Instructors

Marc Allen, OTR/L, CHT, marc_allenhas 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.

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noelle-austin-sNoelle M. Austin MS, PT, CHT is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy and later obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Connecticut with a special focus on Allied Health Education. She obtained her CHT in 1996. Noelle has been teaching the art and science of orthotic fabrication for nearly 20 years. In addition to conducting both national and private workshops, Noelle has been involved in product development and training of sales representatives for Patterson Medical (Sammons Preston). She has written a regular column on Orthotic Fabrication in Patterson Medical’s publication Rehab Insider. She has presented multiple pre-conference workshops at Annual ASHT meetings as well as various State Chapter Annual meetings on the topic of orthotic fabrication. She owns CJ Education and Consulting, LLC that offers consulting services related to splint product development.

Noelle is currently employed as a Hand Therapist at Ortho Virginia; she previously worked for 17 years at ProPT in Hamden, CT. She also has teaching experience through her lectures at various colleges including the Physical Therapy Program at Lynchburg College in Virginia and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, presenting lectures/labs on the topics of hand anatomy/kinesiology, examination/intervention and orthotic fabrication. She is also an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Noelle is co-author and co-editor of the book: Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity: Splinting Principles and Process published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2003/2013. In addition, she wrote the chapter ‘Wrist and Hand Complex’ in the 4th/5th/6th edition of Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis (Levangie and Norkin) published by FA Davis in 2005/2011/2016. She also authored ‘Orthotics in the Management of Hand Dysfunction’ in the 2nd and 3rd edition of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation (Lusardi and Nielsen) published by Elsevier 2007/2012.

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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:

gordon-browneGordon Browne, PT, GCFP, is a Physical Therapist with 32 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he was dissatisfied with the lack of clinically oriented movement training received either in school or through continuing education. This led to his exhaustive personal exploration of and clinical experimentation with various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method (completed 4-year training in 1994), Yoga and Tai Chi (10 & 15 year practices respectively). Mr. Browne has simplified and medically articulated modifications of the most beneficial movements derived from these systems and has been teaching continuing education courses based on these principles for 15 years. He has authored two books; “A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Movement” (Elsevier 2006) and “Outsmarting Low Back Pain” (Movement Matters 2005).

jason_brummitJason Brumitt, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS,  is an assistant professor of physical therapy at George Fox University (Newberg, OR). In addition, he serves as an adjunct online faculty member for the t-DPT and PhD programs at the University of Medical Sciences Arizona (Avondale, AZ). His primary clinical practice is rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries. His primary research interests include sports injury epidemiology, functional testing, and core stabilization training. He is the author of Core Assessment and Training (Human Kinetics) and Physical Therapy Case Files: Orthopaedics (McGraw Hill).

Classes taught by Jason Brummit:

ButlertMark 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:

Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHTShrikant-J-Chinchalkar is a hand therapist at the Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.  He has 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. 

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Fisher_Debbie-sDebbie 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.

Ken Flowers, PT, CHT,ken_flowers is a well-known speaker, educator, and leader in the hand therapy community. He has taught at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Delaware. He has been the President of Current Clinical Concepts since 1975. Ken is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the ASHT Petzoldt Research Award, ASHT Nathalie Barr Lectureship, Honored Professor Philadelphia Hand Symposium, Visiting Professor Southern Florida Hand Therapy, and the Dorothy Kauffman Lectureship. He has numerous publications and is the past Editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy. Ken is also a member of the HTCC Test Committee.

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forresterGraceann G. Forrester PT, DPT, CKTI is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist. She has earned Bachelor’s degrees from College Miseracordia, Dallas PA and New York University. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Boston University.

In her 20 years of practice, Dr. Forrester has provided treatment programs for acute care patients, for community hospicare and youth correctional facilities. She has offered PT to elementary school children and taught clinical application classes for Ithaca College’s Physical Therapy program, Ithaca, NY. She uses her Certifications as a KinesioTaping Instructor, Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor to develop training regimens for competitive athletes of all ages. As a Board Member of Hope Unites, an international ecumenical organization specializing in humanitarian aid and disaster relief, Dr. Forrester has offered educational programming to improve transportation and therapeutic positioning for children with disabilities at an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Internationally, Dr. Forrester serves as the Curriculum Chair, for the KinesioTaping Association of the Americas: Board of Education. She continues to teach Kinesiotaping certification courses across the United States and Europe. She resides in NY with her husband and four children.

Classes taught by Graceann G. Forrester:

Dr. Noel M. Goodstadt, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS goodstadtDr. Goodstadt has been a physical therapist for the past 14 years, and a faculty member at Drexel University and the University of Delaware. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from The Pennsylvania State University, his Master’s in Physical Therapy from MCP-Hahnemann University, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University. He is a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association since 2002. He has taught physical agents for the past 4 years, and has presented at the national and international levels on the care of individuals with musculoskeletal disorders and the use electric stimulation as an adjunct treatment intervention over the past 10 years. Currently, he is teaching in the musculoskeletal components of the professional and post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy curricula, and treating patients part-time at the Drexel Athletic Center. His interests are in orthopedic care of the shoulder, knee and spine, and the use of electric stimulation for the improvement of pain and strength.

Classes taught by Noel M. Goodstadt:

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:

 Mo Johnson, MS, OTR/L

mo_johnson has been an occupational therapist since 1990 specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation. She obtained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2001. She developed her Occupational Therapy knowledge and honed her skills at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center from 1990-1994. She served as a Community Rehabilitation Therapist for the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1994 to 1996 and returned to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center working as a Clinical Specialist/Educator from 1997-1999.

Currently, she is a clinician at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA where she has practiced since 2000. Mo has presented nationally and internationally on numerous topics such as management of adult brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents, constraint-induced movement therapy, spasticity management, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.  Mo is also a guest lecturer for Upper Extremity Rehabilitation at St. Augustine University, San Diego Campus.

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MJKMartin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS is a Clinical Orthopaedic Specialist at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) in 1984; and received his clinical doctorate from Temple University in 2005. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Shoulder and Elbow Service. Marty serves as an adjunct faculty for Arcadia University. He lectures nationally and internationally on examination and treatment of shoulder disorders, and has presented shoulder workshops at the Philadelphia Hand Symposium every year since 2001.

During Marty’s many years of practice, he has co-developed an educational video on shoulder pathology and exercise, and has published over 30 articles or book chapters in multiple peer reviewed journals and texts. Marty published several chapters in “Rehabilitation of the Hand” by Hunter et al. He is the past-president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. He is also the co-editor of the textbook “Orthopedic Therapy of the Shoulder”.

Classes taught by Martin J. Kelley:

Paul LaStayo, Ph.D., PT, CHT,lastayo is the current Editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy and is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. A long-time hand therapist and researcher, Paul is renowned for his ability to help others move forward in their practice and/or clinical research endeavors. He has been awarded for his research at the ASHT eight times. Paul has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and he has been lauded for his clinical and teaching skills.

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Mary Linder, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® mary_linderreceived her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee in 1994. Mary works in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient. She has served as team lead and Director of Clinical Services over inpatient and outpatient PT, OT and ST. She has specialized in the treatment of adults with stroke and brain injury since 1999 and continues to be mentored by Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR, author of the Neuro-IFRAH®. She became a clinical educator with Healthsouth in 2001.

Mary finished the Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® Training Program in August 2004. She was issued her Neuro-IFRAH specialist® certificate in July 2006. Mary is an instructor for introductory and intermediate courses as well as introductory course for nurses, the 98 contact hour certification course and the Advanced Upper Extremity Course. She currently works at HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital per diem and treats private patients.

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Susan Baum Locker MSEd, OTR/L susan-baum-lockerhas been an Occupational Therapist since 1977. She has worked in a variety of settings: rehabilitation hospital, acute care, home health, independent living center and out-patient hand therapy clinics.  She has been a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists since 1982 and is board certified by the state of California as an advanced practitioner in hand therapy, and in the use of modalities.

Susan has been teaching splinting workshops since 1991. She has been a guest lecturer at ASHT (American Society of Hand Therapists), AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) and OTAC (Occupational Therapy Association of California), RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America) and Hand Therapy Special Interest Groups. Susan has been an instructor at the University of Southern California, and has co-authored numerous articles in the field of physical disabilities.

She remains clinically active as an occupational therapist (in hospital and out-patient hand therapy settings) and as an educator for the therapy community. Due to her broad knowledge in UE management, and her love for teaching, Susan has been teaching and mentoring hand splinting throughout the United States since 1991. She provides workshops that facilitate an intensive, but relaxed learning environment. Topics include splinting for the orthopedic, neurological, acute and pediatric patient.

Classes taught by Susan Baum Locker:

Robert Marsico PT, Ed.D has been a PT for 20 years.  He has practiced in Acute Care, Home Care and Outpatient Private Practice.  He has  a Bachelors degree in Health Education/Exercise Physiology from Florida International University, a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University/UMDNJ and a Doctorate in Education in Applied Physiology from Columbia University.

Rob was an Assistant Professor at Long Island University in the Division of Physical Therapy in 1998, an Assistant Professor at Rutgers/UMDNJ from 1999-2002 and he is currently an Assistant Professor at Richard Stockton College of NJ.  He is the owner of Galloway Orthopedic Physical Therapy- GO PT in Galloway, NJ.

He has publications in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, International Journal of Yoga, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  and Clinical Cases in Physical Therapy.

Classes taught by Robert Marsico:

annmazzeo-sAnn Marie Settelmayer-Mazzeo, OTR/L, SWC, CLEC has been an occupational therapist for 24 years. She specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing dysfunction and treatment. She has practiced at Rady Children’s hospital since 2001. She has extensive experience in neonate and infant development. She holds advanced practice certification in Feeding & Swallowing, and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She is a member of the RCHSD Pediatric Airway & Aerodigestive Team, Dysphagia Team, Feeding Team and heads the NICU Developmental Committee at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, CA. Currently, she is the feeding expert for the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (Length of Separation Collaborative) for 2013-15.

Dr. Phil McClure, PhD, PT, OCS, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. He also practices at Penn Therapy and Fitness, an outpatient clinic affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1982, his M.S. in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Medical College of Virginia in 1987, and his PhD in Biomedical Science from Drexel University in 1996. He has been the recipient of the National Teaching Award from the Orthopedic Section, APTA, the Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching by the APTA, and the Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award from Arcadia University. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Hand Therapy and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He is also a manuscript reviewer for the Physical Therapy journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association. His publications have appeared in several journals including Spine, Journal of Hand Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. His research has been funded by the Arthritis Foundation and the Foundation for Physical Therapy and has focused on the clinical biomechanics of the cervical and lumbar spine as well as the shoulder.

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Andreas MuellerAndreas 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.

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Mary Nordlie, MS, OTR/L, CHT has been an OT for 40+ years and a CHT since 1992. Her hand and splinting experiences have included working at Level One Trauma Hospitals, private Hand Surgeon clinics, independent Hand Therapy clinics and currently at a large medical center as a Hand Therapist.

Her teaching experiences include international lectures /workshops in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, teaching at local colleges, various professional societies including the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and mentoring countless OT students.

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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:

 

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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. 

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pesci_teresaTeresa 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:

RECOR, Carol-sCarol Recor, OTR/L, CHT received her Occupational Therapy Degree from Colorado State University, and received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 1991.   Carol has extensive experience in custom orthosis fabrication.  She first developed her skills while working in a Level I trauma center and burn unit.  Since that time, she has worked at several outpatient hand clinics, and is currently a Clinical Specialist for the University of Washington Medical Center.   She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally, including lectures at ASSH and AAHS annual meetings.  She is co-author of the Hand Therapy chapter in “Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy”.  Her areas of interest include complex hand and upper extremity trauma, wound care, and education of therapists, Hand Fellows, Residents and Surgeons.

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Karen C. Schultz, MS OTR CHT FAOTA, received her Master’s in OT from California State University San Jose. She became an ASHT active member in 1983 and a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991. Karen was elected in 1992 as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for her special contributions to Occupational Therapy. She was an ASHT board member and a Journal of Hand Therapy editorial board member. She is senior consulting hand therapist of KSHULS (Karen Schultz Hand and Upper Limb Strategies), her education/workshop/consulting company and president of UE TECH a design and distribution company of products for hand rehabilitation. She works clinically at University of Colorado. Karen has lectured and published on topics including upper limb anatomy, evaluation, orthoses, work programs and cumulative trauma disorders.

Classes taught by Karen Schultz:

cindy_servelloCindy 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.

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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.

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susan_stralkaSusan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She graduated from    University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurogenic and musculoskeletal consequences of injury.​ Susan has presented nationally and internationally.  

