Trained as an occupational therapist I use several theories in order to assist my clients. The overarching theory that drives my practice is the Model of Human Occupation(MOHO) which allows me to keep the client always at the center of my practice. It allows me to examine routines, habits roles which play a major factor in a person's engagement of life. I also does what other theories do not. It allows me to examine volition or your drive to engage in activities. I believe this is critical to a clients success. I also pull on a method that was developed at the University of Southern California which gives the client and me tools that will allow for person to reach their goals
I am an occupational therapist who has been practicing for the last 30 years. Occupational therapist are by nature life coaches who work with clients who have had a major trauma or disease process. I worked with many a diagnosis, but a client is not a diagnosis but a person. I help clients develop strategies to order to live life again , not just exist. I have moved into the area of intimacy and sexuality, as this seems to be an area that is often neglected, but oh so important to a human being. I also work with men's health issues especially after some traumatic event. Not all my clients have a diagnosis , they are typical everyday people who want to start living.
Appointments will be paid for in advance. The client must give a 24 hour notice of cancelling as will I.
EDUCATION Masters in Occupational Therapy, Texas Women’s University, December 1990.
B.S. Broadcast Journalism, Texas Christian University, May 1986.
SPECIAL SKILLS Fluent in Spanish
Austin Community College- Aug 2020- Adjunct faculty. Teaching a wide variety of courses specifically in the adult population. Specialty areas of instruction will be neurology and oncology. Laboratories in tone management, basic handling skills, cognition, psycho-social factors and intimacy and sexuality will also be taught.
Texas Home Health- May 2019-July 2020, Provide a wide array of services to an extremely diverse set of diagnosis and populations. Trained and use OASIS on a daily basis. Have been able to pull from skills in orthopedics and neurology. Aware and practice COVID 19 infection control. Working as a staff therapist with this company.
Self employed- May 2018- May 2019 Have been providing skilled intervention in adults and pediatrics. Specializing in Neurology and oncology. Have served as PRN clinician for Texas Neuro Rehab Center,
MD Anderson Cancer Center- April 2011-Jan 2017 Rehabilitation Regulatory Specialist and Clinical Education- provides professional therapy expertise and regulatory knowledge in the development and direction of compliance issues for Rehabilitation Services. Establishes and maintains processes and training to ensure ongoing compliance with all regulatory requirements related to occupational and physical therapy services. Conducts and directs compliance reviews and analyses on behalf of the Institutional Compliance Office to ensure compliance with institutional policies, third party payer contracts, and federal and state regulations. In this position I had the responsibility of developing all policy and procedure for the department. I was also assigned with Joint Commission readiness for our department and in 2015-1016 I was responsible for readiness of the division of clinical services, that included 9 departments. In this role I conducted mock surveys along department or division line reporting to the vice president of the Division of Clinical Services. Worked closely with infection control and environmental services to assure compliance readiness. It the department was found to have a deficiency, it was my responsibility to develop an action and put it into place. My role also included being part of the Safety Committee and Utilization review for the hospital. I led the ride out team every year that I was there and was also responsible to develop the teams in case of hurricane. I was also responsible for developing education material and training the department in ICD-10 when that was implemented. The same occurred when the CPT evaluation codes were developed. I held the same requirement of the education and development of “g” codes for the outpatient department. Training new staff to departmental and divisional policy and procedure and had oversight over the onboarding team for all new staff members. Leading the different teams for the development of standards of care for the department. Until we hired a associate director and was placed in the position of director and attended all meetings when the director was not available or out of town.
MD Anderson Cancer Center, December 2006-April 2011, Therapy Supervisor. Management of 7.5 FTE including hospital wide non-licensed personnel. Implementation of programming to all populations receiving outpatient occupational therapy. Development of programming in cognition and vision rehabilitation within outpatient and inpatient setting. Development of survivorship programming within hospital system. Assistance in the development of departmental budget and strategic planning. Assistance and management for Joint Commission and Medicare Compliance, serving as Joint Commission point person for department ( inpatient acute, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab). Also leading policy and procedure team within rehab department to include inpatient acute, our onsite rehab unit and the outpatient department.. Ongoing lectures throughout hospital to both staff and patient groups in the areas of body mechanics, fatigue management and fitness and the cancer survivor. Successful completion of mentorship programming for future leadership at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Ma January 2004-. November 2006, Staff occupational therapist. Implemented programming to all populations within the hospital. Assisted in the development of new evaluations with a focus on cognition and visual perception. Also assisted with the development of safety programming and evaluation. Was a resource to all therapy personnel seeking continued mentorship in OT and the use of NDT techniques in both pediatric and adult populations.
