Tools for MS Professionals Today

Awards and scholarships for MS professionals recognize achievement and encourage further advances and excellence in research and clinical expertise. These resources allow current MS professionals to pursue specialized education, explore new research areas and increase their understanding of MS clinical care. Annual meeting scholarships enable recipients to receive specialized accredited training not available to them within their home institutions or practice settings.

What does this mean? Multiple Sclerosis healthcare teams are better equipped than ever to offer excellent care for their patients.

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The MS Rehabilitation Fellowship Program

Now completing the ninth year ACORDA/FCMSC MS Rehabilitation Therapy Specialty Training are programs for rehabilitation professionals working in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology with an interest in MS.

This initiative, through a grant from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. supported by the Foundation of the CMSC, will provide each trainee with 35 hours of training covering all aspects of comprehensive care provided at an MS center. Emphasis will be in the trainee’s specific area of rehabilitation (physical, occupational or speech) to promote awareness and utilization of standard assessment tools, outcome measures and interventions to provide optimal safety and effective function for people living in MS.

Lacey Bromley, PT, DPT, MSCS (picture on the left), is the Program Director, MS Rehabilitation Therapy Specialty Training Program.

MS Rehabilitation Fellows

List of Sites that provided specialized training to MS Rehabilitation trainee scholars.

Barbara Schwerin Bohus, MS, CCC-SLP(Park Ridge, NJ)   OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Lynne Clark, BMR, PT(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)     OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Laurie Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP (Knightdale, NC)     OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Esmie Holderman, PT, DPT, NCS(Des Moines, IA)     OPTIMUS Program- Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Canada
Rachel Haines, MA, CCC-SLP(Orlando, FL)    The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Raphael Kupferman, PT, DPT(Englewood, NJ)    The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Megan Parker, MScOT(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)     The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Mallory Watson, MScOT, BSc, HSS(Langdon, Alberta, Canada)     The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Krystal Coke, PT, DPT(Dumont, NJ)     Cleveland Clinic – Mellen Center for MS, Cleveland OH
Kayla Dempster, MScPT(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)     Cleveland Clinic – Mellen Center for MS, Cleveland OH
Melissa Miller, PT(Maumee, OH)     Cleveland Clinic – Mellen Center for MS, Cleveland OH
Megan Turner, OTR/L(Davie, FL)     Cleveland Clinic – Mellen Center for MS, Cleveland OH
 

2017 MS Rehabilitation Therapy Specialty Training scholars are supported by an FCMSC grant from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
 

Kathleen Czuba, CCC-SLP (Lombard, IL)   OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Hannah Fugle, SPT 2017 (Flagstaff, AZ)     OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Alejandra Villanueva, MS, OTR/L (Chicago, IL)     OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Alexis Williams, SPT 2016 (Raleigh, NC)     OPTIMUS Program-University of Calgary MS Program, Calgary, Canada
Alicia Bauer, OTR/L (White Bear Township, MN)     Rocky Mountain MS Center-University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CA
Garrett Johnson, Student 2016 (Fountain Hills, AZ)     Rocky Mountain MS Center-University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CA
Rebecka Schafer, SPT, CSC 2016 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)     Rocky Mountain MS Center-University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CA
Zamalid Varela Vargas, DPT (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)     Rocky Mountain MS Center-University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CA
Candice Chan, BSCOT, OT(c) (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)     VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA
Shyra Dehner, Student 2016 (Paulsboro, NJ)     VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA
Ashley DeVolld, DPT (Littleton, CO)     VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA
Robyn Wells, R, SLP (Chestermere, Alberta, Canada)     VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA
 

2016 FCMSC MS Rehabilitation Therapy Specialty Training Scholarships are supported by an FCMSC grant from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
 

Darcy Cooper, PT, DPT (Chapel Hill, NC)   Oregon Health & Science University, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Katherine Kelly, Student (Fountain Hills, AZ)   Oregon Health & Science University, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Carolyn Knoechel, MSc (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)   Oregon Health & Science University, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Lauren Zangari, MS, OT (Chapel Hill, NC)   Oregon Health & Science University, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Brittney Arnold, PT, DPT (Durham, NC)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Lisa Marie Cundey, Student (Augusta, GA)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Kimberly Powell, MS, CCC-SLP (Durham, NC)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Laura Tymas, MS, PT, GCS (Durham, NC)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Catherine Boissoneault, Student (Gainesville, FL)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Laura Michelle Boose, SPT, MS (Raleigh, NC)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Kimberle Cratsenberg, Student (Durham, NC)     Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Robyn Hinds, DPT (Orlando, FL)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program 

