About Us

We believe that people in speech, occupational, and physical therapy are fighters and survivors and that they deserve therapy resources that inspire them.

The medical model is changing. We are shifting away from the top-down medical approach where patients blindly follow the dictations of healthcare providers. We are entering a time of collaborative medicine- where we are co-explorers with our patients. While we don’t have all the answers, and we can’t give them a magical answer/solution to their challenges, we can arm them with information, insights, perspectives, and experience that allows them to make their own informed decisions that align with their personal values and goals.

We believe that the true power of therapy lies in the human connection between therapist and patient. That is your superpower. You shouldn’t have to trade productivity for quality care. You shouldn’t have to spend your time off cobbling together resources. Our goal is to help you save time with the Access Pass, including instant access to printable resources and materials, live and on-demand courses, research summaries, and an online community that is available 24/7 to support you. With all the time you save, you can spend your energy connecting with your clients and changing lives.

Our ethical marketing pledge.

We put the person before the sale.​
We respect you and your privacy. We will help you make the best choice for your needs, not ours.

We communicate inclusively, truthfully, and clearly.​
We will not confuse you or hide information from you. We will help all audiences feel welcome.

We take responsibility for our part in changing the marketplace.​
We recognize the need to break the cycle of consumerism. We will continuously review our sales and marketing to ensure they benefit the common good.

We count on you to hold us accountable. Please connect with us if you see us not honoring our pledge.

More information about the pledge can be found at theethicalmove.org.​

Megan Berg, MA, CCC-SLP

Founder

Therapy Insights was founded by Megan Berg, MA, CCC-SLP. Megan spent 8 years as a science communicator before returning to grad school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Working and living with scientists from Antarctica to New Zealand to Tanzania built her skills in visually distilling complex information for diverse audiences. In order to capture the science story, she’s gone 5 weeks without a shower, survived 40 below temperatures camping on an ice sheet, and driven 8 hours in first gear of a busted Land Cruiser in the middle of the night across the east African rift. She captures the world in these three words: complex, magnificent, paradoxical.

Megan received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and graduated with a masters in speech-language pathology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She interned for the Oglala Lakota County School District in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and on the stroke and traumatic brain injury units at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. She completed her clinical fellowship at the Weld RE-4 school district in Windsor, Colorado. She spent three years serving post-acute care and long-term care with Innovative Rehabilitation and is currently a PRN SLP in western Montana.

Megan brings her broad range of experience as a science communicator to the field of clinical rehabilitation by creating visually engaging, inspirational therapy materials that are balanced with both evidence-based practice and the art of human connection.

Content Development Team

This fabulous team of clinicians collaborates to produce 20 new printable resources each month.

Stephanie Henigin, MA, CCC-SLP

Writer and Editor

Stephanie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her professional career, she has provided therapy to adults within a variety of settings including: skilled nursing facility, home health, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and hospital acute care. Stephanie currently works for Regions Hospital in the acute care and inpatient rehab department within the hospital and outpatient rehab at the Neuroscience Center in St. Paul, MN. She provides therapy to individuals with aphasia, apraxia of speech, brain injury/concussion, cognitive impairments, degenerative diseases, dementia, dysarthria, dysphagia, head and neck cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Stephanie is also a facilitator for a Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) conversation group in St. Paul, MN. She enjoys supervising graduate students and helping them develop their clinical skills as they prepare to be future SLP professionals. Stephanie has a passion for continuous learning, teaching other medical professionals about speech language pathology, and advocating for the SLP profession. She is excited to join Therapy Insights and help create innovative and inspiring materials to support SLPs in providing the best patient care. Stephanie describes the world in these three words: fascinating, curious, dynamic.

Melissa (Missy) Haidle, OTR/L

Editor

Missy studied at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and enrolled in the combined bachelor to master program in Occupational Therapy. She thought that she was going to work with the pediatric population and completed fieldworks in outpatient pediatric clinics serving children with autism and sensory processing disorders, early intervention, and completed her second level II at Shriner’s Children Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Life is funny and during her level II fieldwork in physical dysfunction she was surprised at how much she enjoyed working with the geriatric population. In May 2014 she successfully completed her coursework and passed the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy. Missy’s first therapy position was with TD Therapy Services based out of Pocatello, Idaho and served primarily at a skilled nursing facility at a critical access hospital, and a rural school district in Southeast Idaho. In 2015 she accepted an occupational therapist position at a skilled nursing facility with Innovative Rehabilitation and has enjoyed the dynamics of the residents, family, colleagues, and healthcare system. Missy enjoys being a fieldwork educator to occupational therapy students by supporting and guiding their clinical skills and critical thinking to provide best patient care. Missy would describe the world in these three words: beautiful, changing, exciting.

