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Last updated Monday, April 19, 2004

2004 BRIGHT Summer Program

June Therapists:

The primary therapist will be Janet Sternat, PT. Working along with Janet will be a PT aide that has worked with Janet extensively.

Janet Sternat received her B. S. degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. She also became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in 1997. Additional training and certification include Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration, joint mobilization, cranial-sacral techniques, aqua and therapeutic horseback riding. Janet has been a preceptor for Physical Therapy Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lacrosse, St Scholastica, Duluth and for Physical Therapy Assistance programs. She developed and ran a private pediatric therapy practice in the River Falls Wisconsin area for 20 years. During that time she also founded Have-A-Heart, Inc, a nonprofit corporation that provides respite and home care services to children with disabilities. Janet is currently working in the 0-3 programs serving children with disabilities in Bayfield and Ashland counties as well as in the school districts of CESA #12. Janet has given workshops and presentations for therapists and paraprofessionals serving pediatric clientele. Janet has completed the third edition Chapter 9 "The Development of Head and Trunk Control" for the Montgomery/Connolly book Therapeutic Exercise in Developmental Disabilities.

In addition, Billi Cusick will be supervising the TheraTogs System portion of the program, personally ensuring that each patient benefits optimally from this exciting new therapeutic tool as well as providing an extensive evaluation of extremity deformity and suggested management plan.

Billi Cusick is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of lower extremity deformity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy and other CNS deficits.

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston) in 1972. She is NDT basic- and baby-trained. Since 1978 she has written or co-authored numerous publications, including:

* Progressive Casting and Splinting for Lower Extremity Deformity in Children with Neuromotor Dysfunction (1990), a full-length text

* Serial Casts: Their Use in the Management of Spasticity-Induced Foot Deformity (1990), an illustrated manual

* Legs & Feet: A Review of Musculoskeletal Assessments (1997), an instructional videotape

* Lower Extremity Developmental Features (2000), a home study monograph for the APTA's Orthopedic Section

* Serial Casting to Restore Soft Tissue Extensibility in the Ankle and Foot (2000), a monograph

* Cast Fabrication Techniques #1: The FlexCast Preparatory AFO (2000), a videotape and manual set.

...and several textbook chapters and articles for journals and conference proceedings publications.

She has guest lectured at annual conferences of the APTA, the NDTA, and the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine, in the US and Canada; and at the ISPO Consensus Conference for Orthotics in CP.

Since 1977, Ms. Cusick has conducted over 300 courses and guest presentations in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. She's also toured Australia three times, twice as a guest instructor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association's Pediatric Special Interest Group.

Beginning in 1976, Ms. Cusick worked for 9 years on staff at Children's Rehabilitation Center (now the Kluge Center) in Charlottesville, VA. She then taught pediatrics-related courses for 3 years as a member of the PT Education faculty of the College of Health Related Professions at MUSC in Charleston, SC. In Charleston, she also initiated and directed PT services for the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In 1988, she earned an MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she also consulted for Cardinal Hill Hospital's Head Trauma and Pediatrics teams. She then served for 4 years, offering assistance and consultation to the PT Department of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Since 1993 Ms. Cusick has been consulting and practicing privately in Telluride, Colorado. There, she devotes most of her professional effort to generating literature and educational materials, developing therapeutic products, and teaching and consultation.

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