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A1 - Bottoms Up – Pressure Ulcers (0.2 ceu)

Sponsored by: The Comfort Company

This lecture will introduce the participants to the etiology, pathophysiology, extrinsic/intrinsic factors, assessments tools, prevention and seating solutions for pressure ulcers. The purpose with this seminar is to assist the attendees by facilitating the awareness of how humans are susceptible to pressure risks especially if there is a compromised condition present. There will be available information for the prevention, protection, and solutions for decubitus ulcers.

Presented by: Jean Sayre OTS, COTA/L ATP, CEAC

Mrs. Sayre, has extensive seating and mobility experience with a wide variety of populations and diagnoses. She has been in the DME industry for over 23 years and has worked specifically in seating and mobility products and her passion for providing her clients with the greatest possible functional independence, has given her the knowledge to provide detailed educational advice to be utilized by other medical professionals. She will continue to develop and grow The Comfort Company's educational department which offers CEU approved courses, customer training, and innovative product ideas.

A2 - Seating Principles for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (0.2 ceu)

Sponsored by: Pacific Rehab Inc.

Mobility devices have a great impact not only on the user, but also their family/caregiver. If the caregiver is prepared correctly, the experience can be positive for all concerned. The system will be accepted with optimism that it will be an aide to improving the child’s abilities, and in many cases, independence. Unfortunately, many times this preparation does not occur, and the system is seen as something chosen by others, which becomes only a greater burden. These choices must be made with the family involved, but also made based on solid principles regarding spasticity, neurodevelopment, skeletal development and muscle weakness when evaluating seating and componentry.

Presented by: Catherine Mulholland OTR/L

Catherine Mulholland OTR, is an Occupational Therapist specializing in seating and positioning of children and Young Adults with severe Central Nervous System Deficits for over 30 years. Ms Mulholland has been involved in clinical education in the US, Canada, Australia and throughout the European Community.

A3 - “To Infinity and Beyond” With Custom Seating! (0.7 ceu)

Sponsored by: Sunrise Medical

It’s that time of the day you have been hoping never comes. That time of the day when your most complicated client is within reach of you and this individual needs a custom seating system. No standard or standard adjustable system has worked. A custom molded system has been ruled out for a few different reasons. You are sitting out front of your client, looking at him/her in the eye whispering to yourself, ”Why did I take this job?” and “What am I going to do with this person?” Suddenly, you remember attending a Custom Seating course. You pull out your notes and get started!

In this interactive, full day course we will discuss all the components that make up a custom configured seating system. Hands on activities will be included to provide participants with real life situations. Evaluation, documentation requirements, and funding conversations will be included throughout the day as well.

Presented by: Steve Boucher, OT

Steve joined Sunrise Medical in 2003 as an Accounts Manager with a focus in complex/custom rehab serving the New England markets. Prior to joining Sunrise, Steve practiced as a Level II Inpatient Clinician at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, and was a Rehab Manager for HealthPro at Northeast Specialty Hospital. Steve also spent three years as a member of a multidisciplinary wheelchair clinic team. Steve has participated with an team at Northeastern University educating Physical Therapy students on Seating and Mobility products.

Along with his clinical experience, Steve is able to bring 9 years of industry experience to his seminars. He is currently a Friend of NRRTS, an active member for the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association and is a contributing author to both Mobility Management and Rehab Management Journals.
A4 - The Power of Access Across the Lifespan (0.2 ceu)

Sponsored by: Permobil

Imagine living your life with no control of your body or environment. Unfortunately, many people living with physical mobility limitations also lack control of their surroundings. As a rehab team, we can help consumers re-gain control of their life through assistive technology. This session will help clinicians and providers make neurological and physical observations to determine the most appropriate access method for functional power wheelchair driving. Beyond driving, various options for controlling the environment will also be discussed. Hands-on learning experience with power wheelchairs using a variety specialty input devices and environmental controls will be provided. Client case studies will be used to demonstrate possible solutions for individuals across the lifespan.

Presented by: Magdalena Love, OTR

Magdalena is an occupational therapist from University of Florida. Magdalena was actively involved in wheelchair seating and positioning while working at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX – where she specialized in adult neurological inpatient rehabilitation. Magdalena currently works for Permobil as a Clinical Education Specialist.

