Speaker Bios

Saturday, October 27th - Keynote Address

Keynote Address: Still Standing. Still Smiling.

John Kriesel, Motivational Speaker & Veteran of the United States of America Armed Services may have lost his legs and three close buddies in Iraq, but he came home with a powerful message of hope and living testimony to the value of a positive attitude to overcome any challenge.
John served as a NATO peacekeeper in Kosovo in 2004 before volunteering for deployment to Iraq. On December 2, 2006 his team struck an improvised explosive device (IED) and he was not expected to survive. He died three times in the operating room, but 35 surgeries and nine months later he walked out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He retired as a staff sergeant following 10 years in the Army National Guard receiving the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and other awards.

In 2010 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, but decided not to seek re-election when his family said they wanted to spend
more time with him.  He is director of veterans services for a County in Suburban Minneapolis, MN, a part-time personality on KFAN Radio, motivational speaker, and co-author of the book, “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel,” published in 2010 and winner of 8 national book awards.

Saturday, October 27th - 2 hour sessions

Session 1A:  Expand Your Influence and Bring OT Beyond Traditional Settings

Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, MSCS, LNHA, MBA  is an occupational therapist and nursing home administrator. She has specialty credentials in assistive technology and seating and wheeled mobility.  She has provided direct care for over 20 years in many settings including outpatient specialty clinics, post-acute care, and behavioral services. She has also worked a consultant, research assistant, clinical instructor for different colleges and universities, and has served as an item-writer for the NBCOT and MSCS exams. Her experience includes presenting lectures and workshops at the local, national, and international levels. She is currently on the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the St. Catherine University Business Advisory Council, and is the Senior Clinical and Education Specialist at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Sue Redepenning, OTR/L, ATP is the owner of Live Life Therapy Solutions, Inc. Her company received an Assistive Technology grant from the state of MN in March of 2013. Sue leads 15 Assistive Technology consultants with degrees in Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing or Engineering. These AT consultants travel throughout MN to see people to meet their Assistive Technology needs so they can stay living in their own home or move to live in their own home. The grant serves Minnesotans of all ages who have a disability and have MA along with a home care services or waivered services. Sue is an Occupational Therapist by background and has worked in the field of AT for over 20 years. She received her Assistive Technology Professional certification from the Rehabilitation Engineering AT Society of North America in 2013. This is the third business Sue has owned in her career. In 2001, she owned Occupational Therapy Solutions, Inc in which she was a consultant for a Driver Rehabilitation company. In 1993, she co-owned Products for Easy Living in which she and her partner sold adaptive products for people with disabilities.

Session 1B:  Sexuality for All Abilities

Katie Thune is an educator and advocate for people with disabilities. She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education and worked as a teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools for 12 years. She has done extensive curriculum writing on relationships and sexuality education for many well-known disability organizations.

Session 1C:  Put the Fun Back in Fine Motor

Sara Rohde, OTR/L, BCP; Darla Johnson, OTR/L; Anna Tucker, OTR/L; Molly Barrett, OTR/L; Kelsey Smith, OTR/L, Lacey Olson, OTR/L This team of occupational therapists practices in an outpatient pediatric setting. Therapist treat children with a variety of diagnoses, including motor delays, autism, and mental health concerns. All therapists have extensive continuing education in treating children. Therapy experiences total 50+ years.

Session 1D:  The Role of Occupational Therapy in Treating Mild to Moderate TBI

Nova McNally OTR/L, became an Occupational Therapist in 2001, working on the east coast until 2010 when she moved to Minnesota and began her journey with Neurovision rehab. In 2011 she became a member of the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association and in 2014 was elected as the OT representative on their international Board. She has given several professional presentations on the topic of Neurovision rehab and continues to advocate for Occupational Therapy as a vital team member in the rehabilitation of mTBI. Nova is actively participating in research and is a co-investigator of an article being published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. In April,  Nova was promoted to the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program Manager at Hennepin Healthcare where she is able to continue to support and promote interdisciplinary care for people who have survived traumatic brain injuries.

