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For 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 would like to be considered as a speaker for 2021 events, please complete the 2021 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 afischer@atri.org.

If you are interested in joining our Symposium Faculty in 2022, please complete the 2022 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 afischer@atri.org.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Angie Fischer at  afischer@atri.org. 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.

2020 ATRI Speakers

Mimi Rodriguez Adami, BA, BS, an American born European, Mimi has been living in Italy for 42 years. She is the director of Italy’s first EU accredited training provider for fitness professionals. With a degree in Exercise Science from Rome’s TorVergata University, she developed the AquaZumba exercise program, coordinated the EU’s eLF (eLearning Fitness) Project and wrote Aqua Fitness. She also specializes in Pelvic Floor Fitness and represents the Low Pressure Fitness method in Italy where she is the lead trainer and collaborates with the medical community for the prevention and rehabilitation of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Anne Foley Alper, MA, is an Aquatic Fitness Instructor, serving the senior population with myriad abilities and aging considerations. She also conducts creative writing sessions with Wounded Warrior Project clients via telephone. An Expressive Arts consultant, she includes intermodal activities (movement, drawing, improv, and writing) to help clients gain insight, develop, and grow in mind, body, and spirit.

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.

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.

Laurie Denomme, B.Kinesiology, is a Kinesiologist and Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. She is an international fitness educator and founder of WECOACH. Her expertise has been called upon by top consumer magazines including Self and Weight Watchers. She is the recipient of the 2013 AEA Global Aquatic Fitness Professional Award and the 2014 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award.

Christa Fairbrother, MA, ATRIC, teaches yoga professionally. She uses her own experience in dealing with arthritis to help others use the tools of yoga to manage their health. Her focus is aqua yoga because it’s kind to people’s joints and is so accessible. It allows people who can no longer practice on land to continue yoga in the water.

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-FrazierAdapted 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.

Patty Henry-Schneider, MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist certified in EMDR and a certied Ai Chi Master Presenter. 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.

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: www.AquaStretchCanada.com and www.FortheLoveofFit.com.

Lynda Keane, MSc, 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.

Evelyn Keyes, BSc, is an internationally recognized presenter in aquatics from Australia, formerly from The Netherlands. She has taught swimming for all levels and exercise science for 40 years. She runs a swim school from the Keyes Oasis Retreat in the Outback of Victoria, Australia. Along with her husband, Greg, they run Global Aquatic Instructors Network – Global Lifestyle Organization Web (GAINGLOW) and tour internationally for aquatics and leadership development.

Greg Keyes, JP, PhD, is an internationally recognized presenter in aquatics from Australia. He has taught aquatics and leadership development for 30 years, founding four successful businesses and in 2019, released his book, Aqua-I-Cue, which covers four major domains: Exercise Science / Basic Anatomy, Basic Aquatics, Leadership, and Interpersonal Communication Dynamics.

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.

Rachel Mertins, PT, DPT, has been a physical therapist with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) since September 2008. Her clinical interests include proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), functional electrical stimulation (FES), and aquatics. She published two articles in the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy (JAPT) in 2014 and 2017, and has created a webinar for physicaltherapy.com regarding aquatics and SCI. She is experienced with treating as a land and aquatic therapist for children and adults with a variety of neuromuscular diagnoses, including use of partial body weight supported gait training.

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.

Donna Mooneyham, MAEd, CTRS/LRT, serves a variety of individuals in aquatic therapy for rehabilitation and independent living. She has worked as a licensed recreational therapist, educator and trainer for 30 years. She is involved with Wounded Warriors as an aquatic therapy trainer and service provider, as well as coaching Special Olympics. She was selected as a World Games Coach for Special Olympics and traveled to Greece in 2001 to coach swimming.

Meredith Morig, MOTR/L, ATRIC, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in combining sensory integration techniques with aquatic therapy in order to enhance a child’s functional abilities. She has many years of experience working in a specialized sensory integration clinic, providing therapy to children of all ages and diagnoses. She has combined her love for the water with her expertise in sensory integration to provide a more effective therapy modality to enhance a child’s functional abilities. Using her knowledge about sensory integration, along with what she has learned from becoming a certified aquatic therapy instructor, she has developed a successful aquatic program, which has benefitted many children. 

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.

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.

Maria 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.

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. www.waterpt.com

Nicole Scherbarth, CTRS, ATRIC, is a dual certified recreation and aquatic therapist, who owns a private aquatic therapy practice and a community outreach swim program in the Detroit area. She uses a combination of skills as an aquatic fitness instructor, adaptive swim teacher, recreation and aquatic therapist to help her clients from kids to grandparents, special needs to athletes, and everyone in between. www.rawtherapyllc.com www.s3aquatics.com

Jeanmarie Scordino, MEd, has over 25 years of experience as an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and sport conditioning coach. A Fellow of Applied Functional Science, she has been a multi-year facilitator for the Gray Institute Fellowship program. She is a certified exercise physiologist through both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Sports & Conditioning Association. She currently works at BayCare Health System in wellness education.

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. www.ruthsova.com

Sandy Stoub, MA, blends her degrees in Exercise Science and Gerontology with over 30 years of experience in her role as Director of Wellness Services for Symbria Rehab. She is an adjunct professor, author, international conference speaker, and has a diverse background in development and implementation of programming for persons of all ages, with particular emphasis in aging.

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.

Lisa Warwick-Arndt, BS, PTA, has been a physical therapist assistant with the Kennedy Krieger Institute since 2009. She received a pediatric certificate from ATRI in 2012. Her clinical interests include gait mechanics/orthotics, and aquatics. She has had a poster accepted at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals 2013 on functional mobility and aquatics; and a platform presentation at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Conference, 2019.

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).  www.mwaquatics.com