Speaker Bios

Friday, November 10th - 3 hour institutes

Session AA:  Fieldwork Education: What it is and how to do it (effectively)

Christina Bourland, MHA, OTR/L   is faculty and Director of Fieldwork Education with the Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of MN.  In this role, she participates in the all things fieldwork both level I and level II.  Additionally, Chris teaches management and serves as the admissions chair for the program.  In her time with the University, Chris has been a strong advocate for the development of fieldwork opportunities across the state of Minnesota and across many role-emerging practice areas.  Prior to joining the OT program,  Chris has many years of OT clinical experience working at the University of Minnesota Medical Center as an Occupational Therapist with the Behavioral Health Programs.  Chris received the MOTA appreciation award in 2016.

Kirsten Prouty, MS, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years and has worked in various roles throughout the Fairview Rehabilitation system for the last 13 years.  Kirsten has developed a passion for working with OT students and their educational programs throughout her career. Kirsten worked many years as an inpatient therapist serving as the OT student coordinator while in that role.  Kirsten currently has a dual role within Fairview.  One portion the Occupational Therapy Clinical Quality Liaison involves partnering with academic programs and OT fieldwork educators throughout the Fairview system.   She also works at the Acute Rehabilitation Center both treating patients and assisting as a PPS Coordinator. Kirsten received the MOTA Fieldwork Educator Award in 2012.   

 

Session BB:  Guided Motor Imagery in the Treatment of Complex Pain

Lindsay Marth, MA, OTR/L, TPS graduated from the University of MN with a BS in biology and completed her graduate work at St Catherine University (SCU) in 2008. After working in community mental health for 5 years, she joined the Minneapolis VA in 2013 to be part of a multi-disciplinary team hired to build their comprehensive pain center (CPC). She is currently working as a pain clinical specialist in the VA CPC and as assistant faculty for International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). She has completed her certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through ISPI/EIM. Lindsay also serves as an adjunct professor at SCU, instructing in their weekend MAOT program. Lindsay is an AOTA and MOTA member and is involved in the MOTA Government Affairs Committee and OT for the Advancement of MN Mental Health Services (OTAMMHS).  

Rebecca Vogsland  DPT, OCS, CMTPT, CSMT, TPS earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota and has practiced at the Minneapolis VA in the areas of traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, orthopedics and chronic pain since 2007. To better serve her patients, Becky has obtained certifications as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist, Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Therapeutic Pain Specialist and in Rehabilitation Pilates and TRX. She is an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine University teaching about traumatic brain injury and headaches and is an assistant faculty for International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). Becky is active in the APTA in both the state and national arenas.

 

Session CC:  A Multi-Directional Approach to Feeding: Pediatrics

Jami Eilers COTA/L is an Occupational Therapy Assistant at SunnyDays Therapy and will be starting the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at St. Katherine University this fall.  She has a passion for working with children and has successfully utilized food school techniques with her two children at home.  She has taken the AEIOU Feeding and Mealtime Works courses and has assisted several families in feeding therapy.

 Krista Judge MA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist at SunnyDays Therapy. She has had a passion for pediatrics and feeding for many years. Krista has taken the basic Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to feeding: Picky Eaters vs. Problems Feeders, as well as advanced courses including Food Science and working with children on the autism spectrum. Working at SunnyDays Therapy has provided her a background in behavioral intervention and she has worked in several different Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinics treating children on the autism spectrum. These combined experiences have been beneficial for modifying feeding therapy to meet the child’s individual needs while shaping their behavior, in addition to training parents and caregivers for carryover across environments.

 

Session DD:  Post Intensive Care Syndrome, Delirium and Cognition

Emily Bodensteiner, MOT, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist at Mayo Clinic Rochester since 2016, where she serves in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s acute care practice. Her practice is currently focused in the Medical Intensive Care Unit as part of a model project for embedded therapy in the intensive care unit. She completed her Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at University of Minnesota.

Kristin Hall, MBA, MS OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist at Mayo Clinic Rochester since 2016, where she has serves on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s acute care practice. Prior to 2016, she has worked for 5+ years in acute care settings in Pennsylvania, including Main Line Health and Penn Medicine.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health and Occupation and completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. She completed her Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Healthcare Management, at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Session EE:  Orthosis Fabrication Review for the Assiduous Occupational Therapist

Alice Snorteland, MBA, OTR/L, CHT  graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, in 2006 with a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, and in 2015 from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA in Healthcare.  Alice began her career at Fairview, splitting her time between inpatient orthopedic patients and outpatient hand therapy.  She was able to get full time hours in hand therapy with the Fairview Hand Center and received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2011.  Alice now splits her time between Fairview Hand Therapy clinics in Edina and the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) in Minneapolis.

 

Session FF:  Visual Disturbances in Neurological Conditions: Assessment and Treatment

Stephanie Freadrich, MS, OTR/L has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for fifteen years.  She has been employed with the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology for the past three years.  In addition to practicing as an occupational therapist, she serves as the rehabilitation site-manager at the Golden Valley location.  Stephanie specializes in treating adults and children with neurological conditions, including concussion/post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and dementia. Her passion is treating the visual impairments that can be a symptom of these conditions and has undergone extensive training to provide the most beneficial treatment available. Stephanie’s focus is helping people to better understand the symptoms that they are experiencing and techniques they can use to help them regain function and improve their quality of life.  She utilizes a variety of treatment techniques and modalities to reduce the symptoms they are experiencing and improve their ability to perform activities at home, school, and/or work.

Abbey Rolf, MA, OTR/L works at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology in Edina. After graduating with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2006, she earned her Low Vision Graduate Certificate from The University of Alabama in 2015.  Abbey has over ten years of experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care and outpatient. Abbey specializes in treating adults with neurological conditions, including concussion/post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and dementia.  She also specializes in providing low vision services for visual impairment including those with macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Abbey loves being an Occupational Therapist as she feels it allows her the opportunity to guide and support patients in regaining independence and participation in valued activities.

 

Saturday, November 11th Keynote Presentation

The Power of Occupation: Energizing Your Passion

Denise Chisholm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is on the Board of Directors of AOTA and is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Chisholm’s clinical expertise is in psychosocial rehabilitation of pediatric to adult populations, home health, and management of contracted services. Her scholarly publications and presentations focus on the occupational therapy process, occupation-based practice, practical aspects of the evaluation process, evaluating capacity for independent living, and integrating occupation in fieldwork and management.  Dr. Chisholm is co-author of Version 4.1 of the Performance Assessment of Self-care Skills (PASS). 

Saturday, November 11th- 2 hour sessions

Session 1A:  Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare

Christy Dauner OTR has been working in the field of orthopedics and chronic pain for 25 years, specializing in treating chronic spinal pain, headaches and TMJ pain.  She uses a biopsychosocial approach to treating chronic pain, including cognitive behavioral coaching and Motivational Interviewing skills and techniques, in order to successfully elicit behavioral change and lifestyle modifications with her patients.

 

Session 1B:  The Technology Enhanced Curriculum – Examples from OT Education

Terrianne Jones PhD, OTR/L  graduated from the University of MN OT Program in 1992; received her post professional Master’s Degree in OT in 2004 from St. Catherine University; and completed her PhD in OT from Nova Southeastern University in 2015.  She has worked in inpatient mental health; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; skilled nursing facilities; and in home care. She came to the University of MN in 2008 and has been teaching courses in compensatory rehabilitation, physical remediation, medical documentation, mental health, community practice and interprofessional practice. Her research interests include best practices in providing family education for persons with dementia and strategies for effective clinical education for OT students in non-traditional models and settings. Over the years, Terrianne has remained a practicing OT; she currently works for Health East Home Care and Fairview Lakes Home Caring and Hospice where she does OT evaluations several weekends per month. 

Andrea Harrison MS, OTR/L is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program. Upon completion of her degree she started her career at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital working in acute inpatient mental health. She has provided instructional support and assistance with the University of Minnesota OT program by co-instructing several of the courses and led the Occupational Therapy Process for Individuals: Psychosocial Approaches. She has also developed two courses for St. Catherine University OTA online program and is currently the course director/manager for two courses and teaches on-campus in the OTA program. Being a part of St. Catherine University as an assistant professor and the University of Minnesota OT program as adjunct, instructional support, and course instructor has given her a unique perspective regarding OT education and the importance for fieldwork to the student experience.

 

Session 1C:  L.E.G.A.C.Y Appreciative Life Review

Nicole Onori Hansen, MS, MOT, OTR/L has a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and certifications as a Health & Wellness Coach and Career Development Facilitator. She teaches in the OT Program at the University of Minnesota – Rochester and has a private practice, True North Career Coaching. The L.E.G.A.C.Y.™ Appreciative Life Review Model that she has created is a synthesis of her work in OT, coaching, and career development.

 

Session 1D:  Surviving the NICU: The Role of Occupation in the NICU and Beyond

Holly Schifsky OTR/L, NTMTC, CBIS, CNT is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Dakota Occupational Therapy program. She has focused her career on advancing clinical skills to provide evidence based interventions for neonates/infants/toddlers/young children with non-traumatic and traumatic injuries. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Neonatal Touch/Massage clinician and completed her infant/toddler NDT training which included a 6-month clinical mentorship. She has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences regarding clinical interventions for premature, medically complex infants, and pediatric trauma survivors. She has been a consultant in the NICU for the past 15 years and has dedicated the last 8 years to exclusive clinical work in the NICU and NICU follow-up clinic at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. She provides assessments and interventions to advance developmental and feeding/swallowing skills for the patients in the 63-bed, Level IV NICU at the University of Minnesota.

 

Session 1E:  Why is Neuroplasticity Important?

Meena Iyer PhD, OTR/L is the Assistant Director and Rochester Site Coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota.  She graduated with honors in Occupational Therapy from the University of Bombay, India and has dual degrees – an MA in Motor Learning and a PhD in Neurophysiology from Columbia University, New York, NY.  She also holds a Clinical Research Certificate from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, where she was employed as a Research Fellow.  Her research interest is neuroplasticity in health and disease and developing innovative techniques for enhancing psychological, cognitive and motor performance in children and adults.

 

Session 1F:  Occupation and Clinical Outcomes Using Strategic Friction Reduction

Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, MSCS, LNHA, MBA is an occupational therapist and nursing home administrator. She has worked in healthcare since 1995. She has provided services as a custom seating practitioner, worked in outpatient specialty clinics, and post-acute care. Her experience includes teaching at colleges and universities, and presenting lectures and workshops at the local, national, and international levels. She is a representative on the Corporate Advisory Council of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), and works as Senior Clinical and Education Specialist at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc

 

Session 1G:  The Confidence and Competence to Address the IADL of Driving and Community Mobility

Elin Schold Davis OTR/L, CDRS, FAOTA has coordinated the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Older Driver Initiative since 2003. She is a registered/licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) and a certified driving rehabilitation specialist (CDRS). Her experience in long term care and adult rehabilitation at The Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Minneapolis, Minnesota, led her to her current position with AOTA as the Coordinator of the AOTA Older Driver Initiative.  Ms. Schold Davis has authored articles and lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of both cognitive rehabilitation and driving. In her current position with AOTA, Ms. Schold Davis manages projects funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to build awareness of occupational therapy’s role in senior safe mobility and increase the capacity of occupational therapy programs to address driving as an instrumental activity of daily living.  She is AOTA’s administrator of the CarFit collaboration between AAA, AARP and AOTA.  Schold Davis is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Safe Mobility for Older Person’s MAB sub-committee and member of the National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council.

 

Session 1H:  Impact of UE Functional Electrical Stimulation for Neurorehabilitation and Enhanced Functional Outcomes

Jan Dobbs, OTR is the North Central Regional Clinical Training Specialist for Restorative Therapies, Inc.  She is responsible for clinical training and education to successfully integrate Restorative Therapies’ Functional Electrical Stimulation technologies into the clinical environment. She has over 25 years of experience in product development, product management and marketing of rehabilitation technologies. 

 

Session 1I - Exploring Practice Settings and OTR and COTA Collaboration

Katherine Sherrard OTS will graduate June 2018 from the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Masters program.

Rebecca Anderson OTR: Adjunct Faculty Coordinator for St. Catherine University OTA online program

 

Session 2A:  How did we get Here and Where are we Going? Healthcare Reform

Karen Sames OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is MAOT Program Director and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. She has an OTD from Chatham University, MBA with a healthcare management concentration from the University of St. Thomas, and a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin. Karen has served three terms as President of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), and currently chairs its Government Affairs Committee. She is Treasurer of AOTA.  

Andrea Horvath MAOT, OTR/L is the Corporate Director of Rehab and Wellness for Sholom. In this role she oversees the rehab clinical quality, program development and compliance aspects to two senior care campuses and a home health division. Andrea currently serves as the Vice President for Advocacy of MOTA.  She is a graduate of St. Catherine University.

 Cathy Brennan MA, OTR/L, FAOTA is an occupational therapy consultant who presents workshops on documentation and coding across the country.   She is Coordinator of the Peer Review System and Reimbursement Chair for MOTA.   She is a past President of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association and has also served as Vice President of Advocacy.  She has served the Government Affairs Committee for over 30 years Cathy is a graduate of St. Catherine University and holds a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas.

Cory Bennett has served as the MOTA lobbyist for over a decade. He is president and owner of Bennett Government Consulting, a Minnesota government affairs consulting firm.  He has over 20 years of legislative experience and extensive knowledge of the committee, legislative and agency rule making processes.  Prior to founding his own government relations firm, he was a lobbyist at Capitol Hill Associates and served as Committee Administrator for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

 

Session 2B:  Fieldwork Issues

Linda Buxell, MA, OTR/L, has been an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for 20 years with extensive experience with fieldwork supervision issues and familiarity with the challenges and opportunities facing settings and students.  Since 1996 Linda has been Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in the MAOT program.  She has been in practice for over 35 years across multiple practice areas.  Linda has served in the past as MOTA President and in multiple MOTA board member roles.  She is current District Coordinator on the MOTA Board.  Linda also has a farm in Western Wisconsin.

Thomas Hutton, MA, OTR/L is currently assistant professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for St. Catherine University's OTA program. Prior to joining the campus program, he spent time in the same roles with St. Kate's OTA online program coordinating fieldwork in the State of California. Tom is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of his degree, he started his career at University of Minnesota Medical Center- Fairview (UMMC) working in the acute care hospital setting with an ICU focus. After UMMC, Tom spent time working as a contract occupational therapist, working in 7 different states across the country in many different settings. After traveling, Tom returned back to UMMC taking on the role of OT student coordinator for fieldwork education. He focused on streamlining the on-boarding process for all level II OT students and implemented a 2-1 student to fieldwork educator experience for all level II placements. His interest in clinical education started early in his career as he volunteered and presented to MAOT students at St. Catherine University and facilitated problem based learning courses. He also supervised numerous fieldwork students during his time at UMMC.

Hannah Y. Oldenburg, MA, OTR/L, has been an Occupational Therapist at Mayo Clinic Rochester since 2013, where she has served on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s acute care practice. She currently is one of Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Education Coordinators for Level II Occupational Therapy students in a collaborative model (3:1). She completed her Bachelor in Science degree in Kinesiology and Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. She currently attends the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida, pursuing her doctoral degree in Education. Her research area is rehabilitation with patient's having cardiac mechanical devices as well as clinical reasoning skills in occupational therapy students using a 3:1 model. 

 

Session 2C:  Let’s Talk About It – A Mental Health Salon

Terrianne Jones PhD, OTR/L  graduated from the University of MN OT Program in 1992; received her post professional Master’s Degree in OT in 2004 from St. Catherine University; and completed her PhD in OT from Nova Southeastern University in 2015.  She has worked in inpatient mental health; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; skilled nursing facilities; and in home care. She came to the University of MN in 2008 and has been teaching courses in compensatory rehabilitation, physical remediation, medical documentation, mental health, community practice and interprofessional practice. Her research interests include best practices in providing family education for persons with dementia and strategies for effective clinical education for OT students in non-traditional models and settings. Over the years, Terrianne has remained a practicing OT; she currently works for Health East Home Care and Fairview Lakes Home Caring and Hospice where she does OT evaluations several weekends per month. 

Kary Gilenwaters MA, OTR/L

 

Session 2D:  PEARL: An Occupation-Based Social Skills Manual for Children with an Emotional-Behavioral Disorder

Dr. Gina Rainelli, OTD, OTR/L works for the Minneapolis Public Schools.  She has 18 years of experience working with children with emotional-behavioral disorders (EBD) and/or mental illness.  Currently she works with students with an EBD or mental illness in the school, day treatment, and residential settings

 

Session 2E:  Exploring the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT)

Katelyn Brady OTD OTR/L attended the Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska to receive her doctorate in occupational therapy in 2011. She has experience in acute care, outpatient, and home health care settings. Katelyn has knowledge of many different cognitive assessments and finds the EFPT fills a valuable role in assessing executive performance. She currently works as an Occupational Therapist at the Fairview Acute Rehab Center.

 

Session 2F:  Addressing Chronic Pain Across Occupational Therapy Settings

Karen Carr MS, OTR/L works within the multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation program at Essentia Health for the last three years. Prior to her current role she worked within the Lifestyle Renewal Program at Park Nicollet.  She earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from College of St. Scholastica. Karen is also a co-leader of MOTA Chronic Pain SIG.

Kaisa Syvaoja, OTD, OTR/L graduated with her doctorate from Creighton University in May of 2017. She currently works in pain management as part of a developing inter-professional program at Choice Therapy in Bemidji. She is particularly interested in pain in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other hyper-mobility related conditions. Kaisa also co-leads the MOTA Chronic Pain SIG and is co-chair of the Northwest District.

Claire Mireau, MA, OTR/L, TPS works at St. Joseph’s within the mental health and addiction services including pain management. Claire holds her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and is also a Therapeutic Pain Specialist from International Spine and Pain Institute.

 

Session 2G:  OT Research: We got this!

Corey McGee PhD, MS, OTR/L, CHT earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/psychology in 1998 from the University of Northern Iowa and is a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Program in Occupational Therapy. In 2014, he earned a PhD in rehabilitation science from the U of MN. He has 10 + years of experience in adult and pediatric physical disabilities settings where his focus was the rehabilitation of adults and children with occupational dysfunction resulting from acquired and congenital upper quadrant impairment. Most recently, he has practiced in burn-trauma and outpatient orthopedic settings. In 2006, he achieved specialty certification in hand therapy from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.  Corey has been first and coauthor on several disseminations of occupational therapy research in OT, hand therapy, and engineering journals, and has authored several book chapters in hand therapy and orthopedics textbooks. In recent years, his work has received international recognition including invitations to speak in the Netherlands on his thumb research, participating in international expert consensus group on thumb OA management, and serving as lead author of a WFOT white paper on the role of OT in musculoskeletal health. He is a member of AOTA, MOTA, ASSH, and ASHT.  Currently, Corey is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota where he instructs courses on orthotics, biomechanical evaluation and intervention, and occupational therapy in acute care and work contexts. Corey is also an advisor to one PhD student and research mentor to 12 graduate OT students, was the OT program's post-professional continuing education chair and Rochester Site coordinator for 5 years and, has helped to co-develop the Fairview Hand Therapy Residency Program.

 

Session 2H:  Dysphagia Basics that Every OT Should Know

Janelle Hatlevig, MA, OTR/L, BCPR is the lead dysphagia therapist and dysphagia residency coordinator at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, where her duties encompass driving the practice forward by training staff, ensuring competency within the practice, keeping staff up-to-date with the latest in evidence based practice, acting as a liaison between other services when determining the best protocols for our patients, coordinating mentorships and building a dysphagia residency program. This leadership spans the practices of acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient adult coverage as well as training pediatrics therapists in the dysphagia practice.  Janelle has over 14 years of experience as an occupational therapist, focusing primarily on the neuro population for the majority of her career and including dysphagia into the mix over the last 8 years.   Janelle has presented at local and national conferences and has been involved in educating at Universities on dysphagia.

Shari Bernard, OTD, SCFES is the manager of the therapy outpatient practice at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She holds an academic ranking of Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. In her 27 years at Mayo Clinic, she has been dedicated to improving the quality of care for patients with dysphagia. In 2011 she was presented with the Clinician Award from the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. Shari holds the AOTA Specialty Certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing. Shari is a reviewer for candidates of the AOTA Specialty Certifications. She initiated the development the first Dysphagia Residency in the Country. Shari participates in dysphagia research and has publications that include a cover story in Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and an AJOT publication, with focus on the Frazier Free Water Protocol. Shari recently completed a chapter writing on dysphagia for NBCOT Exam Review Book.

 

Session 2I:  Evaluating Job Offers and Presenting Yourself Professionally in the Workplace

Ericka Niemann OTS is a second year Masters of Occupational Therapy student at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

 Brittany McPhail OTS is a second year Masters of Occupational Therapy student at the University of Minnesota Rochester. 

 

Saturday, November 11th - 1 hour sessions

Session 3A:  Legislative Update 2017 

Karen M Sames, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA is MAOT Program Director and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. She has an OTD from Chatham University, MBA with a healthcare management concentration from the University of St. Thomas, and a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin.  In addition to teaching, she is the author of the book Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice, 3rd ed. as well as a chapter on documentation in the latest edition of Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy.  Karen has served three terms as President of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), and currently chairs the Government Affairs Committee for MOTA and is Treasurer of AOTA.  

Andrea Horvath, MAOT, OTR/L is the Corporate Director of Rehab and Wellness for Sholom. In this role she oversees the rehab clinical quality, program development and compliance aspects to two senior care campuses and a home health division. Andrea currently serves as the Vice President for Advocacy of MOTA.  She is a graduate of St. Catherine University.

 

Session 3B:  Group Model Level 1 Fieldwork in Community Based Non-traditional Settings for OTA Online Students 

Thomas Hutton, MA, OTR/L is currently assistant professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for St. Catherine University's OTA program. Prior to joining the campus program, he spent time in the same roles with St. Kate's OTA online program coordinating fieldwork in the State of California. Tom is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of his degree, he started his career at University of Minnesota Medical Center- Fairview (UMMC) working in the acute care hospital setting with an ICU focus. After UMMC, Tom spent time working as a contract occupational therapist, working in 7 different states across the country in many different settings. After traveling, Tom returned back to UMMC taking on the role of OT student coordinator for fieldwork education. He focused on streamlining the on-boarding process for all level II OT students and implemented a 2-1 student to fieldwork educator experience for all level II placements. His interest in clinical education started early in his career as he volunteered and presented to MAOT students at St. Catherine University and facilitated problem based learning courses. He also supervised numerous fieldwork students during his time at UMMC.

Melissa Jazmines-Broersma, MS, OTD, OTR/L is Fieldwork Faculty for California State University, Dominguez Hills .

 

Session 3C:  OT and Mental Health – Treating the Whole Person: A Panel

Jacqueline Wagner, MA OTR/L, Jackie is the administrator of PRC-Professional Rehabilitation Consultants, an outpatient rehabilitation agency in St. Paul which specializes in providing occupational therapy to people who struggle with their mental health. Jackie is a graduate of St. Catherine University and she has been a part of PRF for 11 years, and she has co-chaired the MOTA Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) for the past four years. Through participation in Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services (OTAMMHS) and Minnesota Hoarding Task Force (MNHTF), Jackie has been working toward broadening the reach of OT to those who are unaware of what OT can help a person achieve.

Jessica Engman OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist who graduated from St. Catherine University with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997. Her clinical experience includes 19 years in community and hospital based co-occurring Day Treatment, individual outpatient treatment, short-term case management and homecare. She also has 8 years of experience teaching psychosocial occupational therapy at UW-LaCrosse and St. Catherine University.  She has completed extensive training in s USC’s Lifestyle Redesign evidence based practices and is a Healthy Habits for Living licensed provider. She also has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques.  She brings passion to this work believing that every person can use their individual skills and strengths to build a healthy lifestyle. She can help individuals identify and treat barriers in functional cognition, sensory processing and daily living skills that may be impacting their ability to manage chronic conditions to live the life they want to live.

Brittany Hubbard MA OTR/L, is a registered Occupational Therapist in the state of MN. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BS in Exercise Science and from St. Catherine University with an MA in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing for the past 5 years and has worked in a variety of settings including home health for people experiencing a variety of physical/mental health conditions, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient mental health as an OT at a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services for individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

 

Session 3D:  OT and Eating Disorders

Erin Coffey, OTR/L, Cathryn Gibson, OTS, Kayla Hampton, OTR/L, Melissa Livingston, OTR/L, , Ken Reimann, OTR/L, Sam Thayer, OTR/L are currently part of the occupational therapy team at the Melrose Center. The Melrose Center was established over 30 years ago and currently has 3 sites offering comprehensive services at each location. Occupational therapy has been involved with the Melrose Center since the onset and current occupational therapist have a combined 20 years in the treatment of eating disorders. This presentation is an overview of the unique role of occupational therapy in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, diabetes, and other mental health diagnoses.

 

Session 3E:  Occupational Therapy’s Role in Montessori Preschools:  Sleep and Interprofessional Teamwork

Alycia Parrish OTS;   Maria Davis OTS; Eunjung An OTS; Sarah Janus OTS; Heather Northey OTS;   Rebecca Patterson OTS; Anna Hepokoski OTS; Meghan Tholen OTS - Presenters are MAOT students at St. Catherine University. This presentation is a summary of their Master’s Project, which was an interdisciplinary partnership of St. Catherine University and the Montessori Center of MN under a grant funded project called Serving the Whole Child.

 

Session 3F:  Adoption and Sensory Processing 

Megan Bresnahan, OTR/L received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2001. She has worked closely with the Adoption Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for 12 years including working with patients who have been adopted and their families. Megan has also traveled internationally to work with children in orphanage care and provide to training to caregivers. Megan helps children who have been adopted internationally, domestically and children in foster care along with their families succeed with the progression of sensory processing skills.

 

Session 3G:  OT Panel Discussion: Innovative Strategic Friction Reduction in Different Settings

Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, MSCS, LNHA, MBA is an occupational therapist and nursing home administrator. She has worked in healthcare since 1995. She has provided services as a custom seating practitioner, worked in outpatient specialty clinics, and post-acute care. Her experience includes teaching at colleges and universities, and presenting lectures and workshops at the local, national, and international levels. She is a representative on the Corporate Advisory Council of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), and works as Senior Clinical and Education Specialist at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc

 

Session 3H:  Participation in Quality of Life for Persons with Oculomotor Impairments after Acquired Brain Injury

Sharon Gowdy Wagener has been an occupational therapist for 20 years working in physical disabilities.  Current roles at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital include staff occupational therapist, OT professional practice chair and periodic researcher. Specific interest in vision started about 9 years ago. She has been a guest lecture on vision at St. Catherine University as well as a periodic adjunct faculty member. She completed her OTD with this research study as her final doctoral project.

 

Session 3I - A Change in Perspective on How to Serve Individuals with ALS through Occupation 

Kristin Wallock is a Care Services Coordinator with the ALS Association (MN, ND, SD Chapter).  Kristin studied Occupational Therapy at the University of WI-Milwaukee, completing both her Bachelors and Masters degrees, and is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working primarily with individuals with orthopedic and neurological conditions. She is currently managing the Communication and Assistive Device Program and coordinating all therapy services at the Chapter. Kristin also represents the Chapter weekly at the Mayo ALS multi-disciplinary clinic.

Sonya Tangen is an Occupational Therapist who works at the Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center.  She has been there for nine years and is currently works with outpatients, ALS clinic  and driver’s rehab.   Prior to working at the VA, she spent three years working with the transitional inpatient rehab program at the Courage Kenny.  She is Resna certified and a driving rehab specialist.

Robin Samuel has practiced occupational therapy for more than 20 years. She currently works at Fairview Outpatient Rehabilitation Services St. Paul at University of Minnesota Health.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota in 1995.  Robin specializes in the assessment and treatment of people with adult neurological and neuromuscular conditions such as ALS, MS, MD, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and concussion, as well as other conditions such as cancer rehab.  She has been a Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers since 2011.  She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT).   She has been a Fairview Clinical Specialist II since 2016 presenting to ALS, MDA, and Parkinson’s support groups, writing an article for ALS Insights on-line newsletter, and is the author of a rehabilitation chapter on managing the symptoms of neuromuscular disease for Neuromuscular Disease Handbook.  Robin has worked across the continuum of care treating adults in acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation and has been an outpatient practitioner for 12 years.  She also currently works with the ALS Clinic of Excellence at University of Minnesota Health.  Robin’s focus of care is to improve quality of life for individuals by optimizing their functional abilities. 

 

Session 3J:  Testing Your Knowledge: NBCOT Exam Preparation

Sheila Bosc is a second year Masters is Occupational Therapy Student at the University of Minnesota

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