Nicole St. John OTR/L, Nicole St. John, MS, OTR/L graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 2014 and has worked within the Hennepin Healthcare Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for the past 3 years.  She has experience working in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care services and outpatient. She works with the interdisciplinary team at Hennepin Healthcare in outpatient services specializing in neuro vision rehabilitation techniques for individuals who have sustained mTBI. She is passionate about developing her skills with visual processing within the scope of Occupational therapy and actively participates in research to utilize the most current information for treating symptoms, using a variety of treatment techniques to maximize independence following mTBI and neurological diagnoses.

Courtney Mitchell OTR/L

Session 1E:  CarFit: OTs Distinct Value Connecting Problem with Solutions: An opportunity for community outreach

Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS, FAOTA Project Coordinator, The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Initiative 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.

Saturday, October 27th - Poster Presentations

Effects of Meditative Movements for Persons with Chronic Health Conditions

Course Description: The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of Ellie’s Meditative Movements (EMM) on persons with chronic conditions. The quasi-experimental study utilized a pretest, posttest, and follow-up design. Twenty four participants completed the intervention. Results showed significant impact on symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, emotional/functional well-being, and quality of life. EMM may contribute to improved symptom management and quality of life for persons with chronic conditions. Results support the use of EMM as a new intervention strategy in occupational therapy, which enhances symptom management and quality of life for persons living with chronic health conditions. If the beneficial effects of EMM are supported by a randomized clinical trial, it could have a major impact on occupational therapy practice.

Karlee Davis, OTR/L is a recent graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. Karlee has 5 years of experience in healthcare as a recreational therapist specializing in working with combat veterans confronting symptoms of PTSD and TBI. Karlee looks forward to continuing her passion of serving veterans as an occupational therapist in the near future.

Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Virgil Mathiowetz is an Associate Professor for the Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mathiowetz has a long standing research interest in fatigue management for individuals with chronic conditions.

 

Educating Medical Students on the Roles of Occupational and Physical Therapy

Course Description: An evaluation of the impact of a 2-hour educational workshop on medical students’ familiarity with roles and benefits of occupational and physical therapy and their confidence in referring to these services. Thirty-seven fourth-year medical students participated. After the didactic section, the students discussed potential patient referrals using relevant case scenarios and the responsibilities of therapists for their case-patients. Students completed before/after surveys assessing perceived knowledge and perspectives on the value of the workshop for their careers. A follow-up survey was sent at 3 months. From before to after the workshop, students showed significant improvements in their familiarity with occupational and physical therapy services and in their confidence to appropriately refer to these services (P<.001). The students found the workshop helpful for their future as physicians.

Hannah Y. Oldenburg, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and fieldwork educator at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. She obtained a Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University in 2012. Currently, she is a Doctorate in Education candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is passionate about clinical research specific to the topics of clinical reasoning of rehabilitation students as well as advocacy research within the occupational therapy profession. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling in her spare time.

 

Do Occupational and Upper Extremity Function Change Following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy?

Course Description:  Few studies have assessed changed in pre and post-outcomes, like grip strength and GMFM score to determine the impact of post-SDR rehab.  The purpose of this study is to thoroughly assess functional changes in daily occupations following SDR by comparing outcomes collected pre and post-surgery. The literature on gait, tone and lower extremity range of motion outcomes post-SDR is robust.  However, there is a gap in the literature surrounding the outcome of OT interventions post-SDR.    Out data looks at function at admission and upon discharge from IP rehab, this ranges from a four to six week stay.

Erin Ballou, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and Clinical Educator on the Outpatient Rehab team at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.  She has been involved in assessing patients pre-SDR. Lydia Houle, is a 2018 graduate from the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse.  She joined Gillette Children's Specialty healthcare as a research intern.  Lydia aspires to become an occupational therapist.

Heather Forst, MA, OTR/L CBIS, is an occupational therapist and Clinical Educator on the Inpatient Rehab team at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.  She has been involved in assessing and treating patient's following selective dorsal rhizotomies for 10 tears.  Heather has a strong interest in evaluating the functional changes children make following SDR.

