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The 2022  Summit Speakers

 

2022 Schedule

The schedule below is a tentative schedule and subject to change.  Again, sessions may be moved and adjusted.  

 
2022 Speaker Bios

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Kim Wiggins,

Kim Wiggins, OTR/L is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics who has worked extensively in public school settings, outpatient, and home-based services to children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and special needs.   Kim is currently a full-time therapist at the Binghamton City School District and the owner of OTKimWiggins LLC, which primarily focuses on providing educational opportunities for parents and professionals. She is an experienced National program developer who has produced and presented training workshops and seminars on a variety of topics related to handwriting, vision, primitive reflexes, sensory techniques, and technology to therapists, teachers, administrators, and parents,  She has presented to audiences nationwide since 2010.

Kim Wiggins
OTR/L 

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Robert Constantine

Robert Constantine, OTR\L is a 1997 graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy program where he was awarded the Charles Brooks Award for Creativity. He has practiced in home health, and skilled nursing contexts and spent 9 years as the clinical specialist in brain injury at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute where he developed a passion for evidenced-based treatment, sharing information and the functional effects of the visual system. Beginning in 2013, he enjoyed a 3 year tenure at an optometry practice where he learned techniques working closely with low vision, pediatric and adult optometrists. He has completed Clinical Level 1 and 2 training offered by the Neuro-Optometric Rehab Association. He was also trained in sports vision training working with the High Performance Vision Associates, a national group of optometrists that offer sports vision screenings to elite athletes. 

Robert Constantine,

OTR/L, CBIS

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Ginny Plaeg,

Ginny Paleg is an NDT certified pediatric PT from Silver Spring, Maryland.  She has worked at NIH, a pediatric rehab hospital (for 8 yrs), and in schools (8 yrs).  She currently works for her local school system in their early intervention program.  Ginny earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at Emory University and her DScPT at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  She is on the editorial board of Rehab Management Magazine and the APTA Pediatric Section reimbursement representative for the state of Maryland.  Ginny has presented and published nationally and internationally including APTA, Medtrade, Canadian Seating and Mobility, World Physical Therapy Conference and AACPDM.  She is an author of two RESNA position papers (Supported Standing Devices and Pediatric Power Mobility). 

Ginny Paleg,
DScPT, MPT

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Michelle Lange,

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 35 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 15 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

Michelle L. Lange,
OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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Amy Schlessman,

Amy Schlessman, PT, DPT, DHSc, is an assistant professor at Tufts University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a school-based PT for 20 years. Her research is focused on pediatric health promotion, collaborative practices, burnout, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her scholarship includes over 60 presentations at national, state, and regional conferences, and over 100 invited speaker presentations. She serves the APTA’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy as Website co-chair, Zoom chair, member of the Membership, Communications, and Public Relations Leadership Committee, and Ohio Pediatric Advocacy Liaison. She continues to practice clinically in the school-based setting and teach professional development sessions. She is also the author of Recycle Bin Boogie: Move and Learn with Recyclables.

Amy has presented nationally regarding collaborative IEP goal writing, pediatric testing, and motor skills

Amy M Schlessman,
PT, DPT, DHS

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Mike Marotta

Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter providing practical training to professionals interested in assistive and inclusive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ) teaching Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning.  

 

Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center and serves on both the CAST Accessible Educational Materials and Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) Advisory Boards. Mike is also the founder of EdcampAccess NJ and co-moderator of the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat. Mike is one of the co-authors of the ISTE book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year. For details visit https://inclusive365.com/

Mike Marotta,
ATP, RESNA Certified

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Morgan Stefanoff, 

Morgan Stefanoff, PT, DPT is a practicing school-based physical therapist for Montgomery County Educational Service Center, following earning her DPT from the University of Dayton in 2019. Her doctoral capstone focused on providing insight into school-based physical therapy practice as a means of educating other providers about the unique and significant role it plays in education. She has been an advocate for pairing movement with learning and brainstorming creative and innovative ways to engage students to be active participants in therapy sessions. 

