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Jeanine P, Abrons
PharmD, MS, FAPhA
Jeanine P. Abrons, PharmD, MS, received her pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a Master of Sciences in Social & Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to returning to Iowa – her home state – she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY. She now serves as the Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Student Pharmacist International Activities at the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy, where her focus areas are writing and editing, and global health for underserved patient populations, and integrative medicine. Her experience in writing and publishing extends to work as Editor of the University of Iowa, Teaching Cases and the University of Iowa, Active Learning Exercises; Author and Editor of the APhA Pharmacists Peripheral Brain; and an Associate Editor role and Editorial Advisory Board role for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and work with Pulses and Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.
Abrons’ work with global underserved care extends to multiple countries, however, her primary work centers around partnerships in Dominica, collaborating with a local eco-based, social entrepreneur, the Ministry of Health, and a private pharmacy. She has obtained licensure in this country. In Iowa, she is actively involved in health promotion/health prevention as Co-Director of Mobile Clinics. She is passionate about the individualization of teaching/services while coordinating engagement and leadership, global health, and travel medicine courses. Abrons’ honors at the University of Iowa include recognition in 2016 with the Academic Teaching Advisory Council’s Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award and the College of Pharmacy’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Her honors in a pharmacy in 2021 include the AACP Global Health Pharmacist of the Year and the APhA Pinnacle Award, recognizing her contributions to global health and underserved care, and being a finalist for the Woman of the Year in pharmacy.
MA OTR/L CHT CET CPI
Naomi is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Cancer Exercise trainer (ACSM), and Pilates instructor. For twelve years she worked as a Recreational Therapist with the geriatric population, as well as teaching aerobics and step aerobics.
In 2000, Naomi became a Certified Hand Therapist. During her work at a city hospital, Naomi had Breast Cancer survivors referred to her for Occupational Therapy. At that time, rehabilitation was rarely recommended for cancer survivors. As a result, and to help provide more services for her patients’ special needs and concerns Naomi developed and created the Recovercises program. She later obtained her CET (ACSM) certification and Pilates mat certification. Naomi is co-author of the book Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Recovery, Healing and Wellness (2014). She also has published many articles in the OT Advance and IDEA magazine. She is co-author of the CDs “Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates” (2010) and “Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water” (2008).
Dr. Shawn Allen
Dr. Shawn Allen is a 1995 graduate of the National Chiropractic College, now National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). He completed his post-graduate in-house residency in orthopedics at NUHS in 1999 and prior to that graduated with his first bachelor of science degree from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in kinesiology. Dr Allen works with a broad base of patients including Olympic, professional, para-professional, collegiate and All-American sprinters, distance runners, swimmers, marathoners, gymnasts, dancers (ballet, modern and ballroom), football, baseball and Olympic distance, Sprint and IRONMAN tri-athletes. His private practice is in Westmont, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. He is a postdoctoral instructor with the University of Bridgeport Health Sciences Postgraduate Education Department and a postgraduate instructor with OnlineContinuingEd, LLC. He has lectured nationally on foot-ankle, gait biomechanics and orthopedics. He is a regular lecturer/speaker for many fitness, coaching and healthcare companies. He is a former chiropractor for the Chicago Joffrey Ballet professional dance company, former physician for Newman/Haas Indy Car Race team (the late actor Paul Newman) and Team Physician and consultant for many private athletic teams. He, along with Dr Ivo Waerlop authored the textbook: Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls, along with numerous articles on lower extremity and gait mechanics. They also founded "The Gait Guys" in around 2009, a national and internet presence gait information resource and consortium where they blog and podcast weekly.
MS, OTR/L, CHT
Joanne Brown earned her Masters of Science degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College in 1994. Upon graduation, she worked in a variety of settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, and was also employed as a traveling therapist. Joanne became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2000 and spent ten years specializing in trauma and upper extremity rehabilitation. She earned certificates in Kinesio Taping, Combined Decongestive Therapy, and Manual Lymph Drainage through the Dr. Vodder School of North America. In addition to clinical practice, Joanne was an adjunct faculty member at Springfield College, where she taught human anatomy in the cadaver lab for nearly a decade. In 2002, she joined OnlineCE.com and began to specialize in the delivery of online continuing education for Occupational and Physical therapists and other allied healthcare professionals. OnlineCE.com was acquired by the Knowfully Learning Group in August of 2021, and she is now part of the Knowfully Team, where she works as Director of Content Development for the division of OnlineCE.com.
BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS, FCAMPT
Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 40 plus years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994, and was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (FCAMPT) until retiring 2019. APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and Emeritus status was received in 2016. She has been teaching Physiotherapists since 1989. Debra was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division prior to moving to the USA in 1993. She was a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program. Debra has taught many live manual therapy courses in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean through Cross Border Seminars, Cross Country Education/VYNE Seminars, and TLC Physical Therapy and Rehab. She wrote the Segmental Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine for Northeast Seminars Online programs. She has also written Proximal Imposters, a four-part series with LiveConferences.com for Occupational Certified Hand Specialists in 2017. She has an online presence in Canada on embodiaapp.com and in the UK on Physiopedia with numerous courses and videos. She has also written online courses for the general public called Breathing Essentials on udemy.com and teachable.com that relate to breathing-related dysfunction and core dysfunction.
PT, DPT, CLT
Kristyn Fletcher received her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002. In 2004, she went on to receive her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. She has experience as an item writer for FSBPT and teaching at the community college level. Kristyn has worked in a variety of therapy settings during her career, including outpatient, home health, subacute rehab, acute inpatient rehab, and acute care. She is a certified lymphedema therapist who especially enjoys helping the breast cancer patient population. Kristyn currently works as a PRN physical therapist in the acute care hospital setting.
Dr. Pamela E. Houghton
Pamela E. Houghton is Professor Emerita in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, London, Canada; where, for over 25 years, she developed and instructed clinically applied courses about therapeutic modalities used in rehabilitation. In 2007, she launched the Masters of Clinical Science program in wound healing (MClSc-WH), a unique graduate program offered via distance education to a variety of health care professionals seeking to advance their practice in skin health and wound care. Dr. Houghton's active research program at Western has been dedicated to validating wound assessment tools and developing advanced wound treatment programs that can stimulate healing processes and promote closure of chronic wounds. Her work has led to evidence-informed treatment protocols for electrical stimulation therapy (E-Stim) to improve healing outcomes of pressure injuries and venous leg ulcers. As a Physical Therapist (retired), Pamela has created educational programs highlighting the critical role of Physical Therapists and the benefits of interdisciplinary teams in optimizing wound care outcomes. Previous knowledge translation projects included implementing a community-based pressure injury management program for people living with spinal cord injuries and developing an interdisciplinary wound care service for people with diabetic foot ulcers.
Ed.D, ATP, CDP
\Dr. Stephanie Lancaster has practiced as an occupational therapist for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. And began her career at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN and later as a school-based OT. In 2012, Stephanie earned a specialty certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and is also certified as a Dementia Care Provider (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
In 2013, Stephanie joined the faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC); completed a Master of Science degree in Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Memphis in 2015; and a Doctorate of Education in Instruction & Curriculum Design with an emphasis on Instructional Design and Technology in 2019. In addition to her current role as program director of the Master’s degree program in OT at UTHSC, Dr. Lancaster serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), a national non-profit organization established to address issues of anti-racism, anti oppression, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the OT profession. She also serves as the representative for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Representative Assembly for the state of Tennessee, as a member of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology (TAAT), an RA rep for for TN (2019-present) as an ex officio member of the TNOTA Executive Board, and is a regular presenter at the annual TNOTA Conference and at West District TNOTA meetings.
In addition to these roles, Dr. Lancaster also hosts an OT-focused podcast called “On The air” and co-facilitates the TNOTA pediatric Community of Practice group.
Riddhi Patel is a licensed physical therapist practicing in the state of Texas. Patel went to Physical Therapy school in India and completed her post graduate degree specializing in orthopedics from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She works with a variety of patients with needs ranging from sports injuries to balance for sedentary chronic stroke patient. She also works with inpatient rehabilitation for post-op joint replacements and acute stroke. Riddhi notes, “It gives me immense satisfaction when my patients come to my clinic and leave with a smile. While physicians add years to my patients’ lives, I believe as a therapist I add quality to those years!” Riddhi is also a licensed and trained Yoga teacher and is strives to integrate yoga into therapy and rehabilitation. She notes that OnlineCE has provided the opportunity for her to develop courses that allow her to share her clinical application of her favorite topics.
Erika del Pozo
Erika del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L, holds a BA in dance and a master's degree in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Erika has practiced in outpatient pediatrics for five years and has experience working with older adults with progressive neurological conditions. Erika served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University for three semesters, collaborating with Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina to teach occupational analysis and human interactions. Erika's special interests include promoting work well-being and preventing burnout in health care. She is the CEO and founder of Joy Energy Time, a company that offers wellness resources to health care professionals. She is also the creator and cohost of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, a holistic wellness podcast for health care professionals.
Dr. Angelica Redleaf
Dr. Angelica Redleaf is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and has been a chiropractor in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island since 1978. She graduated with a double degree in Anthropology and Education from Hunter College in NYC and taught in the NYC school system as well as in California. She has studied and researched ethics and the doctor/patient relationship ever since opening her practice. She has had numerous articles published on those topics and speaks on the subject of Ethics and Professional Boundaries. In 1998 her first book, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Gender, Sexuality & Touch in the Doctor/Patient Relationship was published by Auburn Books. That book has been updated and is now entitled BOUNDARIES IN HEALTHCARE. Since the publication of her book, she has traveled the world speaking, writing and consulting on ethics, addictions and professional boundaries. She is also now teaching courses in Cultural Competency, which involve understanding and learning how to care for people from all parts of the world.