 

A Systems Approach to the Development of Feeding Skills and Feeding Disorders

Course Description: This poster presents a comprehensive systems approach to the understanding of feeding development in children with and without disabilities, providing information useful for therapists' decision-making process to facilitate occupational performance in feeding, an area of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The comprehensive perspective is described as a series of vertical developmental sequences in which oral and fine motor skills are interwoven horizontally with corresponding gross motor, visual, cognitive, communicative, social, and emotional levels, with emphasis on how feeding impacts, and is impacted by, all those domains. This perspective thus includes consideration of the feeding relationships between children/caregivers, and the infant/family professional's role as facilitator of these relationships. Tables with video captures of case study examples illustrate assessment procedures and demonstrations of intervention strategies.

Rhoda Erhardt, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA received her B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois, and her M.S. in child development and family relations from North Dakota State University. She was trained in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment of cerebral palsy (NDT) in London, England. The former director of the Easter Seal Mobile Therapy Unit in Fargo, North Dakota, she is currently in private practice in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, providing evaluation and consultation services to a variety of health agencies, educational systems, and national corporations, as well as presenting workshops throughout the world. She has served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the first licensure board of North Dakota, was enrolled in the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 1983, and has been a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association since she moved to Minnesota in 1992. Her publications include books, chapters, journal articles, assessments, videotapes, and DVDs on topics such as normal and atypical development of hand function, hand preference, handwriting, vision, visual-perceptual-motor function, eye-hand coordination, and feeding in children with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities

Saturday, October 27th - Communications Award Speaker

Communications Award Speaker: Growth Mindset and Occupational Therapy

Andrea Harrison, MS, OTR 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 did her second fieldwork experience there and fell in love with the patient population and the exciting, “never know what will happen in a day” atmosphere. She introduced new project and program ideas, but also advocated for her patients by helping to create a policy for the use of technological devices on the units and was appointed to the Patient Care Council to improve patient rights, care, and be instrumental in addressing patients’ needs. Later she was voted by coworkers to become a co-chair for the council.

Her interest in clinical education started early in her career as she volunteered and created a presentation/orientation for nursing and therapy students, educating them on the mission, vision, and goals of mental health inpatient programs. She also took on numerous fieldwork students, a great majority from the University of Minnesota OT program. 

Her passion for OT academia has only grown. 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 and online in the OTA program. Being a part of St. Catherine University as an assistant professor and the University of Minnesota OT program as adjunct/course instructor has given her a unique perspective regarding OT education and the importance for fieldwork to the student experience. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in education, specializing in postsecondary and adult education.

Saturday, October 27th - 1 hour sessions

Session 2A:  Legislative Issues 2018

Karen Sames, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University.  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 is now the Chair of MOTA’s Government Affairs Committee.  She currently serves on the AOTA Board of Directors as Treasurer.   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.

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 2B: The Science of Habit: Embedding the Performance Patterns of Habit and Routine into OT Practice

Michael Jensen, Ed.D., OTR/L is department chair and associate professor of the occupational therapy assistant program at Herzing University.  Prior to transitioning into academics, Dr. Jensen worked at Fairview University Medical Center within the acute rehabilitation unit.

Session 2C: Basket Weaving to Social Media: The Changing Landscape of Mental Health Occupational Therapy

Grant Davis Mitchell, MOT, OTR/L is a 2016 graduate (MOT, OTR/L), working at an inpatient mental health unit for young adults (age 18-24) with additional per-diem work in acute rehabilitation. He presented a poster on an extensive review of the use of Xbox and Wii in occupational therapy at the AOTA 2017 conference. Since, he has contributed articles to informal OT websites such as Newgradoccupationaltherapy.com, TheOThub.com, MyOTspot.com, and has remained active with the online community of OTs.  In his spare time he films, runs, writes, and likes to focus on occupational therapy related topics in research and reading.