B1 - Living with a Disability: Middle Age and Beyond! (0.2ceu)

Sponsored by: Numotion

When does one begin to age? This course will address this question as well as reviewing the aging process and who is affected by aging with a disability. We will be addressing what one can expect within the aging process regarding various major diagnoses while combining this information with a review of the NPUAP’s Staging System defining the stages of pressure ulcers and they’re impact on aging. We will evaluate a variety of assistive technology strategies with the opportunity of hands on experience with a wide selection of mobility equipment.

Presented by: John Pryles, ATP

John has been a RESNA Certified ATP for over nine years and has worked with therapists and patients at the Sheppard Spinal Center in Atlanta, GA and across the nation. He has also been an integral part of the Numotion team since 2007. His degree in Microbiology, with a concentration in anatomy and physiology, from Colorado State University coupled with his years of experience and outgoing nature promises to make this educational course an eye opening experience for all.

B2 - Get up and Get Moving, As we all should do (0.2ceu)

Sponsored by: Snug Seat

The learning objectives of this program are:

  • The class will be able to state the benefits of stationary standing for children and adults with disabilities.

  • Attendees will have a firm understanding on how ambulation can add another layer of health, social and

functional benefits.

  • Participants will leave with a better working knowledge of what products are available for the standing and

ambulation goals you want to achieve.

  • Attendees will be given helpful ideas to improve letters of justification and a good understanding of the funding

resources to obtain these products.

Presented by: Andy Hicks ATP, SMS, CAPS

Andy started by working at Sharp Rehabilitation Hospital in Occupational Therapy where he developed interest and skills in complex rehab equipment. Then he provided seating and mobility products for well-known rehab supplier, before he moved on to complex rehab manufacturing companies. He was the Western Regional Mgr. for ROHO, the Eastern Regional Mgr. for Altimate Medical, and the National Education and Power Positioning Specialist for Motion Concepts before taking this position with Snug Seat. Andy is also on the Board of Directors of the National Spinal Cord Injury & United Spinal Association.

B3 - Is My Documentation Good Enough to get the Right Product Funded for My Patient? (0.2ceu)

Sponsored By: Sunrise Medical

A therapist’s role has become a key in allowing their patients to receive the best product to meet their needs, but also be covered by their funding source. As insurance companies continue to tighten the rules, the referral's role in funding has become crucial. During this course you will learn about overall coverage criteria for complex rehab mobility systems, the differences in coverage for pediatrics, adults and geriatrics, and what qualifies as good documentation. We will review sample documentation and discuss what tools can be created to improve your process with the limited time you have. When it comes down to it, the more successful your process is, the faster your providers should be able to deliver product to your patient.

Presented by: Claudia Amortegui, President of The Orion Group

Claudia received her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She joined Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators (DMERC Region C) as an ombudsman. She worked with Palmetto for three years assisting Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) providers in learning medical policies and proper claims submission. She then became a sales representative for Quickie Designs, a division of Sunrise Medical, with responsibility for the sale of wheelchairs and seating systems in the Northern Florida and Southern Georgia territory.

Claudia then moved to Chicago to become the Director of Reimbursement for American Pharmaceutical Services, a national long-term care supplier. In early 1998, she returned to Sunrise Medical to begin a new venture for the company as Director of Consulting Services. In this role, she oversaw the management of a national consulting group specializing in Medicare reimbursement. In November 2002, she purchased Sunrise Consulting and formed The Orion Group.

Claudia’s experience comes from having worked on all sides of the industry, including funding source (Medicare), supplier, manufacturer, and consultant. This rare combination of industry experience enables Claudia and her team at The Orion Group to assist people in understanding the reimbursement process and to teach them how they can not only be successful, but also outperform others in the industry.

C1 - Benefits and Capabilities of Custom Molded Seating (0.1 ceu)

Sponsored by: Pindot Custom Seating

This one hour presentation is an introduction to the technical capabilities of custom molded or custom simulated seating systems. During this session, participants will be exposed to various simulation techniques as well as options, accessories and modifications that can be accomplished during the manufacturing process.

Primary target audience is the therapist who is interested in, but has little or no exposure to custom seating, however; the experienced therapist looking for a review and possible new options, may also find it beneficial.

This session is a precursor to some of the more advanced clinical application courses offered by Pindot Custom Seating throughout the US and Canada. Two of the more popular sessions are: “Why mold when I can get one off the shelf” and “Thinking outside the box – Solutions for Complex Seating”, both presented by Tom Mathes and Jill Sparacio.

