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 Faculty in 2019, please complete the 2019 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 are interested in joining our Symposium Faculty in 2020, please complete the 2020 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:

Anne Asterhall, BS, began her aquatic career by running the Learn-to-Swim section of her local swim club. She developed a program used in swim schools in both Sweden and Europe, that comes from the Halliwick Concept. Asterhall chaired the International Halliwich Association from 2002-2006. She also chaired the Swedish Swim School Association from 2012-2017. She practices Watsu® and Ai Chi.

Barb Batson, AS, has been an AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor certified since 1995. She provides personal training and group classes for both general and special populations. Barb served as program trainer for both NMSS and the Arthritis Foundation, as an AEA CEC provider, two-term past AEA Advisory Board Council member, and on the Mayor's Healthy Nashville 2010 Program and the Community Health and Wellness Team. She currently provides services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is Fitness Host Coordinator for Fun & Fitness Travel Club. She is the 2014 recipient of the AEA Elizabeth Burg Lifetime Achievement Award and ATRI Dolphin Award. 

David Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC, is a Professor, Athletic Training Program Director at Saginaw Valley State University, and author (Emergency Trauma Management for Athletic Trainers). He serves as an active member of the Board of Certification, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Sports Education Council (Michiagan Cardiovascular Institute) educating the community and professionals on emergency planning and sudden cardiac awareness.

Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years, including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.

Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L, has provided pediatric occupational therapy and pediatric community classes since 1993. She has worked in a school setting providing occupational therapy services, including aquatic OT. She has also worked as a clinical therapist in an outpatient rehab facility. In the therapy pool, she teaches community classes, including water exercise, baby and toddler classes, Ai Chi, sensory swim, low impact, and posture and balance. In 2002, she received the ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award for her work in the area of autism.

Ellen Broach, PhD, CTRS, is an associate professor at the University of South Alabama. She has held numerous positions in TR professional organizations and is on the editorial board for the IJARE and TR journals. She presents at conferences, conducts research and has published on topics such as aquatic therapy, positive emotion, and adventure.

Joan Danks, CTRS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Brain Injury Supervisor for the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Craig Hospital in Denver. She has experience working in a multitude of community and clinical settings and currently works with the outpatient brain injury team, providing aquatic therapy. While working for the City of Lakewood in Colorado, she developed and implemented an aquatic therapy program for individuals with a variety of abilities.

Anita Davis, PT, DPT, DAAPM, has been practicing since 1985. Although she has treated a variety of orthopedic conditions, she has specialized in chronic pain since 1990, treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, failed back syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathy and more. She is skilled in orthopedic management of the spine and extremity conditions using land and aquatic interventions. She works in an interdisciplinary comprehensive pain rehabilitation program in Jacksonville, FL. She holds membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management.

Maryanne Haggerty, MS-ExPhys, educates individuals, groups, and corporations in health, wellness, and fitness. In addition to teaching several certifications and continuing education courses, she has developed many progressive functional exercisess for stabilization and muscular strengthening. Her mission is to promote safe and effective exercise enabling individuals to be functionally stronger.

Vicki Hames-Frazier, Adapted Aquatic Specialist, is the Aquatic Specialist at High Point School in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she has worked for 32 years. She works with students ranging from 3-26 years with various physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. She conducts a swim program called Aquagirl Aquatics, which provides one-on-one instruction/therapy for special needs adults and children. Her coaching and nursing experience play an integral part in her programs.

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 US. 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

Lynda Keane, BSc, specializes in aquatic rehabilitation in the UK and has a degree in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. She works with orthopedic and musculoskeletal clients including many with hypermobility. Lynda guest lectures at a UK University in aquatic therapy and writes and presents many workshops for Hydro-Actif.

Jim Kelsey, KT, ATRIC, was a kinesiotherapist for the VA Medical Center in Boston for 30 years. His areas of experience include neurology, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, amputee specialty, substance abuse, bariatric and weight loss. He has attended nearly every ATRI Conference since 2010 and was the recipient of the ATRI Dolphin Award in 2012.

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, ATRIC, is a the Aquatic and Community Program Director at Community Health Partners (CHP). She is a part-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab 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. She also helps coordinate CHP's evidence-based fitness classes at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and other community locations. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming.

Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC, has 20-plus years of experience in aquatics and has been a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education and holds a degree in Special Movement Education with an emphasis in Motoric Remedial Teaching and a focus on pediatrics. She has developed three e-learning programs on aquatic fitness (AquaMagicMoves) and is CEO of two educational institutes for aquatics: Kataqua for aquatic fitness and ProOzo for swimming. She is the organizer of the annual European Aquatic Fitness Conference (EAFC).

Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.

Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC,is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and 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 Work DVDs. She received the 2014 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award and the 2002 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award.

Terri Mitchell, BA, 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 specializing in aquatic therapy, and instructor of a variety of aquatic fitness classes to persons of all ages and abilities. Terri holds certifications from AEA, ATRI, and IAR; and is a Certified Personal Trainer for both land and water. She 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.

Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago and designed a two-level teacher training program in the discipline. She is a certified Yoga therapist, addressing the gap between yoga and accessibility in the water. She contributes articles and blogs in fields ranging from prenatal, to yoga philosophy, and breaking the taboo around death and dying. She is an affiliate with Yoga for Arthritis and a Blue Mind Ambassador.

Kent Nelson, CMT, has a diverse background in aquatics. Growing up in a family-owned and operated aquatic facility, Kent learned from a young age the ins and outs of daily operations, programming, and the business of aquatics. A USA Swimming head coach for 20 years, Kent was an NCAA Division III swimmer and diver. After college, he returned to the family business and help grow the first privately owned aqutaic therapy group in the country. Kent also serves on many national organization boards, including the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) as a member of the advisory council.

Mick Nelson, BS, MS, is the Facilities Development Director for USA Swimming. He comes from a club coaching background and has extensive experience in business and aquatic management. Mick and his wife, Sue, formed their own swim club and built their own indoor facility in Danville, IL. During their 30 years in Danville, they formed Nelson's Swim Supply, a retail and wholesale pool/spa and aquatic equipment business. They also offered aquatic facility design, building, and business consultation to the aquatic industry. In 1994, they formed WaterWay Therapy Inc., which was one of the first and only privately owned and operated Medicare-approved outpatient aquatic physical therapy centers in the country. Poolside Health & Wellness Center, a full-service land and water community health and wellness center, was created by the Nelsons in 2002. In June 2004, they moved to Colorado Springs, CO, to help form the new Facilities Department of USA Swimming. Since that time, the Facilities Department has been involved with the development of many new facilities and has many more in the design or feasability phase.

Sue Nelson, BS, ATRIC, is the resource person and technical consultant serving USA Swimming members, potential members, and Make-a-Splash Local Partners. She provides advice on organizing, conducting, and evaluating Learn-to-Swim Programs; initiates communication with the Learn-to-Swim providers and offers educational resources. She develops and publishes program information as it relates to Total Aquatic Programming, conducts clinics, seminars, workshops, and Swimposiums, related to Learn-to-Swim and the Make-a-Splash initiatives, as well as providing an understanding of the four Aquatic Pillars that allow an aquatic center to be self-sustaining. She presents at the USA Swimming Regional Build-a-Pool Conferences and the Saving Pools, Saves Lives Workshops.

Eduardo Netto, MS, is the Fitness Director of the Body Tech Health Club in Brazil and has a master's degree in human motricity. He is an international presenter and well-respected fitness professional and consultant in Brazil. He has published books, DVDs, and a CD-ROM on fitness programs.

Takuya Oshio, RPT, MS, ATRIC, graduated from Shinshu University School of Medicine with a degree in sports medicine science. He is an AEA and ATRI National Trainer in Japan.

Cesar Petronio, PT, has worked in hydrotherapy for more than 20 years with different kinds of patients - neurological, cardiovascular, geriatrics and orthopedic. He has been a teacher of kinesiology, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and post-graduate courses for hydrotherapy specialists. He has also been an instructor of Ai Chi in Argentina.

Melinda Pierce, PT, MS, CEEAA, ATRIC, has been a physical therapist for 40 years in hospital, outpatient, and geriatric settings with a primary focus on orthopedic and aging populations. She has given numerous presentations to students, therapists, athletic trainers, patients, and the public on musculoskeletal, aging, and aquatic topics. She holds an advanced master's degree in musculoskeletal physical therapy, and certifications from ATRI and as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the APTA Academy for Geriatric Physical Therapy. She shares her passion for Ai Chi through classes and an Ai Chi blog (

Anne Pringle Burnell, ATRIC, created the programs: Peyow® Aqua Pilates and Stronger Seniors®. She is an education provider and holds the following certifications: CAFS, Ai Chi, AEA, Arthritis Foundation, ACE, AFAA/NASM, and AquaStretch™. She is an Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates/Merrithew Health & Fitness. She teaches at the Galter Life Center/Swedish Covenant Hospital, Peninsula Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Core Evolution.

Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, 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, is an internationally recognized leader in aquatic therapy and has founded six successful businesses. She holds numerous awards and honors in the industry. She is founder and president of ATRI, and founder and past-president of AEA. She has authored over 170 articles, written 18 books, and produced over 50 DVDs and CDs.

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. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness program targeting pain management.

Steph Toogood, AS, is a UK AEA training specialist, international educator, and presenter of water fitness. She was a Fab After 50 Health Achiever nominee for Fitness Professionals Fitness Leader of the Year Award, named as one of the Top 10 Fitness Instructors in the UK by the Independent on Sunday, and has received the AEA Global Award for Educational Excellence.

Luis Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC, has lectured in many countries around the world and throughout the US. He received the 2000 ATRI Dolphin Award, 2004 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, 2008 APTA Ruoti Award for Scholastic Excellence in recognition of his contribution to the field of scientific research in aquatic rehabilitation, and 2010 APTA Leadership Award for his service as vice president of the Aquatic Physiotherapy Section of the APTA. He has published two books and is the creator of several aquatic therapy interventions and protocols. He has been a professor and academic administrator at all levels and has conducted several research studies to establish the evidence-based musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary effects of aquatic therapy interventions.

Adam Wilson, MS, CTRS, CBIS, 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, he 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 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).