Therapy To Go, Inc., Edinburg, Texas. Co-owner/administrator.
February 1997-December 2003 . Planning of new clinic, management of 17 FTE in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, office management, and billing. The development and implementation of interdisciplinary programs in Orthopedic and Neurological Pediatrics. The implementation of Texas Department of Health Regulations to ensure certification for Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements as well as all state regulatory requirements are met for practice.
Rehabworks, Dallas, Texas. Occupational Therapy Corporate Clinical Specialist. August 1995 – February 1997. Assist in planning and execution of monthly new
hire orientation, consult with orientation coordinator in order to assure that all orientation needs are met, regular communication with all levels of management within operations in order to ensure that clinical practice meets national and state regulatory guidelines. Implementation of initial and continuous needs assessment, serve as consultant in the area of OT to operations management and staff in the area of clinical management. Develop new programs and training for increased productivity and improved clinical practice, adapt current practice to meet changing demands of state and national regulations. Implement quality assurance programs in order to assure compliance to state and national regulatory guidelines. Attend all corporate level meetings which are related to clinical practice and operations. Consultant to denials manager.
Rehability Corporation, Dallas, Texas. Director of Occupational Therapy Services
Dallas Center, December 1993 – July 1995. Responsibilities include the manage-
ment of 10 FTE, management of $720,000 yearly productivity budget, acquisition
of patient and durable supplies, scheduling of as needed staff, development of programs in the areas of Splinting, positioning, restorative dining, restraint
reduction, screening, work hardening/work health, back care and back injury
prevention, repetitive injury and prevention and hand therapy.
Establishment of Fieldwork site for OTR and COTA programs, development of
in-house continuing education for department, interdisciplinary quality assurance,
yearly performance reviews and merit raises for OT staff, programs marketer for
OT services for all long term care, hospital, home health and out patient/work
health contracts. In September 1994, I was based in skilled nursing facility in
order to facilitate interdisciplinary program development and assist the nursing
home in the marketing of all rehab services to Medicare and managed care
Continued to function as Director of OT.
Pro-Rehab/Communicare, Austin, Texas. Interdisciplinary Manager, November
1992- December 1993. The management of 5 interdisciplinary teams including
OT, PT and ST. This included the management of productivity budgets, equip-
ment requisitions, scheduling of contract and as needed (PRN) coverage,
consultation in documentation guidelines, and goal setting for treatment teams
and individual therapists.
The Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin, Austin, Texas. Senior Occupational
Therapist, Progression Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, January 1992-
November 1992. Responsibilities included program development and imple-
mentation, program quality assurance, supervision of COTA and aid program,
supervision of students within the program. Liaison to other programs in the areas
of OT. Treatment areas provided were back/neck care and body mechanics
education, myofascial release, low impact aerobics and walking classes, work
simplification, general fitness and wellness education. March 1992 promotion to
team coordinator where responsibilities included program development and
implementation, supervision of all disciplines involved in programming, program
coordination of any special services required by patient, pre-admission evaluation,
worksite analysis, Functional Capacity Evaluation Administration, liaison to fitness
and wellness centers within the city, case management in the absence of a case
manager, program director in the absence of a program director.
Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, Austin, Texas. Staff Occupational Therapist,
January 1991- January 1992. Responsibilities included program development
and implementation in the areas of primary activities of daily living, feeding skills,
sensory motor skills, secondary activities of daily living and vision therapy. OT
representative to the following: Orthopedic clinic, Dysphagia clinic, Vision clinic.
COTA supervision, student education in the areas of Primary ADL and Sensory Group.
January 2012- July 2016 Elected chairman of the Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association
April 2012-Appointed CPT reviewer to AMA liaison to the American Occupational Therapy Association
December 2011- December 2012 appointed Physical Disabilities Special Interest Chairman for the American Occupational Therapy Association
November 2010- Joint Commission Appointment by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
December 2006- Elections Chairman , Texas Occupational Therapy Association
August 1998 Editor of REVISTA, Newsletter of TOTA.
