News and Events: UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participates in many community, educational, and professional events throughout the Pittsburgh and Erie areas. See a listing of upcoming events and news below.


CRS Receives Awards at the 2016 Loren Roth Quality and Patient Safety Awards Reception

On September 20, the CRS Hand Clinic and the CRS – Erie Peninsula locations received the Excellence in Patient Experience Award at the 2016 Loren Roth Quality and Patient Safety Awards reception. This award recognizes various divisions, physicians, and medical staff within the UPMC system. The individuals and departments recognized go above and beyond in their efforts to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care to patients throughout the organization. The facilities honored demonstrate the greatest overall top box scores for the 2016 fiscal year.

Kim Maguire, OTR/L, CHT is the facility director at the CRS Hand Clinic. Her staff members include Marie Pace, OTR/L, CHT, Valerie Cook, and Scott Szarmach. Josh Miller, PT, is the facility director at CRS – Erie Peninsula. His staff members include Mary Parsons and Julie Carter, PTA.

Sarah Robertson, PTA, at UPMC Hamot is the 2016 recipient of the Richard L. Simmons, MD Speak Up for Safety Award. Sarah received this award due to her dedication to ensuring the proper care and safety of our patients.

Stretching Clinic

Craig Maartmann-Moe helping a participantOn August 19, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services held a stretching clinic before and after the Passavant Hospital Foundation Scrub Run/Walk, which took place at the North Park Loop. CRS was also a mile marker sponsor. Volunteers included Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, Cert MDT, CSCS, Carolyn Wincer, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT-LANA, Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, and Jon Mayer, SLP.

Craig Maartmann-Moe helps a race participant stretch.​

2016 Steelers Fan Fest

Charlie Batch with UPMC CRS staffUPMC Centers for Rehab Services presented and participated at the 2016 Steelers Fan Fest in Latrobe on August 5. CRS staff hosted a booth, where former Steeler, Charlie Batch, signed autographs. 

CRS staff with Charlie Batch.

CRS Women’s Health Residency Program Reaccredited

The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education of the American Physical Therapy Association has reaccredited the CRS Women’s Health Residency program. CRS is one of a very few providers in the country with five residency programs. CRS’ residency programs include women’s health, orthopaedics, sports rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and geriatrics.

Free Lymphedema Seminar

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services presents a free lymphedema seminar on Saturday, September 10 from 9 - 11 a.m. A free continental breakfast will be provided.

Conference Room, Ground Level
2775 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

Speakers and Presentation Topics:
Lymphedema 2016
Atilla Soran, MD, MPH, FACS
Director of Lymphedema Program
Magee-Womens Surgical Associates

Surgical Options for Lymphedema
Carolyn De La Cruz, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Updates About the Lymphedema Treatment Act
Clare Copenhaver, PTA, CLT-LANA
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

RSVP by Monday, September 5 to 412-692-9423.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Hosts Wheelchair Skills Clinics

Why Wheelchair Skills?

Wheelchair skills are an important milestone of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many wheelchair users report being unable to climb curbs, traverse uneven terrain, and transfer effectively. These skills are important for accessing places outside of home, returning to work, and participating in the community.

What You’ll Learn

To help improve your wheelchair skills, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services is offering monthly wheelchair training clinics. During these clinics, therapists will work with you on your personal goals. These goals can range from pushing your chair more efficiently so you are less likely to develop shoulder pain, to more advanced skills like wheelies and navigating stairs.

Attendance is $5 per class with a waiver available for financial hardship. If you are interested in more information or want to register, please call Lynn Worobey at 412-822-3674.

Dates and Locations:

UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Thursday, August 18
Thursday, September 15
Thursday, October 20

7E Spinal Cord Unit
3 – 4:30 p.m.

2775 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Tuesday, August 23
Conference Rooms A and B,
Ground Floor
2:30 – 4 p.m.

UPMC Mercy South Side
Outpatient Center
2000 Mary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Thursday, September 22
3 – 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Passavant
9100 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Wednesday, October 12
Assembly Hall
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Ladies Day Out Event

Therapists from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the second annual Ladies Day Out event, a women's health program focused on wellness and pampering. The event was sponsored by UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport and took place on May 4, 2016 at the Stratigos Banquet Centre. Andrea Shafran, MPT, WCS, CLT-LANA, Claire Copenhaver, PTA, CLT-LANA, and Amanda Thomas, DPT, CLT provided free posture screenings to the attendees.

Free Lymphedema Seminar

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services presents a free lymphedema seminar. A free continental breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, April 16
Meadville Days Inn
18360 Conneaut Lake Road
Meadville, PA 16335

Speakers and Presentation Topics:

Susan Estrada-Te, MD
UPMC Horizon Center for Wound Treatment
Wound Care and Skin Care Related to Lymphedema

Allison Tost, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Gregory Engel
Breast Cancer Surgery and Lymphedema in the Breast Cancer Population

RSVP by Monday, April 11 to 724-946-8378.

