Rehabilitation Pre-Conference Workshop
Saturday, November 9th
Dana Center at Maine Medical Center
The burn therapist workshop is designed to combine knowledge and expertise from multiple burn centers to expand consistency and best practice across the region. Topics will include burn center verification, pediatric burn therapy, scar contracture management, frostbite injuries and early mobility.
This session is for all learning levels
As a result of attending this activity, the learner should be able to:
Appraise appropriate rationale as to the benefits and risks associated with mobility and immobility of burn patients
Demonstrate improved comradery among burn centers while creating an open discussion and ongoing line of communication to discuss best practice
Discuss the challenges associated with splinting pediatric burn patients and identify new techniques
8:00am-8:30am Welcome, coffee
8:30am-9:30am A discussion on burn center verification and rehab processes: Anthony Perry OTR/L & Hillary
9:30am-10:30am Frostbite: Lisa Murray, DPT and Gary Zhang, MD
11:00am-12:00pm Early ROM and mobility after burn injury: Kelley Crawford, DPT, CCS
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch and networking
1:00pm-2:00pm Atypical Splinting Methods for Atypical Patients: Aimee Chiasson PT, DPT
2:00pm-3:00pm Scar management: Mike Serghiou OTR, MBA, BT-C & Jonathan Niszczak, MS, OTR/L
3:00pm-4:00pm Burn survivor perspective: Rehabilitation and community reintegration: Raechell Kearney, MS, OTR/L
4:00pm Closing remarks
Aimee Chiasson has been a staff physical therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Boston for six years. She previously worked at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children -- Galveston. Aimee is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern University. She spends too much time commuting from the South Shore and can tell you every alternate way to get to her home in Weymouth, MA, from Route 93. In her free time, Aimee enjoys growing vegetables and demanding that loved ones eat them
Jonathan Niszczak, MS, OTR/L has an advanced Master’s Certification in Hand and Upper Quadrant rehabilitation as well as a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. Jonathan has been working in burn rehabilitation for over 17 years. He is a Clinical Care Specialist for Bio Med Sciences, Inc. in Allentown, PA. Additionally, he works in the Burn Center at Temple University Hospital in addition to serving as a Medical Diplomat with Physicians for Peace on burn care missions throughout Central and South America as well as the Middle East. He is an active member of the American Burn Association; European Burn Association; International Society for Burn Injures and the Australian New Zealand Burn Association. He has published and presented in both domestic and international in peer reviewed journals primarily on burn rehabilitation and scar management of the upper extremities and face.
Michael A. Serghiou is an Occupational Therapist practicing in the area of Burn Rehabilitation for 30 years. He began his professional career at Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas where he worked with Adult and Pediatric Burn Survivors for 11 years. He then continued his career at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston Texas where he directed the rehabilitation department for 17 years. While at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Michael worked on rehabilitation research under the direction of Dr. David Herndon. Michael has published numerous burn rehabilitation manuscripts and authored chapters in the jurnals of Burn Care and Research and Burns and in various burn care related text books. He has been serving the American Burn Association (ABA) and the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) in various capacities including the ABA Board of Trusties (2012-2016) and the ISBI Executive Board of Directors (2016-present). As a clinician, Michael has received the ABA Barbara Knothe Outstanding Therapist Clinician Award, The ISBI Andre Zagame Therapist Prize and the Physicians for Peace Medical Diplomat Award for his outstanding service in the international outreach area. Michael has dedicated his career to burn rehabilitation clinical practice, education and research and has helped built burn rehabilitation programs in the developing countries around the globe. Michael currently works for Bio Med Sciences Inc. as a Clinical Care Specialist specializing in Burn Rehabilitation education, clinical training and research.
Originally from Ohio, Gary Zhang studied engineering at Columbia University and completed his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Prior to entering medicine, he focused on developing medical devices for low resource areas. He now resides in the Greater Portland area and is completing his general surgery residency at Maine Medical Center. Gary has special interests in colorectal, trauma and global health and has served on the burn team at MMC. In his free time Gary enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, reading and cycling.
Lisa Murray is a Physical Therapist at Maine Medical Center since 2014. Lisa grew up along the Midcoast in Maine and after High School attended and graduated from St. Anselm College in 2005 with a BA in Biology. She then attended the University of New England and graduated in 2008 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She worked at New England Hospital of Portland in the acute rehab setting where she specialized in Spinal Cord Injury and became the primary PT for their SCI program. She also became a certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA. Lisa learned many skills in this setting which she took with me to MMC in 2014. Lisa began on a team that covered various diagnoses but eventually got the opportunity to work on my current floors and became a member of our Burn Team. Lisa covers patients that are admitted to our SCU/ICU floor and those that are on the medical floor-R3/R3COR. This past February she began covering our outpatient burn clinic and has had the opportunity to see the continuation of our patient’s healing process. Over the past 2 years she has enjoyed this work and helping our Burn Team to develop our program while improving patient care within our burn population here at Maine Medical Center.
Lisa began on a team that covered various diagnoses but eventually got the opportunity to work on my current floors and became a member of our Burn Team. Lisa covers patients that are admitted to our SCU/ICU floor and those that are on the medical floor-R3/R3COR. This past February she began covering our outpatient burn clinic and has had the opportunity to see the continuation of our patient’s healing process. Over the past 2 years she has enjoyed this work and helping our Burn Team to develop our program while improving patient care within our burn population here at Maine Medical Center.
Anthony Perry has been a Lead Occupational Therapist at Maine Medical Center for 15 years, graduating from the University of New England with his BS in OT. Anthony has 7 years of experience in burn rehab serving in inpatient settings (intensive care and step-down units) as well as outpatient adult clinics. Anthony has attended multiple burn conferences (both national and regional) and has presented at the MEOTA conference.
Hillary Littlefield is a graduate of the University of New England Occupational Therapy program, originally working in acute care in Massachusetts and having moved to Maine in 2016. Hillary has been assisting in the development of the burn program at Maine Medical Center while working with various populations, including burns in the intensive care, step down, and outpatient setting. Hillary also teaches part time at the University of Southern Maine in the OT Master’s program. In her free time, Hillary enjoys being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, traveling and being with her animals and family.
Raechell Kearney, MS, OTR/L, attended Husson College where she earned her masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. She completed her level II clinical at Brigham and Womens Hospital where she was first exposed to burn rehabilitation. Raechell worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital from 2008-2015 on the burn unit and then as a network float between SNF, LTAC, acute care and acute rehab. Starting in May 2015 she has been at Maine Medical Center as a member of the burn team working in the ICU, medical/surgical floor and covering outpatient burn clinic.
Kelley Crawford graduated from Simmons College with a BS in Health Studies in 2001 and a Doctorate in PT in 2003, then continuing on with her education and graduating from UNE with a MS in Medical Education and Leadership in 2015 Kelley has practiced at Maine Medical Center (x 15 years) and in the ICU (x 13 years). Attainting APTA specialization in the area of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary PT in 2012 and teaching at UNE in the PT Management of Patients with Disorders of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory System course. Kelley has successfully been published in the following,
Davis J. Crawford K. Wierman H. Osgood W. Cavanaugh J. Smith KA. Mette S. Orff S. Mobilization of ventilated older adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2013 Oct-Dec; 36(4): 162-8.
Cavanaugh JT and Crawford K. Life-space Assessment and Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly: Validity of Proxy Informant Responses. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014 Aug; 95(8): 1527-1532.
Hillegass E, Crawford K, and McNamara SB. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Tests and Procedures. In: Hillegass E. Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 4th Ed. Elsevier Saunders Company, St. Louis, MO, 2017.
Fahrner, TM, Crawford K, and McNamara SB. Pulmonary Medications. In: Hillegass E. Essentials