact for the Private Practice Section of the APTA and serving on the PPS Annual Conference Workgroup.
Staci received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington.
Dr. LaRaus is a 1992 graduate of Hunter College’s Physical Therapy Program in New York. He obtained his post professional doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, May 2008. He started out his career developing and implementing the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s inpatient and outpatient wound care center and services. He has worked in a variety of settings, such as the University Medical Center at Princeton, where he is the senior physical therapist and where he co-organized the facility’s original SWAT (Skin Wound Action Team) program, which develops and implements hospital-wide wound care protocol. He was the first physical therapist to be a program director for the Centers of Wound Healing, where he developed and ran a successful outpatient wound management program. Currently, he is the Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County for Fox Rehabilitation. Dr. LaRaus is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Acute Care Section, where he served on the editorial advisory board of Acute Care Perspectives from 1997 to 2017. Dr. LaRaus also served on the peer review panel for Advances in Skin and Wound Care, and he has written and produced with Slack, Inc. and Interactive Wound Care CD-ROM for Health Care Professionals (June 2003).
Dr. LaRaus is currently a Certified Wound Care Specialist with the American Board of Wound Management since June 1998. He has been an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care since 2000, where he has served on the Governmental Advisory Task Force, worked on the award-winning Venous Ulcer Algorithm, and is the current co-chair for the regulatory group. He serves as a member of the nominating committee and has been the physical therapy board member from 2014 – 2017 for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.
Dr. LaRaus is an active lecturer in the field and has presented to various universities as well as nationally to health care professionals and allied health care professionals in the field of wound care management.
When Cyndi Cortes became an interdisciplinary training trainee at the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disabilities as a Master of Science in Nursing student, she did not realize how that decision would impact her clinical and professional career. While working at Children’s of Alabama in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cortes developed a love and concern for children and adults with special health care needs and their caregivers. While at Samford University, she helped plan, organize, and implement CampUs, a summer day camp for children with special health care needs. She also volunteers with her church’s ministry for children with special health care needs. Caring for caregivers is a topic about which Dr. Cortes is passionate, and she will frequently discuss healthy lifestyle habits with all those with whom she interacts.
Elizabeth "Elisa" T. Kennedy, PT, PhD, PCS, is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT), and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. She received a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Georgia, a MMSc in Physical Therapy with emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from Emory University, and a BS in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. Dr. Kennedy is a Board-Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 35 years of clinical experience, with specific expertise in the NICU, high-risk infant follow-up, and early childhood special education. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents to professional audiences, locally, nationally, and internationally, in the areas of assessment and intervention for the infant and young child.
Suzänne Taylor, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, has extensive experience in oncology rehabilitation including providing direct therapy interventions and presenting on state, regional, and national levels. Dr. Taylor has dedicated her career to furthering oncology rehabilitation education, research, and program development. Her clinical practice included working in areas of surgical oncology, otolaryngology, hematology and medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, and palliative care. She provided therapy services from diagnosis through end-of-life in both acute care and outpatient settings. Dr. Taylor also has multi-facility management experience including supervision of therapy teams and oversight of operations. Now an oncology researcher in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Taylor is leading the development of a community-based oncology rehabilitation program for the greater Richmond, Virginia area. In addition, she created and maintains the website: www.OToncology.org as a means of organizing and disseminating information for therapists working in oncology.Read full bio
Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her professional doctorate in speech language pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She is the on-campus clinic coordinator and is one of four investigators on the NIDILRR Grant titled: Optimal Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology for Individuals with Severe Communication Disabilities: Development of a Comprehensive Assessment Protocol. She has 25-years experience as an SLP. Her expertise is in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. She has been an author of peer-reviewed journal articles, text book chapters, and national and international peer-reviewed presentations.
Jean Blosser is passionate about creating systems that ensure school SLPs and educators can provide outcomes-based, educationally relevant services. To Jean, interprofessional collaboration is essential! As President of Creative Strategies for Special Education, she consults and provides workshops for schools, universities, businesses, and professional associations. Jean has published numerous resources for SLPs, educators, administrators, and parents, including: School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery (Plural Publishing); Outcomes Matter in School Programs; and her fun daily activity calendar series: "Let’s Talk About It!", "Let’s Listen Today!", and "Let’s Get Organized!"
Recent publications and presentations have addressed collaboration with educators, integrating the curriculum into services for children with disabilities and engaging teachers and parents as meaningful partners. Jean's presentations are interactive, entertaining, and thought-provoking. She always shares practical materials that can immediately be used by participants. Throughout her career, Jean has focused on developing professional leaders, creating innovative solutions to school service delivery challenges, and fostering quality, efficacy, and efficiency. Her career experiences include: Professor, Department Chair, Clinic Director at The University of Akron; Vice President, Therapy Programs and Quality at Progressus Therapy; and President, Creative Strategies for Special Education. Jean was honored to be named Fellow of: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The American Council on Education, and The Ohio Speech and Hearing Association.
Dr. Rebecca Crouch has practiced cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy in the acute care and outpatient rehabilitation settings, and was a founding member and director of the Duke University pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient program for 30 years. She is now an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Campbell University, and her clinical practice is in acute care at Duke.
She has written numerous publications and given presentations in the areas of pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen management for physical therapists, evaluation and exercise for the cardiopulmonary transplant and medical pulmonary populations, and outcomes measurement. Dr. Crouch has been involved in several professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association (Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section), American Thoracic Society (state and national), and the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
Dr. Crouch is a business partner in PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, a webinar-based educational service, and is CEO of Cardiopulmonary Therapy Resources, a cardiopulmonary consulting business.
Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She currently holds the position of adjunct professor in the departments of physical therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Ellen is also the president and CEO of Cardiopulmonary Specialists, a private consulting firm that provides consulting and education on cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Additionally, she is a partner in PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, a web-based education company for entry-level DPT, residency, CCS board preparation, and continuing education. She also presents courses across the country on early mobility. She has been active in the cardiovascular and pulmonary section for many years and is the former Payment and Policy chair for the cardiovascular and pulmonary section. She has represented the cardiovascular and pulmonary issues of physical therapists at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services along with the APTA on several occasions.
Dr. Hillegass started a clinical residency through Mercer University in conjunction with Piedmont Hospital and works with the residents in the ICUs on a weekly basis. Her first resident was recently awarded their CCS this past February at the APTA CSM meeting in San Antonio, where two former residents presented their research as well (one on walking IABP and one with a poster on early mobility).
Ellen Hillegass is a member of the Board of Directors of the US COPD Coalition, as well as the chair of the COPD Coalition Strategic Planning Committee. She was the chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee on Venous Thromboembolism for the APTA (published in Physical Therapy journal in Febrary of 2016), and is the past chair of the Oxygen Recommendations Task Force for the APTA. She is a Catherine Worthingham fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is the editor of Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, an entry-level text with its fourth edition published in June 2016, as well as the author of a clinical notes book entitled PT Clinical Notes (formerly Rehab Notes).
Ellen received her entry-level training in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Medical Science in Cardiopulmonary Physiology from Emory University, and her doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation involved muscle morphology in the spinal-cord injured patient.
Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is President/CEO and Founder of the Aphasia Center of California, an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1996, providing speech-language treatment, clinical research, and training/consultative services. Dr. Elman received her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has more than 35 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. Dr. Elman is an internationally invited speaker, author of numerous professional publications, editor of a book for Plural Publishing entitled Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach, and a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.Read full bio
Andrea Ecsedy, PT, DPT, NCS currently works SavaSeniorCare Consulting, LLC as the National Director of Evidence-based Practice. Dr. Ecsedy has 33 years of clinical experience and has been a Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist for 25 years. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of balance and vestibular dysfunction, stroke and Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. She has extensive teaching background to include guest lecturing at several University Physical Therapy curriculums as well as teaching a multitude of continuing education courses on topics of gait analysis, spasticity management and electrical stimulation.Read full bio
Becky Khayum is a speech-language pathologist and co-founder of MemoryCare Corporation, a company that provides therapy, support, and counseling for individuals with neurodegenerative disease in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas. She specializes in the non-pharmacological treatment of dementia syndromes, with a focus on person-centered care. Khayum also participates in research targeting treatment approaches for Primary Progressive Aphasia and is currently collaborating with the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center on the Communication Bridge Study, an Internet-based speech-language therapy program for individuals with dementia. Khayum holds an MS degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Arizona and a BS degree in communication disorders from Purdue University.Read full bio
Dr. Linda Shell is an advanced practice nurse, consultant, and educator with a passion for developing leaders, delivering quality care, and challenging the status quo of long-term care.
As principal of lindashell.com, she collaborates with organizations on education, leadership development, building resilience, fall prevention, dementia programming, and sleep improvement.
Dr. Shell has served on various boards, including LeadingAge of Minnesota and the Minnesota Gerontological Society. She has been instrumental in the development and delivery of numerous leadership programs across the country and facilitates Leadership Academy for LeadingAge of MN. She also serves as adjunct professor of nursing at Bethel University in St. Paul.
As author of the proprietary, evidence-based SurTHRIVE Leadership learning platform, she has touched the lives of thousands of leaders through many local, state, and national conferences. She is known for her engaging and inspirational style.
Ms. Bhola has over 25 years’ experience in clinical management in the long-term care and assisted living market. Her previous roles include: Director of Nursing, Regional Consultant, Case Manager for managed care in the community and public health, MDS coordinator, staff educator, infection control, regulatory crisis management and leadership training. She is board certified in gerontology and received her Master’s of Science in Nursing with emphasis on Nurse Educator. She received her education on Infection Control and Prevention from Region’s hospital in MN and is currently studying to sit for the CIC exam.Read full bio
Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. For more than 30 years, Dr. Apel has been conducting research in the areas of spoken and written language and working with children, adolescents, and adults who have language-based learning deficits. Dr. Apel’s current research focuses on the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling, with a particular focus on orthographic knowledge and morphological awareness. He currently is the principal investigator of an IES-sponsored grant to develop a morphological awareness assessment. Dr. Apel is the former Editor-in-Chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2007-2009). He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a recipient of that association’s Honors Award.Read full bio
Dr. Emily Rogalski is a neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently serves as Associate Director of the Mesulam Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center and as Imaging Core Leader of our NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Dr. Rogalski research falls under the broad umbrella of aging and dementia and uses a multimodal approach to investigate two aging perspectives: primary progressive aphasia (PPA) in which neurodegenerative disease invades the language network and SuperAging in which individuals are seemingly resistant to the deleterious changes in memory associated with “normal” or more typical cognitive aging. She receives research support from the National Institutes of Health and other philanthropic sources.
Dr. Rogalski’s investigations assist in defining the clinical and anatomical features of different dementia syndromes over the course of disease as well as identifying genetic and other risk factors. Her lab uses advanced neuroimaging techniques including tau and amyloid PET as well as MRI.
Dr. Rogalski also develop educational programs, support groups, and person-centered intervention programs for families and individuals living with dementia. Her team is currently running a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of Communication Bridge, a telemedicine person-centered intervention to maximize quality of life for individuals with dementia.
