Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute Faculty


Note to Prospective Speakers:

The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute is looking for top-notch speakers with knowledge and experience to share at our future educational events.

If you are interested in joining our SYMPOSIUM 2018 Faculty, complete the 2018 Speaker Application and Course Information Form. These forms are in Microsoft Word Format. Please save the forms to your computer, complete in detail and e-mail to Angie Fischer at

If you have any questions, please e-mail Angie Fischer at

Thank you.

To Become an ATRI CEU Provider, please see the attached Provider Letter and Provider Application.

Note: The courses you present at ATRI events will be automatically approved for CEUs by ATRI. If you would like to present your courses at other organization's conferences or on your own, and want them approved for CEUs by ATRI, please see the Provider Letter and Provider Application indicated above.

ATRI Faculty:

Donna Adler, BA, ATRIC, owns and operates Liquid Assets for Fitness in Phoenix, AZ. She works with geriatrics, pediatrics and clients with health challenges. Donna is an AquaStretch™ Facilitator and ATRI AquaStretch™ Trainer, and the recipient of the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award. She is a co-author of the Aquatic Solutions for Chronic Conditions Manual, and is a consultant at the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Facility for Persons with Disabilities. Donna also continues her studies at the Center of Applied Energy Medicine in a Medical Intuitive Training program.

Johanne Audy-LeBlond, BA-Kinesiology, is a specialist in aquatic therapy for chronic pain sufferers. She has a degree in Kinesiology and is certified in aquatic therapy from Switzerland. She created a concept for therapeutic exercise in warm water for chronic pain. Johanne has trained kinesiologists and physiotherapists internationally for over 20 years. In 2011 she received the Aquatic Lifetime Achievement Award in Europe for her outstanding work as an international presenter.

Barb Batson, AS, has been an AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor certified since 1995. She serves general, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, PD, senior, and prenatal populations. Barb is a program trainer for both NMSS and the Arthritis Foundation and is an AEA CEC provider and two-term past AEA Advisory Board Council member. She is the 2014 recipient of the AEA Elizabeth Burg Lifetime Achievement Award and ATRI Dolphin Award. She is a sought after motivational speaker and contributor to aquatic and older adult focus publications. 

Marty Biondi, PT, CSCS, ATRIC, is co-owner of Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, an outpatient orthopedic clinic with two locations, and contracts to perform aquatic therapy. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years, including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and now as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses. She has served as Director of Practice for the APTA Aquatic Section.

Laurie Denomme, B.Kinesiology, is an AquaStretch™ Instructor, NG360 Nike Golf Performance Specialist, and GIFT Fellow through the Gray Institute. She has presented nationally and internationally at AEA, ATRI, IDEA and other conferences, having been voted as a Top 10 presenter at AEA’s International Conference in both 2011 and 2012, and is the recipient of the 2013 AEA Fitness Professional Global Awar

Maryanne Haggerty, MS, has been educating aquatic and land therapists and exercise professionals, individuals, and groups on safe and effective exercise for 30 years. As a faculty member and presenter for ATRI, NASM, Town Sports International, AEA, and AFAA, she has certified professionals and provided continuing education. Promoting exercise for all abilities, Maryanne has presented televised exercise segments, and developed corporate wellness sites and seminars, and six-month home exercise program progressions.

Patty Henry-Schneider, MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist certified in EMDR and a certified Ai Chi instructor. She has encouraged movement toward wellness by including body, mind, and spirit in the journey toward mental health. Creating a bridge between providers of aquatic therapy and providers of mental health services has become her passion.


Lynda Huey, MS, is the author of Heal Your Knees and Heal Your Hips, and the President of CompletePT Pool & Land Physical Therapy in Los Angeles that treats over 400 patients per week. Huey pioneered the use of water rehabilitation in athletics with the US track and field team in the 1980s. She has taught her water therapy techniques to thousands of coaches, therapists, and doctors in Italy, Australia, Brazil, and around the United States. She is a regular guest on radio and TV news shows.

Connie Jasinskas, MSc, has been bringing passion and humor to her work as an international author and educator since 1984. AquaStretch™ Foundations and AquaStretch™ Certificate Course co-author, Connie specializes in AquaStretch™ and aquatic rehab for chronic pain, breast cancer, musculoskeletal and systemic health issues. Visit her websites to learn more: and

Jun Konno, ATRIC, is a highly successful entrepreneur in the aquatic industry, a decorated swimming coach, author and international speaker on aquatics. He is an advisor to AEA and also one of AEA's International Training Specialists. Jun is the founder and president of the Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs and swimming schools in Japan.

Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.

Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, has been an aquatic instructor for 20 years and a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education with a specialty in Special Movement Education. In 2011, she became a certified hydro-therapist. She is the owner of the Kataqua Institute, providing education, certification and consultation for pools and is the Program Director for Club Aqua. She specializes in training that targets both the muscles and the mind and offers two e-learning programs (AquaMagicMoves) through Fitness Learning Systems (FLS).

Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC,is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and provides provides individual Myofascial Aquatic Body Work, AquaStretch™ and adaptive aquatic classes. She is the author and publisher of The Bad Ragaz Ring Method Visual Instructional Manual and Video; and co-producer of the PNF in The Pool and Myofascial Aquatic Body WorkDVDs. She received the 2014 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award and the 2002 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award

Terri Mitchell, PTA, ATRIC, has been involved with aquatic fitness since 1982. She is a Training Specialist with the Aquatic Exercise Association, a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) specializing in aquatic therapy, and instructor of a variety of aquatic fitness classes to persons of all ages and abilities. Terri is co-author of “Applications of PNF Techniques in the Aquatic Setting” manual and co-producer of “PNF in the Pool” DVD. She is the 2001 recipient of ATRI’s Dolphin Award and the 2010 recipient of the ATRI Professional Award.

Anne Pringle Burnell, AEA, ACE, AFAA, created the Peyow® Aqua Pilates program and the Stronger Seniors® Workout Program. She is an education provider and is certified by: AEA, ACE, AFAA and Stott Pilates™. She teaches at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Peninsula Spa, University of Illinois-Chicago, and has been a presenter at conferences including the National Council on Aging/ASA 2010 Joint Conference.

Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, is an APTA certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and a certified Master Instructor for the Burdenko Institute. She has taught a variety of aquatic therapy continuing education courses. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego, she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. She is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA Program, teaching orthopedic rehabilitation and introduction to pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine-San Diego Campus DPT Program.

Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/ president of ATRI, and founder of AEA, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s 1994 Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored 15 books.

Vonie Stillson, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, ATRIC, has an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, New England and a BA in Dance Therapy from Naropa University. She is in private practice and is a contractor with Kidstuff Counseling in Northern Colorado. Vonie has 25 years of experience working with individuals with mental illness and intellectual developmental delays. Her work combines the psychotherapeutic aspects of DMT with the physical therapy aspects of aquatic therapy to create a holistic environment of care. She has presented at mental health and professional conferences, community-based workshops and pop culture conventions. She received the American Dance Therapy Association's 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Maria Sykorova-Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist, who earned her doctorate in education from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her training methods involve integration of unique multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health/fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences.

Adam Wilson, MS, CTRS, has been practicing as a recreation therapist for 15 years, working with all patient populations, including geriatrics, pediatrics, and those with developmental disabilities. He has used aquatic therapy techniques with all populations, including spinal cord injury as a specialty. After graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, Adam moved to Europe where he practiced as a recreation therapist. After working and traveling Europe, Adam worked in Texas, Colorado, and now works in Orange County, CA as a CTRS with physical rehabilitation populations. He tries to implement aquatics into all appropriate treatments.

Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional Award (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).