Session 2D: Integrated Pediatric Primary Care Teams: Model Conceptualization

Stephanie Lynn DeSam Lazaro, OTD, OTR/L is the Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at St. Catherine University. Her primary practice has been in early intervention in the home based setting. Dr. de Sam Lazaro's primary research agenda has focused on culturally and linguistically relevant and authentic assessment practices for young children and families across practice settings.

Bonnie Riley, OTD, OTR/L is Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her practice has been in clinical and medical pediatric settings. Dr. Riley's primary research agenda has focused on the occupation of play, family centered pediatric practices, and pediatric primary care exploration.

Session 2E: Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children with Autism: Current Practices and Continuing Education in Minnesota

Bryden Giving, OTS is a Master’s student at St. Catherine University with interest in evidence-based practice, pediatrics, and health policy. Bryden is currently on Level II Fieldwork at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN and hopes to be working within a pediatric facility or in an acute inpatient setting after graduation. In a few years, Bryden aims to get a Ph.D. or Doctorate in public health with a concentration in social justice and health equity once he acquires at least a few years of clinical experience.

Session 2F: Occupational Therapy All Day, Every day, in the Transitional Care setting, Long Term Care Setting, and Home Health

Pamela Brooks, OTR/L has 25+ years experience as an Occupational Therapist. She has worked the majority of her career in skilled nursing facilities, but has experience in hospital rehab and home health also. She currently works as a Clinical Specialist at Centrex Rehab.

Session 2G: Axillary Web Syndrome/Cording

Carrie Macosky, OTR/L, CLT is an occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist.  She has been an OT since 1991.  She has been working with lymphedema and breast cancer patients since 1995.   She received her bachelor of science in OT from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of MOTA She is certified by the Vodder School of North America. She is certified by the Casley-Smith Association. She is Lymphology Association of North America certified.

Saturday, October 27th - 2 hour sessions

Sesssion 3A: Evidence Based Practice for the Clinician

Jennifer Bergstrom OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. She is a 2009 University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse graduate.  She is the founder and senior editor of the Journal of Acute Care Occupational Therapy.  She enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with family in her spare time.

Hannah Oldenburg, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and fieldwork educator at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. She is 2012 St. Catherine University graduate. Currently, she is a Doctorate in Education candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is passionate about clinical research specific to the topics of clinical reasoning of rehabilitation students as well as advocacy research within the occupational therapy profession. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Acute Care Occupational Therapy.  She enjoys spending time with family and traveling in her spare time.

Session 3B: From Masters to OT Clinical Doctorate: What are the Major Differences? Panel Discussion

Terrianne Jones, PhD, OTR/L 

Cherie Graves, MOT, OTR/L is a faculty member and academic fieldwork coordinator at the University of North Dakota.  She is one of three faculty members serving on the OTD Curriculum Planning Committee at UND as they prepare to transition to the OTD.  Cherie is working toward her PhD with her dissertation research focusing on occupational therapy student experiences integrating “best practice” during Level II fieldwork.

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, OTR/L is assistant professor and Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at St. Catherine University. She is leading the transition from entry level master’s to entry level doctoral education at St. Kate’s. Dr. de Sam Lazaro’s scholarship of teaching and learning agenda is focused on the benefits of peer teaching and emerging definitions of experiential learning formats to support students in the classroom in preparation for fieldwork and capstone experiences.

Session 3C: OT Role in the Treatment of Hoarding Disorders

Jennifer LeClaire, OTR/L is the facilitator of multiple Buried in Treasures workshops, developed by Randy O. Frost and Lee Shuer and works with individuals living with hoarding disorder.  She is a member and advisor of the Minnesota Hoarding Task Force.

Jean Rollin, MDiv has a BS in Divinity from Northwester University in IL, and a Masters in Divinity from United Theological Seminary in MN. She had developed curriculum for youth and adults in the area of healthy communication, healthy relationships, spirituality and sexuality.  She has more than 15 years of additional training in speech and theater.

