2023 TNOTA & APTA TN Fall Conference Courses & Handouts

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Please note, not all course speakers have provided handouts

2023 Conference Brochure
2023 Schedule at a Glance

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Friday, October 13 


Saturday, October 14

Sunday, October 15


Annual Business Meeting 

Ethics & Jurisprudence 

Student Track Sessions


Friday, October 13, 2023

UTC Offsite Cadaver Lab: Cadaver-based Neuroanatomy Review and Clinical Applications, Presenters: June Hanks, PT, DPT, PhD; Jessica Hackathorne, PhD, MOT, OTR/L 

General Professional Track 

From Surviving to Thriving (Mental Wellness of Rehabilitation Therapists)Presenters: Anna Evans, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, CHC; Gabriella Guerra, OTR/L; Preeti Jha, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT - RYT 200 

State of TN Licensure, CE Broker & Audits, Presenter: Noranda French 


Physical Disabilities/Rehab Track

Therapeutic Means to Managing the Symptoms of DementiaPresenter: Amie Goins, MS, OTR/L 
Understanding the Person behind the Dementia: Insights and Strategies to Improve Outcomes in PT and OTPresenters: Caroline Rogers, PT, DPT; Laura Ellen Christian, B.S.Ed, Therapeutic Recreation, Dementia Live CERT; Ann Germany, BFA, Dementia LIVE Cert 


Orthopedic Track

Therapeutic Gains: Improving the Continuum of Care Between Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning Professionals, Presenters: Cody Whitefoot, PT, DPT, OCS; Asher Flynn, PhD, CSCS 

The Never of Some People! Common and Not-So-Common Peripheral Nerve Entrapments and Injuries Using Case Examples, Presenter: Derek Charles, PT, DPT 

Hearing Hoofbeats and Identifying Zebras: An Interdisciplinary Approach of the Treatment of Ehlers Danlos SyndromePresenters: Michaela Kent, PT, DPT, OCS; Jamie Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMT; Charlene Zimmerman, PT, DPT, OCS 


Pediatric Track

Prompting Activities of Daily Living in Prenatally Substance-Exposed Infants and ToddlersPresenter: Christy Isbell, PhD, OTR/L 

Occupational and Physical Therapy in the Pediatric ICUPresenters: Katherine Hedden, PT, DPT, PCS, CBIS; Gracie Brinck, OTR/L, OTD 

Reflexes: The Foundation of FunctionPresenter: Kaitlyn Cavins, OTD, OTR/L 


Saturday, October 14, 2023

Presidential Address, Presenters: Sarah Suddarth, DPT & Cindy De Ruiter Blackwell, OTD, OTR/L

Keynote, Presenters: Valery Hanks, OTR/L, C/NDT, CPAM; Elise Shepard, PT, DPT, NCS; Emma Monte 

Emma, along with her OT and PT, will discuss her experiences in therapy as it relates to her journey with Multiple Sclerosis. Emma was diagnosed with MS in 2015. She traveled to Russia in 2017 for high dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. She then began her therapy with Pi Beta Phi. Valery and Emma have worked together on and off the entire 6 years and Elise has been working with Emma the last 3 years. Emma and her therapists will discuss Emma’s progress in therapy and how she has overcome the challenges of her diagnosis with the help of her therapists 

TNOTA Poster Presentations, Meet the Exhibitor/Exhibitor Bingo & TNOTA Communities of Practice Meetup

TNOTA Poster Presentations:

  1. The Relationship Between Lifestyle Factors and Perceived Stress in Graduate Level Occupational Therapy Students
    1. Anya Marie Jones, OTS
    2. Sarah Marie Morris, OTS
    3. Gabrielle Sledge, OTS
    4. Sydney Stahl, OTS
    5. Madison Thornton, OTS
  2. Academic Preparation for Sleep Evaluation and Intervention in Entry-Level OT & PT Programs
    1. Cindy W. Poole, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L
  3. Personal Factors that Impact Older Adults’ Ability to Age in Place
    1. Debra Gibbs, EdD, MHS, OTR/L, CAPS, FAOTA
    2. LaRae Murray, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM
    3. Jamie Brown, OTS
    4. Rachel Camilleri, OTS
    5. Morgan Harrison, OTS
    6. Kaylee Lane, OTS
    7. Emmalee Lawrence, OTS
  4. Perspectives on Inpatient Perinatal Services: Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice
    1. Sue Iliff, PhD, OTR/L
    2. Emily Bryant-Wimp, OTD/S
    3. Karoline Ashpole, OTD/S
    4. Karli Beaumont, OTD/S
    5. Susanna Dunn, OTD/S
    6. Brenna Hunt, OTD/S
    7. Margaret Stacy, OTD/S 
  5. Investigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Occupational Therapy Practitioners 
    1. Jessica Hackathorne, PhD, OTR/L
    2. Hannah Afman, OTS
    3. Cynthia Coronel, OTS
    4. Kaitlin Crump, OTS
    5. McKenna Menard, OTS
    6. Caitlin Murphy, OTS
  6. When Music Becomes Me: The Role of Occupational Therapy in the Care and Prevention of Upper Extremity Disorders in Musicians
    1. Kathryn S. Halsted, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, CPAM
  7. Movement Opportunities Through Vestibular Engagement To Rhythm (MOVER)
    1. Dr. Lindsay Williams, OTD, MSOTR/L, MT-BC, CPAM

General Professional Track

We Are All Broken: Psychologically Informed Therapy-Tips, Tricks, and Technology to Improve Patient OutcomesPresenter: Ryan McConnell, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT 

Cost-Effective Marketing Tools to Maximize Visibility and Promote Your Healthcare BusinessPresenter: Marsh Naidoo, PT


Physical Disabilities/Rehab Track

Inequities in Access and Impact of Post-Stroke Home Occupational Therapy Services on Readmissions in a Statewide Medicaid Population, Presenters: Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L; Lee Williams, OTD, OTR/L

Transcranial Stimulation: From Cortical Mapping to Clinical Implications, Presenter: Mia Fox, PT, DPT

Are You Prepared to Be In It for the Long Haul An Overview of Long-haul COVID-19 and Rehabilitation Implications, Presenter: Suzanne Greenwalt, PT, DPT, CCS, GCS


Academia Track

Fieldwork Educators' Perspective on Level II Fieldwork Student Failures, Presenters: Lauren Beard, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM; Christine Watt, PhD, OTR/L, CPAM

Helping Students Learn to Clinically Reason During FieldworkPresenter: Janna Knickerbocker, EdD, OT/L, BCPR

Training Occupational (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) Students to Enhance Interprofessional (IP) Clinical PracticePresenters: Renee Brown, PT, PhD; LaRae Murray, OTD, OTR/L


Pediatric Track

Sensory Processing, Social Participation, and Anxiety: Considerations in Enabling Occupational Participation of ChildrenPresenters: Lorry Liotta-Kleinfeld, EdD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA; Cynthia Hickman, OTD, OTR/L, SIPT, CLT-LANA


Student Track

Human Trafficking in Practice and Fieldwork for Therapy Students, Practitioners, and EducatorsPresenter: Toni Thompson, DrOT, OTR/L, NDT Therapy Ed

Strategic Professional Development for Students & Practitioners: Beyond Licensing & License Renewal, Presenter: Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP, CDP

Cervical Radiculopathy Demystified: Clinical Decision-Making and Hands-on Skills for PT/OT Students, Presenters: Steven Spinks, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Ryan McConnell, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT


Sunday, October 15, 2023 

Occupational Therapy Interest Track

Ethics (OT)Presenter: Dr. Susan McDonald, EdD, OTR/L

Jurisprudence (OT)Presenter: Dr. Susan McDonald, EdD, OTR/L

More Than “Just” an OTA: Recognizing Your Value and Contribution to the Occupational Therapy Profession, Presenter: Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L

Let’s Chat about COTAD Chapters’ Challenges & Successes in OT/OTA Programs, Presenter: Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP, CDP 


Orthopedic Track

How an Early Activity and Mobility Protocol for Mechanical Vent Patients Can be Beneficial in Rural Hospital SettingsPresenter: Dacy Thomasson, MOT, OTR/L 

Rehab Considerations for the Post-Surgical (and Conservative) Active and Athletic ShoulderPresenter: David Maldonado, DPT, SCS, ATC/L, PES 

I’m Supposed to Do What? How to Navigate the Work Comp System and Succeed by Treating Injured Workers, Presenters: David Jennings, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT, ATC; Christopher Scoma, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT