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ArizOTA Spring Virtual Conference

May 4, 2024 | 8:45am - 4:00pm

Our Speaker Lineup

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ArizOTA President - Heidi Carpenter

OTD, OTR/L, RYT200

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Keynote Speaker: Halley Read

PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Halley Read is the founding Doctoral Capstone Coordinator at Western Oregon University’s OTD program; the first and only public occupational therapy program in Oregon! She has been an OT for 10 years and has clinical, teaching, and research experience in mental health practice, student wellness, and mental health care policy and legislation.

Starting her occupational therapy career in community mental health, she provided services to youth, emerging adults, and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. She is passionate about integrating occupational therapy, public health, and knowledge translation to bolster and change healthcare systems and practices. She is a dedicated member of her state and national association, advocating, and using occupation and our therapeutic scope to change systems, support communities, and build relationships.

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Speaker - Lindsey Vestal

(Adult Track)

Lindsey, an NYU OT graduate, embarked on a pelvic health journey, pioneering NYC's first in-home practice, the Functional Pelvis. As founder, she mentors OTs to excel in pelvic floor therapy. Hosting "OT Empower Hour" and "OTs in Pelvic Health" podcast, she fosters professional growth and healthcare community collaboration.

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Speaker - Holly Jones

(Adult Track)

Holly Jones has been an OT for 17 years, with experience working with the Neuro patient population in the ICU, acute hospital setting, acute rehabilitation and is currently working in an outpatient Neuro rehabilitation clinic. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Midwestern University and a one-year board member of ArizOTA.

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Speaker - Monika Lukasiewicz

(Adult Track)

Monika "Mo" works at the non-profit Oakwood Creative Care as Director of the evidence-based and "Best Program for Caregiving" known as the COPE Program. She is passionate about creating quality community to serve the local community especially those living at home with dementia.

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Speaker - Kendall Morrissey & Erin Richardson

(Adult Track)

Kendall Morrissey is an OTD student at A.T. Still University. She is passionate about the older adult population and implemented a program aimed to improve their quality of life.

 

Erin Richardson (OTR/L) is the director of Success Matters at Beatitudes Campus. Erin supported and mentored Kendall throughout her capstone.

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Speakers - Lacee Andrews & Tamara Turner

(Adult Track)

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Speaker - Cambria Hunter, MSGH, OTR/L & Arantxa Amaya

(Pediatric Track)

Cambria Hunter has a master of science in global health from Northwestern University. She developed an educational training for CHW's of children with disabilities in rural Uganda. She is combining her 30 years of pediatric OT and global health passion by partnering with a pediatric therapy clinic in Mexico, where she is supporting an OT capstone student.

 

Arantxa Amaya is an OTS from NAU, who is completing her OTD Capstone project in Manedero, Mexico. Arantxa completed both of her fieldworks in pediatrics and is bilingual.

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Speaker - Jordan Veers, Rebecca Wolf & Tania Shearon

(Pediatric Track)

Jordan Veers: Jordan Veers is a third year Doctor of Occupational Therapy student at A.T. Still University. She has completed two full-time clinical rotations and her doctoral capstone experience. She has a passion for women's health and hopes to fill a gap in women's healthcare with her research.

 

Dr. Rebecca Wolf: Rebecca Wolf is the chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University. She is licensed to practice law and occupational therapy in Arizona. She is pursuing a PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion at the University of Arizona. She teaches courses related to professionalism, policy, advocacy, and ethics. Her research interests include maternal and child health, with an emphasis on breastfeeding. She engages in advocacy projects to support women's health and human rights, including helping to successfully pass a bill related to pelvic exams and consent. Additionally, she leads an advocacy team to encourage the Arizona Department of Corrections to establish a prison nursery program in Arizona.

 

Dr. Tania Shearon: Tania Shearon, DHSc, OTR/L, joined the OT faculty at A.T. Still University in 2016 and has over 30 years of clinical experience in the areas of physical rehabilitation and hand therapy. She is a certified hand therapist as well as a yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

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Speaker - Briana Bonner

(Pediatric Track)

Dr. Bonner's professional journey is a tapestry woven with academic excellence and diverse clinical experiences. From earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago to achieving a clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, her dedication to advancing the field is evident.

Her versatile clinical background spans across an array of settings, showcasing her adaptability in school-based therapy, orphanages, home health, acute care, outpatient, private practice, consultation, corporate, and rehabilitation environments. Dr. Bonner's passion for pediatric care and global occupational therapy is exemplified through four years of international service in eastern and southern Africa, where she also host "Helping Hands" mission trips, extending crucial services to underserved communities.

Her scholarly pursuits have delved into critical areas such as the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The result was the development of the "Families Achieving Competency Together" (F.A.C.T) program, a psychoeducational family-centered initiative designed to support families with children with ASD.

Beyond her clinical contributions, Dr. Bonner played a pivotal role in establishing Botswana's first occupational therapy program, earning recognition from the World Federation for Occupational Therapists. Her commitment to advocacy, education, and global impact is unwavering, demonstrated through ongoing initiatives aimed at advancing occupational therapy in various regions.

While one could delve further into Dr. Bonner's rich experiences, it is an anticipation for what she will surprise the field with next that truly captivates. Her commitment to bridging the gap between research and application, coupled with a determination to enhance occupational therapy practices globally, leaves the door open for an exciting future of contributions and innovations.