Session 3D: Self-Regulation: The Key to Managing Behavior in Children with ASD, ADHD, Mood Disorders and other Mental Health Conditions

Leann Shore, OTD, MEd, OTR/L  is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Shore has spent 28 years in Occupational Therapy. Prior to her current position, she spent 22 years specializing in school-based practice and pediatrics. In addition to teaching at the University, she manages a private practice, working primarily in pediatrics and the school setting. Dr. Shore graduated from the University of Utah with a Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Her initial degree in occupational therapy was earned at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1989, where she began practice in adult inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient programs, hand therapy, home health care, long term care, and transitional living.  Once specialized in pediatrics and school-based intervention, Ms. Shore earned a Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis in 2002. Ms. Shore led occupational therapy departments including supervising and training OTRs and OTAs. Extended interest in children with autism led Ms. Shore to earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2010.Ms. Shore’s expertise additionally incorporates publishing and research including publication of the Shore Handwriting Screening for Early Handwriting Development (SHS) with Pearson Assessment. Articles in regard to handwriting appear in both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journals of occupational therapy.  Ms. Shore is active in the occupational therapy community serving as a member and committee activist with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA). She is a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Session 3E: Cognitive Performance Test (CPT) 2018 Revised Manual and Practice Model

Theressa Burns, OTR/L is the Clinical Occupational Therapist Specialist for the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. She is the author of the Cognitive Performance Test (CPT), a standard in the therapy industry as a tool that establishes levels of client competency in the performance of daily life, with evidence-based profiles of for intervention.

Session 3F: Persistent Pain: Knowledge and Tools for OTs Treating Patients with Pain

Lindsay Marth, MA, OTR/L, BCPR, 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 VA in 2013 as a pain clinical specialist in their interdisciplinary comprehensive pain center. She completed her certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through ISPI/EIM in 2015 and received AOTA Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation in 2018 . Lindsay also serves as an adjunct professor at SCU, instructing on mental health in their weekend MAOT program.  She has presented on pain neuroscience education to OT, rehab/ PM&R, primary care and mental health audiences through her facility, state association, and community conferences.

Sunday, October 28th - 2 hour sessions

Session 4A: Changing Expectations for Experiential Learning in OT Education: Implications for Level I Fieldwork and practice/education

R. Michelle Warfel, MOT, OTR/L, AFWC; Allison Naber, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA & John Fleming, EdD, OTR/L, AFWC are Academic Fieldwork Coordinators at St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and St Catherine's University in St. Paul, Minnesota respectively.

Debra Hanson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an academic fieldwork coordinator (AFWC) at the University of North Dakota with 31 years of experience. She has served as the AFWC representative for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Commission on Education and has been recognized as a Fellow in AOTA for her leadership in fieldwork education. Debra’s research interests and publications include topics related to rural occupational therapy practice, fieldwork educator perspectives of work with occupational therapy students, innovative models of Level I and II Fieldwork Education, best practices and the development of professional identity in occupational therapy.

Terrianne Jones, PhD, OTR/L is a Director of Professional Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota and the Interim Director of Experiential Learning. All are engaged with clinical practice partners to support occupation-based practice and have a deep investment in occupational therapy student learning.

Session 4B: Blue Sky Café: Serving Up Fun Opportunities for Social Engagement in a Safe and Welcoming AtmosphereSession 4C: Yoga Through the Eyes of a Pediatric OT

Megan K Flood, OTR/L is a recent (2016) graduate of St. Catherine University’s MAOT program.  Prior to voyaging into occupational therapy, she danced professionally for 15 years, and then joined Regions’ Hospital’s Integrative Therapies Department as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner.  Megan has completed a three year training with Suzanne Rivers in Global Somatics, is currently working with the remarkable occupational therapy team at Regions’ Mental Health, and is beginning the second year of a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing.

Nicole Arnhold OTR/L is a 2011 St. Kate’s MAOT graduate. She enjoys her involvement  in working with individuals who have often times experienced trauma and now find themselves in intense settings such as; MN Security Hospital in Saint Peter, Regions Hospital Mental Health ICU, MN Juvenile Correctional Facility in Red Wing, and most currently Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services in Willmar. It is through these experiences she has come to witness that individuals have an innate desire to feel safe, and from that safety grows connection to others and onto living life more fully. Nicole has extended her training in various areas including SomaYoga, Somatic Experiencing, QiGong, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique. Nicole graciously worked with Peg Garding for 3 years and was steeped in Peg’s masterful ways of connecting with resistive and high energy individuals, Blue Sky Café being one of those highly skilled interventions.