Morgan Stefanoff,
PT, DPT

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Michelle Kyle

Michelle Kyle, PT, MPT  is a physical therapist at Montgomery County Educational Service Center in Dayton, Ohio. She has thirteen years experience working with the school based population. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Ohio University in 1999. She has previous experience working in acute care, inpatient rehab and outpatient neuro and vestibular therapies. Michelle actively seeks new ideas for in-person and virtual motor learning for individuals and classrooms. 

Michelle Kyle,
PT, MPT

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Kristen Blatt

Kristen Blatt PT, DPT is a developmental physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Coordinator.  She has a background that spans the continuum of care with a focus on neurologic populations.  Kristen has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses with an expertise in cerebral palsy, torticollis, developmental delay and ITW. Her passion is facilitating patient and families in self-identification of goals and providing treatment and support to reach those goals.

Kristen Blatt,
PT, DPT

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Jessica Lewis,

Jessica Lewis, PT, DPT, is a developmental pediatric physical therapist and the biomechanical coordinator of the Honda Center for Gait and Mobility Enhancement. She completed a post-doctoral pediatric residency program at The Ohio State University and she is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist. She has experience working with children with cerebral palsy in a variety of different outpatient settings.

Jessica Lewis,
PT, DPT

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Brooke Bernstein

Brooke Bernstein, PT, DPT, is a board certified pediatric specialist with 6 years of experience in developmental
pediatric PT at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is trained in the segmental assessment of trunk control (SATCo)
and has been a member of the SATCO team for the past 5 years, working to educate and implement the principles
of segmental intervention into general practice.

Brooke Bernstein,
PT, DPT,

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Lori Grisez

Lori M. Grisez, PT, DPT is a board certified pediatric clinical specialist who has worked for 12 years in pediatric
therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and through the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State
University. Lori works in outpatient developmental therapies as the clinical leader providing both patient care and
staff support and development, is the coordinator of the pediatric residency program, and is the physical therapy
faculty member of the LEND program at OSU. Lori has 12 years of experience with special focus on seating and
equipment, serial casting, and working with patients in the Myelomeningocele Clinic.

Lori M. Grisez,
PT, DPT

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Abigail Hall

Abigail Hall, PT, DPT is a board certified pediatric specialist with 3 years of experience in developmental pediatric
physical therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is trained in the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control
(SATCo) and is a part of the SATCo implementation team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has presented on implementation and knowledge translation science of the SATCo into clinical practice at CSM.

Abigail Hall,
PT, DPT

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Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin, MOT, OTR/L is a developmental occupational therapist and clinical leader in the outpatient
occupational therapy department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She has 9 years of pediatric experience, providing both direct patient care to a variety of ages and diagnoses and overseeing therapy staffing
within Nationwide Children’s multidisciplinary clinics. Kristen’s clinical interests include seating and positioning,
pediatric mental health, and working with patients in the Myelomeningocele Clinic.

Kristen Martin,
MOT, OTR/L

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Christine Urig

Ms. Urig is a graduate of OSU and in 2012 obtained her Master of Science
in Occupational Therapy with A. T. Still University in conjunction with Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is currently an OT at the Fairfield County ESC. She presently serves students in preschool through high-school within multiple school districts. Ms. Urig has presented trainings regarding Medicaid reimbursement in the school-based environment to the West Central District Ohio Occupational Therapy Association and presented during the 2016 and 2017 Ohio Institute for OT/PT School- Based Practice. She has served as a school-based therapist for over 22 years. Her past experience also includes OT Supervisor at the Miami Valley Regional Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Akron General Hospital

Christine Urig,
OTR/L

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Dr. Julian Dooley

Dr. Julian Dooley develops and implements mental health, social emotional learning, resilience, and trauma-informed care programs for PSI partner schools across the state of Ohio. In addition, he is a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor. Prior to relocating to the US, he lived in Perth, Australia, and was the Associate Director at the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change and Head of the Social Wellbeing and Technology (SWaT) at Edith Cowan University. He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Melbourne where he investigated the impact of traumatic brain injury on aggressive and violent behaviors.

He has been awarded over $3 million in research funds and his research has been published in a variety of high impact scientific journals. He was part of a team that was recently awarded a patent for a novel approach to measuring social cognitive abilities. He has more than 70 invited and peer-reviewed lectures and has been a member of
numerous national and international boards and committees including the Advisory Council of the National Centre Against Bullying and the National Coalition on Children’s Resilience and Mental Health.

