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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 review of past events below.

Expert in Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Mike Balandiat, OTR/L, CHT, MMT, CPAM, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, has renewed credentials as an expert in upper limb rehabilitation. People value the use of their hands; therefore any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) offers the public assurance that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession. Mike is an occupational therapist at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Chapel Harbor in Fox Chapel. He has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and a Certified Hand Therapist for 25 years. Congratulations, Mike!

Oakmont Street Festival

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the Oakmont Street Festival on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The staff spoke to attendees on our services and answered questions regarding physical and occupational therapy. Staff pictured in the photo (L to R) Shannon Mathis, Michael Balandiat, and Valerie Eiben.

Day of Health for Seniors

On June 25, 2019 UPMC Centers for Rehab Services McCandless participated in the Day of Health for Seniors at Cumberland Woods Village. They provided balance screening, hand grip strength screening, low vision screening, and Physical Therapy and Women’s Rehab “Ask a Therapist”.

Occupational Therapy and Senior Technology

Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, spoke at the Resource Networking, Senior Technology in the care of older adults event, presented by the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Cumberland Woods Village. The event was to exchange ideas and resources with professional peers from other organizations who support seniors in our region.

We are pleased to announce that, Minmei Shih, PhD, OTR/L, has received the University of Pittsburgh Occupational Therapy Alumni Award of Excellence. This award recognizes professional excellence among graduates of the Occupational Therapy Program. Minmei was honored for her work in advancing neurorehabilitation in the region and she received this accolade at the recent Pitt OT Colloquium.

CRS – N. Strabane Motivates Children to Read

Read Across America Day is an annual,nationwide observance that celebrates and promotes reading. On March 1, 2019, Scott Colombo, DPT and Facility Director at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services - N. Strabane, showed his support by reading to students at Trinity North Elementary School in Washington, PA. His chosen book was "Long Shot," a book about a young boy who wants to make the basketball team but doesn’t think he is tall enough. While in college, Scott, who is 5’8”, lived this story by defying the odds and playing for the Pitt Panthers Basketball Team after trying out as a walk-on player. We thank Scott for his motivational approach to promote reading.

CRS Uptown Celebrates “Low Vision Awareness Month”

In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, Maria Shoemaker, OT at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (Pittsburgh Uptown) coordinated a display in UPMC Mercy’s cafeteria. On February 27th, Maria, Victoria Viola (Pitt OT Student) and Jenn Bonnet (UPMC CRS Marketing) demonstrated various adaptive tools and discussed how Occupational Therapy can help people with vision loss regain their independence and quality of life.

After months of planning, CRS Moon Township kicked off their Free, Interactive Wellness Series on Friday, January 25, 2019. This event focused on fall prevention in older adults and included a presentation by Courtney Ludwig, PT, DPT along with interactive balance screenings. Lauren DeFilippi, FD, PT; Deidre Musolino, PTA; and Jenn Bonnet, Marketing Representative assisted with the event. We are looking forward to the next event on February 22, 2019 which will focus on age-related cognitive changes. The monthly Wellness Series continues through May 2019 with each event scheduled on the last Friday of the month, 4-6 p.m.

On Thursday, November 29, 2018 an open house was held at the CRS Zelienople location. Residents from the community and local business attended to meet our staff and view our new facility.

Pictured from left to right:
Sean Collins, PT, ATC, Facility Director and Emily Franczyk, Rehabilitation Aide

CRS Baking Basket Raffle

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the UPMC Squirrel Hill location held a baking basket raffle, in October. Congratulations to the basket winner, Lauren Coblenz.

CRS Squirrel Hill Basket Raffle

Tour the Montour Cycling Event

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services once again supported the Montour Trail as a Presenting Sponsor of the annual Tour the Montour cycling event. Starting things off, Lauren DeFilippi (PT, Facility Director-Moon) and Courtney Ludwig (PT)assisted individuals and groups with pre-race stretching exercises. When cyclists stopped for a lunch break, Lauren, Courtney, Jamie Masten (OT), George Janusz (PT), Dee Dee Musolino (PTA), Alex Krull (DPT Student)and Jenn Bonnet (Marketing Rep) welcomed them with stretching exercises, samples of homemade energy bites and lots of information. UPMC Sports Medicine’s Cycling Expert, Matt Tinkey was on hand to answer questions and provide information about cycling equipment and performance programs.

Tour the Montour Cycling Event

National Night Out in Washington, PA

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Jenna Smith, Angela Cramer and Mike Calabrese (CRS N. Strabane) attended the National Night Out event in Washington, PA. Held in Target’s parking lot, they spoke with over 200 community members about our services and locations. Great job and thanks!

Pittsburgh Technical College Wellness Fair

On Thursday, August 16th, Lauren DeFilippi (FD, Moon), Courtney Ludwig (Neuro PT, Moon), Alex Krull (DPT Student) and Jenn Bonnet (Marketing) attended Pittsburgh Technical College’s Wellness Fair. They conducted balance screenings and demonstrated techniques used in concussion therapy while discussing CRS services and locations. Over 100 students, faculty and staff attended the event.

