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NJOTA Spring Membership Meeting North

Sarah Foye, OT

Sarah has been an OT since 1991.  She worked in adult rehabilitation at both the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.  After the birth of her son, she shifted to working part-time in the school system.  She started volunteering as an advocate for families with rare muscle disease around 2006.  Her work as an advocate has expanded into a passion and now a paid career!  She is speaking at the NJOTA spring meeting as an OT working in a non-traditional setting.

Natalia (D’Souza) Noce, OTR/L OTD

Natalia received her Doctor of Science and Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She is currently a Senior Occupational Therapist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ, where she has been working since 2011.  She works in inpatient rehabilitation, and is competent to treat the following diagnoses: stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, amputee (pre-prosthetic and prosthetic) and orthopedic injuries. She has completed Stroke/Amputee, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, and Orthopedic accelerated rotations. Her areas of expertise include neurological upper extremity, spatial neglect, and amputee rehabilitation. She is competent in administering Functional Independence Measure (FIM), Orientation Log, Agitated Behavior Scale, vision screen, MoCa, Hopkins Medication Schedule, Catherine Bergego Scale (via Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process), Wolf Motor Function Test, and JFK Coma Recovery Scale.

Erica Patusco, MS OTR 

Geriatric / older adult care – Certified kinesiotaping practitioner (CKTP)

Erica specializes in disease management and geriatric wellness care with a strong focus on diet, exercise, fall prevention, home modification, caregiver / client education for chronic illness and prevention of re-hospitalization in addition to dementia care and facilitation of continued functional participation with caregiver support. She has a passion for her profession and enjoys advocating and educating students, mentoring, and supporting potential future occupational therapists.

Jennifer Gardner, OTD, OTR

Dr. Gardner is currently employed full time as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Kean University. However, she still engages in per diem work in the specialty area of mental health.  Her area of expertise, and research interests, are connected to the use and efficacy of sensory modulation treatment for persons with mental health disorders and addiction.

Don Scott Matthews, OT, MS

Scott is the founder and executive director of Intensive Therapeutics, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization providing occupational therapy services to children. The organization was established in 2005 to address the needs of families who wanted intensive therapy services provided by licensed professionals in a non-medical, community-based environment. From 1990 to 1995, prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Scott was a social worker in different nursing homes, including a specialized nursing home for children in need of skilled nursing care. In 1997, Scott graduated from Kean University with a post-baccalaureate major in occupational therapy.  He earned a post-professional master of science degree in health science, with a specialization in movement science, from Seton Hall University in 2005. As an occupational therapist, Scott has worked in various settings with adults and children. He has been an adjunct professor at Kean University. These experiences and interactions with parents, children, OT students and professors have contributed to what Intensive Therapeutics is today.

Jennifer Henry, OTD, OTR/L

Jennifer has worked in early intervention for the past six years. During that time she has provided trainings regarding the appropriate use of standardized testing in early childhood and family engagement in early intervention. Jennifer received her post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy in May 2016. Her research focused on caregiver understanding of the early intervention system and their engagement in the system. She has presented her research at the state and national level.

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