Ross Eckstein, DPT, OCS

Writer and Editor

Ross is an experienced outpatient physical therapist practicing in Plains, Montana. He grew up in Colorado before attending Northern Arizona University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He then completed PT school and graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of Montana. He treats all varieties of outpatient injuries including orthopaedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions. His passion is for exercise, diagnostic ultrasound imaging, and orthopedic injuries. He has been board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) since 2019. He develops and edits content for Therapy Insights. In his spare time you are most likely to find him exploring beautiful Montana, reading physical therapy related research, or exercising with his wife and Maltese puppy, Clover.

Bailey Womack, M.S. CCC-SLP

Editor and Course Developer

Bailey studied at the University of Tennessee, where she earned her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, and then completed her Master’s degree at the University of Vermont. In the outpatient setting, Bailey works with children from a variety of backgrounds to improve their speech, language, and feeding skills. Bailey is thrilled to be a part of Therapy Insights’ mission to provide helpful and creative resources to fellow clinicians everywhere. If she were to describe the world in three words, they would be: extraordinary, challenging, inspiring.

Megan Wilkinson, OTR/L

Writer and Consultant

Megan is an occupational therapist in Lubbock, Texas. She primarily works in post-acute neurorehabilitation, where she focuses on helping her patients re-integrate into the community and return to their homes as independently as possible. She is passionate about providing functional and creative tasks for her patients in order to maximize their independence and make therapy enjoyable! When she’s not working, she loves gardening, creating art, and exploring the outdoors- with her greatest joy being spending time with her two boys and husband.

 

Troy Adam, DPT

Writer

Troy graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He went on to graduate with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana in 2016 and has since been working for the University of Montana ever since. He is involved in both patient care and education of current physical therapy students.

In the university’s outpatient clinic, Troy specializes in treating patients who have neurological impairments and those with complex medical diagnoses. He is a certified LSVT Big practitioner as well as a trained therapist in body weight support treadmill training. He is a level two certified clinical instructor, and mentors students in the clinic 7 months out of the year. Troy mainly serves patients with spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, TBI, and MS.

His contributions to the University of Montana’s physical therapy program include laboratory instruction in Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation, Foundations of Physical Therapy, Cardiopumonary System, Exercise Physiology, Physical and Electrophysical agents, and Physical Therapy and the Healthcare System.

Troy enjoys living in Missoula, Montana. He is an avid curler during the winter months and loves to spend time on the rivers and in the mountains during the summer.

Tasanyia Sebro-Calderon, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD

Writer

Tasanyia Sebro-Calderon is a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 14 years of clinical experience with individuals across the lifespan. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in language & linguistics, and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. She is currently a PhD candidate, and Clinical Science Doctorate candidate. Tasanyia provides speech and swallow intervention, training and resources to individuals domestically and internationally. She is currently the Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at a medical facility in New York. She is also the CEO of a private practice servicing individuals in New York. Tasanyia is fluent in spoken Creole, French, Spanish and American Sign Language. Tasanyia would describe the world in these three words: divine, karmic, and enigmatic.

John (Johnny) Rider, PhD, OTR/L, MSCS, CEAS

Writer

Johnny earned his Bachelors of Arts in Deaf Studies and Linguistics from Utah Valley University, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada, and his PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (Rehabilitation Science emphasis) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, acute care, home health and hospice, school-based, and primary care. He is a visiting researcher at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and presents nationally on topics related to chronic pain rehabilitation, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, and health behavior change. He has advanced training/certification in physical agent modalities, post-concussion management, mental health, ergonomics, functional movement analysis, vestibular rehabilitation, neurodegenerative disorders, and fall prevention. Johnny is currently an Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada in the School of Occupational Therapy and enjoys exploring beautiful Southern Nevada and Southern Utah with his wife and five children. In his limited spare time, he also works as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter specializing in mental health and medical interpreting. Johnny would describe the world in these three words: intriguing, beautiful, and inspiring.