Mary Beth Severson, COTA

Session 4C: Yoga Through the Eyes of a Pediatric OT

Katie Novak, OTR/L and Johanna McGough-Pose MAOT, OTR/L, are graduates of the St. Kate’s OT program. They both work full time at Children’s Theraplay in Maplewood and have a combined experience of 21 years of experience working as OTs in the pediatric world.  Katie: I’ve always been interested how western medicine practices can be supported by non-traditional ideas. I work with a lot of clients with sensory processing difficulties and it’s been a blessing to add ideas of yoga and mindfulness into my toolkit as well as the families I work with. Outside of my pediatrics job, I also work with adults many of whom have similar mental health and/or regulation issues through improv theater.  I’m SIPT certified and have additional training in Craniosacral Therapy, Somatoemotional Release, iLS, reflex integration, trauma, kinesio tape, interactive metronome, SOS approach to feeding and I’m almost done with my Yoga Calm certification.

Session 4D: I Survived Critical Illness-Now What? Patient Perspective of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Emily Bodensteiner Schmitt, 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 mixed medical, surgical, transplant intensive care unit as part of an embedded therapy model. She has completed advanced practice training in dysphagia and is a Mayo Clinic Silver Quality Fellow. She has presented at continuing education events at Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference. She enjoys supervising occupational therapy fieldwork students. She completed her Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education at University of St. Augustine School of Health Sciences. Research interests include post-intensive care syndrome and the role of occupational therapy in the ICU.

Kristin Hall, MS, OTR/L, MBA is currently an Acute Care Therapy Supervisor at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She has been an acute care occupational therapist for more than 6 years, working at Mayo since 2016. ICU therapy is her passion, and she has been a leader in implementing embedded therapy teams within ICUs at Mayo. Further biography to be provided immediately upon acceptance.

Session 4E: The Right Stuff: RIGHT Care for the RIGHT patient at the RIGHT Time

Alli Gerlach, OTR/L graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2010 and has been working for the University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview since 2011. In this adult inpatient acute care setting, Allison has gained skill and expertise in the rehabilitation of critically ill patients with an emphasis in bone marrow transplant and intensive care. As a member of a collaborative interdisciplinary team, she has engaged in work groups to promote best practice in the areas of early mobilization and delirium management in the ICU and proper utilization of therapy services hospital wide.

Danielle Schneeman, MS CCC-SLP has been practicing in the field for 11 years time, initially working with the pediatric population and then transitioning to the acute care setting. Danielle's clinical practice focuses on treatment of medically complex patients with special interests in dysphagia and trachs/vents. Danielle works to promote education and collaboration among and between service providers and regularly provides formal education to RN staff.  

Wayne Zerr, OTR/L is a practicing Occupational therapist working the last 11 years in acute care at the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wayne began his career working as a hand therapist and also in the burn unit at Regions hospital. Wayne has a passion for acute care and utilization of occupational therapy services.

Kim Lambert, DPT is a staff physical therapist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank, and has been with Fairview Health Services for five years. Her areas of clinical interest include the neurology, oncology, and geriatric populations. She completed her undergraduate degree at Luther College in 2010, and her doctorate of physical therapy at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2013. Kim is a co-leader of a task force focused on therapy service utilization within her department, a data collector for research being conducted on specific ICU populations, and a clinical instructor for physical therapy students.

Session 4F: Eye Tracking Made Easy

Daniel Friel, Northeastern MN Solutions Consultant at Tobii Dynavox started providing assistive technology support in 1988 at Gillette Children's Hospital and joined Tobii Dynavox in 1997. Dannel's passion is assisting with all things related to AAC including assessment, the funding process, implementation, training and in-services for those supporting children and adults with severe speech and language disabilities.