Presented by: Tom Mathes, ATP

Tom has more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing operations, including 32 with Invacare Corp. in Elyria Ohio. During that time, he has held a variety of positions with initial focus being on materials and project management. Most recently, and for the past 15 years, he has been involved with Pindot Custom Seating, holding the position of Operations Manager, Rehab Seating Specialist, and currently as Manager of Education and Business Development. He is certified by RESNA as an ATP, and currently provides training and technical support to Pindot customers throughout the US, Canada and most recently the UAE.

C-2 Pediatric Power Mobility: Functional Mobility Solutions for Kids (0.2 ceu)

Sponsored by: Permobil

When is the right time for power mobility? What are the benefits of providing access to power mobility early in a child’s life? This course will address these questions and help the audience understand and articulate a child’s skills and abilities, prior to prescribing a power wheelchair. Pediatric mobility issues can be extremely complex. It is important for members of the rehab team to differentiate between therapeutic mobility and functional mobility with all clients; but it is particularly important in the pediatric population. This session will discuss the various types of mobility assistive equipment (MAE) as they apply to pediatrics. Various wheelchair seat functions will also be explored regarding their effect on a child’s functional performance. Through the use of research and case studies, participants will learn the importance of a thorough subjective evaluation in addition to physical examination to determine the most appropriate mobility device for pediatric clients. Time will also be allotted for audience participation and discussion.

Presented by: Magdalena Love, OTR

Magdalena is an occupational therapist from University of Florida. Magdalena was actively involved in wheelchair seating and positioning while working at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX – where she specialized in adult neurological inpatient rehabilitation. Magdalena currently works for Permobil as a Clinical Education Specialist.

C-3 Positioning vs. Restraint (0.1 ceu)

Sponsored by: Bodypoint, Inc.

This session will discuss use of secondary seating components for the purpose of positioning vs. restraining a client. Secondary seating components such as pelvic positioning belts, anterior trunk supports, and medial knee abductors are frequently misconstrued as a restraint. Clinical indicators and justifications will be provided for a variety of interventions. Strategies for meeting positioning needs in a setting with a no-restraint policy will also be presented.

Presented by: Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver and is now in private practice. Michelle’s work in assistive technology includes a broad range of roles and services. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 175 articles. Michelle is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th Ed. and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. She is also former Editor of the Technology Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is a frequent reviewer for Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Journal. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and is a member of the Assistive Technology Journal Editorial Board. She is a past RESNA Secretary, Member at Large, member of the Board of Directors, Education Chair and SIG-09 Vice Chair. Michelle is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).

D-1 The Times They Are A-changin', an Industry update and round table discussion. Sponsored by: Numotion

Presented by: John Pryles, ATP, Area Vice President of Sales

John has been a RESNA Certified ATP for over nine years and has worked with therapists and patients at the Sheppard Spinal Center in Atlanta, GA and across the nation. He has also been an integral part of the Numotion team since 2007.

Though there are no CEUs available for this discussion, Numotion would appreciate the opportunity to bring you up to date on legislative and industry issues that will effect both you and the patients we all serve.

We also welcome questions and input on how Numotion can look to the future and implement programs that will benefit all of the healthcare industry

D-2 Rehab Considerations for Bath Safety (0.1 ceu)

Sponsored by: Clarke Healthcare

Statistics show bathrooms can be the most dangerous room in your house and studies show 70% of home accidents occur in the bathroom. This presentation will address safety concerns, proper seating and positioning in the bathroom, and choosing the product that may best fit the needs of the patient.

Presented by: Wade Lawrence

Wade is the VP of National Accounts and clinical specialist for Clarke Health Care Products Inc.(CHCP). He started out in the industry in 2000 for a HME company in Springfield, MO. There he earned his ATS and CRTS credentials specializing in Pediatrics. After five years of this Wade decided he wanted to enter the manufacturing side of medical equipment. In 2005 he took a job with CHCP and has help shape the rehab side of CHCP to what it is today. He still lives in Springfield, MO with his wife and 3 kids. He spends most of his free time with his wife and kids, they are a enthusiastic basketball family. Wade can be reached at


In addition to any vendor drawings Numotion will draw two winners at each event for a $250.00 Amazon gift card Must be present to win – must have completed vendor check in and event evaluation returned by 4:45PM


November 5, 2013

Lynnwood Convention Center

3711 196th Street S.W.

Lynnwood, Washington

November 7, 2013

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way

Portland, Oregon

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