Dr. Richard Saporito
Dr. Richard Saporito earned his bachelor degree from New York University in 1976 and graduated New York College of Chiropractic in 1980. Dr. Saporito joined the faculty of the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (formerly the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic) in 1991 as an adjunct professor. He served as the director of postgraduate education for 10 years before accepting a full-time appointment and is currently a tenured, associate professor of clinical sciences. In addition to his current faculty appointment, Dr. Saporito is a clinical educator at the Community Health Center of CT, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, as part of the residency in musculoskeletal medicine training program. Dr. Saporito has published research focusing on cultural awareness in chiropractic education as well as physiological therapeutics. He has authored and presented numerous post-doctoral courses including topics on anatomy, physical therapeutics, suicide awareness and prevention, child and elder abuse, human trafficking and cultural competency.
Dr. Virginia Schafer
DC, MD, MBA
Dr. Virginia Schafer DC, MD, MBA , Life graduate 1980, had several successful practices in Georgia and South Carolina and is now semi-retired. She is now hydro farming in South Alabama and writing freelance. Dr. Schafer has been teaching and lecturing to health care professionals for over twenty years. Many of her research papers have won awards and accolades. She has stated "My favorite lectures are about current topics and controversial health care" and continued "This is the kind of information that makes you think out of the box." Dr. Schafer is also an avid volunteer, serving on many Boards. Her passion is studying Addiction and her next book Addiction and Nutrition will be published soon.
Dr. Robert Schwer
Dr. Robert Schwer, a graduate of National College of Chiropractic, was valedictorian of his class in 1987. His under-graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo emphasized cell and molecular biology. Since graduation from National, he has been in the continuous private practice of Chiropractic. His subjects of special interest include neurology, physical rehabilitation and diagnosis. Board eligible in Chiropractic Neurology he has obtained over 300 post-graduate hours from Logan College of Chiropractic in this area. Dr. Schwer's modules for Chirocredit.com bring practical clinical applications to situations encountered daily in the practice of Chiropractic. Dr. Schwer also teaches high school Anatomy and Physiology near his home in Connecticut.
Dr. Dean L Smith
Dr. Dean Smith is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University. He also maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Eaton, Ohio at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center. He is founder and host of Chiropractic Science. Chiropractic Science is dedicated to publicizing chiropractic research through podcast interviews with leading chiropractic scientists. At Essence of Wellness, Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. Dr. Smith's education includes a bachelor's degree in human biology, a master's degree in exercise science, a doctor of chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor behavior and postural control. His research interests lie broadly in human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. Dr. Smith has played several competitive sports such as soccer, hockey, and golf. He had a varsity golf scholarship at Miami University where he now teaches and does research. He has provided chiropractic care to professional athletes including Women's Tennis Association tour pros at the Canadian Open. He also works with varsity university and high school athletes. He was an expert guest on National Public Radio program "FitTalk" and more recently was quoted in Shape magazine regarding exercise and posture and fitness. Dr. Smith is also an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP). He received the 2018 Researcher of the Year award from the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Ronald Steriti
Dr. Ronald Steriti is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. His main interests are clinical nutrition and botanical medicine combined with classical homeopathy. His experience includes being a medical advisor for a dietary supplement company and senior course analyst (editor) for an online continuing education provider. He also writes articles summarizing research on natural therapies for chronic diseases. Dr. Steriti is currently the researcher for Dr. Jonathan Wright.
Dr. Stefan Weekes
Dr. Stefan Weekes is a Senior Poison Specialist at Florida Poison Information Center Tampa and is a Pharmacy Content Editor for Knowfully Learning Group. As a poison specialist, he delineates toxicology guidelines to practitioners to provide clinical recommendations and exercises sound judgment when assessing exposures. Furthermore, as a pharmacy content editor, he identifies areas for refinement within healthcare-related continuing education modules. In 2007 as a Broadcast Journalist, Dr. Weekes was recognized with the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award for reporting on the daily challenges of the homeless population in Tallahassee, FL. Upon graduation from Taneja College of Pharmacy in May 2021, he earned the Taneja College of Pharmacy Dean's Award for displaying innovation, leadership, and excellence throughout his academic career. Dr. Weekes is a father of three energetic children and supports his wife in her entrepreneurial endeavors. He is a driven individual that aims to give back to the healthcare community through his work as a first-responder and educator. He navigates his busy schedule but still has time to be a devoted father and gives back to his colleagues through the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
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