Progressive Therapy Education Instructors

Andrea Perrea is a licensed physical therapist with over 23 years of clinical experience in home care and outpatient therapy and over 15 years teaching experience. She holds a doctorate degree in Health Science with emphasis in education and geriatrics. She is a Certified Geriatric Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Perrea has taught more than 250 continuing education courses since 2000. She taught as adjunct faculty for Missouri Western University in the PTA program. In 2012 she instructed for the Missouri Alliance for Home Care and the Indiana Home Care Association. Andrea is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Geriatrics Section, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Perrea presented at the 2015 Rehab Summit in Orlando FL.

Teaches the following courses: Functional Testing and Skilled Documentation in Geriatric Therapy, Exercise Programs for Frail Elderly, Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs, Strength Training for Function: Program Design for Frail to Fit Seniors

Katherine Zeiger has nearly 30 years of clinical experience in acute care, rehabilitation, and home health care settings.  She has advanced training in pulmonary rehabilitation and has developed and implemented progressive activity protocols for use with COPD.  She spent 10+ years as a clinical rehab supervisor, training staff on the use of functional measures in the rehab setting.  She currently works as a physical therapist with the Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City and has assisted the agency in implementing functional testing into everyday practice.  She earned her physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri.

Teaches the following courses: Functional Testing and Skilled Documentation in Geriatric Therapy, Exercise Programs for Frail Elderly, Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs, Home Assessments and Modifications to Facilitate Aging in Place, Strength Training for Function: Program Design for Frail to Fit Seniors

Vicki Landers is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Systems Coordinator at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, MO. She is the owner of “50+ Fitness,” a company that provides individualized fitness instruction for people over 50. Vicki has been a continuing education instructor and requested presenter for over 6 years teaching courses on strength training, home care, exercise program design and documentation. She is a certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults by the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her career as a PT has included work in acute care, rehab, outpatient, wellness and home care.

Teaches the following courses: Functional Testing and Skilled Documentation in Geriatric Therapy, Exercise Programs for Frail Elderly, Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs, Strength Training for Function: Program Design for Frail to Fit Seniors

Kim Nadeau is a physical therapist with over 15 years of experience in acute care treating patients with vestibular and balance disorders. Kim practices at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH where she developed the hospital’s Vestibular Rehabilitation program and mentors a team of therapists. She earned an advanced competency in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University in 2002.

Her clinical interests are varied, resulting in 2 additional certifications. She is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management.

Teaches the following courses: teaches the following courses: DemystifyingVestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs

Kim Brudin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on aging and development. She has provided physical therapy services in a variety of settings, including Skilled Nursing, Home Health and Outpatient in Southern California for over 30 years. She has been the Rehabilitation Manager/Supervisor in a VNA based Home Health Agency in Southern Riverside County, California for the last 16 years. She has developed continuing education modules for staff members, community organizations and licensed facilities to address the concerns and issues of the aging population regarding, falls prevention, fitness and exercise as well the effects of medication of physical performance and rehabilitation.

Teaches the following courses: Medications and the Physical Rehabilitation Process, Exercise Programs for Frail Elderly and Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs

Renee DeJarnette is a licensed physical therapist with 30 years of experience in acute care, rehab and home health. She received a Master’s of Health Science in Physical Therapy as well as a certificate in Gerontology from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. She is board certified by the APTA as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. She is also a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the Geriatric section of the APTA. She has mentored numerous students as a clinical instructor during her career and is currently employed by St. Elizabeth Home Care in Northern Kentucky where she serves as a work coach and field therapist.

Teaches the following courses: Functional Testing and Skilled Documentation in Geriatric Therapy, Exercise Programs for Frail Elderly, Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs, Medications and the Physical Rehabilitation Process, Home Assessments and Modifications to Facilitate Aging in Place, Strength Training for Function: Program Design for Frail to Fit Seniors

Amy Paulson is a certified hand therapist with over 18 years of experience in outpatient upper extremity care. She has been a licensed occupational therapist for 20 years, and also has experience in home health, skilled nursing, and acute care. Amy has taught multiple community based classes on arthritis care, energy conservation and work simplification, and she taught as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Community College in the OTA program. She enjoys providing clinical instruction to students interested in specializing in hand therapy. She is also involved in coordinating and overseeing therapy programs in Gulu, Uganda by volunteering with the Medical Missions Foundation of Overland Park, KS. Amy formally owned and operated a private practice in outpatient hands, where she provided patient care, clinical instruction to Level II students, community education, marketing, and insurance billing. She is currently working at a large local outpatient physical therapy group which focuses on the rehabilitation of injured workers in Kansas City, MO. Amy is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Teaches the following courses: Elbow, Wrist and Hand Therapy for the Non Specialist; Splinting 101: Fabrication of Hand and Wrist Orthoses – A Hands-On Lab Course

Greg received his BS in OT from the University of Kansas in 1989. He went on to receive his CHT certification form the Hand Therapy Certification Commission in 1996. He is currently employed by St. Lukes Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Kansas City, Missouri. Greg has given numerous and presentations at the school, college and professional levels on various topics ranging from the rehabilitating the injured athlete to workplace ergonomics and injury prevention. He has extensive training and ergonomics analyses experience and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also certified evaluator in the Physical Capacity Profiler (PCP) system. Greg was recently nominated for the Mosaic Life Care clinical excellence award. His practice background is eclectic and includes incorporating various treatment techniques to restore optimal human function, including myofascial release, joint and soft tissue mobilization, neurodynamics, manual therapy and static/dynamic splinting.

Liz received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and her physical therapy degree from the University of Florida. She has spent most of her career working in outpatient clinics in southwest Florida; ten of those years as owner of Freedom Physical Therapy, Inc., in Englewood. She began working with vestibular patients in 2004 and now treats mostly vestibular patients in the outpatient setting. She has pursued multiple educational opportunities in the field, including vestibular and cervicogenic dizziness certification through Emory University. Liz is an accomplished public speaker, sharing her passion for vestibular physical therapy through presentations to groups including the state convention of medical assistants, physical therapy clinics, physician’s offices and community organizations throughout the state of Florida. She has recently moved to Jacksonville, where she is a vestibular and balance therapy consultant. In addition, she teaches at Concorde Career Institute’s PTA program instructing in musculoskeletal and balance portions of the curriculum. With her family, she is enjoying exploring all north Florida has to offer.

Teaches the following courses: De-Mystifying Vestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Assessments and Fall Prevention Programs

Dr. Lohman earned her B.S. degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University, her M.A. degree in Health Education with a graduate certification in gerontology from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her doctor of occupational therapy degree from Creighton University at Omaha, NE. She is a tenured full professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University and has been teaching for over 20 years. Prior to entering education she had several years working in the following areas: outpatient hands, acute care, skilled nursing facilities, adult day care, hospice, mental health and home care. Dr. Lohman has published extensively including three textbooks along with colleagues each with several editions that are used in occupational therapy and physical therapy programs throughout the country. These books include: Introduction to Orthotics, Health Care Services and Occupational Therapy with Elders. The publication on orthotics is used to inform the board on questions for occupational therapy. Dr. Lohman publishes numerous articles and has presented several times at international, national, state and regional levels.

Teaches the following course: Splinting 101: Fabrication of Hand and Wrist Orthoses – A Hands-On Lab Course

Julia Bacon is a registered occupational therapist with over 36 years of experience. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas, her MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition she received her Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) certification in 2015 and her Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM) from AOTA in 2016. Her professional background is wide-ranging and includes administration, home health, acute care, outpatient, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Julia has teaching experience at Parkland College in Champaign, IL, the University of Illinois Medical School in Urbana, IL, and has assisted with simulation labs at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. In addition she has presented at numerous conferences including IOTA and MOTA. Julia is currently employed by the University of Saint Mary as the academic field work coordinator.

Julia was awarded the Barbara Johnson Education Award from the Kansas City Regional Home Care Association in November 2017.

Julia is an OT consultant for Progressive Therapy Education and teaches the following course: Home Assessments and Modifications to Facilitate Aging in Place.