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 2022 events, 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 the Word file (no PDFs please) to Angie Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please e-mail Angie Fischer at email@example.com. Thank you.
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.
2021 ATRI Speakers
Laurie Denomme, B.Kinesiology, Kinesiologist and Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute, is an international fitness educator and founder of WECOACH, whose 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 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.
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.
Lynne Lombard, PT, has worked in orthopaedics and sports medicine both in and out of the water. She has developed a focus on the more difficult patients with unique or multiple diagnoses. She has worked to develop skills from Pilates to selective functional movement to strain counter-strain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beverly Rolfsmeyer, MA, has taught aquatic exercise part-time for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation since 2009. The majority of her professional career was spent working as a Mounted Park Ranger in NYC and Philadelphia. She worked for the NYC Department of Parks as a Mounted Parks Enforcement Officer and then as the Director of the Philadelphia Ranger Corps Mounted Unit. She also worked for the Philadelphia Recreation Dept until her retirement in 2014. She continues to teach aquatics in retirement and also has a background in dance and theater 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
Adam Wilson, 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, 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 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