 

Dana Aravich, OTR/L (Chapel Hill, NC)   Oregon Health & Science University, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Danielle Lehman, Student (Warnerville, NY)   Tanner Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Birmingham, AL
Scott Rytter, DPT (Winston Salem, NC)   Tanner Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Birmingham, AL
Kimberly Willis, PT, DPT (Calgary, Alberta Canada)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Elizabeth Benfield, OT (Durham, NC)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Clarissa Luzuriage-Perez, PT (Boston, MA)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Lynn Marass, OTR/L (Washington Crossing, PA)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Anielia Thomas, OT (Quincy, MA)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Catherine Browne, BScPT, Student (Galway, Ireland)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Scott Corbett, DPT (West Fargo, ND)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Afolasade Oluwatosin Farotimi, PT (Kingston, Ontario Canada)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program
Dori Goldman, OTR/L (New York, NY)   Optimus Program-University of Calgary MS Program 

 

Erin Baker, DPT, PT, ATC-L (Orlando, FL)   Baird MS Center-Jacobs Neurologic Institute
Branka Jelcic, PT (Winnipeg, MB Canada)   Baird MS Center-Jacobs Neurologic Institute
Ellen Belle, MA, PT (Englewood, CO)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Catherine Hranek, Student (Buffalo, NY)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Laura Miller, DPT (Louisville, KY)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Vivien Poon, PT (Toronto, ON Canada)   Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research-Cleveland Clinic
Carolyn Alma, OT (Toronto,ON, Canada)   Foothills Medical Center, Optimus Program
Melissa Nance, OT (Winnipeg, MB Canada)   Foothills Medical Center, Optimus Program
Caroline Rahn, BSc, PT (Hamel, QB Canada)   NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Jason Seltzer, PT (Plainview, NY)   NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Tracy Flemming Tracy, MSCS, OT (Sterrett, AL)   NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Mary Ellen Vore, PT, MS (Rochester, NY)   NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

 

Amy Alaniz, OT (Somerville, MA)   Mellen Center
Marissa Barrera, MSCS, SLP (New York, NY)   New York University
Cassie Bramhall, OT (International Falls, MN)   Foothills Medical Center, Alberta
Cara Brown, BscOT (Winnepeg, MB)   Mellen Center
Melissa Elpers, PT (Evansville, IN)   Mellen Center
Danielle Gilbert, PT (Whitsett, NC)   New York University
Meagan Harwood, PT (Philadelphia, PA)   Mellen Center
Cathy Holper, PT, MSCS (St. Louis, MO)  Foothills Medical Center, Alberta
Jacob McPherson, PT (Amherst, NY)   Foothills Medical Center, Alberta
Jillian Melican, OT (Shrewsbury, MA)   Foothills Medical Center, Alberta
Maria Rundell, PT (Williamsville, NY)   New York University
Joy (Zhaoheng) Shi, OT (Alhambra, CA)   New York University

 


Linda Courtney, PT (Dunkirk, NY)   Jacobs Neurological Institute, University of Buffalo
Jennifer Dierberger, MA, CCC-SLP (Elkins, PA)   The Heuga Center
Jennifer Fromm, MS, OTR/L, CCRC (New York, NY)   Jacobs Neurological Institute, University of Buffalo
Jane Gates, BH, Sc, PT (Kelowna, BC)   University of Calgary MS Center
Lindsey Kramer, PT (Fargo, ND)   The Heuga Center
Lori Schmaderer, PT (Omaha, NE)   Jacobs Neurological Institute, University of Buffalo

 

FCMSC Rehabilitation Students Annual Meeting Scholars

Mayis Adughmi  University of ansas Medical Center
Lisa Marie Cundey   Georgia Regents University
Shyra Dehner   Rutgers University
Lynne Hardy   Indiana University
Garrett Johnson  University of Florida
Jasmine Konja  Wayne State University
Jordan Caroline  Luther University of Florida
Rebecka Schafer  Duke University
Elizabeth Tillman  University of South Florida
Alexis Williams  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Catherine Boissoneault  University of Florida
Laura Michelle Boose   Duke University 
 
Valerie Block     University of California-San Francisco
Hayley Boyer     Saint Louis University
Catherine Browne      University of Limerick
Hina Garg   University of Utah
Rebecca Graue   Saint Louis University
Catherine Jacobs   University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Katie Kelly   Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Danielle Lee-Lehman   The Sage Colleges
Alicia Lipton   Utica College
Jennifer Mesorana   University of Florida
Joseph Miller   University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Stephanie Navrat   Rockhurst University
Audrey Osinski   University of North Caroline – Chapel Hill
Josiah Ryks   Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Michael Zervas   Hunter College  