 

Jennifer Leger, MSP, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Writer

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology and master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Jennifer’s passion for the field of speech-language pathology and working with the adult population stemmed from first-hand experience of her father suffering from a stroke at the age of 49, leaving him with both expressive and receptive language deficits or what is known as aphasia. Jennifer’s career began working in private practice with both the pediatric and adult populations; however, she is thankful to now have her dream job as the primary speech pathologist on the Traumatic Brain Injury team at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, which is now affiliated with Prisma Health – Upstate. Jennifer primarily evaluates and treats speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing skills from a variety of etiologies such as anoxia/hypoxia, brain tumor resection, car accidents, falls, status epilepticcus, stroke, and more, and is also co-leader of an aphasia support group. Jennifer is excited to join the Therapy Insights team and assist with creating ideas and improving her research skills of evidence-based practice. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys watching sports, spending time with her husband, family, friends, and her adorable miniature dachshund, Bentley. Jennifer describes the world in these three words: diverse, encouraging, surprising.

Heidi Miller, M.S. CCC-SLP

Writer

Heidi Miller earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in international relations and after a five-year special education teaching career that took her from Philly to Denver, she headed back to the east coast and earned her master’s from the University of Tennessee in speech language pathology. Heidi and her family now live in southwest Virginia where she currently works as a pediatric SLP for a rural health network where she serves patients in an outpatient clinic, early intervention home-based services, and newborns in labor and delivery. Heidi has extensive experience working with kids with receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders. In her current position, she has developed a passion for infant feeding and swallowing challenges and has worked to build up support for this population in her rural community. Heidi firmly believes knowledge is power and access is imperative. Part of our job as therapists is to provide not only services and support to our patients, but also to their families and caregivers and is committed to ensuring that all patients and all communities have access to quality therapy services. In her free time, Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, and two pups. They all find joy in hiking together, cooking together, and watching sports.

Kate Hawkins, M.A., CCC-SLP

Writer

Kate studied at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities for both her undergraduate and graduate studies in Speech Language Hearing Sciences. She first gained interest in speech pathology after working as a personal care assistant in high school and bringing her client to therapy appointments. She recently returned to school, receiving a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She vows to be a life-long learner, which connected her with the innovative Therapy Insights team.

Kate’s clinical experience includes work with the pediatric population in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and work with adults in the home setting and in a skilled nursing facility. She enjoys working with people across the lifespan and finds joy collaborating with families and caregivers across settings. Her passions include patient advocacy, education, and coaching others to help them achieve their goals.

Kate lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t working or buried in research articles, Kate enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, playing tennis, baking, and going on long bike rides with family and friends.

Course Development Team

Bailey Womack (listed above) is also a Course Developer.

Eddrina Brown, M.A., CCC-SLP

Course Developer

Eddrina completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She then earned her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University. Following graduation, Eddrina has worked in a variety of settings, including K-12, home health, and acute care. However, her passion lies with the adult and geriatric population within the walls of her skilled nursing facility, where she serves as the Director of Rehabilitation. Additionally, to nurture her passion for education and mentorship, Eddrina serves as a community liaison through the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, she is implementing an educational partnership that will offer daily clinical experiences to graduate students in the field at her facility. Eddrina currently resides and works in her hometown of Charleston, SC. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, traveling, shopping, and discovering new restaurants. Three words that Eddrina would use to describe the world are dynamic, enigmatic, and divine.

Shweta Subramani, PT, MHS, CLT

Course Developer

Shweta was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She completed her bachelor’s in physical therapy from India in 2011 and graduated with a master’s degree in health sciences from the University of Indianapolis with emphasis in neurological physical therapy. She has a passion for geriatrics and has experience working in skilled nursing and outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. She is the past vice chair and current secretary of the APTA Geriatrics Balance and Falls Special Interest group and holds certifications in Lymphedema, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall prevention, LSVT Big, and is a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults. She loves reading in her spare time.

