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Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, Certified Life Care Planner, Water Therapy, occupational rehabilitation, Ergonomic Training and Evaluations, Post Offer Employment Testing, Home Attendant Assessments, Job Analyses, Skilled Nursing Facility physical therapy, Therapy Services for neurological, orthopedic and pulmonary clients, home health physical therapy for neurological, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary care, On call physical therapy services in acute hospitals private practices

Expert Witness No. 234

Expert No. 234, DPT CLCP CFCE CEAS has more than twenty-six years of experience working as a registered physical therapist. She has owned several Workers ’ Compensation and Medicare certified physical and occupational rehabilitation agencies in the Bay area and also worked in home care and skilled nursing facility settings.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1987 and her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. She is also a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP), Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator   and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS).

EDUCATION:
2012-2013: Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio. Life Care Plan Certification
2003-2005: Boston University, Massachusetts. Doctorate in Physical Therapy
1985-1987: Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, Ca. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
1983-1985: San Jose State University, San Jose, Ca. Master of Science coursework in Occupational Therapy
1980-1983: California State Hayward, Hayward, Ca. Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education
1978-1980: University of Berkeley, Berkeley, Ca. General Studies

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • 2012 to present: Private Company. Functional Capacity Evaluations, Life Care Planning, Ergonomic Training and Evaluations, Post Offer Employment Testing, Home Attendant Assessments, Job Analyses, Expert Witness Services: Oakland, California
  • 2011 to 2012: Owner of Private Consulting Company: Functional Capacity Evaluations, Ergonomic Training and Evaluations, Home Attendant Assessments, Expert Witness Services: Oakland, California
  • 2010 to 2012: Washington Care Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Facility physical therapy: San Leandro, California
  • 2007 to 2010: Professional Health Care at Home: Home Physical Therapy Services for neurological, orthopedic and pulmonary clients; OASIS Computer Program Trained: Pleasant Hill, California
  • 1999-2007: Owner of Momentum Physical Therapy: Oakland and Richmond offices, California
  • Administrative, clinical, marketing, fiscal responsibilities, mentorship duties in an outpatient worker’s compensation, Medicare certified setting with specialization in rehabilitation services, aquatic therapy, functional capacity evaluations, work conditioning, hand therapy, ergonomic evaluations and on site back training programs
  • 1990-2000: NSI, Home Health Plus, Nightingale Home Care Agencies: East Bay, California
  • Independent Contractor for home health physical therapy for neurological, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary care
  • 1989-1990: Parkview Convalescent Hospital: Hayward, California
  • Director of Rehabilitation Department, consisting of physical, occupational, speech and restorative therapy: providing education & training to nursing staff, patients & caregivers; participating in staff &family meetings;
  • 1987-1990: Physical Therapy Registry Network: San Diego, California
  • On call physical therapy services in acute hospitals & private practices
  • 1988-1990: Donald Perry, R.P.T., Inc. San Diego, California
  • Clinical Physical Therapist and Office Manager in outpatient orthopedics
  • 1987-1988: Thomas Cipolla, R.P.T., Inc. Beverly Hills, California
  • Clinical Physical Therapist & Office Manager in outpatient orthopedic

CERTIFICATION COURSE COMPLETION:

  • Brain Injury Conference: The Future of Rehabilitation and Litigation 2014
  • Cancer Rehabilitation: 2014
  • Cognitive FCE: Acquired Brain Injury Mastery Series: Matheson: September 2013
  • Safe Handling and Movement: Guidance for Health Care Workers: September 2013
  • BTE Functional Testing Course: Functional Testing Assessments and Evaluations, Evidence Based Testing Principles, Physical Demand Work Characteristics, Functional Capacity Physical Testing Protocol and Documentation, Data Analysis Overview and Interpretation, Risk Stratification and Test Termination in Functional Testing, Simulation Testing, Eval-Tech Software training through audiovisual, lab and written material: August 2012
  • Current Concepts in the Management of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury: April 2012
  • Functional Capacity Training on Tracker Version 5: Inclinometry ROM, Muscle Testing and Grip: March 2012
  • Division of Workers Compensation 19th Annual Education Conference: March 2012
  • ICD-10: Making a Successful Transition March 2012
  • Life care Planning Program: February 2012
  • Testing Cognition and Attention: Kicking the Alert and Oriented x 3 Habit: November 2011
  • Balance and Falls: Intervention Strategies May 2011
  • JTECH: Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification (C.F.C.E.) May 2011
  • Functional Capacity Assessment and Evaluations: Use of Functional Testing in Post Offers, Fit for Duty Exams,
    Work Hardening and Conditioning Programs: February and March 2011
  • Ethics: A Practical Application: February 2011
  • CPR for BLS / BCLS / BLS-HCP: 2 year recertification 2011
  • Medicare Part B Made Easy by Pauline Franko PT: October 2010
  • Documentation: Basic Tools for Successful Communication and Payment: January 2010
  • Advances in Orthopedic Care: October 2009
  • The Art of Performing Seating and Mobility Evaluations: September 2009
  • Integrated Neuromuscular Reeducation: December 2008
  • Designing HEP for Patients with Common Chronic Injuries and Conditions: June 2008
  • Evaluation and Intervention for Musculoskeletal Injuries: Biomechanical Approach March 2008
  • Current Topics in Hip Pathology: November 2007
  • Walnut Creek Sports Medicine Update: November 2007
  • Conservative Management of Chronic Foot Problems: August 2007
  • Back School of Atlanta: Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (C.E.A.S.) March 2005
  • Assessment of Lower Quadrant: Foot Orthotics and Shoe-wear: March 2005
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) #025406: May 2005
  • Reimbursement Update for Outpatient Physical Therapy in California: February 2004
  • Principles of Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists: March 2004
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Knee and Shoulder: March 2003
  • Advanced Rehabilitation Management of the Wrist and Hand: October 2002
  • OSHA Compliance and Safety Workshop: October 2002
  • Independent Contract Management: March 2002
  • Assertive Communication Skills for Women: February 2002
  • Shoulder Surgery and Physical Therapy Protocol: December 2001
  • Tax Consultation for Self-Employed People: October 2001
  • Surface EMG and Biofeedback in Physical Therapy: August 2001
  • Tendon and Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Arthritis, Including a Splinting Workshop: July 2001
  • Tendinopathy and Neuropathy of the Hand, Forearm and Wrist, Including a Splinting Workshop: June 2001
  • Fractures and Instabilities in the Hand, Forearm and Wrist: April 2001
  • Nutrition and Women’s Health: March 2000
  • Sports Orthotics: November 1999
  • Starting a Private Practice in the Health Care Environment: September 1999
  • Ergonomics and Functional Capacity Evaluation: June 1998
  • Cumulative Trauma: February 1997

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:

  • CD exercise program for computer users for the prevention of RSI: Clickrcise, Inc., Trademark and Copyrighted, July 2005

ONLINE CURRICULUM TEACHINE EXPERIENCE:

  • Online Course ISYSED: Measuring the Fifth Vital Sign: Pain: July 2012; Published
  • Online Course ISYSED: FCE Module II: December 2012; Pending Publication
  • Online Course ISYSED: FCE Module I: August 2012:Pending Publication

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS:

  • Over 7000 hours of hand therapy experience
  • Physical Therapy treatment for Raiders and Warriors staff
  • Physical Therapist for Albany Jockey Professional Team
  • Mentor to children in Alameda and Contra Costa County
  • Honor Student at Capital Law University, Boston University for Physical Therapy, San Jose State for Occupational Therapy and Mt. St. Mary’s College
  • Physical Therapy Treatment for WWE (World Wrestling Organization) client
  • Member of National Cross Country Team representing U. C. Berkeley, California
  • Member of State Track High School Championship representing Piedmont, California
  • Ranked 3rd in the 800 meter and 5th in the 400 meter Track and Field Masters Nationals 2013

LANGUAGES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Languages: Fluent in Croatian; light medical Spanish
  • Activities and hobbies: Sewing, hiking
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