Kacia Birkmeyer  Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center 
Amanda Curto   Residential Services of Northeastern MN, Inc., Duluth, MN
Stefanie DiCarrado   Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center
Michael DuBois   University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hina Garg   University of Utah
Catherine Jacobs   University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Natalie Metzger   Ohio University
Alyssa Ober   The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Audrey Osinski   University of North Caroline – Chapel Hill
Roopinder Rekhi   UMDNJ & Rutgers
Neysha Rosario-Rodriguez   University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Michael Seils   Nazareth College
Sarah Stuart   Grand Valley State University
Jennifer Tooher   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Elizabeth Waddell   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chih-Huang Yu   University of Puget Sound/University of Minnesota

Residents/Fellows Annual Meeting Scholarships are supported by an FCMSC grant from Acorda and CMSC

The Labe Scheinberg Award

For outstanding work in the field of neurorehabilitation. This award also honors the multi-disciplinary spirit prevalent among MS professionals. Dr. Labe Scheinberg was one of the earliest advocates for bringing together professionals from many disciplines to address MS.  This award is generously supported annually by family members of Dr. Scheinberg. The FCMSC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Mr. and Mrs. William Kristol, Dr. David Scheinberg, Dr. & Mrs. Ranard and Dr. Grace Minamoto. 

The Labe Scheinberg Awardees

Cecilie Fjeldstad, PhD
Amy Thiessen, PT
Gabriel Pardo, MD

MS Center of Excellence, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK

 

Telerehabilitation in MS: Gait, Balance, and Patient-Reported Outcomes

Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
Vice president of Healthcare Access, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New York, NY

 

Brain Health: Time Matters in Multiple Sclerosis – Developmental Process and Objectives of International Consensus Policy Recommendations

Yvonne C Learmonth, PhD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Robert Motl,  PhD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

 

Physical Activity and Exercise Training in Multiple Sclerosis: A Quality Review and Content Analysis of Perceived Determinants and Consequences

Evan T Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS
Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Stratford, NJ

 

A Pilot Study of the Effects of an 8-Week Integrative Yoga Program on Function and Quality of Life in Persons with Moderate MS-Related Disability

Rajarshi Mazumder, BS
Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

 

The Fes-I Predicts Falls and ABC Scores In People With Multiple Sclerosis

The 2012 awardee, Sangeeta T. Mahajan, MD, F.A.C.O.G., of University Hospitals Case at Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, presented research titled, “Pelvic Floor Disorders and Multiple Sclerosis: Are Patients Satisfied with their Care?”  Dr. Majahan holds a dual appointment in Obstretrics and Gynecology and Urology.  She is recognized nationally for her work on Botulinium A Toxin for the treatment of refractory overactive bladder and outcomes research.
Her team’s work is important to multiple sclerosis, and has been actively aided by Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, MS, FRCPC(C) and Tuula Tryry, PhD, MAED, both affiliated with the NARCOMS MS Patient Registry. 
2011 Labe Scheinberg has been awarded to Brittany Thorne,  for her project titled Computer Assisted Cognitive Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis: Updated Findings. 
Susan Bennett,
Neurology, Jacobs Neurological Institute
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

 

VALIDITY, RELIABILITY, AND SENSITIVITY OF THREE GAIT MEASURES IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS


2009 Labe Scheinberg awardees
were Katrina Williams, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Master’s of Applied Science, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Grad Cert Higher Education from University of Queensland, Australia and Phu Hoang, Doctorate of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Multiple Sclerosis Society of New South Wales, Victoria, Australia. Their work entitled “Two Physiotherapy Models of Service Delivery for People with Multiple Sclerosis” was recognized as the most outstanding work in neurorehabilitation in MS, presented at the CMSC Annual Meeting by the Foundation of the CMSC.

Jose A. Cabrera-Gomez, MD, PhD, FAAN from International Neurological Restoration Center in Havana, Cuba was the recipient of the 2008 Labe Scheinberg award.

The Foundation of the CMSC salutes the supporters of Scholarships, Fellowships and Professional Resources:

  • Acorda Therapeutics, Inc
  • The Allergan Foundation
  • Labe Scheinberg Family
  • Medtronic Restorative Therapy Groups

With your help and support of the Foundation of the CMSC, we can ensure that future generations of people with MS will receive the quality healthcare they need and deserve.

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