Michael Fragala has worked in the healthcare business operations arena for the majority of his career and has served as a Regional Clinical Director, primarily responsible for clinical operations and strategic planning, within national post-acute accounts. Presently Mr. Fragala is employed by Joerns Healthcare overseeing clinical initiatives within national accounts. He has also spent time as a registered nurse, working within both acute and post-acute settings. Mr. Fragala has been serving as an adjunct faculty member at NEC since 2011 and has facilitated many NEC courses, both in the classroom and online. He has taught Strategic Planning and policy, IT Intelligence and business strategy, Organizational Leadership in Technology, and Professional and Organizational ethics, as well as Comparative Health Systems.Read full bio
Dr. Fragala has more than 45 years of experience as an Occupational Safety and Health professional and is currently the Senior Advisor for Ergonomics at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry in Tampa, Florida. He recently served as Champion for the Creating the Safer Environment Program for Joerns Healthcare and Director of Compliance Programs with Environmental Health and Engineering in Newton, Massachusetts. He is retired from the Faculty and his previous position as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Fragala is a national expert in the application of ergonomics to the health care setting. He has served as an advisor to OSHA regarding the development of the Proposed Ergonomics Standard and was asked to present with the Secretary of Labor at a national press conference when the proposed Standard was released. Dr. Fragala also has experience as a member of the DuPont Corporation’s Corporate Environmental Health and Safety staff and as a Safety Engineer with an international insurance carrier. He has been an advisor to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has helped develop and deliver some of their educational offerings. He has been a consultant to a wide range of American industries including many health care organizations, including the Department of Veteran Affairs on the topics of injury prevention and ergonomics. He has served on the faculty of a number of academic institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.Read full bio
Kim Murza, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her doctorate in Education: Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, where she specialized in language and literacy with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy, evidence-based practice, and phonetics. Dr. Murza has worked privately and in the public school system as a speech-language pathologist with children and adolescents in pre-school through high school and more recently with adults with autism spectrum disorder. She is currently the University of Northern Colorado Scottish Rite Program Director and a member of the Colorado Department of Education Speech-Language Advisory Council. Dr. Murza has participated in numerous research projects and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations. She has been an invited author and presenter for several topics including social communication and engagement, adolescent language and literacy and the Common Core State Standards. Her main research area is the development, delivery, and evaluation of high-quality professional learning in the schools. Additional research interests include assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, systematic review and meta-analysis, strategic learning, inference generation, and disciplinary literacy.Read full bio
Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DScPT, PCS, graduated from University of Memphis in 1986 with a BS in Special Education and from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Physical Therapy in 1989 with a BS in Physical Therapy. She completed her Doctorate of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2013. She received her Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialty in 2001 and recertification in 2011. Her experience draws from more than 28 years in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Emory & Henry College, Marion, Virginia. Bertie’s experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic, and outpatient pediatrics servicing all populations. Her research currently focuses on the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, wound care practices for the premature infant in a NICU setting, and obtaining norms for children in the United States on the Infant Motor Profile. She currently holds the Secretary position for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Executive Committee, the Regional VI Director, and Neonatology Specialty Interest Group’s Vice-Chair position for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.Read full bio
Tracy Stackhouse is a clinical pediatric occupational therapist who has specialized in working with children, adults, and families affected by fragile x syndrome (FXS) and Fragile X related conditions since the late 1980s. Through this work, first at Children's Hospital in Denver, continuing at the UC Davis MIND Institute, and now at the nonprofit center she co-founded (Developmental FX), she has been able to provide continuity of care with hundreds of families affected by FXS. This allows her to offer a perspective to the families she serves and the colleagues with whom she collaborates about how FXS looks neurodevelopmentally. Tracy is committed to conducting research to advance the understanding and treatment of neurodevelopmental disabilities and FXS specifically. She is the director of the Developmental & Fragile X Resource Centre in Denver, CO, which is included as a part of the Denver Fragile X Clinic of the Fragile X Clinics and Research Consortium (FXCRC). She has been involved in fragile X clinical care and research since 1989 and has been involved with the National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) since 1989, including active contribution to clinical materials and general advice. Tracy is a member of the Clinical Research Consortium of the NFXF, as well as a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee. In 2013, she served as a consultant to Novartis during their clinical trial for a targeted treatment in FXS. Recently, she has been involved in the efforts to identify feasible and reliable neuromotor outcome measures that can be used in clinical trials. This project resulted in development of the FX Motor Battery, which is proposed to be further piloted in this study. Tracy is committed to the success of the proposed project and has a history of collaborative work with this research team that will support this project’s success.Read full bio
Donna Williams, MSN, RN, CRRN, is a Case Manager at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA. She has more than 40 years of experience and is certified as a rehabilitation registered nurse. She has worked for over 25 years in case management in inpatient rehabilitation facilities and as an external case manager, working with injured workers and catastrophically injured people in the private sector. She has prepared life care plans for the purpose of projecting needs over a life span. She has spoken on case management and the transition of patients at multiple conferences. She is an active member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), has served as President of ARN, and has been involved in forming guidelines for leadership of the organization. As a case manager, she has worked with families and patients to ensure that they are ready for transition between care settings, attending to emotional and physical status, preparation of caregivers; the environment and follow-up care or support; and preparation for return to work. Ms. Williams has authored 5 chapters on case management as well as chapters on the roles of the rehabilitation nurse. Her aim is to coordinate care, ensuring patient-centered, time- and cost-efficient care.Read full bio
Cheryl Van Demark is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher with a master’s degree in physical education and exercise science. She has enjoyed more than 30 years of helping individuals optimize body alignment, restore movement, build strength, and cultivate a balance in body, mind, and spirit to pursue joyful living. Cheryl is deeply inspired to integrate the wisdom of Yoga into the future of health care. She serves as adjunct faculty to the physical therapy program at Northern Arizona University and to the School of Science and Engineering at Yavapai College.
Cheryl established Health In Motion LLC in 2009 to provide integrative therapeutic services. She presently contracts with local physical therapy practices to collaborate in the care of patients with chronic pain. Cheryl consults with clients on a private pay basis for yoga therapy and provides public yoga instruction through local yoga studios and at Yavapai Community College. In 2017, Cheryl created a retreat venue, Vidya Yoga Retreats, that provides learning immersion in the areas of women’s empowerment, enrichment for teachers on the path of Yoga, and resiliency for health professionals. The study and practice of Yoga is both a joy and a passion for Cheryl. Teaching is her greatest privilege. Her experience as a physical therapist intelligently informs her approach to Yoga practice, allowing her public classes to honor students across a wide range of experience and health status.
Cheryl Van Demark received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1983 and her MA in Physical Education through Northern Arizona University in 1991. She completed an Integrative Health and Lifestyle program with the University of Arizona in 2014. “C-IAYT” designates certification with the International Yoga Therapy Association as a yoga therapist. Cheryl completed her Yoga Therapist education in 2010 and serves as a faculty member with the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy, a program that educates yoga teachers to become yoga therapists. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapy, The American Physical Therapy Association, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Sarah E. Wallace PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition clinic in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wallace also directs the Communication and Cognition Lab (https://www.facebook.com/CommunicationAndCognitionLab/). Dr. Wallace is a certified speech-language pathologist with clinical experience providing services to individuals with acquired communication disorders. At Duquesne University she teaches the following graduate courses: Aphasia in Adults, Neurocognitive Communication Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Lab, and Capstone in Evidence-Based Practice. She also provides multiple guest lectures within the Health Science Departments focused on augmentative and alternative communication and interprofessional roles and responsibilities. Dr. Wallace regularly leads Interprofessional Education learning opportunities for Duquesne University students including a Grand Rounds Workshop that hosts over 400 students each year. In addition to her classroom and clinic teaching responsibilities, Dr. Wallace often mentors student research projects including interprofessional thesis and dissertation projects with students from the departments of Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology.
Dr. Wallace currently serves as the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Special Interest Group 2 Coordinator and contributes in multiple services roles to the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author, and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests, and abilities.
With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.
Jennifer is the author of five nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a five-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing two books on the subject.
Dr. Rob Winningham has 25 years of experience researching human memory and has largely focused on older adults and ways to enhance their mental functioning and quality of life. He creates brain stimulation activities for over 10,000 retirement communities and rehabilitation facilities as a part of Dr. Rob’s Cranium Crunches on activityconnection.com and helps create cognitive stimulation video games for linkedsenior.com and other companies. Dr. Winningham has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Divisions at Western Oregon University where he is also professor in both the Psychological Sciences and Gerontology Departments. Dr. Winningham received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor University. He has trained thousands of professionals to offer high quality cognitive rehabilitation and therapy programs. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory, Dr. Winningham has been invited to given well over 1000 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood was published by Baywood Publishing and his latest book was published in 2016 and is entitled Cranium Crunches. For more information go to: www.robwinningham.comRead full bio
David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a Credentialed Fellowship Graduate from the APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship. He has been a member of the UAB Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Research Group since 1994 and has participated in multiple research projects aimed at developing the approach and examining its influence on extremity use following stroke and other neurologic disorders. He is Training Coordinator for the UAB Training for CI Therapy program and conducts CI therapy training programs for rehabilitation professionals worldwide. He has held multiple leadership roles in several APTA components including being a member of the founding Executive Committee and serving two terms as President for the APTA Aquatic PT Section. He also served three terms as Vice President and two terms as President for the Alabama Chapter of the APTA. He has authored and/or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters concerning the topics of aquatic physical therapy, neurologic physical therapy and the PTs role in health promotion, wellness and prevention. He is recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the 2012 APTA Legislative Commitment Award, the 2012 Marilyn Gossman Award for Professionalism in PT and the 2016 Leadership Award from the Alabama Chapter of the APTA, and the 2017 Joseph F. Volker Outstanding Faculty Award from the UAB School of Health Professions. In 2017, he received the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award
Mark Blankespoor, DPT, has spent the last 20 years of his life dedicated to assisting individuals to improve their health, function and quality of life. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Dordt College in 1992, a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 1994, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2009. He has served in a number of roles with the Iowa Physical Therapy Association (Legislative Chair, Treasurer, Vice President, President) and the American Physical Therapy Association (Board of Delegates Representative, Board Member with Occupational Health Special Interest Group).
Mark has been a Faculty Member with WorkWell Prevention & Care since 1998. He has performed regular provider training with all of the WorkWell programs and has been a consultant on multiple projects with WorkWell. He has been a Health Coach with OPTAVIA since 2009. He currently works on a regular basis with over 100 health professionals with Health Coach programming.
Mark was the founder of Work Systems Rehab & Fitness in 1998, which has 5 clinic locations in Iowa (Des Moines, Ames, Pella, Newton and Oskaloosa) and multiple employer contracts throughout the state of Iowa. He has extensive experience in Work Injury Prevention and Management as well as Wellness and Fitness. He owned a 2,000-member fitness business in central Iowa that integrated corporate health and lifestyle health programming within the region.
