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.
Sandy Artzberger MS OTR CHT CLT is a national and internationally known hand therapist who helped established the first Hand Rehabilitation Center in Wisconsin. She worked for 24 years in a private practice hand therapy clinic for a group of plastic hand surgeons in Milwaukee, and she and two other therapists started the first Lymphedema Treatment Center in Wisconsin. In 1995, Sandy developed the technique of Manual Edema Mobilization. She shares this technique through her workshops that emphasize the transformation of the theoretical/scientific knowledge of the lymphatic system into critical thinking practical clinical techniques for sub acute and chronic extremity edema reduction. These workshops have been sponsored nationally and internationally in 7 countries.
Sandy is also a well known author and a former academic instructor, journal reviewer and research mentor. Her prolific writing includes journal articles, book chapters, an internet MEM course, and the VHI Kit for Lymphedema and MEM.
She is a Charter Active Member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and past Educational Division Director for ASHT.
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 2006.
Mark continues to manage the NovaCare Medford outpatient clinic, where the majority of his caseload is brachial plexopathy, shoulder, and spine patients.
Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT is a hand therapist at the Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Health Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Nagpur University, India in 1971.
He has over 35 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions. Shrikant has conducted instructional courses on "Biomechanics of the Hand" at the American Society for the Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hand Surgery, the American Society of Hand Therapists, Australian Hand Therapy Association, South African Society of Hand Therapists and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists' annual meetings.
He has presented papers and has conducted instructional courses on "Upper Extremity Rehabilitation" in Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Italy, France, Greece, Finland, UK, South Africa, India, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela. Shrikant was awarded the 2003 "Paul Brand Award of Excellence in Hand Therapy" by the American Society of Hand Therapists. He received the "Best Clinical Paper" and "Best Poster Presentation" awards at the annual meeting of ASHT and an "Award of Excellence" by the Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario. He received an "Outstanding Alumnae" award by the All India Occupational Therapists Association in 2008. He has published papers and abstracts in numerous journals related to Upper Extremity Surgery and Therapy.
Elaine Ewing Fess, MS, OTR, FAOTA, CHT is an occupational therapist specializing in hand therapy for thirty-seven years, and is an enthusiastic advocate of evidence-based-practice. She currently teaches and conducts independent research relating to hand rehabilitation. Elaine is a frequent faculty member on national and international symposia relating to hand rehabilitation.
Elaine Fess served as the first statistics editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy (1988-1998); received ASHT's highest honor--the Lifetime Fellowship Award (1999); and is the immediate past Chairman of the American Hand Therapy Foundation (1996-2004). She has authored over 90 professional publications. Elaine was lead author on all three editions of Hand and Upper Extremity Splinting Principles and Methods (Mosby/Elsevier, St Louis, MO (1981, 1987, 2005)
Ken Flowers, PT, CHT, 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.
Graceann 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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Mo Johnson, MS, OTR/L 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.
Martin 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".
is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience including adaptive hand splinting for various disabilities. She is a strong proponent for a biomechanical approach to the remodeling of soft tissue and correction of the hand and upper extremity developed by Paul W Brand. Paul Brand has been recognized as the hand surgeon most responsible for the development of the concept of "hand therapy". She worked extensively with Dr. Paul Brand and the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory he established at the National Hansen's Disease Program, United States Public Health Service Hospital, formerly located at Carville, LA, and during the time he was a surgical consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital for seamen, formally in New Orleans, LA. She had the opportunity to work with Dr. Dan Riordan who was responsible for bringing Dr. Brand to the U.S., and served as a consultant to the Carville hospital for many years. She also had the opportunity for further specialization in hand therapy through working with Drs. James Hunter and Lawrence Schneider, and therapist Evelyn Mackin, at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia during the early years of the establishment of this second "Hand Center" in the U.S.
Judy is known and respected internationally for her role in developing monofilaments to advanced levels as objective sensibility test instruments, and for her extensive research in the area of sensibility testing, objective measurement of peripheral neuropathy, validation of objective testing, biomechanics of deformity and correction, and disability prevention.
She is one of the original six organizers, past president, of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and a founding and current Board member of the American Hand Therapy Foundation. She was one of the early initiators and advocate of a journal for hand therapists, and served as a member of Editorial Board for the Journal of Hand Therapy for many years. Most recently she has been involved in encouraging evidence-based practice by developing a therapist research and education website for the American Hand Therapy Foundation (ahtf.org), and working with HANDSIGHTS, a special interest group of hand therapists attending the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Meetings.
Judy has published numerous articles and chapters in hand therapy and surgery literature, including chapters on splinting. She was a co-editor on the first edition of the book "Rehabilitation of the Hand", by Hunter et al, and has subsequent chapters in all further editions including the most recent "Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity by Mackin et al. She has writings in the books "Tendon Surgery in the Hand", and "Tendon and Nerve Surgery in the Hand, by Hunter et al. She has splinting chapters in the book "Hand Splinting" by Fess, et al, and has co-authored chapters in the book "Peripheral Nerve Injuries", by Omer et al. Her writings in journal publications include the Journal of Hand Surgery, and Journal of Hand Therapy. She lectures nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to the hand and to upper extremity rehabilitation and splinting, recently giving a two week lectureship series to hand centers through a grant sponsored by the Ministries of Health, in Singapore.
Paul LaStayo, Ph.D., PT, CHT, 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.
Peter G. Levine BA, PTA is the author of the bestselling book on stroke recovery, Stronger After Stroke (Demos Medical) and is the director of SynapsTogether, LLC. For more than a decade Peter has been involved in stroke-specific clinical research. He started his career in research as a Research Associate in the Human Performance & Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. In 2002 became the Co-Director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory (NMRRL), Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati's College of Allied Health Sciences. He continues as a research consultant for NMRRL and has recently launched SynapsTogether, LLC dedicated to finding and reporting on the best systems for driving cortical plasticity. Pete has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts, writes a monthly column on stroke recovery in Advance for Physical Therapists and is an ad hoc reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Stroke.
Mary Linder, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® Neuro-IFRAH Specialist®
received 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.
has 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.
Mark Lombardi MA, ATC, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer with over 30 years of combined experience in athletic training and orthopedic based out-patient rehabilitation. Dr. Lombardi currently serves as the Clinical Director of Rehabilitation services at Scranton Orthopaedic Specialists in Dickson City, PA.
Dr. Lombardi has practiced extensively in an outpatient setting, treating patients across the spectrum of age, diagnosis and disability. In addition to his outpatient experiences, he has worked in professional baseball, international athletic events as well as having experience at the collegiate level working Division I sports.
Dr. Lombardi received a BA in Health and PE from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, an MA in Health Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH, an MS in Physical Therapy from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Lombardi is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association and The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.He has experience as a certified examiner with the National Athletic Trainers Board of Certification and regularly reviews continuing education courses for the Board of Certification. In addition to his clinical involvement he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at Misericordia University teaching courses in The Athletic Shoulder and Functional Rehabilitation.
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.
Jill Peck-Murray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT specializes in the treatment of pediatric patients with upper extremity problems. She has worked as an occupational therapist at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego since 1982 and has been a certified hand therapist since 1995.
She is a frequent presenter on the national level, lecturing about pediatric hand therapy, pediatric splinting, and treatment of specific diagnoses including Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, muscle diseases, brachial plexus injuries, congenital anomalies, arthrogryposis, and cerebral palsy. She developed and co-taught the course "Introduction to Hand Therapy" at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA., for 3 years. Jill has been teaching the Pediatric Hand Therapy and Splinting workshops since 2005.
Jill wrote a chapter on Pediatric Splinting in the latest edition of Jacob and Austin's book on Splinting Principles, and has co-authored the book entitled "101 Creative Therapy Ideas."
She is involved with several professional organizations, and is currently President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.
Teresa Juodawlkis Pesci, MPT, CKTI,
received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of California: San Francisco. 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, and at the University of Michigan - Visiting Nurses. She is currently the PT Assistant Manager at the Abilities Center, a branch of the Detroit Institute for Children. 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. Mrs. Pesci has been using a variety of taping practices throughout her career which has focused primarily on pediatrics. She is a certified Kinesio Taping instructor through the Kinesio Taping Association.
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.
Sara Shapiro, MPH, PT recently joined the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Graduate Program in PT at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Prior to that she taught at UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in PT in San Francisco, where she was a faculty member from 1983 until 2009. She 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 40 years, with certification in NDT, Brazelton, and the Baby course.
Until recently, Sara worked teaching modalities in Long Term Care, to assist therapists in better utilizing modalities to facilitate improved outcomes. 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 issues, and rehabilitation of facial paralysis. At University of Puget Sound, her focus will be on teaching modalities and working in the Pediatric on campus clinic.
Sara is the author of the Electrical Currents chapters in Physical Agents in Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition, M Cameron, ed.
Elizabeth Spencer Steffa, OTR/L, CHT is an Occupational Therapist since 1969 and a Certified Hand Therapist since 1991 and is presently a clinician in private practice. She has been a clinical faculty member at the University of Washington since 1987, a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists since 1979.
Betty is nationally respected for her workshops on hand rehabilitation, physical modalities, and splinting. She is coauthor of the chapter "Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Peripheral Nerve Injuries" in Trauma Rehabilitation by Lawrence R. Robinson--Lippincott and Wilkins, 2006.
Amy Stahl, MS, PT, CKTI. Amy Stahl received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 1994 from the University of Arizona and her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1997.
Amy presently is a private practice owner of an outpatient orthopedic clinic and has had tremendous success with Kinesio® Taping clinically, with wide acceptance in the medical community. She also had the wonderful opportunity to go to the first International Kinesio® Taping Symposium in 1999 and was privileged to teach Kinesio® Taping seminars in Singapore and Malaysia.
Pia Stampe, PT, DPT, owns a private pediatric physical therapy practice in Rochester New York. She has more that 25 years of experience as a pediatric physical therapist. Pia has been involved in rehabilitation of Obstetrical and Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries for many years working closely with leading surgeons and physicians. She has extensive knowledge of the integration of 21st century technologies such as EMG Triggered Neuromuscular stimulation into the treatment of Brachial Plexus Injuries throughout the lifespan. She has participated in teaching Brachial Plexus Injury and technology courses for several years.
Kim Rock Stockheimer, MS, OTR/L, CKTI. Kim is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas Occupational Therapy Program. She received her Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology 2002 at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. She has had opportunities to work in a variety of settings including hospital acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care, burn unit, outpatient hand therapy, private practice, and lymphedema clinic. She has taught in Occupational Therapy Assistant programs at Austin Minnesota and at Anoka Minnesota. She has taught at the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. She has published articles and research in the Occupational Therapy Forum, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Hand Therapy, and British Lymphology Book of Abstracts. Kim co-authored the book, Kinesio Taping for Lymphoedema and Chronic Swelling. Kim is certified in Manual Lymphatic Treatment by the Lymphedema Services of Cedar Haven Rehabilitation Agency. She is also certified as a Kinesio® Taping Practitioner and Instructor by the Kinesio® Taping Association. Kim currently holds a seat on the Kinesio Taping Education Board. Kim has lectured internationally in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Korea, Canada and Russia.
Susan W. Stralka PT, DPT, MS
is a Licensed Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience, many of which involved treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She obtained her Physical Therapy degrees, including her Masters of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. She also is a guest lecturer at UTHSC, for the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Stralka remains a consultant to the Mays and Schnapp Pain Clinic in Memphis, treating all types of acute and chronic pain dysfunctions. She has a strong clinical background in orthopedics and manual therapy, and has presented nationally and internationally on a wide variety of orthopedic subjects.
Dr. Stralka and two of her colleagues wrote the first exam for the Orthopedic Specialty Certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has many publications to her credit and her most recent publications are "Graded Motor Imagery" in the Journal of Hand Therapy, 2011, and "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes, 2011. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a member of the Orthopedics, Neurology, Research, Private Practice and Hand Sections of the APTA. In addition, Dr. Stralka is the recipient of the Dr. Arthur Nelson Honorary Lectureship Award for lectures on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and was the co-recipient of the Rose Excellence in Research Award in 1996. In 2012 Susan received the prestigious Professorship Award called the Dorothy B Kaufmann Lectureship from the Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.Jim Wallis, ATC, MS, CKTI. Jim Wallis 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.
Megan Warr, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH Instructor® Neuro-IFRAH Specialist® 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.
Karen 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.
Andrea Wolkenberg, PT, MA, CKTI. Andrea has been a practicing physical therapist for almost 32 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 also holds a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology in 1986 from the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 2001, Andrea became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor.
Although she has spent many years in sub-acute and long term care, her clinical expertise is in manual therapy, having taken numerous continuing education courses with James Cyriax, Laurence Jones, John Mennell, Shirley Sahrmann, Stanley Paris, John Barnes, an many others. She is currently the Director of Physical Therapy at Spine Options, a pain management center in White Plains, NY, specializing in the conservative treatment of back and neck pain. She is also the President of SPINE SOLVERS INC., her own company which provides physical therapy services to individuals, injury prevention and workplace safety seminars to businesses, and Kinesio Taping seminars to health care professionals.
Sonya 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.