In March 2013 Dr. Stralka lectured in New Delhi, India at the International Federation Society of Hand Therapist (IFSHT) and in September 2013 was the keynote speaker at the Brazilian Society of Hand Therapist in Goiania, Brazil.   In  2013 and  again in 2014, she spent time in Sweden evaluating and treating  post op nerve injuries working a long side of Dr. Birgitta Rosen and  many hand surgeons at the Department of Hand Surgery , Malmo Sweden. Dr. Stralka recently spoke at the 38th annual ASHT meeting held in Denver October 2015. and in October 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the International Federation Society  for  Hand Therapist and Hand surgeons.  (IFSHT and IFSHS). Susan has written numerous articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics in the upper extremity and pain management.

​​Dr. Stralka has received numerous honors  throughout her career and recently  in 2012  was the recipient of the  Dorothy B. Kaufmann Lectureship given by Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.​

Classes taught by Susan W. Stralka:

Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTIAlison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI, graduated with a BA in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Sydney University, Australia in 1990. She has worked in and out of the United States for over 26 years and obtained her CHT in 2001. In addition to her specialization in hands, sports orthopedics and tendonitis, her background includes Neurology, Spinal Cord Injury, and Acute care.   Alison is a hand therapist with clinical expertise in splinting, upper limb trauma, and treating neural related conditions of the upper quadrant.

Alison has been a guest lecturer for the OT programs at Texas Women’s University (Denton) and University of Sydney and LSU (Shreveport).  She was NDT certified in 2003 and has been published in the KinesioTaping® Association’s “Advanced Healing” magazine.

Alison became a KinesioTaping® Instructor in 2011 and actively lectures throughout the United States on Upper and Lower Extremity taping. She has presented at multiple local and State Conferences, regional OT/ASHT Chapter meetings, and at five ASHT National Conferences.  Her 2016 ASHT pre-conference workshop presentation on “Tendonitis and Taping” is a topic on which she is conducting research and developing new protocols.

She is married with 2 boys and is the owner of “Taylor Hand Therapy” in North Texas.

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Jim Wallis, ATC, MS, CKTIwallis_jim, graduated from Washington State University in 1983 and then received his Certified Athletic Trainer designation from NATA. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the school of Community Health and Head Athletic Trainer for Portland State University. He has been working with the Kinesio® Taping Method since first being introduced to the technique in Japan in the fall of 1994. Jim has led instructor workshops in the USA, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, and Australia. He has presented twice at the International Kinesio® Taping Association Symposium in Tokyo, Japan, and was recognized in 2000 for his distinguished service as an Instructor of the Kinesio® Taping Method. In 2003 he co-wrote Clinical and Therapeutic Applications of the Kinesio® Taping Method with Dr. Kenzo Kase and Tsuyoshi Kase. Recently, he began work in Japan on a DVD about combining the Kinesio® Taping Method with traditional athletic taping methods.

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Megan Warr, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor®  received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee in 1992. Megan has worked throughout the continuum of care in Acute/Trauma ICU, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Out Patient, Skilled Care and Home Health. She has specialized in the treatment of adults with stroke and brain injury since 1996 and continues to be mentored by Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR, author of the Neuro-IFRAH®. She became a clinical educator with Healthsouth in 1999.

Megan finished the Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® Training Program in August 2004. She was issued her Neuro-IFRAH specialist® certificate in July 2006. Megan is a Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® for introductory and intermediate courses as well as introductory course for nurses, the 98 contact hour certification course and the Advanced Upper Extremity Course. She currently works at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital per diem and treats private patients.

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westerveltKaren Westervelt PT, MS, PGDipHSc, OCS, ATC, CMP is a clinical faculty member at the University of Vermont Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Karen is currently practicing at Copley Hospital out patient Physical Therapy in Stowe, Vermont. Karen has published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of orthopedics and has presented at conferences across the country. Karen earned an Athletic Training Certification, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy, and a Master’s Degree in Movement Science and Rehabilitation from the University of Vermont. Karen also earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science specializing in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. In 2009, she gained recognition as a Nationally Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

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Andrea Wolkenberg, PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMTwolkenberg_andrea 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.

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worthSonya Anderson Worth, PT, PGDipHSc, OCS is a clinical faculty member at the University of Vermont, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Sonya is currently practicing at Fletcher Allen Health Care out patient Physical Therapy in Burlington, Vermont. Sonya is involved in 2 research projects at the University of Vermont. Sonya has published and spoken at conferences across the country. Sonya earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Physiotherapy and in Physical Education (Kinesiology) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Sonya also earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science specializing in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. In 2009, she gained recognition as a Nationally Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

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