Course and Speaker Info


Stephanie Tanguay, OTR/L, ATP

Stephanie Tanguay, OTR/L, ATP
Motion Concepts

About the Instructor

Stephanie Tanguay began her career as an Occupational Therapist with a decade of experience in spinal cord injury and seating & mobility. She also worked as a Rehab Technology Supplier for seven years. She has presented on numerous occasions at the International Seating Symposium, RESNA, the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference, and the European Seating Symposium and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 2006 Stephanie has been the Clinical Education Specialist for Motion Concepts, a manufacturer of power seating systems and seat surface and back support products.

Course

Seating and Mobility for Geriatric Consumers
Oct. 3 | Track A | 8:00am – 10:00am | 2 CEUs

Description

This presentation will review the assessment process and identify the most common postural and functional seating challenges for geriatric users of wheeled mobility devices.

Karen Lerner, RN, MSN, ATP, CWS

Karen Lerner, RN, MSN, ATP, CWS
Drive Medical

About the Instructor

Karen is a registered nurse, wound care and rehab specialist with over 25 years of industry experience. She has extensive experience as a public speaker, educating DME providers and clinicians on a variety of topics. Karen’s speaking engagements included testifying before Congress on behalf of the HME industry. Since October 2013, Karen has worked as part of Team Pressure Prevention at Drive Medical. Prior to coming to Drive and for over 10 years, Karen was VP of Clinical Services at a Northeast based DME, responsible for Pressure Prevention, Respiratory and Rehab sales, as well as service and training. Before DME, Karen worked in sales for a hospital equipment and support surface manufacturer. She began her career as a critical care nurse specialist in major teaching hospitals from Florida to NJ. Karen received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her graduate education from the University of Florida.

Courses

Stop Pressure Injuries – How Do I Help?
Hospice, Pressure Injuries, and Pain. Can Support Surfaces Help?
Oct. 3 | Track B | 8:00am – 10:00am | 2 CEUs

Descriptions

Stop Pressure Injuries – How Do I Help:
Define pressure injuries, staging updates, best practices, prevention, and review healing physiology and epidemiology.

Hospice, Pressure Injuries, and Pain. Can Support Surfaces Help?
Clinicians have vital roles in hospice care, including maximizing functional ability and comfort to enhance quality of life and assuring patient safety.

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS
Quantum

About the Instructor

Julie is the VP for Clinical Education and Rehab Industry Affairs & Compliance Officer for Quantum / Pride Mobility. Julie has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 34 years. She is VP of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride’s Compliance Officer. She presents nationally in the area of seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on the evaluation, documentation and clinical application of available technologies. Julie serves on the RESNA Board of Directors, served on the Professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the Mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry

Courses

Clinically Speaking: Evaluation and Documentation for Power Seating Options
Oct. 3 | Track A | 10:15am – 12:15pm | 2 CEUs

The Case for Wheels: Selecting the Clinically Appropriate Power Chair Base
Oct. 4 | Track A | 2:35pm – 3:35pm | 1 CEU

Descriptions

Clinically Speaking: Evaluation and Documentation for Power Seating Options:
Coverage criteria, clinical benefits, and research to provide clinicians with tools when evaluating and documenting the need for power seating.
The Case for Wheels: Selecting the Clinically Appropriate Power Chair Base:
Build a clinical foundation to go through the process of selecting the appropriate powerchair base. Participants will begin by starting from the ground up with the physical capabilities and performance characteristics of rear wheel drive, mid-wheel drive, and front wheel drive.

Steffen Tiskus, PT

Steffen Tiskus, PT
Motion Concepts

About the Instructor

Steffen is the Training and Development Coordinator- Power Positioning for Motion Concepts. Steffen began his career as a Physical Therapist, working with a wide range of patient populations. He later worked as a Rehabilitation Technology Supplier in a variety of clinical settings, with both pediatric and adult populations. For fourteen years he has worked as an Independent Representative and consultant of Complex Rehabilitation Equipment. With over twenty years of Complex Technology experience, he has presented on numerous occasions throughout the United States on Seating and positioning and wound care management.

Julie is the VP for Clinical Education and Rehab Industry Affairs & Compliance Officer for Quantum / Pride Mobility. Julie has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 34 years. She is VP of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride’s Compliance Officer. She presents nationally in the area of seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on the evaluation, documentation and clinical application of available technologies. Julie serves on the RESNA Board of Directors, served on the Professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the Mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry

Courses

Atypical Power Positioning for Involved Patients
Seating and Mobility for Individuals with Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 3 | Track B | 10:15am – 12:15pm | 2 CEUs

Descriptions

Atypical Power Positioning for Involved Patients
Benefits of power seating to accommodate the more complex patient populations – including higher level spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophies, and cerebral palsy.

Seating and Mobility for Individuals with Muscular Dystrophy
Various types of Muscular Dystrophy, the average age of onset, life expectancy, and the appropriate mobility device.

Ashley Detterbeck, DPT, ATP/SMS

Ashley Detterbeck, DPT, ATP/SMS
Permobil

About the Instructor

Ashley Detterbeck DPT, ATP, SMS is currently the Regional Clinical Education Manager with Permobil. Ashley joins Permobil following a 13- year career in seating and mobility with the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield WI. In addition to running the seating clinic, she provided neurological and pediatric care, gait analysis, and participated in ongoing research with BOTOX and Walk Aide. With Permobil, Ashley is currently presenting educational programs to therapists and DME providers regarding seating, mobility and pressure injury prevention.

Course

Defend Your LMN: Creating, Submitting, and Supporting Your Documentation for Complex Rehab Technology
Oct. 3 | Track A | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | 2 CEUs

Description

Differentiate two benefits and potential drawbacks of five power seating functions. An effective evaluation of ultra-light manual chairs. Letter of medical necessity for complex rehab technology.

Gabriel Romero

Gabriel Romero
Stealth Products

About the Instructor

Gabriel began working with alternative drive controls in 1999, gaining a strong electronics background. Gabriel provided advanced technical expertise for high-end rehab electronics through training manuals, evaluations, and educational marketing. Since 2004, Gabriel has been with Stealth Products Inc., a high-end positioning hardware company, as the V.P. of Sales and Marketing.  He was a designer and developer for the iDrive line of alternative driving methods. Gabriel has conducted numerous evaluations and educational seminars at such venues as Medtrade, ISS, CSMC, and Closing the Gap. He works closely with therapists and dealers and is widely known for his passion and ingenuity.

Course

Reimagining the Evaluation Process
Oct. 3 | Track B | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | 2 CEUs

Description

Virtual Reality (VR) is the next level of functional therapy, incorporating a sense of movement through visual perspective. Virtual Reality can be used to explore and develop abilities and provide feedback to help in power wheelchair drive control decision making.

Greg Packer

Greg Packer
U.S. Rehab

About the Instructor

Greg Packer is the President of U.S. Rehab, VGM Group Inc.’s alliance for complex rehab providers. His background, which includes sales management for Pride Mobility Products Corp. and Biocore Medical Technologies, Inc., provides him with an understanding of both the sales and product areas of rehabilitation technology. Additionally, he currently serves as Vice President of NCART, he also served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Course

What Do Rehab Outcomes Mean to the World of Healthcare?
Oct. 3. | Track A and B | 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Description

The implications of providing complex rehab equipment and the impact it has on insurance payers, the healthcare continuum, and patient satisfaction. Ways to collect outcomes and present comparisons of patient satisfaction, compared to information about hospital readmissions and falls.

Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Posture 24/7

About the Instructor

Tamara is an occupational therapist and seating and mobility specialist, with a passion for 24-hour posture management. She has written and taught about 24-hour posture care management and wheelchair seating in the United States, Colombia, and Peru. She is Project Director for the Montana Postural Care Project, funded by the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities, and directs Eleanore’s Project, promoting posture management and responsible wheelchair provision in less resourced settings. Tamara has served children and adults with complex neurodisabilities in Montana since 1983. She credits her daughter Eleanore, born with cerebral palsy and profound deafness, as her best teacher.

Course

Disability and Posture: Therapeutic Positioning Around the Clock
Oct. 4 | Track A | 8:00am – 10:00am | 2 CEUs

Description

24-hour posture care considers an individual’s posture, comfort and function through all hours in the day and night. Promotes health and optimal function in people with motor disabilities by building a foundation of body symmetry and stable posture; in turn, supporting seating and wheeled mobility goals.

Curt Prewitt, MS, PT, ATP

Curt Prewitt, MS, PT, ATP
Ki Mobility

About the Instructor

Curt Prewitt is Director of Education for Ki Mobility.  He has a BS in Exercise Physiology and an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. He practiced as a physical therapist in a number of settings for a few years, most prominently in long term care, where he gained experience with seating and wheeled mobility.  He transitioned from a practicing therapist to a manufacturer’s representative, eventually moving into sales management and focusing on complex rehab technology.  Throughout his tenure on the manufacturer’s side in the complex rehab arena, he has dealt largely with pediatric positioning and mobility products.  He has previously also served as a product trainer/product specialist, teaching product features and clinical application, as well as coordinating continuing education presentations, both credited and non-credited.  He has presented educational courses across the US and internationally. 

Course

Wheelchair Cushion Science – What is Driving Your Clinical Choices?
Oct. 4 | Track B | 8:00am – 10:00am | 2 CEUs

Description

Wheelchair Cushion Science – What is Driving Your Clinical Choices?
It is important for those involved in recommending a wheelchair cushion to understand principles of design and characteristics of materials used in cushions in order to select an appropriate wheelchair cushion that will allow for comfort and function, while optimally managing pressure.

Linda Bollinger, DPT, ATP

Linda Bollinger, DPT, ATP
Sunrise Medical

About the Instructor

Linda Bollinger joined the Sunrise Medical team in the fall of 2018 as a Clinical Education Manager. She has a BS-MS in physical therapy from Long Island University, Brooklyn. In May 2018, she earned her DPT from Utica College. In addition, she received her ATP certification in 2000.

Prior to joining the Sunrise Medical team, Linda was a Director of Rehabilitation at Long Island Select Healthcare (formerly UCP Suffolk). Her experience at UCP included developing and operating a seating and mobility clinic for individuals with disabilities. Although this clinic primarily served adult patients, she had successfully created a pediatric seating clinic at a local school for multiple disabled students years prior to joining UCP. Linda has shared her knowledge and experience running seating clinics at local community health events, guest lectures with local physical therapy and occupational therapy university programs, and most recently as a TA at Touro Physical Therapy program.

Course

Don’t Be Basic – Wheeled Mobility for Tweens and Teens
Oct. 4 | Track A | 10:15am – 12:15pm | 2 CEUs

Description

Throughout the pre-adolescence and adolescence phases of development, pediatric clients will likely experience physical growth, changes in appearance, and cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial development. All of these changes can have a significant impact on the equipment selected for a pediatric client, and the level at which the client is directly involved in the entire rehabilitation technology provision process.

Wade Lucas, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Wade Lucas, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Quantum

About the Instructor

Clinical Education Manager Wade is a licensed Physical Therapist and a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)/Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) through RESNA. He has over 15 years of experience working in the complex rehabilitation equipment field. His clinical experience includes inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, pediatrics, skilled nursing/long term care, and home health. Wade’s current role with Quantum Rehab is to develop education programs on the clinical uses of company products and produce education presentations to provide to therapists and equipment providers.

Course

The Drive for Function and Development: Alternative Drive Control Considerations for Early Power
Oct. 4 | Track B | 10:15am – 12:15pm | 2 CEUs

Description

Power mobility can be intimidating. Decisions impact on the individual’s quality life, functional mobility, physical well-being, and social interactions. This task can seem even more daunting when it comes to the pediatric end user. Children have the natural desire to move, explore, and learn. 

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth, MD
University of Utah Health

About the Instructor

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation program at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and at South Davis Community Hospital for sub-acute and long-term acute Spinal Cord Injury programs. He also oversees a large SCI-specific outpatient practice, which provides rehabilitative and primary-care services. Dr. Rosenbluth specializes in all aspects of care for the individual with spinal cord injury, including urgent care, wound care, spasticity management, pain management, diaphragmatic pacing, mobility, assistive technology, and adaptive recreation and wellness.

Course

Novel Human-Machine Interfaces in Adaptive Sports and Simulations
Oct. 4 | Track A | 1:30pm – 2:30pm | 1 CEU

Description

TETRADAPT Initiative at the University of Utah radically improves adaptive sports performance for individuals with complex physical disabilities. Rehabilitation clinicians, computer scientists, and mechanical engineers have developed new hardware and software to optimize the use of complex machines in complex environments using minimal residual motor function.

Sally Mallory, PT, ATP

Sally Mallory, PT, ATP
Convaid | R82

About the Instructor

Sally Mallory is an NDT trained physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical experience. She has worked the majority of this time focusing on developmental pediatrics and pediatric rehabilitation. Over time, she realized the importance of utilizing assistive technology as a means to complement therapy and developmental goals. This includes seating and positioning equipment, mobility equipment and the use of other means of support for activities of daily living. Sally has worked in a variety of settings including the NICU, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, school and home settings. Sally has lectured nationally and internationally on equipment and the proper selection of equipment based upon clinical assessment. Sally is currently the Education Manager for Convaid | R82.

Course

Pediatric Seating & Mobility: Evaluation To Delivery
Oct. 4 | Track B | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | 2 CEUs

Description

The physical assessment of the child coupled with measurements will be used to translate findings into appropriate equipment choices which address specific client issues and goals. Skeletal abnormalities of the pelvis, trunk and lower extremities will be explored as well as seating solutions that address them. Motor function, which is the interplay between posture and movement, will be discussed. Components of postural control including skeletal alignment, neuro-motor issues, and sensory-motor strategy development will be presented in the context of seating to promote greater function. 

Alpine Rehab Conference 2019