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REHAB INSIDER • January 2017 Vol.1 No.1

OT Student Rides Rose Bowl Float PASADENA, CA — Harrison Phelps, a student in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, Calif., was one of 12 riders selected to ride on the Occupational Therapy Association of California’s Centennial Float in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 2. The float served as a floral salute and kickoff to the year-long celebration of the 100-year history of occupational therapy. Phelps, from Laguna Beach, Calif., was inspired to pursue occupational therapy after observing occupational therapists working with Wounded Warriors and underserved children to recover from their psychological, emotional and physical challenges through the occupation of surfing. “When I saw veterans and kids light up as they learned how to surf, I realized there’s no end to what occupational therapy can do or who it can help,” Phelps explained. The OT Centennial Float launches OTAC’s yearlong public education campaign, “100 Stories of OT,” in recognition and celebration of a century of service to society. Tinnitus Today Names New Editor PORTLAND, OR — The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) named John Coverstone, AuD, as editor of its official publication Tinnitus Today. The ATA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, Ore., and dedicated to improving the lives of people with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Coverstone is president of Sentient Healthcare Inc. and an audiologist in private practice at Audiology Ear Care in New Brighton, Minn. He is immediate past chair of the American Board of Audiology’s board of governors. Coverstone is a published author, researcher and columnist in publications such as Audiology Today, Feedback (former magazine of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists) and ADVANCE for Speech & Hearing. He also lectures on clinical and business topics in healthcare and co-hosts the AudiologyTalk podcast. AAOP Appoints Executive Director WASHINGTON, DC — The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists appointed Chellie Hollis Blondes as its new executive director. Blondes has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry. She served as deputy executive director of the Academy for 15 years and as interim executive director for the past seven months. Blondes championed O&P continuing education offerings through the Academy’s Annual Meeting and through the creation, launch and growth of the Academy’s Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center. “I am honored to serve the O&P profession as executive director of the Academy, an organization to which I am devoted,” Blondes said. “O&P professionals work hard every day to enable individuals in need of care to lead full and more productive lives. It amazes me to see how far we have come as a profession.” Research Chair of Think + Speak Lab CHICAGO — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has appointed Leora Reiff Cherney, PhD, as research chair of the Think + Speak Lab for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, RIC’s new research hospital opening March 25. Cherney will be responsible for applying the latest research methods to improve outcomes for patients with neurologic impairments of cognitive, language and speech-processing ability. She will help determine the future direction of both research and clinical treatment and will be responsible for developing scientific talent to bring about new discoveries and treatments within the Think + Speak Lab. The Think + Speak Lab will be one of five applied research and therapeutic spaces within the hospital that tout unique configurations based on the human function studied and the type of experimentation (others include Legs + Walking Lab, Arms + Hands Lab, Strength + Endurance Lab and Pediatric Lab). In these labs, clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists will work together, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time. Cherney brings more than 30 years of experience in speech and language pathology and applied cognitive and communication science. She has experience as an academic, laboratory director, entrepreneur and program developer. She is the first research chair to be appointed. JANUARY 2017  |  REHAB INSIDER 27 NAMES&FACES NAMES & FACES


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