Julian Dooley,
Ph.D.

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Dr. Carly Wilbur

Dr. Carly Wilbur serves as PSI’s Medical Director and is a board-certified pediatrician with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia
University in New York City, and earned her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She returned to her hometown of Cleveland to complete her internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital at the
Cleveland Clinic and joined University Hospitals as an attending physician and clinical instructor in 2003. Dr. Wilbur cares for infants, children, adolescents and young adults at UH Rainbow’s Suburban Pediatrics with offices in Shaker Heights and Solon, Ohio.

Dr. Carly Wilbur,
M.D.

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Wendy Kelley

Wendy Kelley has served as a PT for 35 years. She received a Bachelor degree as a PT in 1986, and her DPT in 2007. She has worked professionally across a variety settings throughout including acute care, in patient rehab, skilled nursing, home health care, and pediatrics.  For the past 26 years, she has focused exclusively on school services through providing services as a physical therapist and through coordinating OT, PT and SLP school services administratively across a variety of school programs. Wendy currently is the owner and administrator of ABC Therapy, a dynamic company providing school OT, PT and SLP services, as well as offering a variety of professional development and ongoing learning opportunities to therapy professionals and to district personnel. In striving for excellence, she has partnered with other organizations to help  coordinate related services and to help ensure equitable and evidence-based school practices across disciplines, with a focus on child-centered and whole classroom learning initiatives for the success of all children.

Wendy Kelley,
DPT

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Jodi Loutzenhiser, 

OT was a change in careers for Jodi Loutzenhiser. She started as an occupational therapy assistant, and returned to school to get her Masters in OT in 2014. She has continuously worked in the school setting throughout her career, adding pediatric outpatient and hippotherapy services at times. In 2015, Jodi joined Wendy Kelley and the ABC Therapy team. With 15 years of experience in school-based occupational therapy, Jodi has presented to parent support groups, teachers, families, special education departments, and entire districts on a variety of educationally relevant topics to help all children learn and succeed. She has gained expertise across educational OT practices including the importance of vision and trauma in her school services. As the OT clinical coordinator for ABC Therapy, she has risen to the challenges of empowering children and other professionals to excel, engaging children to learn and succeed, and supporting children and families to overcome the obstacles to their success.

Jodi Loutzenhiser,
MOT

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Missy Anthony

Melissa Anthony MPA, is the Executive Director of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience working in and around state government, including the Office of the Governor and the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives on health and services policy.  She also served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction.

Missy Anthony,
Exec. Director, OTPTAT Board

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Elena Noble

Since graduating from West Virginia University in 2006, Elena has worked as a private practice physical therapist at Oak Valley Medical, PC and as a consultant for Rifton Equipment. She became a certified MOVE Provider in 2008 and a certified MOVE international trainer in 2021 and works to implement the activity-based concepts in her practice and promote the curriculum nation-wide. She provides product design and positioning consultation and assists with consumer education for Rifton Equipment. Additionally, Elena edits the Rifton newsletter and the Rifton Adaptive Mobility and Positioning Blog and routinely presents CEU and educational courses in adaptive mobility, seating and the MOVE program.

Elena Noble,
MPT

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Cheryl VanHoose

Cheryl VanHoose, MHS, PT is presently the OT/PT Director for a group of seventy (plus) occupational and physical therapists at Miami Valley Regional Center/ Montgomery County Education Services Center in Dayton, Ohio. She has been a physical therapist for over 30 years working primarily in the pediatric arena. She has been involved in school based practice for 30 years and has been active in the OPTA’s Pediatric Special Interest Group. Cheryl has been the OPTA representative for the Ohio Department of Education’s Steering Committee for Caseloads and Ratios and for the Ohio Medicaid School’s Program (OMSP) Stakeholder Committee. She presently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Dayton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and has been an adjunct faculty member for Andrews University and the University of Findlay. She originally obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia University. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and her Ohio Educational Administrators License through Wright State University.

Cheryl VanHoose,
PT, MHS

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Nichole Dearth

Nichole is an occupational therapist practicing for over ten years primarily in rural school based practice where she is currently employed full time serving children aged 3 to 22. This is also her ninth year serving as adjunct faculty at Rhodes State College where she has been lead instructor for the pediatric intervention course as well as assisting with other content areas. She graduated from The University of Findlay with her masters in Occupational Therapy in 2010 and this is her first term on the Ohio OTPTAT board.

Nichole Dearth,
MOT, OTR/L

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Mark Smith

Mark H. Smith MPA, BA, QIDP, CPM, Agency Lead, Medicaid in Schools Program, Ohio Department of Education, is currently an administrator with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), serving as the agency's Medicaid lead.  Mark also currently serves on the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education's Board of Directors and has served as NAME's Past President. Mark also serves on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the Ohio Association of School Health Services, and the National Healthy Students Promising Futures Collaborative as a founding member.
In his work, Mark has presented nationally on topics related to school-based health, data sharing between education and health arenas, parental consent, HCBS waivers, intellectual disabilities program design, electronic signatures protocol, and tele-practice service delivery. Mark has over 27 years of experience in public health/Medicaid policy, and has presented and collaborated directly with USDOE and the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Mark Smith
MPA, BA, QIDP, CPM, ODE

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Shelley Coleman Casto, 

Shelley Coleman Casto, MS, OTR/L, CPST is an occupational therapist with 19 years of clinical experience. Currently, Shelley is the clinical leader for the inpatient occupational therapy team. In her role as the OT clinical leader she has 14 OTs that report directly to her. Shelley continues to provide direct patient care along with her administrative responsibilities. Her areas interest in clinical practice are: feeding, seating and mobility, adaptive equipment, and burn treatment.

Shelley Coleman Casto,
MS, OTR/L, CPST

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Melanie Stevens

Melanie Stevens, MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Board Certification in Swallowing and Clinical Supervisor in the Speech Language Pathology department at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  She received her bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing Science from The Ohio State University and her master's degree in communication disorders from Western Carolina University.  She has been practicing for 23 years and has worked as a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for the past 21 years. She is a member of the multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Team at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  She also has a focus area in pediatric dysphagia completing bedside clinical evaluations, Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and helping to lead initiatives to improve the feeding/swallowing services at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Melanie Stevens,
MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Lindsay Watson

Lindsay Watson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Augment Therapy, Inc. a digital health company that uses augmented reality experiences, as well as telehealth and remote monitoring enablement to engage children in PT and OT. Her passion to drive change in the pediatric healthcare industry is due in part to her 20 years working as a PT, and 17 years in pediatrics in the school-based and outpatient orthopedic settings. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Univ and MPT from Andrews Univ. As a tech founder, she was named one of Cleveland's Notable Women of Technology, and Cleveland.com's HomeGrown Hero in the category of Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Her company has won many awards including national recognition from Unity in 2022 as a "Unity for Humanity Grant Winner," GCP's "Most Promising Startup," in 2020, and a "Company to Watch," by Inc Magazine. Augment Therapy has also participated in multiple tech accelerators nationwide, and recently was mentioned in Forbes magazine. She is an active member of the APTA and resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband and 3 children.

Lindsay Watson,
PT, MPT

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Amy Pratt

Amy Pratt is a Physical Therapist at the Miami Valley Regional Center in Dayton, and has over 20 years of experience in the school based setting. Amy has worked with children ages 2-22, and is mom to adventurous and active 12 & 18 year old boys. Her undergraduate work was in Exercise Physiology at The Ohio State University, with an internship in Sports Performance Enhancement. Later, Amy obtained a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. Amy has a special interest in working collaboratively with Occupational Therapists and teachers to provide motor RTI for K/1 students, utilizing the motor labs and motor mazes she has created in her buildings. Other areas of interest include: integrating motor activities into the classroom, assistive technology and early mobility, Animal Assisted Therapy, and bracing and orthotics. Amy is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, has served on Edison State’s PTA program advisory board and as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton.

Amy Pratt,
PT

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Sara O'Rourke

Sara O’Rourke, MOT, OTR/L, BCP is the program manager for outpatient occupational therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  She manages a staff of over 40 occupational therapists at 8 different sites across the city.  Sara has previous experience as an OT clinical leader and staff occupational therapist.

Sara O'Rourke
MOT, OTR/L, BCP