Speakers

Kendra Betz, MSPT ATP

Kendra Betz has worked for the VA since 1993 specializing in Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation, assistive technology and adaptive sports. She is currently the Prosthetics Clinical Coordinator for the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service, VA Central Office. She served as the Director of Training for a Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation grant surrounding upper limb preservation following SCI. In 2008, Kendra was inducted into the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Hall of Fame with recognition for her work with Veterans and military personnel with SCI.

Lee Kirby, MD, FRCPC - Canada

Dr. Lee Kirby focuses on the wheelchair safety and efficiency and also on providing training to improve movility of people with spinal cord injury, amputation and paralysis related to cerebrovascular accidents and other physical conditions which make it difficult to walk. Dr Kirby, together with his colleagues, has developed a program to teach patients how to safely use the wheelchair to overcome obstacles. This program has been translated into French and has been already implemented in different countries.

Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP - USA

Mark is an ocupational therapist, an Assistive Technology Professional and an assistant professor at Pittsburgh University. He has got more tan 25 years of experience on wheelchairs. He is the International Seating Simposium Director when it takes place in the US. His main interest in on Functional Results.

Sharon Sutherland Pratt, Physical Therapist - USA

Sharon Sutherland (Pratt) owns Seating Solutions, LLC, which offers great variety of clinical rehabilitation services as well as clinical education on complex rehabilitation, positioning and movility.
Sharon has been specializing on seating, positioning and movility during the last 26 years. She offers medical advice to customers, doctors and manufacturers around the world and she has given more than 800 speeches on positioning and movility.