Lauren DeFilippi and Alex Krull at the PTC Wellness Fair

Getting a HANDle on Osteoarthritis

On Friday, August 24, Patrick Wholey, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at UPMC CRS Green Tree, spoke about Arthritis at the Green Tree Library. Patrick reviewed Osteoarthritis, discussed common treatments and demonstrated adaptive equipment often used to simplify challenging tasks. In addition, he checked participants’ hand grip strength and pinch grip strength and discussed ways to improve hand strength.

Keeping Your Balance

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, Erika Weinheimer, PT, DPT and Paula McCorkle, SPT (Student Physical Therapist) spoke about Balance and Stretching to Independent Living Residents at Asbury Heights. They demonstrated stretches that can be safely done while in a chair and also conducted balance screenings for several residents.

Keeping Your Balance

CRS Supports the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce

On June 18, 2018, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services supported the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce by sponsoring a beverage cart at the Annual Golf Outing. Shelley McMahon (PT and FD, CRS Hopewell) and Jenn Bonnet (Marketing Representative) provided refreshing drinks while networking with golfers on a hot and enjoyable day.

Let's Move Blair County

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the "Let's Move Blair County" event held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at People's Natural Gas Field in Altoona. CRS sponsored a bicycle raffle as part of the occasion. The winner of the bicycle was Dylan Keith, pictured here along with Michelle Jadlocki, Facility Director at CRS Altoona, and Emily Keith.

(Pictured from left are:, Michelle Jadlocki, Emily Keith, and Dylan Keith)

Plum YMCA Senior Health Fair

Jason McIntyre, PT, DPT, ATC and Leslie Giannetta, Marketing Representative, participated in the Plum YMCA Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Jason held an ask the expert session for participants.

Physical Therapy Presentation

Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, CSCS, Cert. MDT, presented Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Arthritis at Cumberland Woods on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

CRS Patient Appreciation Drawing

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Altoona, Bedford, and Cresson locations held a patient appreciation drawing for the month of May. Participants had a chance to win 2 Altoona Curve tickets and a $25.00 Altoona Curve Coin.

Joshua Taboe, raffle prize winner with Michelle Jadlocki, Facility Director at CRS Altoona

Kimberly Todaro, Facilty Director at CRS Cresson with raffle winner Debbie Yanche

Becky Sell, Physica Therapist at CRS Bedford with raffle winner Dennis Bayer

CRS at Wellapalooza

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services provided balance screenings and fall prevention information at the UPMC for Life Wellapalooza held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the UPMC Club Suite at Heinz Field.

Pictured in the photo from left: Darcy Bonaventura, Neuro and Vestibular Physical Therapist, Kaylee Kuzma, a student in Physical Therapy, and Leslie Giannetta, Marketing

CRS Facility Director Presents on Hip and Knee Pain

Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, facility director and physical therapist at CRS McCandless, will be one of two featured speakers on the topic of “Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip and Knee Pain: Partnering with your Orthopedic Surgeon and Physical Therapist.” This educational event, free and open to the community, takes place on May 29, 2018 at 11 at Cumberland Woods Village on the campus of UPMC Passavant.

CRS Hosts Youth Basketball Preparedness Clinic

Under the direction of Scott Colombo, facility director and a physical therapist at CRS North Strabane, and Bill DiLeonardo, facility director and physical therapist at CRS South Hills, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services conducted a Youth Basketball Preparedness Clinic on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

With over 14 area school districts represented, 60 male and female athletes in grades 5-8 completed an extensive series of drills designed to assess agility, flexibility, jumping ability, upper body strength, speed, and reaction time. Clinicians from CRS and UPMC Sports Medicine evaluated each athlete’s performance, identified and documented any areas of deficiency that the athlete should work on to prevent future injury, and discussed findings with the athletes.

Participants received a score card with their baseline performance and noted observations. In addition, UPMC CRS neuro/vestibular therapist, Maura Lacey, PT provided information about post-concussion rehabilitation to interested parents and coaches.

Pictured in the front row (left to right): Jeff Klug, Andrew Ross, Melissa Antonoplos, Pat Mahoney, Andrew Harkins, Tony Sanks, Michelle Agostinelli, and Scott Colombo.

Pictured in the back row (left to right): Maura Lacey, Angela Heintz, Bill DiLeonardo, Dave Battiste, and Ryan Laughran.

CRS Donates to the Hampton Athletic Association

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services donated a gift basket to the Hampton Athletic Association’s "Night at the Races" event, which raises money for dugouts to be built at the McCully Complex in Hampton Township, in memory of long-time baseball coach and community member, Skip Palmer. Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, facility director at CRS – Allison Park is pictured presenting the gift basket to Michael Dolinger from the Hampton Athletic Association.

CRS Penn Hills Hosts Open House

CRS Penn Hills hosted an open house on August 31, 2017. A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the move to this office’s new location.