Karissa Simon, MS, OTR/L

Course Developer

Karissa is an occupational therapist in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She was born and raised in Maryland where she earned her Bachelors and Masters of Science at Towson University in 2013. She went on to work for two years at Johns Hopkins as an acute care therapist specializing in neurological disorders and has since worked in a variety of settings including acute care, short term rehabilitation and outpatient. In 2016 Karissa became LSVT-BIG certified. Karissa is now the occupational therapist for an assisted living where she enjoys helping her residents to age in place through the use of meaningful occupations, compensatory techniques and home modification. In her free time Karissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two children exploring the beauty of nature.

Consultants

Megan Wilkinson (listed above) also serves as a consultant for Therapy Insights.

Emily O’Shea, MA, CCC-SLP

Consultant

Emily works in the rehabilitation of acquired cognitive, communication, and swallowing disorders in Spanish- and English-speaking adults. She works in both acute care at a level 1 trauma center with patients who have a variety of diagnoses and etiologies as well as in an acute rehab facility specializing in acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. Emily is passionate about providing patient-centered, evidence-based, and collaboratively interdisciplinary care to patients and families as they cope with new diagnoses and learn to maximize their independence and quality of life.

Manvir Singh, DPT

Consultant

Proven physiotherapist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with deep experience in the treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being. CEO and Lead Physiotherapist of Pure Life Physiotherapy, Infinity Fitness, and Exo-Support Products; responsible for launching new therapy locations, managing and mentoring over 30 staff members, and developing and maintaining relationships with doctors and patients. Cultivates a high level of customer satisfaction and engagement through health events, educational seminars, and more.

Certifications include programs and courses in pain management, organizational management, neural tissue pain, knee and shoulder procedures, spinal dysfunctions, and personal fitness instruction, amongst others. Graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy and the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics.

Clinical Compass Guides

Clinical Compass is our 100% private community app for speech, occupational, and physical therapists.
Ross Eckstein, Troy Adam, and Megan Wilkinson (listed above) also serve as Clinical Guides. 

Dana Bryant, CCC-SLP

Clinical Guide

Dana M. Bryant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who works with patients experiencing neurological impairments. She has been practicing speech language pathology for more than 7 years and is currently working at a Virginia traumatic brain injury clinic serving military men and women. When Dana isn’t working as an SLP, she enjoys reading, traveling, yoga, and spending quality time with loved ones. You can connect with Dana on Instagram @the.neuro.slp where she shares functional speech therapy ideas, research on brain health, and so much more!

 

Emilia Dewi, OTD, CLT-LANA

Clinical Guide

Emilia Dewi earned her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree from University of Southern California in 2010. Since then, she worked in several large trauma hospitals in Texas. She also spent the last 9 years of her career at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, serving as the lead lymphedema therapist, clinical coordinator, OT fellowship director, and cancer rehab program manager. She transitioned out of direct patient care earlier this year and now serves as a Therapy Development Specialist for a pneumatic compression pump company that serves patients with lymphedema. In her spare time, she loves to travel, explore new places to eat, and take continuing education courses. She’s passionate about biohacking and holistic living to achieve optimal wellness, especially in the area of women’s health.

Mark Davison, PT, DPT

Clinical Guide 

Mark Davison is a physical therapist, and he has worked in Lubbock, Texas since graduating with his Doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has a passion for the neurological population and has experience in the acute, inpatient, and post-acute rehab settings. Mark has earned Stroke Certification as well as Certified Brain Injury Specialist credentials. He currently works at a post-acute rehab that specializes in serving patients with Acquired Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries, but he also has experience working with patients recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other neurological conditions. Mark enjoys the creativity of the neuro setting including combining new and unconventional methods with traditional research to best serve his patients. His goal is to return each patient to their most independent level of mobility by any means necessary.

As a therapist passionate for growing the field, Mark enjoys taking on students as a clinical Instructor and discussing treatment possibilities with other clinicians of all disciplines. Mark believes the best way to grow as therapists is to learn from each other and apply the lessons to patients who can benefit from these treatments.

Jerome Quellier MS, CCC/SLP

Clinical Guide

Jerome Quellier, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Minnesota licensed speech-language pathologist with 25+ years of hospital-based practice. His expertise includes trach/vent dependence, dysphagia, TBI/stroke and oral-pharyngeal cancer rehab. He currently works at a 500+ bed Level 1 trauma hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota with adults/geriatrics. Mr. Quellier has written curriculum and provided training for hospital staff including nurses/aides and residents on numerous topics. Mr. Quellier is also a highly sought-after national speaker, teaching day courses on tracheotomy/vent dependence and a comprehensive neurology review. He has been on faculty at the UM-Duluth and UW-Eau Claire.