Katie Champ, Tobii Dynavox Solutions Consultant has been a consultant with Tobii Dynavox since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Iowa State University. Katie has had the opportunity to assist speech language pathologists in assistive technology evaluations, and really enjoys providing support and training to therapists and families in the western Minnesota area.

 

Sunday, October 28th - 1 hour sessions

Session 5A: The Role of the “See Me As A Person” Curriculum in Fostering Relationship-Based Care Culture in Organizations

Alexandra Hein, OTS is pursing her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University and is expected to graduate in December 2018. She completed her undergraduate education at Luther College where she studied Psychology, Social Work, and French. She has previously been involved in research on trauma and forgiveness in countries around the world. Alexandra has presented this research at multiple conferences and also collaborated on a publication from this research. She completed her first Level 2 Fieldwork experience at St. Joseph’s Hospital working on the inpatient mental health floor, and is currently completing her second Level 2 Fieldwork experience at the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Fairview East Bank working in acute care. Alexandra has volunteered at St. Stephen’s men’s homeless shelter for the last year and a half. While her OT interests are broad, Alexandra has a particular passion for working with individuals who are homeless and hopes to pursue that interest in her future professional career.

Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., ACE, OTR/L, FAOTA is a professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. Kristi has been active in mental health research related to peer-supported mental health housing models; the role of writing in the development of the self; the lived experience of ASD; and exploration of the nature and efficacy of services at a free standing psychiatric occupational therapy clinic. Kristi’s research has led to legislative changes regarding evidenced based mental health practice in Minnesota and has helped secure funding for the development of Fairweather housing units in Pennsylvania. In addition to full time faculty work, Kristi has served as the Chair of a large mental health board in Minnesota and maintains a private practice serving persons with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities. Kristi has extensive publications and presentations on a regional, national, and international level. Kristi is honored to be a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the Leaders and Legacy Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and is a former recipient of Faculty of the Year at St. Catherine University. Kristi was the 2015 MOTA communication award winner and the 2017 AOTF Leadership Commendation winner.

Session 5B: Licensure in Minnesota: MN Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and MOTA

Christina Bourland OTR/L is the inaugural Executive Director for the Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. She came to the Board from the University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program. Here, she served as the Director of Experiential Learning and Admissions Chair for the program. Prior to that Chris’ clinical practice occurred primarily in mental health settings. She is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program and its Masters in Healthcare Administration Program. 

Karen Sames, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. 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 is the Chair of MOTA’s Government Affairs Committee. She currently serves on the AOTA Board of Directors as Treasurer. 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.

Session 5C: Chronic Pain and Pain Management Strategies for Adults

Ruth Chase, OTS is a second-year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Her passion for vulnerable and at-risk populations has been shaped through experiences working with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and developmental disabilities. Her focus areas of interest include mental health and pediatrics. She finds joy exploring nature with her family and is working on mastering the art and science of sourdough bread making.

Shanna Graden, OTS Shanna Graden is a second-year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She has worked with adolescents and young adults with a wide range of disabilities and mental illnesses as a special education teacher for the past nine years. She is interested in pursuing her passion of working within the mental health field as a occupational therapist to enhance the lives of others. Shanna values outdoor activities and enjoys new experiences with family and friends.

Susie Johnson, OTS is a second-year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She is drawn to occupational therapy due to the focus on supporting patients to do things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of meaningful activities. Susie currently counsels older adults and adults with disabilities on long-term care options, Medicare benefits, Medical Assistance eligibility and benefits, other financial assistance programs, and community resources. Her current areas of interest include working with older adults and mental health populations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and being outdoors in the summer.

Abigail Jovanovich, OTS is a second-year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Through years of working with a variety of populations in various capacities she realized that occupational therapy would allow her to do what she loves best – help others see and reach their full potential. She looks forward to working with children and their families. When she’s not studying you will find Abigail giving away bouquets of zinnias, jogging wooded trails, and playing with her nieces and nephews.

Heather Murphy, OTS  Heather Murphy is a second year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Heather currently is a COTA/L and rehab director for 18 years working in a Geriatric and Transitional Care facilities with patients who have Mental Health, adults with physical or medical complexities and orthopedic care. When she is not in school or working, she enjoys time with her family, traveling and spending time outside.