July 1997 Cluster Group Leader for Alamo South District.
March 1995 Appointed Medicare representative to the reimbursement committee of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association
August 1994 Elected Vice Chair for Trinity North District and serve as the Co-chairman to the geriatrics SIS group.
September 1993-1995 Served as states/special groups coordinator for the 1994-1995 Mountain Central Conference. Was onsite exhibitor coordinator for the conference and will serve as the onsite exhibits coordinator for the conference.
September 1992 – Aug 1993 Served as assistant to the conference and special meeting coordinator for 1993 Mountain Central Conference.
June 1992 to Oct 1993, Served as editor for REVISTA, Newsletter of TOTA
May-June 2008, State Level Elections Committee Chairman
American Occupational Therapy Association member since 1988
CERTIFICATIONS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
September 2008- Certification - Kinsesiotaping
March 2006- Certification , A-ONE cognitive/ visual-perceptual assessment
December 2000 Certified, NDT Baby Treatment
August 1998 Certification, Eight Week Pediatric Cerebral Palsy, NDTA
December 1996 Certification, Three Week Adult Hemi Course, NDTA
July 1994 Introduction to upper extremity management, Rehability Corporation
April 1994 NDT, a functional approach, Rehability Corporation.
August 1992 Completion of ADA, Ergonomics, and job analysis course, TOTA
July 1992 Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
April 1992 Craniosacral Therapy I, Upledger Institute
March 1991 Wheelchair positioning, Freedom Designs
July 1990 Primary PNF course, Innovision
March 1990 Myofascial Release I, Barnes
June 1989 Certified Group Exercise Leader, American College of Sports Medicine
August 1988 Basic Aerobic Certification, AFAA
July 1987 Basic Aerobic Certification, IAR
September 2016- Contributing Author; AOTA’s Oncology Practice Guidelines, American Occupational Therapy Association.
May 2016-Co-Author, Occupational Therapy for Adults with Cancer: Why it matters, The Oncologist 2016;21:1-6
December 2015- Lead author, The role of occupational therapy in older adults with cognitive impairments and an oncology diagnosis, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.
September 2015- Co- Authored chapter on oncology, Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for physical dysfunction, 8th Edition
May 2015- Co Editor of oncology module series, American Occupational Therapy Association
September 2015-Authored chapter; Braveman’s Leading and Managing Occupational Therapy Services: an evidence based approach
April 2013- Editor and writer for AOTA series in Oncology
April 2010, American Occupational Therapy Association, co-author, Fact Sheet on the Role of Occupational Therapy in Palliative Care.
LECTURES, IN-SERVICES AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
September 2016- Invited keynote speaker, Texas Woman’s University Research Symposium, Scholarship and Practice.
April 2016- Co lectured Institute (7 hours), the development and management of Oncology Unit, emerging practice area. American Occupational Therapy Association.
April 2016- Accepted abstract and presentation; American Occupational Therapy Association, 3 hour, Cancer Related Cognitive Impairments
October 2015- Co-instructed A-ONE certification course, ending 5 years of training and beginning co-instruction phase. Considered 9th world instructor for A-ONE
May 2015-invited lecture to the Mexican Occupational Therapy Association and Mexico’s Ministry of Health, Topics: The A-ONE, use of SCOPE, and introducing a top down approach and occupation based therapy.
April 2014- Accepted abstract and presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association. 30-minute lecture on Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment
April 2012-Lectures on palliative care and Cognition and the Breast Cancer Patient. American Occupational Therapy Association
Fall 2011- Adjunct Faculty ,, taught the Fieldwork one class for TWU
Fall2010-Spring 2011- Lectures to TWU students in regards to oncology and cognition, neuro- motor return.
Fall 2009 - Texas Occupational Therapy Association-Introduction to NDT, A-one ; Assessment of Cognition, Round Table Discussion on Mentorship
Fall 2009 Texas Woman’s University Houston Campus- OT and oncology
Fall 2008- Texas Woman’s University Houston Campus- OT and Cognition
Fall 2007- Texas Woman’s University Houston Campus- OT and oncology
Fall 2007- Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Introduction to NDT
Spring 2006- Texas Woman’s University Houston Campus- Cognition, A top down approach
Fall 2006- Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Introduction to NDT, A-1 Assessment a Top down Approach, NDT and the adult Hemi
April 2006- University of Texas Pan American, Assessment of Cognition for Occupational Therapists: Bottom up versus a Top Down Approach, (2.5 hours)
November 2005, Two presentations at Mountain Central Conference in San Antonio Texas; Introduction to NDT (8 hour course), NDT and the Adult Hemi (5 hour course)
May 2005- December 2005, four city lecture series for the Texas Occupational Therapy Association on NDT and the Adult Hemi
May 2004- December 2004, four city lecture series for the Texas Occupational Therapy Association on NDT facilitation.