Christine Cave is an advocate for the profession of nursing and the science of caring for rehabilitation patients across post-acute settings. Now in pursuit of an advanced degree as a doctorate prepared, family nurse practitioner at the University of San Francisco. Her specialty areas include bowel and bladder management and continence, functional and cognitive recovery for independent living, nutrition and fitness for aging populations.Read full bio
Dr. Michael J. Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE is the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Harcum College. He is a Board Certified Hand Therapist, Work Capacity Evaluator, and Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University School of Liberal Arts and the Temple University School of Allied Health Professions. In the past, Dr. Gerg has worked for Magee Rehabilitation, Temple University Hospital, and Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia where he helped to build a successful industrial wellness and ergonomic consulting practice. After beginning his career in mental health, he has gained extensive clinical practice experience in a variety of adult physical disability settings including outpatient hand therapy, acute care, acute rehabilitation, long-term care, and outpatient rehabilitation. He has had full-time academic appointments at Harcum College and Temple University and has been an adjunct faculty member at Shenandoah University in the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Training programs. His special interests include hand therapy, ergonomic worksite evaluation, legal expert consulting, industrial wellness, injury prevention research and training (primarily back injuries in healthcare workers), and functional capacity evaluation (FCE). His research interests include ergonomics, community access for persons with disabilities, and industrial wellness. He has published research on the ergonomics of text messaging as well as a book chapter on carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Gerg continues to be involved in clinical hand therapy practice in the Philadelphia metropolitan region and successfully owns and operates a small ergonomic consulting and legal expert practice, WorkWell Associates, LLC. Some of his previous and current clients include the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Trex, Inc., Toray Plastics, Kraft Foods, and the Philadelphia Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Philaposh). He has worked extensively with injured and disabled workers of various levels of ability to assist them in pursuing a means of earning a living that is also meaningful and fulfilling. He previously served as the Chairperson of the Work and Industry Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association. When not working, he finds biking, hiking, traveling, and freelance travel writing fulfilling.
Liliane Savard, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric physical therapist with 20 years of experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings. She has developed an expertise in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is an alumnus of the VT-LEND program (autism specialty) and also completed a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Study of Disabilities. She owns a small private practice and provides school-based services and community-based health and wellness initiatives. Dr. Savard is an associate faculty at University of Vermont where she teaches pediatrics in the DPT program. An avid life-long learner, she pursues a PhD degree in Clinical and Translational Sciences at UVM. Her research focuses on motor learning in those with ASD to promote participation, communication and community inclusion.Read full bio
Dr. Karol is President of a group private practice, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting, in Minneapolis, that specializes in counseling for persons with brain injury and other disabilities, neuropsychological and rehabilitation evaluations, program development consultation for organizations, workshops & staff training, and case consultation for providers, insurers, and attorneys.
Dr. Karol has also recently served as Vice President of Brain Injury Services responsible for Brain Injury Services’ programmatic leadership, marketing, and admissions for a provider of long-term care, assisted living facilities, and other services through specialty programs across multiple states. Prior work was as Director of a hospital based behavioral program for people with challenging levels of behavioral dyscontrol who had failed other programs, but were able to return to the community through his program.
Dr. Karol is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) as a Rehabilitation Psychologist and is Certified by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST). He received the American Psychological Association Rehabilitation Division Lifetime Practice Excellence Award in 2015 for “excellence in clinical practice and contributions to the field of rehabilitation psychology.” He is a member of the Minnesota Academy of Medicine.
He has authored four books:  Neuropsychosocial Intervention: The Practical Treatment of Severe Behavioral Dyscontrol After Acquired Brain Injury published by CRC Press,  Overcoming Grief and Loss after Brain Injury and  Therapists’ Guide to Grief and Loss after Brain Injury both published by Oxford University Press, and  Behavior Plan Workbook: How to Conceptualize and Treat Behaviors after Brain Injury published by Lash and Associates. Other publications include a book chapter Principles of behavioral analysis and modification in Brain Injury Medicine and its revision Principles of behavioral analysis and treatment as well as a chapter, Issues in Consultation, in Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation. He has published an invited article Neurobehavioral Crisis Hospitalization: On the Need to Provide Specialized Hospital Brain Injury Crisis Programming in the Brain Injury Professional and an invited article Team Models in Neurorehabilitation: Structure, Function, and Culture Change in the journal NeuroRehabilitation.
He has given more than 350 invited workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, and lectures, and he has conceived and hosted 13 annual conferences at two different hospitals, while serving on the planning committee for over another 30 conferences. He has been a national speaker for both Health Ed and CMI/PESI.
He is the American Psychological Association’s Rehabilitation Division 22 Liaison to the Board of Professional Affairs. He has served on the Division 22 Communication Committee and is currently on its Practice Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force. He co-founded the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, serving on its Board of Directors for 14 years and he is a past Chairman of the Board. He is currently on its Conference Planning Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of the United States Brain Injury Alliance and its Governance Committee. He has also served on the Education Committee of Care Providers of Minnesota, the state affiliate of the American Health Care Association/ National Center for Assisted Living. He has been on the Mayo Clinic TBI Model Systems Regional Advisory Council.
He served for 6 years on the Board of Directors of Accessible Space, Inc., which provides brain injury residential programming. He served on the Advisory Committee of Opportunity Partners’ TBI Metro Services, which provides brain injury vocational services. He has consulted with Vinland Center, which provides chemical health programming for people with brain impairment and at both Karcher Foster Services and Restoration Services of Minnesota, providers of group homes for people with brain injuries. He has advised the Minnesota Department of Human Services regarding brain injury on  its Traumatic Brain Injury Program Advisory Committee, and is its senior member and now planning to be its chair-elect,  its Neuropsychological Services Ad-Hoc Committee, and  its Needs of Adults with Brain Impairment Committee. He served on the Minnesota Department of Corrections Traumatic Brain Injury Expert Advisory Panel and has provided consultation services regarding brain injury to psychologists in the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He has served on the Supreme Court of Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Special Test Accommodation Panel. He has also served on Minnesota Psychological Association committees including Payor Committee, Statewide Referral Service Advisory Committee, and Hospital/Medical Psychology Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University.
While Dr. Jones is a full-time consulting staff member at the University of Washington Haring Center, he also the past president of the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis. His past research as a visiting professor at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington concentrated on social and communication skills for children and young adults with autism and other mental health issues. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences locally and nationally. His clinical work has focused on teaching these same social and communication skills as well as adaptive/self-help skills. In addition to his training as both a developmental psychologist and behavior analyst, Dr. Jones also has more than two decades of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities and almost 15 years working with populations specifically affected by autism. He has facilitated autism and ADHD social skills groups to promote social and communication skills and conducted many autism and Asperger’s syndrome trainings to teachers, therapists, social workers, parents, and university professors. In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Jones also works administratively as the director of operations for an ABA business and consults widely on business matters for ABA businesses in Washington State and across the country.Read full bio
Sarah Brown has more than 16 years of experience in health care, providing direct patient care, leadership, education, and consultation in a variety of health care roles in long-term care, transitional care, clinic settings, large health systems, and partnerships. Sarah is the Executive Director of Empira, which is a collaborative of four long-term care providers, namely: Presbyterian Homes and Services, Volunteers of America, Elim Care Inc., and Saint Therese. Sarah provides oversight to the Empira team to support innovation, exploration, diffusion, and optimization of applied research that produces clinical and holistic programs and solutions to promote quality of life for older adults.
Sarah has been a part of the Empira team since 2011. She began her career as a nursing assistant during college as she pursued her Health Care Administration Degree. Upon graduation, she worked with the Good Samaritan Society as a LNHA. From there, she moved to the Fairview Health System as a clinic manager while obtaining her nursing degree. During her time at Fairview, she moved into a performance improvement consultant role and moonlighted as an urgent care nurse. In 2011, Sarah retuned to senior care services, working for Presbyterian Homes and Services in a variety of clinical roles, including Grant Director, Director of Learning and Development, and Clinical Project Director.
Sarah is currently enrolled in an MBA program and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. She has presented at state and national conferences. Sarah serves on several state association committees. Her passion has always been in serving those in need and continuous improvement to better outcomes and experiences.
Elizabeth Galik is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Villanova University, a post-master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland. Her research interest is in developing and testing interventions to improve functional performance, physical activity, and quality of life among older adults with dementia. Dr. Galik practices clinically as a nurse practitioner in community and long-term care settings and focuses on the medical and neuropsychiatric care of individuals with dementia. In addition to her research, she also teaches in the adult and geriatric nurse practitioner program. Dr. Galik was awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship, and has received extramural research funding from the Alzheimer's Association, Foundation of the American Medical Directors’ Association, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a Board Member of the Maryland Gerontological Association, and the President Elect for the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Her memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi, Southern Nursing Research Society, Gerontological Association of America, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.Read full bio
Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist, is an expert in caring for older adults and a seasoned Certified Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She treats numerous patients in nursing homes, an outpatient clinic, and hospital inpatient settings.Read full bio
Tina Marrelli is the president of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., a publishing and consulting firm working in home care for more than 30 years. Tina is the author of 13 books, including the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation, and Reimbursement, (6th edition, 2018). Other books include A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Loved One and Yourself (2017), Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook (3rd edition, 2018), The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide (4th edition, 2018), and the best-selling home health aide educational system, Home Health Aide Guidelines for Care: A Handbook for Caregiving at Home and its accompanying Nurse Instructor Manual. Tina served on the workgroups that defined the first hospice nurse standards as well as serving as a reviewer in 2014 for the revised Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice through the American Nurses Association.
Tina attended Duke University, where she received her undergraduate degree in nursing. She also has master’s degrees in health administration and in nursing. Tina has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and public health and has practiced as a visiting nurse or manager in home care and hospice for more than 20 years. Tina also worked at Medicare’s central office (CMS) for four years on Medicare Part A home care and hospice policies and operations and served as the interim branch chief for Medicare Part B. Tina loves policy and the nuances that frame care, practice, and delivery.
Tina is an international health care consultant, specializing in home care and models of care provided in the community to people at home. Tina and her team of specialized consultants have been in business since 2002 and provide services related to the “design and implementation of challenges to providing home and community-based care.” In that capacity, they have served more than 100 clients throughout the world, clients who represent varying segments of service to home care and/or related products. Services include custom presentations, software development, educational services, serving as Team Leader with a team that served as quality monitors to the OIG, accreditation services, new organizational start-ups, due diligence, feasibility studies, and more.
Tina has been the editor of three peer-reviewed publications, most recently for Home Healthcare Nurse (now Home Healthcare Now), on which she served as the editor-in-chief for eight years. She is also an emeritus editor for Home Healthcare Now. In addition, Tina serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Health Nursing and The American Nurse.
Tina is the Chief Clinical Officer for e-Caregiving, www.e-Caregiving.com, a web-based support and educational system for family and friend caregivers created to support advocacy and improve care across the health care continuum.
Kim is a registered nurse with a master's degree in Education and over 30 years of home health experience. She is an experienced leader in home health care, having held both clinical and operational positions at regional and national levels for large corporate home health organizations. She brings a passion for providing the clinical voice of quality, while increasing efficiencies. She has extensive experience speaking for state home care associations, national home care organizations, and local home care organizations on regulatory compliance, successful strategies for clinical/operational success, OASIS data collection and strategies, quality outcome improvement, developing successful QAPI programs, documentation standards, and operational processes to support OASIS and ICD-10 accuracy.Read full bio
Cat Armato is an experienced executive with 18 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant and has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance and quality efforts, from program assessment to full program development and implementation.
Cat has served as a compliance consultant for a large organization under a Corporate Integrity Agreement. This multi-year, multi-site project involved assessments of operations, quality of care, and clinical documentation. She has also provided clinical and claim reviews for more than 1,200 records of various providers, many with multiple billing periods.