Jenna Noonan, OTS is a second-year graduate student in the MAOT program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Jenna’s passion for occupational therapy lies in working with children living with various disabilities and is continues to grow with each new occupational therapy experience. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, adults living with Parkinson’s Disease and mental health. Jenna enjoys spending time with her family and reading in her spare time.

Hannah Oldenburg, M.A., OTR/L is an occupational therapist and fieldwork educator at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. She is 2012 St. Catherine University graduate. Currently, she is a Doctorate in Education candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is passionate about clinical research specific to the topics of clinical reasoning of rehabilitation students as well as advocacy research within the occupational therapy profession. She also is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Acute Care Occupational Therapy (JACOT).  She enjoys spending time with family and traveling in her spare time

Session 5D: Facilitating a Community-Based Peer-Mentoring Program for Psychosocial Support of Breast Cancer Patients: A Unique Role for Occupational Therapy

Jenny Cook, BSW, MA, OTR/L is the Program Manager at Firefly Sisterhood, a Minnesota non-profit program that fosters one-to-one connections between women facing breast cancer and inspirational survivors. She is responsible for all aspects of program development and implementation, including mentor training, participant interviews, match facilitation, program evaluation, and relationship building with health systems and referral sources. Jenny has been actively involved in the breast cancer community for over 20 years. She obtained her current position after demonstrating the distinct value an Occupational Therapist would bring to the organization.

Session 5E: Implications of EIDBI for Occupational Therapy and Children with ASD

Bryden Giving, OTS is a Master’s student at St. Catherine University with interest in evidence-based practice, pediatrics, and health policy. Bryden is currently on Level II Fieldwork at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN and hopes to be working within a pediatric facility or in an acute inpatient setting after graduation. In a few years, Bryden aims to get a Ph.D. in either health policy or health equity and social justice.

Theresa Bentz MA, OTR/L is currently the Director of Fieldwork Education at St Catherine University in the Occupational Therapy Assistant department. She is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. She stepped into this role after being the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the campus-based OTA program, and interim fieldwork coordinator for the MAOT program. Prior to making the move into academia, Theresa was developing a primary care model for Mayo Clinic Health Services in their rural hospitals and had an active outpatient caseload. Theresa lives on a small hobby farm in rural Minnesota and is passionate about increasing access to healthcare in rural underserved areas, as well as educating rural practitioners in their communities.

Session 5F: Low Back Pain in Pregnancy

Christy Dauner, OTR/L has 25 years of experience treating spinal pain, including sub-acute and chronic neck, mid-back and low back pain and headaches. She was involved in all aspects of research and development of the Pregnancy Backache Program at the outpatient, orthopedic clinic at which she has worked since it first opened. Additionally, she frequently educates Ob/Gyns throughout the twin cities regarding her evidence-based approach to treating LBP in pregnancy.

Session 5G: An Occupational Therapy Residency for Specialty Practice in Dysphagia

Anne Maureen Lexen, MA, OTR/L  is a current resident in the dysphagia program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from Saint Catherine University in 2015.  She worked in a rural healthcare system in Wisconsin for two years before returning to Minnesota.  Her interest areas include dysphagia, mental health, cardiac, and ICU patient care.

Janelle Hatlevig, MA, OTR/L, BCPR; is the lead dysphagia therapist and dysphagia residency coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Janelle holds multiple roles at Mayo Clinic, which currently include team-leadership and overseeing staff training to establish competency in dysphagia across departments. Janelle has over 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist, with extensive experience working in neuro rehabilitation and dysphagia. Janelle has presented at various professional conferences both locally and nationally, and has been involved in formal dysphagia education in a variety of settings.

Claire Perry, MA, OTR/L is a current resident in the dysphagia program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from Saint Catherine University in 2016 and worked in outpatient pediatric therapy before beginning the residency program. Her interest areas include acute care and pediatrics, particularly related to dysphagia treatment.

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