Instructors

Instructors at Rehab Education are are highly accomplished leaders in their fields. Please fill out this form if you would like to join our team.

Randall Alford, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI,

is a graduate of Texas Woman's University and has been practicing since 1994. He has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2000. He has been a KinesioTaping instructor since 2003 and has taught KinesioTaping courses nationally.

Randall presently works in a private practice in Baton Rouge, LA as the Director of Therapy Services for the Physical Therapy and Hand Center, where he primarily treats orthopaedic and sports injuries of the upper extremity. He taught Sensory-Motor class in the Fall of 2001 at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and has presented lectures on hand and upper extremity management at LSU Athletic Training Department in Baton Rouge, LA. Randall has developed and taught numerous orthopaedic and splinting classes of the upper extremity.

Classes taught by Randall Alford:

Catherine Brooks, MPH, OTR, CHT

has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 1989. With a career started in New York City at Hospital for Special Surgery, Catherine has extensive experience with pediatric orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and, specifically, Cerebral Palsy. Catherine has presented several research projects and taught instructional courses at peer –reviewed meetings including AAOS, AACPDM and ASSH. Catherine completed the 8 week pediatric NDT (Neurodevelopmental Training) course in 1996 and qualified as a CHT in 1998, bringing together her interests in both pediatric and Upper Extremity rehabilitation. Now based in Southern California, Catherine has worked in adults and pediatrics at UCSD, Children’s Hospital of San Diego and Kaiser Permanente.

Classes taught by Catherine Brooks:

Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT

Shrikant-J-Chinchalkaris a hand therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions and over 30 years of teaching experience. He designed and developed Hand Therapy programs at four major teaching centers in Canada. He conducted many instructional courses on upper extremity rehabilitation in over 20 countries in the world and has won many awards for his presentations. He has over 250 presentations to his credit.

He was awarded the “Dr. Paul Brand Award of Excellence” by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), “Award of Leadership” by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), “Award of Excellence” by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospital, “Best Educator” by the  Western University and the “Lifetime Membership Award” by the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists. He authored five book chapters and has published 27 papers and 15 abstracts in numerous peer-reviewed journals related to Upper Extremity Surgery and Therapy.

Classes taught by Shrikant J. Chinchalkar :

Paul Higgins, DPT, ATC, CSCS

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Hartford. He earned his Master of Physical Therapy from American International College in 1999 and Transitional-DPT from Simmons College in 2006. He began teaching at the University of Hartford as an Adjunct Professor in 2003,was hired full time in 2009, and currently teaches Physical Agents, Anatomy and Orthopedic Pathology. Clinically, he is working in outpatient orthopedics and is co-owner of University Physical Therapy, LLC in West Hartford, CT. His research interests include physical agents and athletic performance.

Classes taught by Paul Higgins:

Jill Peck-Murray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

 jill-peck-murray 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 these 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  (AOTA, ASHT and OTAC).  She is currently the President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.

Classes taught by Jill Peck-Murray:

Teresa Juodawlkis Pesci, MPT, CKTI

received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of California: San Francisco in 1994. She has worked at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, California, the William Beaumont Rehab Center in Birmingham, Michigan, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, the University of Michigan – Visiting Nurses and at the Abilities Center, a branch of the Detroit Institute for Children. She is currently working for Kids in Motion. Her interest areas are the birth to three population, infant massage, yoga for the special child and therapeutic taping. She has practiced in the following settings: inpatient, acute rehab, PICU, outpatient, interdisciplinary clinics (NICU follow-up, Movement Disorders, Spina Bifida, Hemophilia, and JRA), school and home. While most of her career has focused on pediatrics, she has experience in treating everything from birth to geriatrics. Mrs. Pesci has been using a variety of taping practices throughout her career. She is a certified Kinesio Taping instructor through the Kinesio Taping Association.

Classes taught by Teresa Juodawlkis Pesci:

Cindy Servello, MA, OTR

has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for the last thirty-five years. Over the last ten years, she has developed a specialty expertise in the treatment of infants and children with obstetric brachial plexus injuries.

In addition to being the primary therapist for The Neonatal Brachial Plexus Center in New Jersey with a group of pediatric neurologists, she serves as the national therapist consultant for the Texas Nerve and Paralysis Institute where her responsibilities include consultation to therapists, parents, and physicians, primary involvement in clinics nationally in coordination with top level surgeons and brachial plexus specialists, and participation in brachial plexus seminars which address state-of-the-art surgical and treatment interventions.

Classes taught by Cindy Servello:

Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS

is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 40 years of clinical practice treating difficult pain syndromes, entrapment neuropathies and other musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN with a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Dr. Stralka and two other colleagues wrote the first examination for the Orthopedic Specialty Certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy. She serves on the nomination committee for The Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity of the American Physical Therapy Association.

