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TIRR Memorial Hermann embarks to create a new series of educational courses, Advancing Clinical Practice, that encompass a variety of physical rehabilitation topics related to treatment for the neurologically involved patient. In 2016-2017, we will host an 8 part continuing education series aimed to benefit advanced level of clinical practice in a certain area (pick one or more courses to attend) and/or as a study series for the Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) exam (attend all 8 courses). These courses are being developed in conjunction with the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and will be open across the MHHS Rehab Service line, as well as the community at large.
All professionals are invited to attend any course of interest. Each course will apply for Physical Therapy CCUs, most of the courses will apply for OT CEUs, and 1 currently will apply for SLP CEUs.
The series will cover the following topics on the listed dates:
Jill has been a licensed physical therapist for 20 years. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. Jill is an Associate Professor at Endicott College and received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. She has a variety of teaching experiences, in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She has provided both online and traditional onsite continuing education courses to therapists nationwide. She has taught and presented in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, gait, orthotics, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.
Teresa Cramer, PT, DPT, PCS graduated with her masters of Physical Therapy in 1992 from Texas Woman’s University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2010. Teresa began working at TIRR in 1993 and currently serves as the Pediatric Clinical Coordinator of Outpatient Services at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation. In 2008, Teresa was certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist. As a senior staff member, Teresa has served as a clinical instructor and peer mentor. Teresa has served as a lab instructor in the clinic for treating patients with SCI, BI and Stroke for Texas Woman’s University DPT program, is a lecturer/lab instructor for pediatric spasticity management series sponsored by Medtronic, and at HCC PTA program on the “Management of Cerebral Origin Spasticity in Children and Adults.”
Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS is the Specialty Rehabilitation program manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2008. Anna has been treating patients across the continuum since 1996. Her current role includes coordinating, evaluating and developing the growth of TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network specialty rehabilitation program. She develops, assesses and coordinates the clinical and educational components of the cancer rehabilitation program. Anna has a variety of experience in teaching both in the clinical setting, academic setting and in the community, including state and national conferences.
Julie Jennings is a physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas and is presently the Program Manager for the Spinal Cord Injury Program. Julie has been a physical therapist for 20 + years and received her degree from Texas Woman's University, and later received Neurological Clinical Specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2006. Julie has taught on a variety of topics in the field of SCI Medicine. She enjoys bridging the gap between laboratory research and clinical implementation. She has a keen interest in promoting recovery of upper extremity function throughout the continuum of rehabilitation after SCI. Julie has received several quality of life grants to implement services which promote recovery of function after SCI. She Julie enjoys travelling and anything that involves hearty laughter.
Dr. Melton is an Assistant Professor with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the Director of Amputee & Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she specializes in the care of people with amputations, encompassing pre-prosthetic management, prosthetic design and prescription, and rehabilitation. She also specializes in bracing and orthotics for patients with peripheral nerve injuries and spasticity due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other neuromuscular disorders such as spina bifida, Parkinsonism and cerebral palsy.
Dr. Melton is an affiliated physician at TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. In the acute setting she evaluates and treats patients both before and after amputations, coordinating care between the surgeon and rehabilitation team. Her patients are followed long-term at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic to provide comprehensive continuity of care.
Lauren Szot, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2007 and transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She is a graduate of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2011 and received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2011. In her 8 years of practice, Lauren has worked in a variety of clinical settings with focus on neurologic rehabilitation. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She also participates in clinical practice in neurologic inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has served as residency mentor and faculty for the TIRR Memorial Hermann Residency Program. Lauren also enjoys professional service through her involvement as prior Chair of the Nominating Committee and current 2nd Vice Co-Chair of Southeastern District of the TPTA.
Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS is a 2001 Master of Science in Physical Therapy graduate of Texas Woman's University--Dallas. She is currently the Rehabilitation Manager for the Brain Injury and Stroke Programs and the Stroke Program & Disorders of Consciousness Program Manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Julie received her Neurologic Certified Specialist certification in 2009. She has over 13 year of experience working with brain injury and stroke patients. She additionally mentors staff and participates in numerous interdisciplinary committees/quality improvement initiatives for further program development.
Laura Martin is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and has been working at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation for 8 years. Laura has completed the vestibular competency course instructed by Susan Herdman in 2011.
Laura is currently one of the lead physical therapists of the vestibular program at TIRR Outpatient. She treats a wide range of neurologic diagnosis, specializing in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and serve as a mentor to the clinical staff.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an Accredited CCU Provider for the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The assignment of Texas PT CCU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider # 8105. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.
Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA.
Discounts applied when you register for 3 course or more, or when you register for all 8 courses.
Discounts automatically applied as courses are selected on registration.
Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org