Food Bank Donation

Food Bank Donation

On March 31, Maggie Backstrom, a marketing representative from the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, presented Kris Douglas, CEO of the Westmoreland County Food Bank, with a generous donation. CRS is proud to support our local communities with its annual donations to area food banks.

Health and Wellness Fair Hand Grip Test Winners

Edberg DominguezAmanda McGuire

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the annual Point Park University Spring 2016 Health and Wellness Fair, held for staff and students on March 23. CRS tested participants’ hand grip strength and held a contest for best grip for men and women. The winners of the contest were Edberg Dominguez and Amanda McGuire(pictured above), who each received a CRS mug, t-shirt, and a $25.00 iTunes gift card.

CRS McCandless Facility Director Presents on Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, MS, CSCS, facility director and physical therapist at CRS McCandless, presented on osteoarthritis of the knee at Club Julian in Ross Township on March 9, 2016. The discussion included the anatomy of the knee, ergonomics, causes of knee pain and injury, exercises to manage knee issues, and current treatments. The presentation took place in conjunction with Passavant Hospital Foundation and Club Julian 24 Hour Fitness.

Craig has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duquesne University, and a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the McKenzie Institute as a mechanical diagnosis and treatment therapist, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and holds a Direct Access License in Pennsylvania. Craig's areas of interest include treating the overhead throwing athlete, as well as orthopaedic therapy, spine rehabilitation, manual physical therapy, shoulder pain and therapy, sports rehabilitation, and comprehensive musculoskeletal care.

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6th Annual Current Concepts in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists will present at the 6th Annual Current Concepts in Brain Injury Rehabilitation seminar on November 7, 2015 at the UPMC Mercy Clark Auditorium. The presentations include:

Evidence-Based Strategies for Community Reintegration

Kayla Covert, PT, DPT, NCS, CSCS, CRS Outpatient Neurologic/Vestibular Rehab Program, UPMC CRS Brittany Kennedy PT, DPT, NCS , Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

Essential Components of a Minimally Conscious Rehabilitation Program

Cara Camiolo Reddy, MD, Medical Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Network
Terry Breisinger, MS, PT, NCS, CRS Team Leader, Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Sara Hershberger, PT, DPT, NCS, CRS Physical Therapist, Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

Minimally Conscious State: A Case Presentation

Laura Scott, MA, CCC-SLP, CRS Speech Language Pathologist, Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Allyson Yukevich, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, CRS Occupational Therapist, Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Cara Camiolo Reddy, MD and Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT, NCS, Course Co-Directors

2015 Arthritis Expo

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists presented at the 2015 Arthritis Expo on October 3, 2015 at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. Paula Breuer, PT and Maria Scolieri, OTR/L, CHT provided rehabilitation information to patients in conjunction with the presentations given by multiple UPMC physicians.

CRS Presents “Keep Moving to Stay a Step Ahead of Arthritis”

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services is teaming up with the Freeport Senior Center to present a free educational talk entitled “Keep Moving to Stay A Step Ahead of Arthritis.”

Presenter: Adam Foust, DPT
Thursday, November 19, 2015
10:30 a.m.

Freeport Senior Center
102 5th Street
Freeport, PA 16229

If you have questions, please contact Adam at:
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
252 Buffalo Plaza, Route 356
Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: 724-295-0066

Continuing Education Team Continues to Be a Driver of Quality Care

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best care possible through advanced education, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists attend a manual therapy, evidenced-based practice, continuing education series offered through the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. These monthly, two-day educational courses allow our therapists to sharpen their skills to ensure that we provide our patients with cutting-edge care.

The focus of this series is on clinical decision making and treatment for the lumbar, pelvic, cervical, and thoracic regions, as well as concepts regarding spinal stabilization and manual therapy. CRS offers a wide variety of programs in physical, occupational, and speech therapy at more than 70 locations throughout western Pennsylvania.

Parkinson's Support Group

Justine Davis, a UPMC Centers for Rehab Services speech-language pathologist, will be speaking at the Parkinson’s Support Group at the Abundant Life Church. Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, their spouse, family members, caregivers, and friends are welcome.

Tuesday, October 27
2 – 4 p.m.

Abundant Life Church
1239 Brownfield Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

For more information, please call 724-430-0888.

New Location for CRS Butler

The CRS Butler location at 301 First Street has moved. As of October 5, it is now located at 265 Pullman Square.

The services offered at this location include:

  • Hand therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy

To make an appointment, please call 724-282-4764.

Passavant Foundation Presents Free Nerve Pain Presentation

Emily Toussant, MPT, a UPMC Centers for Rehab Services physical therapist, will be discussing:

  • Causes of nerve pain
  • How to relieve the pain and promote healing
  • Exercises to help strengthen muscles around the nerve to decrease pain and restore function and movement

Event details:

Wednesday, October 7
1 – 2 p.m.

Club Julian – North Hills
101 Corbett Ct.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Reservations are required. Please call 412-366-1931.

Speech Therapy at CRS

Speech-language pathologists (SLP) work both with children and adults. This can include the areas our title suggests, such as: speech (how words are produced, changes in voice, etc.); language (how words are understood or expressed); social communication (taking turns talking, understanding others’ viewpoints, etc.) and overall communication goals (including alternative communication methods, devices, etc.) In addition, SLPs can help to improve thinking abilities.

