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Gaining Functional Recovery through Occupational Therapy

August 22 @ 12:00 pm, EDT - 1:00 pm, EDT

Do you have questions about the role of occupational therapy after a rare neuro-immune disorder diagnosis? What do occupational therapists do to help restore function? What is their role in helping individuals gain independence?


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About our Guest Speakers

Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM

Dr. Rebecca Martin is the Manager of Clinical Education and Training at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and an Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Martin received her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2001 and her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Allied Health Professions in 2008. Prior to joining the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Martin worked in brain injury rehabilitation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Martin joined Kennedy Krieger in 2005 as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. Since 2010, Dr. Martin has been the Manager of Clinical Education and Training at ICSCI and is responsible for program development, staff training, and oversight of the clinical research program.  Dr. Martin speaks nationally on topics related to Activity-Based Rehabilitation; she has taught many continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research. She has been the principal investigator and co-investigator for grants from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation and Department of Defense to develop, promote, and disseminate an activity-based restorative therapy training program and curriculum.

Kathleen Zachowski, PhD, OTR

Dr. Zackowski is the new Senior Director, Patient Management, Care and Rehabilitation Research at the National MS Society. In this role she manages and is working to grow the Society’s research focused on clinical and rehabilitation care, as well as development of the Society’s Wellness Initiative. Dr. Zackowski has 15 years of experience as an academic scientist and clinician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zackowski’s studies have investigated the extent that nerve fiber changes in the brain and spinal cord are associated with changes in walking and physical impairments such as strength and sensation. Her research interests are to investigate the mechanisms that underlie sensorimotor impairments and disability resulting from damage to the central nervous system so as to improve disability in people with neurologic conditions. Dr. Zackowski is also an Occupational Therapist with 25 years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation.

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