She has many publications to her credit and the two most recent were Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (2019) in Fundamentals of Hand Therapy, 3rd edition and Graded Motor Imagery in the last edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand in 2018.

Dr. Stralka has presented many courses to physicians and other health care individuals. She lectures both nationally and internationally. In December 2019 she lectured in Malmo, Sweden for the Hand and Upper Extremity Post graduate courses, and at the International Federation Society of Hand Therapist in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Stralka has received numerous honors throughout her career and was the recipient of the Dorothy B. Kaufmann Lectureship Award by the Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation. In 2016, she was one of the recipients of the Honored Professors Award at the Philadelphia Hand Symposium. In 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 she had the privilege of seeing patients, lecturing and working with Dr. Birgitta Rosen OT, PhD at the Skane University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden. Susan continues to work part-time seeing patients, lecturing and teaching webinars.

Classes taught by Susan W. Stralka:

Christine Scarano Ward PT, DPT, CKTI

Christine Scarano Ward PT, DPT, CKTIis a Doctor of Physical Therapy currently practicing in Freehold, New Jersey. She earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies from Rutgers University in 1994, a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2002, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMDNJ in 2004. She is currently licensed to practice in New Jersey, California, and Hawaii.

Dr. Scarano Ward has practiced in various physical therapy settings including acute-rehabilitation; hospital in-patient and out-patient therapy; and home-care environments. The majority of her practice, however, has been in out-patient orthopedics, where she integrates neuromuscular rehabilitation and manual therapies with exercise prescription to optimize patient care.  Dr. Scarano Ward is certified as a Level One Sports Performance Coach for the USA Weightlifting Association, and in 2017 became a Certified Kinesio Taping instructor. She has found all these components invaluable in optimizing performance not only for athletes, but for each client she works with in the clinic.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Scarano Ward has organized and worked in the Recovery Tent for the New Jersey Marathon 2012-2015.  She participated in the Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016, and continues to be active in marathon, triathlon, and competitive events as a participant, coach, and clinician.

Classes taught by Christine Scarano Ward:

Marc Allen, OTR/L, CHT

has been in practice as an Occupational Therapist since graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982. He received his Certification in Hand Therapy. in 1993. Throughout his career, upper extremity rehabilitation has always been an area of practice and passion. Marc serves on the advisory board for the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center. He has also served in the past on A.S.H.T. sub-committees to develop clinical guidelines. Marc has taught several hand therapy related courses since 1990, two of which were co-developed and taught with two hand surgeons that he works closely with. Marc enjoys teaching hand therapy related courses, making the learning experience both exciting and practical.

Classes taught by Marc Allen:

Mark W. Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and Mckenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. He started his own practice eighteen months after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of Science in Philadelphia), which he sold to NovaCare in 1997.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMDNJ, guest lecturer at Stockton College in New Jersey, and Medical College of Virginia where he lectures on Advanced Orthopedics, Neural Mobilization, Radiology, and Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ Disorders. Mark is also a continuing education speaker on Evaluation and Treatment of Brachial Plexopathies, Neural Mobilization, the lumbar spine, and the shoulder. He was honored in 2006 with the James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the APTAnj. He presented at the national conference in Hollywood of the American Society of Hand Therapists on Evaluation and Treatment of the Brachial Plexopathy Patient. His lecture series was selected as the featured topic on CD ROM to be available to the ASHT membership.

Mark is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the APTAnj annual conference, the InNovations and Sports Medicine conferences at the Philadelphia Eagles Complex, and the Cincinnati Fracture conference. He authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity, which was published in 2014. Mark continues to manage the NovaCare Medford outpatient clinic, where the majority of his caseload is brachial plexopathy, shoulder, and spine patients.

Classes taught by Mark W. Butler:

Debbie Fisher, MS, OTR, CHT

graduated from Washington University and has specialized in hands for the past 16 years.   In addition to being an OT / CHT, she has advanced training in ergonomics, handwriting, yoga, LSVT, dry needling, & magic (from her husband who is a world renowned magician).  Debbie has been published for her and her husband’s work with Magic Therapy and has been invited to lecture for the International Society of Hand Therapist, Project Magic, Texas Society of Hand Therapist, Alaska Occupational Therapy Association, Montana Occupational Therapy Association, and Texas Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapist as well as several companies and schools. Debbie currently lectures around the country on innovative treatments for the upper extremity, Saebo, and custom splinting.

Andreas Mueller, PT, CFMT

is a licensed physical therapist and Certified Functional Manual Therapist specializing in orthopedic manual therapy.  His expertise is in the treatment of complex chronic pain patients. His treatment focus is on the specific utilization of joint and soft tissue mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), differential diagnosis and exercise prescription.