Cat has experience providing guidance and support to providers and their legal counsel during investigations by Zone Program Integrity Contractors, Specialty Medical Review Contractors, Medicaid Integrity Contractors, Medicare Administrative Contractors, and investigations with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General. She also has extensive experience in due diligence evaluations.
Cat is a contributor/reviewer for multiple health care publications by Tina Marrelli, including: Home Care Nursing © 2017, Handbook of Home Care Standards © 2018, Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook © 2018, and A Guide for Caregiving © 2017. She also served as assistant author for The Nurse Managers Survival Guide: Practical Answers to Everyday Questions by Tina Marrelli.
Sheila Andersen, RN, MSN, started her nursing career in 1982 when she graduated with her Practical Nursing degree. She worked in long-term care facilities until she returned to school and graduated in 1986 with an associate degree in nursing.
From 1986 to 1988, most of her work was in the long-term care setting. In 1988, Sheila started to work in the hospital setting, and through the years she worked in many areas of the hospital, with Preoperative Unit and the Intensive Care Unit settings being the main focus.
In 2012, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in management and ethics. She continued to work in the Intensive Care setting, and in 2014, Sheila completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing. From 1986 to the present, she has worked as a staff nurse and a charge nurse and resource person.
Pursuing a nursing career has become one of her goals, and in 2017, she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing, Gerontology Clinical Nurse. The Intensive Care Unit is where she currently continues to work as a full-time nurse.
Throughout her nursing career, she has taught Nurse Aide courses, been an active member in the nurse practice council, and served on an ethics committee, where she took call for ethical issues. In the hospital, setting the quality core measures, she has researched central-line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and prevention of CLABSI. Sheila helped to establish a policy for an organization on CLABSI prevention while educating the nursing staff and doing compliance auditing for prevention.
- Registered Nurse: Kansas, Missouri, and New Mexico
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor: 1999 to 2006
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Trauma Nursing Core Course Certification
- American Association of Critical Care Nurse 2013 to current
- American Nurses Association 2016 to current
- Missouri Nurses Association 2016 to current
- Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing 2016 to current
- International Nurses Association 2016 to current
Dr. Sheets has taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Valparaiso University since 2004. She is certified in gerontology and has an extensive home health background. She has co-authored articles that have been published in Rehabilitation Nursing and Nursing Education Perspectives, and has been a content reviewer for a gerontological nursing textbook. Professor Sheets has presented her Transitional Care DNP EBP project at both the Canadian and American Gerontological Nurses Associations. Professor Sheets maintains a limited practice through Moses Caregivers in a small elderly group home environment and is a CNS trained in home hospice/palliative care. Dr. Sheets was also instrumental in developing a new service line of Transitional Care and Palliative Care at IU Health LaPorte Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, and other local community organizations. Professor Sheets also holds a supervision and leadership certificate.Read full bio
Ms. Flinchum is an advanced practice nurse with forty years' experience in staff and patient/community diabetes self-management education. She has held the position of Clinical Nurse Specialist-Diabetes Educator at La Porte Hospital (formerly Indiana University La Porte Hospital) since 2007 and is currently program coordinator for the outpatient diabetes self-management program, in addition to maintaining inpatient diabetes clinical nurse specialist responsibilities. Ms. Flinchum holds board certification as an adult clinical nurse specialist, holds board certification in advanced diabetes management, and is a certified diabetes educator. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor and mentor for numerous undergraduate and graduate nursing students attending various universities. She is a past recipient of the American Association of Diabetes Educators' Advocacy Award in recognition of her efforts resulting in the passage of diabetes licensure legislation in her home state. She is also a recipient of the Daisy award for excellence in nursing.
In addition to her focus on diabetes, she has extensive experience in developing and presenting continuing education offerings on a wide variety of medical-surgical and critical care topics and has presented posters at local and national meetings. Ms. Flinchum completed training in transitional care nursing through the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently successfully championed the establishment of a transitional care service at IU Health La Porte Hospital. She has also completed post-graduate coursework in evidence-based practice, pharmacology, and advanced practice clinical practicums. Ms. Flinchum is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Valparaiso University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, the Society of Nursing for Advanced Practice, and local, state, and national chapters of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In addition, she serves on the Northwest Indiana Research Consortium and various other professional committees and organizations.
Jeanine has been a practicing physical therapist since 1975. A pediatric clinical specialist since 1994, she had extensive experience with the adult rehabilitation population earlier in her career. She first began billing for services as a solo provider in 1992 when she moved to an area that did not have pediatric physical therapy. Since that time she has split her career between early intervention services, school-based services, and private practice. She has owned a multidisciplinary outpatient pediatric therapy company which provided services to children in their homes. She currently provides early intervention physical therapy, private outpatient physical therapy, and advises therapists who want to start their own practice. Her book, The Small Patient Practice: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Pediatric PT, OT or SLP Practice, is in its second edition.
Michelle Kirschner is the Clinical Coordinator for Cancer Survivorship at the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. With more than 20 years of previous clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine, Michelle brings a unique and practical perspective to the field of Cancer Survivorship. An experienced speaker, she has presented timely and vital information to health care practitioners and cancer support communities on topics ranging from survivorship care plans to the treatment of fatigue. Michelle has specialty training in cancer rehabilitation and sees a wide variety of cancer survivorship patients at her facility, where she is also developing cardio-oncology programs and advanced cognitive assessments.Read full bio
Dr. Vagy received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). He has completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. Dr. Vagy is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy in the DPT program at USC. He has published three books and numerous articles on injury prevention. Dr. Vagy delivers lectures and seminars internationally on the topic of The Movement System. He is an orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Dr. Vagy has served as a physical therapist in China for the Chinese National Track and Field Team, has worked with USA Track and Field at the Olympic Team Trials, has completed a rotation at the US Olympic Training Center working primarily with USA Men's gymnastics, and has provided medical care at international events such as the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships. He has rehabilitated several world champions, gold medalists, and Olympic athletes. His assessments and treatments are rooted deeply in an understanding of The Movement System.
Kathleen Vollman is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, and Consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including pulmonary care, critical care, prevention of health-care-acquired injuries, work culture, and sepsis recognition and management. From 1989 to 2003, she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICUs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. Ms. Vollman is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI, and HAPI as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for HRET and the Michigan Hospital Association. In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine; in 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses. In 2012, Ms. Vollman was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses.Read full bio
Marlene Snow, MS, OTR/L, SCLV is Lead OT and Health Educator at NewView Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Marlene has worked in many settings, including long-term acute care, home health, school systems, and long-term care. She found her passion with low vision OT. Marlene received her Specialty Certificate in Low Vision through the AOTA in 2014. She received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2016 and has received a Graduate Certificate in Low Vision from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Angie Stone, RDH, BS, has been a dental professional for more than 38 years. For the last 15 of those years, she has focused on the oral health of those who live in care communities and those who provide oral care to that population. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Caregiver. She has research in this area that has been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal and is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Dying From Dirty Teeth. She is a international speaker on the topic of improving oral health and has educated on-site in 47 states and six countries.Read full bio
Dedee Culley is a registered nurse with over 18 years of experience, with the last 10 years being specifically in the home health and hospice areas. She has been a field nurse, case manager, educator and director of operations in agencies. She has also served as a clinical expert analyst for a software vendor, designing and developing EHRs for home health and hospice as well as implementing and providing transitions for them. In addition, she is a legal nurse consultant, COS-C, and holds a certificate for project management. She currently applies her experience and knowledge by providing education and consulting services to agencies across the country in order for them to practice optimal EHR transitions and avoid pitfalls.
She is married with four children, three grandchildren, and loves to ride motorcycles and travel with her husband and family. She serves her community in organizations focused on feeding the homeless and those dealing with gynecological cancer.
Demetra Antimisiaris (Dr. Dee) is the director of the University of Louisville’s Frazier Polypharmacy and Medication Management Program. This program is dedicated to education, research, and outreach regarding polypharmacy. In addition to teaching Pharmacology to medical and dental students, Dr. Dee provides a weekly polypharmacy clinic and clinical consult service with the U of L Family Medicine and Geriatrics department. Her research interests include multi-stakeholder decision-making regarding medication use, and health systems analysis regarding polypharmacy.
Joey has 45 years experience in long-term care and acute care settings. Joey’s experience includes both staff and management positions in long-term care. For the past 35 years she has worked in long-term care management as a Director of Nursing and as a Consultant with responsibility for staff management, education and resident clinical care. Joey has extensive experience in developing and implementing quality assurance programs and wound care programs. Joey is both a Wound Care Certified and Diabetic Wound Certified nurse.
Joey is a state and national speaker on a number of long-term care topics including leadership, culture change, pressure injury prevention and treatment, and fall prevention. Her training and instruction has been instrumental in working with not only her facility but with other long-term care organizations to produce “Culture Change” to improve the quality of life for the elder and disabled population. Joey has implemented innovative nutritional programs within her facilities to assure resident choice and satisfaction that directly affects the healing and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Joey is also the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council. This position requires active participation in multiple state coalitions chairing the state’s Hand Hygiene Initiative. This position also allows Joey to mentor Directors of Nursing and also provide instruction through the Long-Term Care Nursing Leadership Program.
As a nurse, it has been Constantine Checa-Gerena’s passion to help people get through difficult times in their life’s journey by bringing hope and healing. As an educator at heart, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience not only about home care nursing, but also about overcoming the mental and emotional barriers that get in the way of achieving one’s full potential. She truly believes that everyone wants to be healthy, wants to find purpose and peace—and the primary job of being helpers and healers is to guide a patient toward that path.
Her professional background includes being a psychiatric home care nurse and interdisciplinary care team manager. She is currently an RN supervisor of the Health Home at Risk Program—one of the many Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs.
Her educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Science and Associate’s in Applied Science in Nursing from Queensborough Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and she will complete her Master’s Degree in Nursing to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by May of 2018 from CUNY Hunter College.
Patricia Warring has been a registered nurse since graduating from Missouri Western State College in 1990 with a BSN degree. She earned an MSN from Valparaiso University in the clinical nurse specialist role, adult health.
Patricia’s clinical nursing experience includes five years of medical/surgical/oncology in an acute care setting in the role of staff nurse and supervisor. The past 23 years have been spent as a hospice/palliative care nurse in both in-home and in-patient settings. She has a special passion for pain and symptom control for these patients. Her interest in this area has led her to develop and present educational courses for nurses and staffs at a local, state, and national level. She has co-authored a chapter in a national award winning gerontology textbook on end-of-life care based on competencies in nursing. Patricia was a certified Hospice Specialist for 16 years. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at a local university.
Luana S. “Lu” Krieger-Blake LCSW, MSW, BA
Lu Krieger-Blake has been a clinical practitioner for all 45 years of her Social Work career. In her 25 years as a hospice medical social worker, she lived out her “heart’s mission” by bringing her compassion and skill to help patients and families navigate their end-of-life process. A strong believer in the team concept of providing whole person medical care, she promoted clinical teamwork among co-workers in the hospice setting. She educated and inspired multiple teams to understand family dynamics and patient/family adjustments to end of life.
During Lu’s hospice tenure, she obtained her MSW degree while working full-time. She was privileged to use her expertise by spreading the word about concepts of hospice care to the community, and to many university classes. Professors often scheduled her to introduce hospice as their new semester began, year after year! She became a sought-after mentor for many social work students from three different local universities who wished to explore the medical field by interning in hospice and later in gerontological care. Student reviews gave her high praise for the quality of her mentoring and their experiences under her direction.
Upon retirement from hospice, Lu continued her heart’s mission by bringing her compassionate skills to a non-profit retirement community. She counseled residents and families going through end-of-life experiences that usually preceded the need for hospice care, but the issues of loss and physical decline remained similar and relevant.
She continues speaking in the community and has continued to educate about hospice care and family adjustments at end of life by writing chapters in several editions of an award-winning gerontological nursing textbook and now through Medbridge courses.
Maria A. Jones, PT, PhD, is a program director and clinical professor at Oklahoma City University (OCU). She is developing a physical therapy education program at OCU. She also consults with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) about policy and authorization of durable medical equipment and physical therapy. Dr. Jones was the principal investigator for a research project examining the effects of power mobility on young children with severe motor impairments. Over the years, she has consulted with many state agencies in Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in the areas of assistive technology and service provision for people with developmental disabilities. She has taught courses in developmental disabilities, assistive technology, and research methods. Dr. Jones currently serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.Read full bio
Nancy E. Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC, is the owner and CEO of Solutions for Care, Inc., a consulting company specializing in all aspects of home health and care management. Her years of experience include: clinical, administrative, provider, and ten years as a state and accreditation surveyor.
Nancy is a certified Clinical Specialist in Home Health with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and a Certified Care Manager. Recently, Nancy has served as a Corporate Integrity Monitor for the Office of Inspector General for four years. She was an accreditation surveyor and was qualified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a state surveyor. She has been a Medicare Hearing Officer for the Medicare Fair Hearing Department of CMS, where she conducted and adjudicated federal administrative hearings.
With a team from the University of Hawaii, she serves as an educator and resource to the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Palau in the development of home health and is currently developing a Home Health and Hospice program for American Samoa. She is a contributing author to the Handbook for Home Health Administration and numerous articles in national home care publications. Her book, Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival, has helped many achieve deficiency-free surveys.
Cindy Potter, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient, preschool, school, community-based settings, and ICF/MR facilities for 39 years. She earned a B.S. in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, M.S. in Health Related Professions (Developmental Disabilities track) from the University of Pittsburgh, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University. She is a former Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. She currently serves as Chairman of the State Board of Physical Therapy in Pennsylvania and is in her third term on the licensure board. She has presented internationally and has published in peer-reviewed journals. With a strong interest in global health, she has served on 20 medical missions and is the president of the non-profit Honduras Hope Mission, Inc.Read full bio
John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has worked in various outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine environments, but specializes in the treatment of athletes with hip pain and more specifically ice hockey athletes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
After practicing for several years, he became board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He currently manages a private practice in Columbus, Ohio that caters to an athletic patient population. When not treating patients, he lectures nationally and internationally on topics focused on the management of The Athlete’s Hip and The Ice Hockey Athlete and manages his website (JohnSnyderDPT.com) that provides educational material for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other allied health professions.
Dr. Barbara Davis is the Houston Harte Centennial Professor of Communication Emerita at The University of Texas at Austin. She has also worked as an SLP in public schools, private practice, and at the Texas Department of Health. Dr. Davis has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and two books. Her research and teaching interests include acquisition of speech production skill and applications to speech disorders. She has studied typically developing infants in English and diverse language environments, as well as childhood apraxia of speech and speech patterns in young infants receiving cochlear implants and in children diagnosed with autism. Her teaching profile includes Speech Science, Phonetics, Infant-Toddler Intervention, and Developmental Speech Disorders. She has presented continuing-education workshops to SLPs nationally and internationally since 1987.Read full bio
Deborah Boroughs, RN, MSN, has extensive professional and personal experience in the management of medically complex children. As an advanced practice nurse, she led a professional team of nurses and social workers as the director of the Pennsylvania Ventilator Assisted Children’s Home Program (VACHP), a PA Department of Health program with offices at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. She is a much-published author of professional journal articles and textbook chapters and a lecturer about care of the complex pediatric patient. She has taught pediatric and community health nursing at two universities. She currently serves as a consultant to home care agencies, an expert witness for legal cases, and as an nurse educator of home care nurses. Personally, she is the mother of eight children, six of whom are adopted with complex healthcare needs, including two ventilator-dependent children.
Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is Director of the Global Women's Health Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Connors Center. Dr. Stoklosa is an internationally-recognized expert, advocate, researcher, and speaker on the wellbeing of trafficking survivors in the U.S. and internationally through a public health lens. She has advised the United Nations, International Organization for Migration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and the National Academy of Medicine on issues of human trafficking and testified as an expert witness multiple times before the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she has conducted research on trafficking and persons facing the most significant social, economic, and health challenges in a diversity of settings including Australia, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Among other accolades, Dr. Stoklosa has most recently been honored with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health Emerging Leader award and the Harvard Medical School Dean's Faculty Community Service award for her tireless efforts to advance the public health response to trafficking. Her anti-trafficking work has been featured by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Glamour, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, STAT News, and Marketplace. Dr. Stoklosa published the first textbook addressing the public health response to trafficking, "Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue, A Paradigm Expansion in the United States.Read full bio
Dawn has been a nurse for over 30 years, with the majority being in the home care setting, serving as a home care nurse, liaison, customer service/contracts director, and administrator. As it relates to HH-CAHPS, she has been (and continues to be) involved in HH-CAHPS from an operational perspective, working with a large academic-based home health agency that voluntarily participated prior to the launch. She participated in a Technical Expert Panel that reviewed the initial Home Health Compare website and is a member of the NQF Patient Experience Committee. Dawn served as an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, been affiliated with three local schools of nursing, and been on the Editorial Board for Home Health Care Nurse. In addition, she has published on patient satisfaction and transitions of care.Read full bio
Beverly S. Reigle is an Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and was the Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute from 2013-2018. She received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas; MS in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas; BS in Nursing from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois; and diploma in Nursing from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Reigle has taught for more than 28 years in a university setting at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. She has served in leadership positions in multiple professional organizations, such as Secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau International Board of Directors, Vice President of the Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association (SONA), the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Board of Directors, Chair of Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, Secretary of the Tri-State Oncology Nursing Society, and Secretary of the Hamilton County American Cancer Society (ACS) Board of Directors. She chaired several ACS committees at the county level (e.g., Breast Awareness Committee) and was Co-Chair of the Ohio Division Triple Touch Subcommittee and currently serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Committee. She has conducted research that addresses the early detection of breast cancer and the role of rehabilitation and exercise in breast cancer survivors. Dr. Reigle has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on the role of exercise in cancer survivorship. Among her awards, she received the ACS Hamilton County Unit Outstanding Leadership Award, the Southern Ohio Nurses Association Nursing Educator Award, the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award/College of Mount St. Joseph, and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses President’s Award.Read full bio
Dr. Sheyi Ojofeitimi received her Bachelor's degree from Fordham University, Master's degree from West Virginia University, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Alabama State University. She is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and a graduate of the Dr. Linda Joy Lee International Connect Therapy Series, and is also trained in visceral mobilization, craniosacral therapy, and integrative dry needling (IDN). She is co-owner of Synthesis Physical Therapy. Dr. Ojofeitimi has been a physical therapist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundatio for 17 years, treating the professional dancers from the main (AAADT) and junior (Ailey II) companies, students, and staff of the organization. She coordinates the medical and massage therapy services for both professional companies. Dr. Ojofeitimi was also part of a team that conducted biomechanical and epidemiologic research to aid in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injury in dancers at the Analysis of Dance and Movement (ADAM) Center. She is the author of 18 dance medicine related peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Ojofeitimi is a specialist in the treatment of lumbo-pelvic/sacro-coccygeal dysfunctions and has a passionate interest in the connection between dysbiosis (gut dysfunction) and chronic pain/disease. Using a whole body functional approach that incorporates nutrition, Dr. Ojofeitimi treats each client as a unique individual.Read full bio
Shaw Bronner’s first career was as a dancer, performing nationally and internationally with several modern dance companies. Dr. Bronner earned her PhD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) in rehabilitation and movement sciences, earned an EdM in biobehavioral studies at Columbia University's Teachers College, and did her physical therapy entry level work at SUNY Downstate. She is certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
Dr. Bronner directs Physical Therapy Services at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation, where she created and coordinates the in-house program for the two companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and The Ailey School students. Her research on the Ailey program was able to demonstrate that an in-house program with emphasis on injury prevention and timely treatment reduces injuries, time loss, and is cost effective. She currently teaches Anatomy-Kinesiology to the Ailey-Fordham BFA Freshman.
Dr. Bronner is also Director of the ADAM Center, co-owner of Synthesis Physical Therapy, and Visiting Professor at Yale University. The ADAM Center is a research laboratory dedicated to the study of human movement and dance, examining human movement from many perspectives including biomechanics, neuroscience, ergonomics, epidemiology, injury, and prevention and rehabilitation. Dr. Bronner has published over 100 articles and abstracts on these topics and presents frequently at national and international forums. Some of her research has included the kinematics and kinetics of breaking in hip hop dance, analysis of forces in tap dance, and optimization theory in motor learning in dancers. Recent work demonstrated that hypermobility, technique motor control, tight muscles, and previous injury are key predictors of musculoskeletal injury in pre-professional dance students. She serves on Editorial Board of Medical Problems of Performing Artists and Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, where she is also Associate Editor.
Dr. Bronner uses a neuro-orthopaedic physical therapy treatment model incorporating the principles of motor learning and motor control combined with manual therapy. As a specialist in dance physical therapy, she has worked with dancers for over 20 years. This expertise benefits all her patients, from the athlete to those with neurologic problems.
Nathalie Rennell is currently an instructor in the RN-BSN/CEP programs and on the honors faculty with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She is also a member of the faculty at the Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA). Ms. Rennell has been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. For ASU, Ms. Rennell primarily is lead faculty for the Health and Wellness course in the RN-BSN/CEP program. She has also been an instructor in the art of nursing, research, and community health courses. For PIHMA, Ms. Rennell is the lead instructor for the Public Health and History of Medicine courses.
Prior to joining the faculty at Arizona State University, Ms. Rennell held positions in home health and hospice nursing from nursing assistant to case manager to director. Ms. Rennell has served as a consultant for home health and hospice programs and assisted with agency startups, licensure, and certification.
Ms. Rennell extends her education and clinical expertise further into the community through her volunteer work in her church community.
Lisa Gorski MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN, has worked for over 30 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, now part of Ascension at Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a CNS, she has developed and oversees the home infusion therapy program, provides staff education, is involved in agency quality assessment, performance improvement, infection control and surveillance, and also provides direct patient care. Lisa received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin College of Nursing. Her graduate school work focused on the chronically ill patient population. Within her home care agency, she has also focused extensively on preventing hospitalizations, including a focus on the heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient populations. Lisa served on the American Nurses Association committee and helped develop the American Nurses Association Home Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, most recently published in 2015.
Lisa is the author of over 50 book chapters and journal articles on home care and infusion therapy topics. She is also the author of several books, including the 7th edition of the Manual of IV Therapeutics: Evidence-Based Practice for Infusion Therapy (2018) and the 2017 book: Fast Facts for Nurses About Home Infusion Therapy. Lisa has been actively involved with the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) for many years. She served as the 2007-2008 INS President, is the 2017-2019 Chairperson of the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation, is the chair of the INS Standards of Practice Committee, and led the INS Vesicant Task Force. She is an editor for INS 2010 textbook, Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach and also for the forthcoming 2019 edition, which is in progress.
In 2006, Lisa was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. She was named the 2003 CRNI of the Year by INS and the 2011 CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She speaks nationally and internationally on standards development, infusion therapy/vascular access, and home health care. Over the past few years, Lisa has presented well-received presentations addressing standards of practice relative to care of vascular access devices and infusion administration in the US, China, Europe, and Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.
Mr. Carlson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology (1996) and his Masters in Physical Therapy (1999) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has delivered numerous CE courses on cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for the WPTA and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In 2015, he instructed a course entitled Cardiopulmonary Essentials: Applications to Clinical Practice for the Army-Baylor DPT program as a distinguished lecturer. He has been an Honorary Associate/Fellow for the University of Wisconsin – Madison since 2009, where he has been the lead instructor for The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Aspects of PT course. He received his Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist Certification through the APTA in 2012. He developed the curriculum and serves as the lead mentor for the William S. Middleton VA’s Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Residency program. For the past 18 years he has served as the Lead PT for the William S. Middleton VA Hospital’s Heart and Lung Transplant program and Cardiopulmonary Specialty Clinic.Read full bio
Perry Flynn is Vice-President for Planning for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is the Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of Speech-Language Pathology and a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has several publications in the ASHA Leader, Perspectives and Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools on the topics of the Common Core State Standards, and service delivery in public schools. He is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Riding Instructor, an Operation Smile volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics North Carolina.
Lissa Power-deFur has spent over two decades focusing on school-based issues for speech-language pathologists. She served as a director in Special Education and Student Services and state speech-language-hearing consultant at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). While there, she provided technical assistance and training to speech-language pathologists, teachers, administrators and parents on special education policies and procedures, the educational impact of communication disorders, and school-based speech-language services. After leaving VDOE, she returned to higher education at Longwood University in Virginia, where she was instrumental in starting the graduate program in speech-language pathology. The program includes an Educational Settings class, which she created, and have a school placement. Lissa has published and presented on the topic of education standards and the educational relevance of communication disorders nationally. She received the ASHA Leader Outstanding Service Award for her article on Special Education Eligibility. Lissa has been active professionally, serving as Virginia’s State Education Advocacy Leader for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as President of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia, and as the 2014-16 ASHA Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology.Read full bio
Anne Walsh, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN, ACHPN has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and an NP for over 15 years and is currently working as a nurse practitioner for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) hospice program. She provides wound and ostomy consults for hospice patients with complex wound and ostomy needs in addition to conducting both home and facility face-to-face visits to evaluate patients for ongoing hospice eligibility. The wound consult visits often include bedside sharp debridement of wounds with necrotic tissue to palliate the symptoms of odor and excessive drainage.
She conducts wound care educational training for the nursing and medical staff. She serves as a preceptor to NP students and both physician and NP fellows training in hospice and palliative care and for those with a special interest in wound care. She has assisted in the development of a hospice/palliative wound care protocols and a wound care formulary to both standardize wound care for improvement of outcomes and to provide more cost-effective wound care.
NP Walsh has published on the topics of wound care management, pain management in the setting of advanced illness and co-morbid substance use disorder, and on the eligibility criteria for hospice and palliative care.
She is retained by attorneys as an expert wound consultant to complete medical chart reviews and to provide legal testimony at trial for numerous hospitals and nursing homes facing malpractice litigation for the development of pressure injuries or for the worsening of pressure injuries.
Doris Mosocco is currently a Senior Manager of Quality for Virginia Premier, Inc, a Managed Care Organization where she supports the quality, accreditation and regulatory compliance teams of the company. Before this role, Mosocco was Regulatory Manager for Sentara Enterprise Home Care Division where she was responsible for survey preparedness and ongoing internal audits to ensure compliance with all applicable state and federal regulatory accreditation standards and oversaw the development and maintenance of clinical policy and procedures as well as supervising the mock audit team for the division. Mosocco has also worked for HCR Manor Care as a clinical services consultant for the Central Division and was responsible for assisting in the planning, training, organizing and implementing quality nursing management and care delivery. Prior positions have also included working with Riverside PACE program, which is Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a type of managed care health plan for the frail/elderly population and served in several capacities to include Director of Quality and Compliance; Executive Director of the program, Site Director and Quality Manager.
Professional accomplishments: Mosocco has presented at local, state and national seminars for both home care and PACE, authored various articles for leading industry magazines to include Home Health Nurse and news lines. She was one of the initial home care executives in Virginia to become certified as CHCE; obtained her certification as an OASIS Specialist-clinical (COS-C), a home care coding specialist in diagnosis, holds nursing license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Mosocco has also received her certification as Six Sigma- Green Belt.
Charity: Mosocco served on the Board of Directors of Peninsula Area on Aging-Newport News, Virginia for several years.
Mosocco has spent the majority of her professional career in quality management, senior leadership, and program and staff development in the long term care industry. She received her associate degree in nursing from Thomas Nelson Community College, her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University-MCV and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
On a personal level, I have a terrific husband; we share three grown daughters and take great pride in our eight grandchildren ranging in age from 2 through 13 years old. We both have been bitten by the travel bug and in our spare time, enjoying traveling and making memories.
Pam Farrell has worked, educated, and participated in research in nursing, particularly rehabilitation nursing, since 1975. She has been responsible for management and staff development for rehabilitation facilities from 1985 to the present and is currently designing and publishing multimedia computer-based training programs for rehabilitation professionals and working as a Clinical Educator for Rehab ClassWorks, LLC and Intermountain Healthcare. She has delivered multiple presentations on rehabilitation issues at both local and national conferences since 1981. She has taught rehabilitation nursing certification review courses annually, starting in 1988, and students have an exceptional pass rate that exceeds the national average.Read full bio
Cindy Nehe has been a Speech Therapist since 2002. She has worked in a variety of settings including education, skilled nursing, outpatient, home health, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. Cindy is currently in management for an acute care hospital that specializes in cardiac and trauma care. Evaluating and treating patients with dysphagia is a strong area of expertise and interest. Her passion is motivating and supporting peers and patients to achieve outstanding outcomes in rehabilitation.Read full bio
Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C
Annette is a registered nurse who has been practicing since 1990, with the majority of her nursing experience being in public health care. She has a master’s degree in Health Care Administration. In 2000 she joined the home health intermediary Cahaba GBA, where she became an instructor, providing education to home health and hospice providers on Medicare reimbursement issues and effective documentation strategies nationally. After nearly a decade working for the intermediary, she began Provider Insights, Inc. In the private sector, she was able to provide insights into Medicare regulations and how to make them work for agencies on a day-to-day basis to both increase quality and reduce risk. CGS also contracted Provider Insights, Inc. to perform all of the MAC’s clinical education for home health and hospice providers. Her broad experiences make her uniquely able to provide practical solutions to meet the requirements of the fiscal intermediary system and medical review within the “real world” environment of hospice and home health. She presents nationally on hospice, LCDs, home health coverage, OASIS, PPS, medical review/appeals, documentation, and coverage.
Misty Kevech, RN, MS, CCP, CPTM is an RN Project Coordinator for Quality Insights, the Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Louisiana. Her responsibilities are with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign and involve researching and writing Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) for home health. BPIPs provide information, tools, and resources on key topics to improve patient outcomes. She coordinates all the educational activities for HHQI University and all the continuing education activities for multiple disciplines. One of Misty’s focus areas is on underserved populations and their specific needs including patients who are in underserved areas, those who are dual-eligible, experience significant health disparities, and those served by small home health agencies.Read full bio
Jo Jo Dantone has been owner and CEO of Nutrition Education Resources, Inc. (NERI) for over 40 years. NERI is a company that provides consultant Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists to health care facilities with an emphasis on geriatric and diabetes care.
Jo Jo received a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. She been a Certified Diabetes Educator for over 20 years.
Jo Jo has assisted in establishing nine American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Programs and is currently Program Coordinator of a ADA Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program.
Jo Jo is Past Treasurer of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is Past Chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) and Past Chair of the Dietitians in Health Care Communities DPG. She is Past President of the Louisiana Dietetic Association and Past Legislative Network Coordinator for the Mississippi Dietetic Association.
Jo Jo received the Legislative Activity Award from the Diabetes Care and Education DPG in 2016. She received the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Louisiana Dietetic Association in 2010 and from the Mississippi Dietetic Association in 2000. Jo Jo has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in a public policy capacity for over 30 years for which she received the Legislative Activity Award from the Diabetes Care and Education DPG in 2016, the Ann Gallagher Award for Legislative Activity Involvement in 2009 and the Award of Excellence in Grassroots Political Action in 2004.
Lindy L. Weaver, PhD, MOT, OTR\L is an Assistant Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University. She has 9 years of experience as an occupational therapist working in developmental pediatrics and mental health across inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. She has presented at state, national, and school-based conferences on: autism, pediatric and adolescent mental health, collaborative care, and anxiety. She has six peer-reviewed journal articles in pediatrics and teaches school age and adolescent occupational therapy and mental health courses at OSU. Her areas of interest include community resources and occupational therapy interventions that promote occupational justice and positive mental health development among children and adolescents. Her clinical and research endeavors are focused on improving and providing evidence based care that maximizes protective factors and facilitates personal growth among underserved or stigmatized youth.
Mrs. Leonard is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with over 24 years of combined inpatient/outpatient/community experience with La Porte Hospital (formerly Indiana University La Porte Hospital). She has held the position of program coordinator of diabetes and nutrition services teaching diabetes self-management education, in both individual and group settings, until her retirement in November of 2017. Patty has developed support groups, coordinated speakers, facilitated health fairs, screenings, and expanded services to a Starke County, IN. She also held her primary position as floor nurse on telemetry, medical/surgical unit, and rotated to other units as well from 2006-2012. She participated in several committees, acted as charge nurse and schedule coordinator. Prior to 2006, she held the position as program facilitator in an inpatient mental health unit treating adolescents through geriatrics primarily for depression, substance abuse, bipolar, schizophrenia, and dementia. Patty has developed and led several groups on multiple mental health illness, support groups, coping skills, and co-facilitated therapeutic patient/family meetings. Throughout her career, she has served as a preceptor and mentor in all roles to undergraduate nurses. She has created and presented several educational presentations related to diabetes and its comorbidities, such as chronic and end-stage kidney disease (CKD and ESRD), along with monthly radio education shows to increase community education.
Her passion and emphasis on kidney disease, specifically polycystic kidney disease (PKD), arose from her family history of PKD and her own renal transplant. During her time with diabetes education she realized how many clients had little knowledge, if any, regarding their kidneys health or awareness of chronic and end-stage renal disease.
Mrs. Leonard is a recipient of a critical occupational scholarship for nursing, served on the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, and has volunteered for polycystic kidney disease fundraisers as well as The Slam Dunk program for diabetic children. She is currently a member of the American Diabetes Association, America Association of Diabetes Educators, and continues to serve on the Northwest Indiana Association of Diabetes Educators (NIADE).
Ms. Snecinski has bachelor's and master's degrees in music and an MBA in health care administration from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. She has had seventeen years of hospital administration and management experience and more than seventeen years of consulting experience in post-acute levels of care, including inpatient and outpatient therapy, sports medicine, occupational health, home health/hospice, LTCH, and LTC/skilled nursing. She is the president of Post Acute Advisors, an Atlanta-based consulting practice with a nationwide client base. The firm’s project work focuses on compliance, operational assessment, accreditation assistance, and education and training for clinical and medical staff. Activities within the compliance service line include compliance plan development and verification; medical record audits for compliance and medical necessity; denial appeal assistance; coding review, focusing on accurate coding; and identifying potential opportunities for improved coding. In order to best support this practice, she has obtained additional training and education in coding and compliance, and maintains professional membership in the American College of Health Care Executives, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the American Health Information Management Association.
Ms. Snecinski frequently is a speaker at national and location conferences for post acute providers and has authored multiple articles for professional journals including the chapter for post acute providers in the RAC Readiness Manual for the Georgia Hospital Association.
David Chapman, PT, PhD, earned his physical therapy degree at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and his PhD in Human Performance: Special Populations and Developmental Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington. Currently, Dr. Chapman teaches pediatric and neurological rehabilitation content in the doctor of physical therapy program at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Chapman practiced in outpatient and acute care pediatric settings while teaching in the physical therapy program at IUPUI. Guided by principles from dynamic systems theory, Dr. Chapman has published numerous articles and textbook chapters that have focused on how the leg movements of infants with low muscle tone are influenced by their position in space, how sensory information impacts the movements displayed by children with central nervous system impairments, and the neurological examination process with children and adults. His current research is focused on using wireless inertial measurement units (IMUs) to accurately detect and assess the leg movements generated by infants with spina bifida who have had their spinal lesions repaired before and after they were born.
Dr. Selby-Silverstein is a Professor at Neumann University teaching in the Physical Therapy Program. She previously was on faculty at Thomas Jefferson University, where she also was Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. She has been a PT in rehabilitation settings, gait laboratories, developmental centers, early intervention, school-based, home care, and outpatient physical therapy settings. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in PT from Ithaca College, a Master’s Degree in Developmental Disabilities from NYU, and a PhD in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University, with research focused on foot and ankle biomechanics, during gait and the effect of foot orthoses (conducted in the Gait Study Center of the PA College of Podiatric Medicine). She is a former National Institutes on Disability Rehab Research Switzer Fellow. Her research related to feet, orthoses, biomechanics and gait has been funded, presented, and published. Most recently she has been active in APTA Evidence Based Practice Special interest group (Research Section), and the Foot and Ankle Special Interest group (Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy) serving as an author of the "Foot and Ankle Curricular Guidelines for Physical Therapist Professional Degree Programs." She will be re-certified as an ABPTS Board-Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist in 2019. She practices PT at Rainbow Rehab (Marlton & Mt Holly, NJ).Read full bio
Sheila M. Longpré, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor at Gannon University in Ruskin, Florida. In her six years of teaching, Sheila has focused on educating future occupational therapy practitioners in an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Her research interests include cancer and occupational therapy practices, specifically pertaining to lifespan, childhood cancer, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and survivorship in relation to occupational performance, roles, habits, and quality of life. She currently mentors students in research, oncology, and education.
Prior to her academic teaching experience, she worked at two of the leading cancer centers in the United States. She had the opportunity to start the acute care occupational therapy program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. From there she went on to work at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she increased her knowledge and expertise about oncology and occupational therapy practice in the number ranked facility in the nation.
In addition, she has had the opportunity to present locally, nationally, and internationally on the topic of oncology and occupational therapy practice. She has authored several chapters and documents related to the role of occupational therapy in various settings. She is currently co-editing a book on occupational therapy practice across the cancer care continuum. She is also a co-author in peer-reviewed journals that discuss oncology and the role of the occupational therapy practitioner.
Dr. Long is a known expert in geriatric palliative and community-based health care, nationally and internationally. She has been a registered nurse for over 40 years holding various staff, management, education, and consultant positions. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, abstracts, and monographs related to home health care, end-of-life, pain management, and palliative care for advanced dementia and numerous dementia care training and professional materials. She is the editor on various advanced dementia training and professional materials.
Dr. Long has presented community-based gerontology nursing practice, end-of-life, palliative care, and dementia education to healthcare organizations, university faculty, state-level and national and international Alzheimer’s Associations, foundations, and government entities throughout the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Latin America including the following highlights:
- Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia (PCAD) program, which was authored by Dr. Long and initially implemented at the Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter and then at the Beatitudes Campus, a nursing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. This widely disseminated, state-of-the-art training program features innovative, comfort-focused, person-directed care with a rigorous evaluation strategy. The effectiveness of the PCAD program included a marked reduction in dementia-related behaviors and incontinence, weight loss, and anxiolytic and antipsychotic medication as noted with the Artifacts of Dementia Care instrument, which measures structure, process, and outcomes related to palliative care and is being used in other funded research grants by Rainbow Hospice in Chicago and the New York City Alzheimer’s Association. Staff reported higher job satisfaction and staff turnover has decreased using the Questionnaire on Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia, which measures staff attitudes and beliefs. The initial validation of the instrument was published in 2012 and the tool has been translated into Japanese, French, and Mandarin. It is being used by researchers in five countries, including the US.
- The PCAD program has received national acclaim in the New York Times and the New Yorker. The program also received the 2010 LeadingAge Award Excellence in Research and Education. This prestigious recognition is awarded for educational and research innovation with demonstrated quality of care and cost-savings outcomes for persons with dementia in long-term care settings. The PCAD has being replicated in grant-funded programs with Alzheimer’s Associations, long-term care facilities and hospices in Arizona, Chicago, and New York City.
- Dr. Long’s palliative care for advanced dementia work in standards and measurement development has been adapted across cultures and disseminated throughout the world. She has conducted these activities in diverse venues through universities, such as
University of Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, Thailand; with the Singapore; Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Associations; professional societies, such as the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; and various foundations, such as Tsao Foundation, Singapore. Dr. Long has consulted on geriatric palliative care in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Several of these consultative activities involved multiple visits and ongoing advisement.
Dr. Long is also an ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) Geriatric and Core trainer. She has received numerous awards including the Distinguished ELNEC Trainer award twice from the City of Hope. Dr. Long is a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and Transcultural Nursing Scholar with the Transcultural Nursing Society and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a B.S.N. from Marquette University, M.S. from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from Arizona State University where she is adjunct faculty.
In summary, Dr. Long’s research, education, service, and practice centers on the development and implementation of programs for dementia care across the continuum of care and numerous settings.
Megan is a physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist practicing in outpatient cancer care after graduating from Saint Louis University in 2005. She serves Health Sisters Hospital Systems (HSHS) Eastern Wisconsin Division as manager of Anew Cancer Survivorship and program development across a four hospital division. Anew Cancer Rehab successes include 57% referral rate within year one of program launch from a baseline of 6%, as well as 37% prehab referral rate based on 1180 analytic cases. Anew Cancer Rehab received nomination for submission to the Best Practice Repository by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) in 2015 as well as Best Practice recognition in 2016 for National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers (NAPBC). Megan is a member of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, American College of Healthcare Executives as well as board member on the Standards Committee of the NAPBC.Read full bio
Kathleen Fletcher is currently working as a PRN staff nurse at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She maintains a hands-on role, working as a clinician, educator, and researcher in gerontology for more than 35 years. She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the geriatric workforce. She has published extensively and exclusively in geriatrics. Kathleen demonstrates a passion for geriatric education and is much in demand as a speaker nationally at the state and local level. She is renowned for her expertise in delirium, dementia, and depression. She is plenary faculty for a HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant and has presented annually to interprofessional faculty scholars on delirium, comprehensive geriatric assessment, geriatric syndromes, and family caregivers. She is lead faculty in the GWEP Train the Trainer program. She received the David Butler Spirit of Caring award, the highest award by the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurse Association, in 2017 and received the highest award given by the Virginia Nurses Association, the Nancy Vance Award for Clinical Excellence, in 2001. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2002.Read full bio
Heather Teller is a Virginia-based nurse educator and acute care facility staff development coordinator. For the past eight years, she has worked on the subject of delirium as part of an interdisciplinary team at Riverside Health System. During that time, she developed the nursing education program to help reduce hospital-acquired delirium and aid in the treatment of those who are at risk of or are experiencing delirium.
Ms. Teller received her early training in education, psychology, and history from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University. She taught various subjects in the Virginia public school setting before pursuing her interests in nursing and health care, where she has worked for more than 10 years. After becoming a licensed RN, becoming a certified medical surgical nurse, and earning her BSN from Old Dominion University, she blended the skills and knowledge obtained as a teacher with her love of nursing and desire to train nursing staff, becoming a nurse educator. She remains dedicated to the mission of increasing knowledge and sharing a love of learning and serving with nursing staff in multiple settings.
Deanna M. Wanzek, PT, PCS, CKTI, CLT, graduated from the Mayo Foundation School of Physical Therapy in 1974. Although she has specialized in pediatrics for the past forty years, she does treat across the life span. DeDe utilizes a holistic approach to evaluation and treatment. She incorporates myofascial release, muscle energy, and other complementary skills. She is certified in the use of the Universal Exercise Unit/TheraSuit Method and teaches in the Pediatrics course at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is recognized by the Kinesio Taping Association as a Certified Instructor and was named Instructor of the Year for 2007. She has presented several times at the Kinesio Tape Symposium, which is a yearly event. She is also a Certified Lymphatic Therapist and APTA board-certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, and she currently serves as item writer for the Pediatric Clinical Specialist test. She was the 2017 recipient of the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall award presented by the American Physical Therapy Association.
DeDe feels truly blessed to be able to go to work every day doing something she loves and then is rewarded with patient/client successes (a child learning to creep or walk, a patient being pain free).
Through the years, DeDe has held several leadership roles. She co-founded the Special Children Center in Hudson, Wisconsin. In conjunction with that endeavor, she served as an employer, supervisor, and program developer. She also has served as interim executive director twice for St Croix Therapy in Hudson, Wisconsin. More recently, DeDe has been employed Foundations Therapy in Menomonie, WI, a private practice serving the pediatric population. Her role includes evaluation, direct treatment, and supervision of a physical therapy assistant. She currently is employed by the Redwood Falls Hospital in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
DeDe feels humbled and blessed to be the recipient of the Henry and Florence Kendall Award.
DeDe would like to dedicate this award to her late husband Fred, who so lovingly provided her with the support necessary to work long hours and be away from home to teach. Included in that dedication are her three children, who served as the best mentors any peds therapist could ask for. Thanks to her parents who encouraged and supported higher education.
DeDe would like to thank her colleagues and clients for always providing her with daily challenges that made her dig deeper and discover better ways to do things. Thanks to all the parents who entrusted their children to her for treatment. Very special thanks to Patti Oetter, occupational therapist, who helped launch her pediatric career and taught her the art of observation before action.
DeDe would like to acknowledge those who worked so hard on the award nomination.
DeDe would also like to thank the American Physical Therapy Association for all their support to the hard working therapists who are busy treating clients every day.