Pictured in the front row (left to right): Sarah Ward, Neele Holzenkaempfer, Ashley Whalen, Beth Holzhauser, Emily Miskell, PT, DPT, CRS Penn Hills’ facility director, and Kim Antonucci.

Pictured in the back row (left to right): Rob Pochciol, Tony Sanks, PT, ATC, CSCS, regional vice president, Renee Germak Dooen, DPT, East POD director, and Sarah Kosko.

Congratulations to our UPMC Community Provider Services Division Quality Fair Winners

Winner: President’s Award 2017
Presented by: Terry Breisinger, PT, NCS and Allyson Yukevich, OTR/L, CBIS, UPMC Mercy
Development of a Disorders of Consciousness Program

Winner: Innovation Award 2017
Presented by: Emily Bender, OTR/L, CPAM, CSRS; Samantha Smith, OTR/L, CPAM and Jeffrey Welk, PT, DPT, MPH, UPMC Passavant
Increasing Function of an Upper Extremity Post-CVA (Stroke)

CRS submitted 15 out of 24 entries and won two of the four awards. Thank you to all who participated and for your commitment to quality endeavors for CRS!

Lymphedema Seminar

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services presents a lymphedema seminar on Saturday, September 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Admission is free and a continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP by Sunday, September 10 at 412-692-9423.

Speakers and presentation topics include:
Atilla Soran, MD, MPH, FACS
Director of Lymphedema Program
Magee-Womens Surgical Associates
Lymphedema Updates

Clare Copenhaver, PTA, CLT-LANA, LMT
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Update on the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Megan E. Glod, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Community Resources and Insurance Coverage

Lisa G. Mager, MPT, CLT-LANA, WCS
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Optimal Management of Your Lymphedema

Liana M. Merrick, PT, DPT, CLT
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
A Review of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and the Lymphatic System

CRS Offices in Westmoreland County “Go Orange for Hunger”

The CRS Delmont, CRS Greensburg – Pellis Road, and CRS Greensburg – Route 30 offices are participating in the “Go Orange for Hunger” event this September. They will be collecting food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank and will be wearing orange throughout the month.

CRS Therapists Participate in National Pain Conference

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists Megan Driscoll, MOT, OTR/L and Paula Breuer, PT participated in the National Pain Conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The conference, titled “A Balanced Approach to Pain Management,” was attended by patients and physicians. The conference featured various speakers who discussed pain treatments and management.

CRS Supports the Montour Trail

On April 23, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services supported the Montour Trail through a Premier Sponsorship, along with the participation of employees, friends, and family in the National Tunnel Race.

Melissa Antonoplos (pictured with dog, Eos), Karen and Chris Losego (also pictured), and Scott Colombo ran the race, while Jenn Bonnet, Tom Murt, Pat Mahoney and Dan Rehak were on site to provide information, help with stretching, and answer questions from participants.

CRS looks forward to its continued support of the Montour Trail through its involvement in the upcoming Tour the Montour cycling event in September.

CRS Donates to the ALS Association

Paul Rockar and Dino Rovito, respective CEO and COO of UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, present ALS Association representatives Julia Marsili and Kelsey Schooley with a check for $4,730. On an annual basis, for every assist the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team makes during the season, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services donates $10 to the ALS Association. This year, the team had 473 assists.

CRS Participates in Point Park University Health and Wellness Fair

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in Point Park University’s Spring 2017 Health and Wellness Fair held for staff and students on March 22. CRS tested participants’ hand grip strength and held a contest for best grip for men and women. The winner of the women's contest was Amanda Anderson. Each winner received a CRS mug, t-shirt, and a $25.00 iTunes gift card.

CRS Therapists to Present at SCI Rehabilitation Conference

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists, Joseph Everhart, DPT, NCS, Randy Huzinec, PT, Danielle R. Karhut, MOT, ORT/L, Jodi Krause, DPT, NCS, Lauren Malacarne, DPT, NCS, Elizabeth Stanley, DPT, Chris Venus, PT, NCS, and Barbara Zerbee, COTA/L will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation being held on April 29, 2017 at UPMC Mercy’s Clark Auditorium.

Conference goals are to advance health, expand knowledge, and improve care through research, teaching rehabilitation services, and medical care.

CRS Supports Area Food Banks

During this past holiday season, CRS made financial contributions to the following area food banks, including:

Community Food Bank
Kathy Bracco,CRS marketing representative, presents a check to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Westmoreland County Food Bank
Kathy Bracco, CRS marketing representative, presents a check to the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Erie Second Harvest
Ryan Brown, PT, facility director at CRS Erie, and Kelsey Bone, CRS marketing representative, present a check to the Erie Second Harvest Food Bank.

Community Food Warehouse
Tom Masters, PT, facility director at CRS Hermitage, and Kelsey Bone, CRS marketing representative, present a check to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

A donation was also made to the Central Pennsylvania Community Food Bank and the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

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

On 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

UPMC 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.

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.

If you are interested in more information or want to register, please call Lynn Worobey at 412-822-3674.

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.

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

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, 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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