September 2002, Mountain Central Conference, San Antonio Texas,
“Introduction to NDT Facilitation”
August 1998 to December 1998 – UTHSC Coop Program in OT
Adjunct faculty. Responsible for three hour course in “Organization and Management”.
August 1998- Universidad Ibero Americano, Mexico City, D.F.
Intensive course in Foundation of OT, 40 Hour Program in Therapy and Practice of OT to Master Program
January 1998 to May 1998 – University of Texas-Health Science Center (UTHSC), Coop Program
Adjunct Faculty responsible for three hour course in Gerontology.
August 1997 to December 1997 – UTHSC Coop Program in OT
Adjunct faculty. Responsible for 2 three hour courses, “Foundations in OT” and “Organization & Management”
August 1997 – Med Rec Corporation
Four hour presentation on Neuroscience, a practical guide for the Practicing clinician. A presentation based on AOTA’s guide to neuroscience. Lecture based on the practical application of neuro sciences for OT, PT, SLP in the treatment of Adult and Pediatric Neuro population.
January 1995 – Navarro College
Adjunct faculty, Navarro College, OTA program, under the direction of Sherre Jarrell, OTR. Consulted in the core curriculum development for the Physical Disabilities portion of the program. Assisted in the development of the curriculum for Kinesiology course and have assisted in lecture presentation for the course.
February 1995- Navarro College
Navarro College, OTA Program, 120 Minute lectures on Adaptive Environment, Technique and Equipment. This lecture focused on the occupational therapist’s role in assessing the environment requirements of the client and making adaptations and recommendations. Lecture based on theories of Occupation Adaptation and Human Occupation.
August 1994- Rehability Corporation, Dallas Area
90 minute lecture on Functional Positioning Programs In The Long Term Care Environment. An overview of documentation requirements for Medicare and a review of simple biomechanical techniques for establishing effective wheelchair and bed positioning program. Also reviewed simple NDT theories for tone management with positioning.
July 1994 – Rehability Corporation, Dallas Area
Four day lecture on the use of Physical Agent Modalities in Occupational Therapy. Reviewed both theoretical and practical applications of electrical and thermal modalities within the realm of occupational therapy. Included both lecture and demonstrations. Course repeated in August 1994 for all Fieldwork II students in the D/FW area. Course included both written and practical exam using case study situations.
September 1993 – Mountain Central Conference
Eight hour workshop on The Use of Low Impact Aerobics In a Work Hardening/Pain Management Setting. Basic fitness assessment and program implementation protocols were discussed with an emphasis on program exam using case study situations.
August 1993 – Austin Community College, OTA Program
Four hour lecture and lab on Serial Casting For Tone and Contracture Management. Basic theory and practical techniques were covered along with hands on demonstration in order to expose the students to serial casting techniques and materials.
May 1993 – Austin Community College, OTA Program
Three hour lecture and lab on Myofascial Release Techniques in Occupational Therapy. A hands on lecture designed to expose students to basic myofascial release techniques for pain and contracture management.
February 1993 – ProRehab/Communicare
Four hour presentation on Splinting and Contracture Management In A Long Term Care Setting. Basic splinting techniques were review with a hands on demonstrations provided along with a Medicare documentation guidelines review.
May 2018. Badged as an oncology expert by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
April 2016- Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
November 2012- Occupational Therapist of the year , by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
November 2005- Letter of Appreciation, Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
October 2004- Distinguished Service Award, Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
September 1999 – Award for Clinical Excellence, Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
March 1998 – Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, University of Texas Health Science Center.
November 1998 – Selected as Who’s Who in American Businessmen, by the Who’s Who in Business Society.
September 1998 - Selected as Outstanding Young Man of America, by Outstanding Young Americans.
September 1994 – Received Service Award by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
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