Liz Youngman, MS, OT/L, C/NDT

Clinical Guide

Liz Youngman received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University and has twenty eight years of experience in the field of neuro and vestibular rehabilitation, working with a wide variety of adult patient populations. She is certified in NDT for neuromuscular reeducation for adult hemiplegia and completed the Duke Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency course in 2021. She also has advanced training in vision therapy and provides comprehensive pre-driving screenings for patients with neurological impairments. She currently works in an outpatient setting at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, California, where she helped build the outpatient vestibular program. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing mahjong with her friends.

Helena Esmonde, PT, DPT, NCS

Clinical Guide

Helena specializes in treating patients with neurologic, balance, and vestibular conditions. She received her psychology undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program in 2005. Helena passed her Vestibular Competency exam at Emory University in 2015, certified to treat Cervicogenic Dizziness in 2016. In 2017, she co-founded Vestibular First, a company which makes affordable infrared video goggles and educational tools. In 2018, Helena completed the clinical practice requirements and examination to attain the certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS). Dedicated to student education, she has served as a teaching assistant at Temple, Jefferson, Neumann, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and holds an advanced clinical instructor certification. Helena has also presented at organizational and area Vestibular Special Interest Groups, Balance Center rounds at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Penn Medicine Mind Your Brain Conference. She recently recorded an on-demand 1-day BPPV course for Carrick Institute and co-presented at the 2021 APTA Combined Sections Meeting regarding dizziness triage in the home health environment. In short, Helena loves teaching and supporting all things vestibular!

Richard O. Temple, PhD

Clinical Guide

Dr. Temple is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in the rehabilitation field for the past 17 years. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology emphasis from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He then completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications in rehabilitation-related topics. Dr. Temple maintains an active private practice in Austin, Texas and consults with multiple rehabilitation facilities. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and also is an avid woodworker.

Heather Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, LSVT-LOUD

Clinical Guide

Heather has been practicing clinically since 2004 with medically complex patients in a variety of settings including: acute care at a level I University trauma hospital, inpatient rehabilitation with catastrophic injuries including ABI, TBI, SCI, and DOC, and in the outpatient setting with the neurogenic, voice disorders and head and neck cancer populations. She is the Manager of the Oncology Therapy Service Line at large hospital system in Houston, Texas in addition to being the Head and Neck Cancer Navigator/Liaison working in the University of Texas Oncology ENT clinic with the Division Chief of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Oncology Physician, as well as the Director of the Texas Voice Performance Institute.

Heather has interests in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, neurogenic communication disorders, complex dysphagia, management of head and neck cancer, motor speech, and transdisciplinary collaboration; she presents on a variety of topics related to these areas of interest. Her passion is optimizing person-centered outcomes and best practice guidelines through evidence-based practices to promote functional swallowing, communication, and independence for those she serves.

Megan Theiler, M.S. CCC-SLP, CBIS

Clinical Guide

Megan Theiler is a speech-language pathologist and certified brain injury specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her master’s degree from the University of South Florida. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC and FL. She has previous experience working at an intensive aphasia treatment program in Florida.

Jasmin Solomon, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM

Clinical Guide

Jasmin Solomon is an occupational therapist who is dedicated to providing evidenced-based practice and client-centered care to patient’s across the lifespan. Jasmin earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tuskegee University in 2014. She has practiced in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, assistive living, and home health. Jasmin specializes in evaluating and treating a wide range of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders, chronic/acute pain, total joint replacements, and neurological disorders. Jasmin decided to further her education and obtained her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2020 to advance her skills in clinical practice, leadership, and research, and is currently a PhD candidate. She currently resides and works in her hometown in southwest Georgia providing skilled therapy and home modification consulting services to assist clients with aging in place to improve their quality of life and wellbeing. Outside of work, Jasmin enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, and watching sports.

Allison Molnar, DPT

Clinical Guide

Allison graduated from The University of Montana with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has pursued special interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation and women’s health. She has completed advanced training in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, conditions associated with pregnancy and postpartum, as well as labor support and delivery. Allie has earned her Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum (CAPP-OB), as well as in functional dry needling. She enjoys treating women with pelvic girdle pain and incontinence as well as general orthopedic conditions. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and chocolate lab.

Gina VanDeusen, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical Guide

Gina is an ASHA certified and licensed speech-language pathologist located in Mid Coast Maine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies from The University of New Hampshire and her master’s degree from The George Washington University. Gina has enjoyed working with individuals across the lifespan and currently splits her time working for a local hospital in their outpatient clinic, skilled rehab/LTC settings, and weekend per diem acute care coverage. Gina is experienced in evaluating and treating patients in a variety of areas including swallowing, voice, AAC, acquired neurogenic communication disorders, and fluency. Specialty certifications include LSVT, Speak Out!, and the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program. Outside of work, Gina enjoys traveling, being active in the outdoors, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Tara Scully, OTR/L, ATP

Clinical Guide

Tara is a board certified occupational therapist with 11 years of experience, over 9 years of which specializing in brain injury rehabilitation with an interest in disorders of consciousness, spasticity management and complex seating and positioning. Professional development activities include: AOTA credentialed clinical instructor with experience mentoring new employees, fellows and students. Neuro-IFRAH certification in 2011 and assistive technology professional as of June of 2021.

Shana Townsend, PT

Clinical Guide

Shana Townsend received her Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1994. She has worked in the acute care setting for 26 years and also has experience in skilled nursing and outpatient settings. Shana has been with El Camino Health since 2006 where she enjoys working with patients with a variety of medical conditions on various units: medical/surgical, orthopedic, critical care, oncology, telemetry, stroke, mother baby, and behavioral health.

Shana’s passion for working with patients suffering from dizziness and imbalance due to vestibular disorders started 5 years ago. She spends much of her free time expanding her knowledge taking courses, reading journal articles, following various sites on social media and listening to podcasts. Most recently, she completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course, presented by Duke University. Shana feels it is important to educate her fellow therapists about vestibular disorders and has given numerous staff inservices, developed annual vestibular competencies and co-taught a one-day course: Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation Evaluation and Management in Acute Care and Outpatient Settings.

Shana is a member of El Camino Health’s Professional Development Committee, the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), the APTA Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group and volunteers for Golf 4 Life through the Pacific Stroke Association.

Kelley Brown M.S. CCC-SLP

Clinical Guide

Kelley earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Murray State University. She currently works within inpatient rehab, outpatient and skilled nursing settings. She treats individuals with Parkinson’s disease, dysphagia, voice impairments, and neurological disorders. Her passion lies with the adult and geriatric population, particularly individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She currently is the instructor for weekly Parkinson’s groups, focusing on cognition and voice for the Indiana Parkinson’s Association, as well as a support group leader for individuals and their families who are impacted by Parkinson’s’ disease. Outside of work, she is a mother of 2 extraordinary boys and enjoys spending quality time with her husband, kids, and family anytime she can.

Kelley strives to continue learning and provide support to other medical professionals in the field. She is excited and honored to join this amazing team as a clinical guide.

Nathan Michaels, OTR/L, CBIS

Clinical Guide

Nathan is an occupational therapist working in Lubbock, Texas. Nathan completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Exercise Sports Science and completed his Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Nathan has experience working in the region’s largest acute care hospital and has worked for the past 4 years in a post-acute traumatic brain injury center specializing in TBI, CVA, and SCI. He became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), in 2019. On his time off, Nathan enjoys working on home renovations, exercising, and going hiking in the mountains with his wife and their two dogs.

Kimberly Moser, MSPT

Clinical Guide

Kim received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and has over 20 years of clinical experience spanning multiple populations and settings. Over the past 10 years, she has shifted her focus from clinical treatment to clinician documentation education and training. Her passion is to support and educate fellow clinicians on how to effectively document skilled and medically necessary care, to assure their clinical treatment carries over to financial reimbursement. She provides documentation and billing feedback, education, and training to physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. When Kim is not reviewing documentation, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and four children.

Cultural Expansion Cooperative

Our mission is to foster conversations, create resources, and hold space so that a broader base of backgrounds, life experiences, and cultures can be integrated into the fields of speech, occupational, and physical therapy. As historically monolithic groups with deeply ingrained patterns of beliefs, behaviors, and unconscious agreements to keep things the way they always have been, we are missing out on an extraordinary range of humanity. We as clinicians suffer because there is no fertile soil for truly innovative and expansive ideas, which at their core, require the push and pull of different perspectives. Our clients suffer because we collectively do not have the tools, resources, or capacity to truly meet them where they are. Let’s change this.

