2017 Conference Speakers
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JJ Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

J.J. Mowder-Tinney PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits.  She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  She also has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), earned her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA) from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She conducts nationwide seminars on the Treatment of Patients with Neurological deficits, Spinal cord injuries, Balance Challenges, Motor Learning, and Parkinson’s Disease.






Richard Bohannon, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, FAPTA


Richard Bohannon is Professor of Health Scinces in the Physical Therapy Department of The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University. He is also the Principal of Physical Therapy Consultants (Fuquay-Varina, NC). Dr. Bohannon is a licensed physical therapist with 40 years of clinical experience in diverse settings- acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home-care. He is board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. He is a prolific writer with over 400 publications in more than 50 different journals to his credit. His work has been cited more than 15,000 times. In 1996 he received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Literature. In 2005 he was awarded the Association's Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy and in 2008 he was honored with the Association's Jules Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing. Dr. Bohannon serves on numerous editorial boards; he was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Human Muscle Performance and is presently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Currently, Dr. Bohannon’s research and teaching is focused primarily on the measurement, implications, and treatment of impairments (most notably muscle weakness) and activity limitations (primarily mobility) in older adult and neurologic populations. Dr. Bohannon is recognized internationally for his expertise in muscle performance following stroke, hand-held dynamometry, and mobility. Dr. Bohannon has served as a consultant to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Neuromuscular Panel of Experts which assisted in developing A Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Part Two: Preferred Practice Patterns. He serves as a consultant to industry (medical instrumentation, rehabilitation equipment, and pharmaceutical) and the legal profession on issues related to muscle performance, mobility, and neurologic physical therapy.





John Winslow,  DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC


Dr. Winslow is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer with over 25 years of clinical experience. During his career Dr. Winslow has trained with some of the top manual therapists in the world. In 2010 Dr. Winslow was awarded the Louis W. Munchmeyer award for clinical excellence.  Dr. Winslow was the former director of sports medicine, physical therapy, and athletic training at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY.  He is a founding members of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Cayuga Medical Center where he continues to teach Musculoskeletal Imaging and HVLA Thrust Manipulation.  Under his leadership Cayuga Medical Center received the Outstanding Center for Physical Therapy Award from the New York/New Jersey Physical Therapy Clinical Education Consortium. Dr. Winslow has published research in the Journal of Orthoapedics and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Body Work, Foot & Ankle Specialist, and Athletic Training & Sports Health Care.  Currently Dr. Winslow is an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College where he teaches courses in manual therapy and medical screening. He lives in Lansing, NY with his wife and three sons.







Vicki Gold, PT, MA 


Ms. Gold is a physical therapist with more than fourty years of clinical and academic experience.  Her background is extremely eclectic with a primary focus on therapeutic exercise and mind-body approaches to movement and well-being.

The foundation of her work is “The ABCs of Prevention and Fitness, At-Home and On-the-Job,” a system created to provide a simple way for people to learn and apply Alignment, Breathing and Centering – essential elements for safe, efficient movement, into their everyday lives.  Basic

Body Mechanics and correct exercise techniques are additional components of this training.

Over the years she has provided workshops for health and fitness professionals, seniors and para-professionals, among others.  Her teaching style is known for it’s interactive, experiencial and fun approach.





Rick Gawenda, PT


Rick Gawenda, PT, is a licensed physical therapist with 25 years of experience and currently serves as the founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1991. Mr. Gawenda is also Director of Finance for Kinetix Advanced Physical Therapy, a private practice with offices located in Southern California.

He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT coding, ICD-10 coding, billing, documentation compliance, revenue enhancement, practice management, and denial management as they relate to outpatient therapy services. Mr. Gawenda has presented nationally since 2004 and currently presents over 100 dates per year around the United States.

Mr. Gawenda is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA). Mr. Gawenda is a Past President of the Section on Health Policy & Administration of the APTA as well as a Past President of the Michigan Association of Medical Rehabilitation Program Administrators.

Mr. Gawenda is also the author of “The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials” and “Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers”.








Amy Schlessman, PT, DPT, DHS


Amy Schlessman has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, a Master of Physical Therapy degree, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and a Doctor of Health Science degree. She has a true passion for education. Amy has taught as an assistant professor and an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Mount Saint Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio. Amy currently works as a school based physical therapist in Ohio and an adjunct professor at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has practiced physical therapy for over fourteen years primarily in the school based setting, promoting physical activity embedded into academics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the use of technology in therapy, while closely working with educators, administrators, therapists, and parents. Amy has conducted numerous presentations for teachers, parents, and therapists on a variety of topics related to education, rehabilitation, prevention, and health promotion. She has published research regarding pediatric health promotion and obesity prevention in the Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal. Amy also published a book titled, “Recycle Bin Boogie: Move and Learn with Recyclables,” that combines physical activities with academic concepts, promoting kids to move, learn, and have fun using common recyclable items from around the house.









Venise Mule Glass, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Owner/Director  of Sunshine Physical Therapy established in 1981. Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Graduate of Stonybrook Physical Therapy Program. 1978. 

Master's in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Touro College. 1997. Doctor of Physical Therapy. Touro College. 2007. 

Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist. ( NSCA) 

NSCA  Certified Personal Trainer. 

Polestar Pilates certified in the Rehabilitation and Reformer Series. 

Hospital for Special Surgery certified Hip Specialist. 


Previous Chairperson of LI District NYPTA ( 6 years) and Vice-Chairperson ( 2 years) 

Previous member of the Legislative Committee, and Board member of the AIPT-NYPTA. 

Currently, the Chairperson of the Council of Licensed Physiotherapists of NYS. 


Graduate of Beryl Bender Birch Yoga Teacher Training. 200 hour. 2014. 


Yoga practitioner since 2002. 


Clinical Instructor for the Physical Therapy Program at Stonybrook, Ithaca, and Touro College. 

Frequent lecturer on yoga, anatomy, preventing yoga and sports injuries and orthopedic rehabilitation.







Erin Jackson, JD, MA

Erin is a co-founder of Jackson Compliance, a healthcare consulting company which specializes in practice start-up and compliance. She also maintains a regulatory healthcare law practice in the Chicago area at Jackson LLP. Through this work, Erin collaborates with providers to make their practices friendlier and more approachable for a diverse patient population.  Because the typical patient-provider power dynamic can leave patients feeling belittled or misunderstood, Erin strives to help her clients understand these issues and become industry leaders in patient-centered care.

As an advocate for patient-centered care, Erin serves as the President of the nonprofit organization Inspire Santé.  Using her healthcare knowledge and patient experience, she speaks to healthcare providers about the importance of allowing the patient’s goals to guide care.  She has spoken at large conferences like the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, and she has been invited to speak at universities, to healthcare clinics, and on several healthcare-oriented podcasts.  Erin is a published author whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of the law with women’s health issues.  She is writing a memoir about how she conquered her pelvic pain, which she hopes will help other women discuss these issues without embarrassment or shame.

In the Chicago area, Erin is involved with organizations that promote women’s health and equality.  She sits on the Advisory Board of Below Your Belt, L3C, which is pioneering a pelvic health app for preteen girls, and is involved with the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women.  Outside the office, Erin is a yogi, indoor rock-climber, and weekend brunch connoisseur. 

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