Andreas has instructed continuing education courses nationally and locally since 2003. His courses include Therapeutic Exercise Prescription, Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder, Cervical Differential Diagnosis, Soft Tissue Mobilizations, Manual Therapy of the Upper Quarter, Orthopedic Surgical Update of the Shoulder and Knee and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

In addition to his continuing education instruction he frequently guest lectures as Texas State University’s School of Physical Therapy, has developed and leads a local mentorship program, serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Continuing Education (CCCE) and has been a clinical instructor since 2002. In 2007 he received the Texas Consortium Dorn Clinical Instructor Award for his excellence in clinical education.

Andreas continues to be the lead therapist and center manager at a Select Physical Therapy clinic in Austin, TX. His case load includes patients from all ages between adolescence to senior dealing with orthopedic and higher level neurological conditions.

Classes taught by Andreas Mueller:

Maxwell Perkins MS, OTR/L

Maxwell Perkins MS, OTR/L earned his BS in occupational therapy 1984 from the Medical College of Georgia.  He obtained an MS in Health Care Policy and Administration from Mercer University in 1994 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings (acute/inpatient and outpatient, SNF). 

Max has extensive experience with interdisciplinary clinical management focusing on a geriatric population.  He co-authored the article:  Interdisciplinary Team Approach in the Rehabilitation of Hip/Knee Arthroplasties which was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 

His most recent clinical positions have been serving as the Rehab Education Director for two large health care organizations, where he completed extensive training on this subject.  In addition, Max has presented workshops at both the local, regional and state level.  Max currently is a consultant and also a guest lecturer in occupational therapy at Pacific University in Forrest Grove Oregon and in physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington.

Classes taught by Maxwell Perkins:

Sara Shapiro, MPH, PT

was a faculty member at UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in PT in San Francisco, from 1983 until 2009. In 2012 she joined the faculty of the Graduate Program in PT at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She recently retired from full time teaching to pursue her passion for further research in the area of physical agents, and teaching therapists in active practice to incorporate the agents into their practice for enhanced patient outcomes.

Sara is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo, and holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also completed a post-graduate fellowship in pediatrics. She has been in practice for more than 45 years, with certification in NDT, Brazelton, and the Baby course.

Sara has worked in teaching modalities in Long Term Care, to assist therapists in better utilizing modalities to facilitate improved outcomes, and in Pediatrics to enhance physical function. She continues to be a frequent speaker at conferences, mentor new therapists, and teach and maintain a small caseload of patients, integrating her knowledge of electrical stimulation and ultrasound for wound care, pain management, women’s & pediatric diagnoses, and rehabilitation of facial paralysis. Sara is the author of the Electrical Currents chapters in Physical Agents in Rehabilitation, 5rd Edition (to be published this year), M Cameron, ed. She recently co-authored an article titled Healing wounds under Mechanical Stress: A Case Example.

Classes taught by Sara Shapiro:

Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI

graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1990, from Sydney University, Australia. She has worked in and out of the United States for over 29 years and obtained her CHT in 2001. Since that time Alison has presented at 6 ASHT Conferences, multiple state ASHT and OT conferences, and special interest group meetings in GA, IL, NH, SC, TX and LA.

She became a KinesioTaping Instructor in 2011 and actively lectures throughout the USA on UE and LE taping.  Alison presented at the International KinesioTaping symposium in Hawaii in 2017 on “Tennis Elbow”, and was published in the Kinesio “Advanced Healing Magazine”

Alison is a guest lecturer for the OT programs at Texas Women’s University (Denton) and LSU (Shreveport). She lectures nationally on Hand Therapy and is developing protocols for tennis elbow and radial nerve impairment. Her specialties include hands, UE sports orthopedics and tendonitis.  Her background also includes neurology, geriatrics, spinal cord and acute care.

Classes taught by Alison Taylor:

Andrea Wolkenberg, PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMT

Andrea Wolkenberg, PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMT has been a practicing physical therapist for 35 years. She graduated in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Allied Medical Professions with a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 2001, Andrea became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor, and in 2012 she received her Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy from Hands On Seminars. Andrea has spent most of her career working in out-patient orthopedics and sub-acute and long term care. Her clinical expertise is in pain management and manual therapy, having taken numerous continuing education courses with James Cyriax, Laurence Jones, John Mennell, Shirley Sahrmann, Stanley Paris, John Barnes, and many others.

From 2004 to 2013, Andrea was the Director of Physical Therapy at Spine Options in White Plains, NY, specializing in the conservative treatment of back and neck pain. She is currently the President of SPINE SOLVERS INC., her own concierge physical therapy company which provides at home physical therapy services to individuals, injury prevention and workplace safety consultation to businesses, and expert witness services for legal cases involving physical therapists.

Classes taught by Andrea Wolkenberg: