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Erica Vitek

MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Erica graduated with her master's degree in occupational therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2002. Erica works for Aurora Health Care at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has attended extensive postgraduate rehabilitation education in the area of Parkinson's disease and exercise, including the Parkinson's Foundations Allied Team Training for Parkinson's. She is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman) BIG and is a trained PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) provider. She is the team leader of the LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD clinic program at the medical center and co-instructs the LSVT BIG and LOUD skills class, a community-based exercise class for graduates of LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD 1:1 therapy programs. Erica is an LSVT Global faculty member. She instructs both the LSVT BIG training and certification courses throughout the nation and in online webinars. Erica partners with the Wisconsin Parkinson Association as a support group and event presenter as well as author in their publication, Wisconsin Parkinson Magazine.

Erica also specializes in female, male, and pediatric evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor and related bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues. She is board certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction (BCB-PMD) and is a board-certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Erica has taken a special interest in the unique pelvic floor, bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues experienced by individuals with Parkinson's disease. She is faculty at the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, has authored the virtual course Parkinson's Disease and Pelvic Rehabilitation, and has co-authored a three-day, in-person course titled Neurologic Conditions and Pelvic Floor Rehab.

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Interprofessional Practice for Parkinson's: LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD

Presented by Cynthia M. Fox, PhD, CCC-SLP, Laura Gusé, MPT, and Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Interprofessional Practice for Parkinson's: LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD

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Video Runtime: 84 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 37 Minutes

Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders are complex and often require intervention by all three rehabilitation disciplines: physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Too often, therapists work in silos despite overlapping patient goals. This forfeits holistic, patient-centered care and can cause confusion for the patient. This course will present an example of a unified approach across physical, occupational, and speech therapies (LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD) to comprehensively treat cross-system deficits in people with PD. Integration of patient-specific goals and utilization of other healthcare- and community-based professionals will be explored.

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A Primer in a Parkinson's-Specific Occupational Therapy Program

Presented by Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC

A Primer in a Parkinson's-Specific Occupational Therapy Program

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Video Runtime: 85 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

A deeper understanding of the neurophysiology of Parkinson's disease has evolved that calls for rehabilitation practitioners to provide targeted strategies in treatment planning and delivery. Restoring function with desired lasting results observable in everyday occupation is achievable. This course will highlight how the practice of occupational therapy (OT) has evolved because of evidence-based practice related to rehabilitation and exercise in Parkinson's disease (PD). While OTs have always been leaders in teaching adaptive and compensatory strategies to facilitate independence and participation in occupations in daily life, current OT interventions utilizing the latest research go beyond compensation and target the primary motor and nonmotor symptoms of PD. The course will include research and OT treatment using LSVT BIG as an example.

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