Glenn Handoko, OTD

Cultural Expansion Coop: Health Literacy Team

Glenn was born and raised in Indonesia. He studied biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, CA where he earned his bachelors degree. After a few years of exploring career opportunities in biotechnology, Glenn decided to go back to graduate school for the doctorate of occupational therapy—this time in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is loving his new life in North Dakota and graduated in April of 2021.

Jilliane Marai Lagus, MS, CCC-SLP

Cultural Expansion Coop: Health Literacy Team

Jilliane completed her B.S. in speech pathology at the University of the Philippines-Manila and her M.S. Communication Disorders at the University of Texas-Dallas. Currently a medical SLP in Seattle, WA, she will matriculate into the Ph.D. Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program at The University of Texas-Austin in Fall 2021. While her primary research focus and clinical practice do encompass geriatric practice, dysphagia, and data science, her pastimes include audiobooks, biking, paddle boarding, and learning new languages.

Minal Kadam, MA, CCC-SLP

Cultural Expansion Coop: Safe Space Team

Minal was raised on Long Island, NY where she completed her undergraduate degree and Stony Brook University. She went on to the University of Connecticut where she received her Masters in speech-language pathology. She has been working with adults in the outpatient setting for the past 4 years. She has previously worked in skilled nursing facilities and in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. She has special interests in cognitive rehabilitation and voice therapy. When she is not working, she enjoys singing, reading, and walking on the cranberry bogs with her dog, Felix. Minal is excited to join Therapy Insights in building more diversity and inclusion in the field of rehabilitation.

Kristina Doyle, M.S., CCC-SLP

Cultural Expansion Coop: Podcast Team

Kristina (she/her) is a bilingual, Latine speech-language pathologist residing in Minneapolis, MN. Kristina primarily works with the pediatric population and has a strong passion for providing speech therapy to bilingual children, children with fluency disorders, and individuals seeking transgender voice modification. Kristina graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 2016 and completed her graduate degree at New York University with an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University in 2020.

Christopher Rorke B.Speech-Language Hearing Therapy

Cultural Expansion Coop: Podcast Team

Christopher is a cisgender, homosexual married man with a beautiful 4-year-old daughter by surrogacy. After completing his honors degree in speech therapy, he worked for 3 years in primary health care in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest township servicing the district hospital and many community health clinics within the metro district health system. In 2017, he started his private practice in Cape Town with a focus on the pediatric population. During this time, he also worked at New Somerset Hospital focusing on adult and pediatric acute care. He previously trained as a professional singer in London (Royal Academy of Music) and has a passion for working with voice pathology.

Jenan Maaz, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Cultural Expansion Coop: Podcast Team

Jenan is an acute care speech-language pathologist at a Level 1 Trauma Center in California with primary interests in dysphagia and aphasia. She is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern’s Doctorate of Speech Pathology (SLPD). Jenan is MBSImp Certified, SPEAK OUT! Certified, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She performs MBSS and FEES in the acute care setting. Jenan has experience in acute care, acute rehab, SNF/subacute, outpatient, and home health primarily with adults.

Stephanie T. Lewis, M.S., M.A. Ed., CCC-SLP

Cultural Expansion Coop: Outreach Team

Stephanie T. Lewis is a certified early childhood educator, early childhood special educator and speech-language pathologist (SLP). She is passionate about working with young children and supporting parents with their child’s social and emotional development. Currently, Stephanie works as an SLP within a public school system. As a first generation college graduate (Howard University and GWU) and a daughter of Jamaican immigrants, it’s important to Stephanie to help contribute to a field that has allowed her to have a voice by paying it forward to students and/or other clinicians who may not know how to effortlessly stumble into your purpose.

Susie Nam, MS, CCC-SLP

Cultural Expansion Coop: Outreach Team

Susie is a medical speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles. She was a Norman Topping Scholar at the University of Southern California where she received a bachelor’s in Psychology and Neuroscience followed by completion of post-baccalaureate and Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon. As a first-generation college student and second-generation American, she is passionate about minority recruitment and tailoring healthcare delivery to meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of all patients.