Read more about speech therapy.

CRS Location Updates

With more than 70 locations, CRS is always expanding and making changes to its current locations. Here are the latest location updates:

  • CRS Butler – Our new Butler County location at 265 Pullman Square is scheduled to open at the end of September 2015.
  • CRS McKeesport – CRS McKeesport and McKeesport Hospital Outpatient Therapy Services are consolidating. As of October 2015, the new CRS McKeesport will be located at 625 Walnut Street.
  • CRS Murrysville – CRS Murrysville will be moving to a newly expanded location in January 2016.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) is proud to support Go4Life® Month in September 2015

Go4Life encourages older adults to be active and exercise daily. CRS therapists treat older adults in their recovery from injury or illness. They also provide essential support and enhance the confidence needed to maintain or regain a healthy active lifestyle. CRS therapists provide valuable, personalized, evidence-based care, including balance and fall prevention programs, daily living assessment and coaching, speech and memory programs, back pain reduction programs, foot and ankle care, and strength and conditioning guidance. Your CRS therapist can help you maintain or rediscover an active lifestyle. CRS accepts most major insurances at more than 70 convenient locations across western Pennsylvania. Our friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable staff is available at convenient hours.

For more information on programs and services offered specifically for older adults, contact CRS at 1-888-723-4CRS or visit our website.

View the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Report for additional national resources (PDF).

Community Events

  • CRS therapists performed pre- and post-therapy clinics at the 3rd Annual Passavant Hospital Foundation Scrub Run/Walk on August 21 at North Park. They helped participants stretch before and after the race, and treated and evaluated injuries during the race.
  • CRS therapists also performed the same pre- and post-therapy clinics at the 27th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Walk and Kids’ Kickoff Run at Heinz Field on September 6, which benefitted the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.
  • CRS therapists participated in Celebrate Monroeville at the Monroeville Convention Center on September 2. They performed hand strength testing and “Ask a Therapist” sessions at the booth.
  • CRS Westmoreland locations participated in the Westmoreland County Food Bank “Go Orange for Hunger” initiative. Staff members at these locations wore orange shirts on September 4 to show their support for the food bank. Each location is holding a food drive during the month of September for our neighbors in need.
  • CRS staff members will participate in the Quality Fair which showcases the areas of performance improvement and customer satisfaction. This fair will take place on Friday, September 25 at the Biomedical Science Tower.

Flu Shots and Health Screenings for Seniors

UPMC East is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents age 65 and older. Flu vaccinations are also free for individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart or lung disease. For people ages 18 to 64, there will be a $15 fee. Children under the age of 18 will not be vaccinated at this clinic.

If you are allergic to eggs or chicken, or have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past, please consult your doctor before receiving the vaccination.

Additional health screenings include:

  • Cholesterol (includes LDL, HDL, triglycerides)*
  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure and pulse oximetry
  • Varicose vein assessment
  • Ask the expert/UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
  • Ask the Doctor
    *9-hour fast recommended for cholesterol screening

Event details:

Wednesday, September 30
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Conference Center, Ground Level
2775 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

Free: ages 65 and over
$15: ages 18 to 64

Reservations are required. Please call 412-357-3700.

Free parking and light refreshments will be provided.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services helps welcome new teachers in Peters Township

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) was one of the sponsors of a luncheon hosted by the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce to welcome 25 new teachers to the school district. CRS is an active member of the Peters Township Chamber and regularly participates in community events throughout the year.

Dan Reahak is the facility director at CRS Peters Township. For questions about services provided at that location, or to schedule an appointment, call 724-941-2240.

Same friendly staff, new location in Cranberry Township

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Cranberry has relocated from its Rowan Road location to the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex at 8000 Cranberry Springs Drive.

Services at CRS Cranberry include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Certified hand therapy
  • Balance and neurological therapy
  • Women's rehab
  • Lymphedema management
  • Sports rehabilitation

For patients north of Cranberry, the CRS Zelienople office is 8.5 miles, or about 13 minutes, north on Main Street.

To schedule an appointment at either location, please call 1-888-723-4CRS (4277).

Where to Turn Resource Fair

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program Director, Jennifer McMahon, DPT, GCS, and current residents, Erin Boyle, DPT, and Andrea O’Leary, DPT, will be presenting at the Oct. 13 Where to Turn Resource Fair for Service Professionals at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh on “Falls in the Geriatric Population.” The audience will include service coordinators, case management, social workers, discharge planners, and nurses who work with the aging population.

The presentation will focus on falls in the elderly, which is an increasing public health problem that is largely preventable with the right education, tools, and assistance. Emphasis will be placed on fall facts, how to prevent falls, and how to reduce your risk of falling. Resources will also be provided regarding tips, tools, and who to contact to assess your fall risk.

The presentation is an example of the ongoing commitment of CRS to further educate the community and its patients within the aging population.


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