Kim Bennett is the Director of Visiting Angels of the South Shore, a private duty home care organization. She has been a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Massachusetts since 1992. Kim has been providing geriatric services in Boston and the Metro South region for the past 26 years. Her extensive experience includes Elder Protective Services and Case Management. She served as a Rehab Social Worker at skilled nursing facilities and hospital-based rehabilitation services. These included South Shore Hospital/Olympus Unit, Life Care Center of West Bridgewater, MA and Harbor House Nursing and Rehab in Hingham MA. In 2003 she joined Visiting Angels becoming Director in 2005. She developed an end of life training program for home care’s aides working in hospice. Kim has presented at numerous conferences including the NE Alzheimer’s Association Annual Conference, and the Visiting Angels National Conference. She has provided training to John Hancock Insurance’s National Long-Term Care Managers, Conway Realty Northeast Senior Move Specialists, and clinical staff at skilled nursing facilities.Read full bio
Geraldine P. Wallach, Ph.D. (Dr. Gerry Wallach) is a Professor and Thesis Coordinator in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California. She teaches courses in childhood and school-age language disorders, assessment, phonology, and language development. She also supervises the Child & Adolescent Language Clinic and the Adult Language Clinic. She has been Co-Coordinator of the Field Placements for Schools. Prior to coming to Long Beach, Wallach served as a faculty member and an administrator at Emerson College in Boston and at the Emerson College Los Angeles Center. Wallach was a tenured Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Emerson College from 1980-1987. She taught undergraduate and graduate students and supervised Ph.D. students. She was Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center from 1987-2000.
Dr. Wallach has had a long history of higher education and public school experience. She has published extensively in the area of language learning disabilities and literacy. Among her texts are: Language intervention and academic success which she co-wrote with Dr. Lynda Miller. She co-edited, Language learning disabilities in school-age children and adolescents (Allyn & Bacon) with Dr. Katharine Butler. Wallach’s text (2008), published by Elsevier/Mosby Publishing, is called Language intervention for school-age students: Setting goals for academic success. Among her publications are: “Comprehending comprehension: Selected possibilities for clinical practice within a multidimensional model” (with Dr. Alaine Ocampo) (Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools [LSHSS], 48, 2017); “Improving clinical practice: A school-age and school-based perspective (LSHSS, 45, 2014); and “The Spoken-Written comprehension connection: Constructive intervention strategies” (with Charlton & Christie Bartholomew) in Handbook of language & literacy, 2014. She was the Issue Editor and a contributor for the 25th Anniversary Issue of Topics in Language Disorders (25:4, 2005).
Dr. Wallach is also a member of the Divas Plus One Players, a group of SLPs who uses humor and theme-based learning in their presentations for ASHA, State, and other organizations. She was a member of the ASHA Committee on the “Role of the Speech and Language Pathologist in the Treatment of Auditory Processing Disorders.” Her article entitled, “Peeling the onion of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD): A language/curricular-based approach,” appeared in LSHSS (April 2011 issue). She served as Topic Coordinator for the School-Age Language Learning Disabilities area for ASHA San Diego, 2011. Dr. Wallach received her B.A. in Speech & Theatre from Long Island University, her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University & her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the Graduate School & University Center of CUNY. She was elected an ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Fellow in 1993. She received the Honors of ASHA in 2015. She has also received Distinguished Service Awards and Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Massachusetts and California Speech-Language-and Hearing Associations respectively. She was chosen as “Most Valuable Professor” for the School of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach in May 2005. Her current efforts are directed toward developing clinical and educational materials in language and literacy and continuing her research efforts in language comprehension and metalinguistic awareness. She is one of the editors (along with C. Addison Stone, Elaine R. Silliman, and Barbara J. Ehren) for the revised Handbook of Language and Literacy: Development and Disorders (NY: Guilford Publishing), published in 2014.
Kimberly Gordon, MPT, graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL, where her caseload consisted of orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gait dysfunction. She went on to manage a branch for that company in Bradenton, FL. Upon moving back to Rochester, MN, she spent time working in a local nursing home, helping to develop their short-term rehab program to increase the number of joint replacement patients in the facility and to better manage these patients as a team in the nursing home. She then moved into a home health physical therapy position, bringing innovative ideas to the patient returning from a hospital or nursing home stay after surgery or trauma, including many with new joint replacements.
She currently works at both the Rochester ActivePT office and the Plainview ActivePT office (managing the Plainview office) where she specializes in treating orthopedic patients both in and out of the therapy pool. Her specialty is treating pelvic, hip, and knee patients, and the majority of her patients come with women's health, orthopedic, and sports medicine complaints.
Kim has over 16 years of experience treating primarily orthopedic patients, with 12 of those years specializing in sports medicine. Kim also has numerous hours of continuing education, including SI joint dysfunction, shoulder rehabilitation presented by Kevin Wilk, pelvic floor training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute, and a certification course in Pilates training. She also taught a Pilates class at the Rochester Athletic Club and has developed specialized classes for the athletic club, including Back School, return to Pilates after rehabilitation, and prenatal Pilates.
Kim's area of specialty is the pelvis, hip, and knee. This includes pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and hip pain, total joint replacements, and SI dysfunction. She has trained for >7 years with Aquatic Therapy University, achieving lead instructor status under their extensive instructor's curriculum. Kim offers specialty training in the following through her affiliation with ActivePT:
o Back School
Kim lives in Rochester with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing soccer, biking, and running and has completed numerous half and full marathons.
Amy represents health care providers and health care facilities in medical liability litigation, complex health care litigation, and licensing and disciplinary litigation. She also represents clients on a wide range of regulatory matters. As part of this latter focus, Amy counsels legal professionals, health care systems and physician groups on compliance with the HIPAA and HITECH Act, and primarily on the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification requirements. Amy has been selected to the Washington Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016, and a Super Lawyer in 2017-2018 in Medical Malpractice. She also holds a 2019 Best Lawyers ranking in Health Care Law.
Amy taught as an adjunct professor in the health law program at University of Washington School of Law from 2011-2015. In addition, she has taught at Seattle University School of Law since 2014. Before she joined Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom, Amy clerked for the Honorable Ann Schindler of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Notre Dame, and graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.
Tricia A. Twombly, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C, AHIMA, is an approved ICD-10 CM Certified Trainer and ICE Certified Credentialing Specialist brings more than 30 years of home care experience to her role as the owner of Twombly and Associates LLC, a home health and hospice coding and consulting company. Tricia has served as Advising Editor for the Home Health Diagnosis Coding Manual, Technical Reviewer for the Diagnosis Coding Pro Journal, and Technical Editor for the BMSC online course libraries. She served on the CMS ICD-10-CM transition team and is the former CEO of the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance. Tricia continues to write numerous articles and white papers and is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in the home health and hospice industry.Read full bio
Dr. Sarah J. Murray started her career as an Army combat medic in 1993, then went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Northwestern State University, LA, in 1998. Since that time, she has earned an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role with a focus on traumatic brain injury (2010), and a PhD in Nursing with a focus in community reintegration of military veterans from The University of Hawaii at Manoa (2018). Dr. Murray is board-certified in the CNS role (ACNS-BC).
Dr. Murray’s clinical nursing experience includes intensive care, burn, research, medical–surgical, geriatric, rehabilitation, wellness, and nutrition in the roles of staff nurse, head nurse, nurse researcher, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist. She has taught at the undergraduate level and graduate level (MSN,) at The University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Murray has presented internationally and has been published in national journals.
Dr. Murray currently is living overseas with her active duty Army husband of 25 years. She consults on military research in various settings.
Dr. Amanda I. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Director of Speech Pathology, and Co-Director of the Emory Voice Center. She earned an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from New York University and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Gillespie leads a clinical research program that challenges existing voice therapy and diagnostic paradigms and examines the voice as a complex product of the entire body. Specifically, Dr. Gillespie’s work reframes voice therapy as manipulation of everyday speaking habits and techniques. She mechanistically explores the interactions between the larynx and other body systems, particularly the respiratory system. Her approach to voice diagnosis and treatment research reflects this interest in interactions.
Dr. Gillespie’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and various local and national foundations. Dr. Gillespie has authored numerous publications and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.
Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Professor of Otolaryngology, and Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt’s 25-year clinical and research focus specializes on the care of the professional voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy and psychological considerations in the assessment and management of patients with voice and breathing disorders. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt has over a decade of NIH-funded clinical research experience as a co-investigator focusing on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs, including the development and validation of six patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). She has published over 38 peer-reviewed papers, presented over 300 lectures nationally and internationally, and has given a TEDx talk® on voice and perception. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is the director of the largest voice therapy conference in the nation occurring biennially.Read full bio
Jennifer is the Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006. She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse health care settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 18+ years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and completed her doctoral degree in health care education and policy in March 2018. Jennifer is a certified healthcare compliance professional and legal nurse consultant. She serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and served on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group in 2017.Read full bio
Sarah is a speech-language pathologist working in Grand Rapids, MI. She’s had the opportunity to work in many settings across the continuum, including acute care, acute rehab, home and community, and outpatient therapy, as well as being involved in various leadership projects. In 2016, she started the Honeycomb Speech Therapy website and blog as a way to promote person-centered and functional therapy ideas for adult rehab, with 3000+ current followers. Those who have attended her speaking events enjoy her practical approach and tips that the everyday SLP can implement for a functional therapy approach.Read full bio
Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D, CCC-SLP retired as Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s in September 2017. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s became the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer remains clinically and academically active as Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has several other adjunct positions.
Dr. Kummer has done hundreds of national and international lectures and seminars in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and 24 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is one of the authors of the text entitled Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004) and the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, 4th Edition (Jones & Bartlett Learning).
Dr. Kummer is the co-developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005) which is incorporated in the Nasometer software (PENTAX Medical). She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener (Super Duper, Inc.). She was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)
Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors and awards, including: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati (2007); named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007); Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Cincinnati Chapter (2010); Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012), Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHLA) (2012); Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) (2014); the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). In 2017, she received Honors of the Association from ASHA, the highest award given by the association.
Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA has been a nurse for over 40 years. She has worked in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, ICF-MR, and in national consulting companies. She is also an endorsed parish nurse. She served in the roles of staff nurse, nurse manager, staff development, director of nursing, quality manager, director of quality, assistant administrator, consultant, and currently is VP of clinical services for a multistate company, responsible for the quality of care and clinical services and regulatory compliance.
Since 2004, Diane has taught components of the administrator preparatory class at the University of Minnesota. She was the Clinical Practice Chair for two years with the American Health Care Association. Diane has participated as a member of a Technical Panel Expert at CMS. She has presented on multiple topics regarding quality such as adverse events, quality improvement, reducing rehospitalizations, and multiple clinical areas.
Catherine Cram, MS, is an exercise physiologist and the owner of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC. Comprehensive Fitness Consulting provides evidence-based maternal fitness information and continuing education course training to health and fitness professionals.
Catherine developed the continuing education certificate course, Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design (Human Kinetics, 2016) with Gwen Hyatt. She co-authored the 2012 revised edition of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy with Dr. James Clapp (Addicus) and was a contributing author for the text, Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010).
Maia Braden, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with eleven years of experience working in voice and voice disorders. She became interested in speech pathology as a singer and earned her MS in Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From there, she completed a clinical fellowship in voice at the Emory Voice Center. She has worked as the pediatric voice manager at the University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallow Clinics at American Family Children’s Hospital since 2009. She has published on the topic of pediatric voice disorders and has lectured extensively on the topic in local and national meetings. She has strong clinical and research interests in voice science and voice rehabilitation in children.Read full bio