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Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Program Director, Assistant Professor

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Health Related Sciences-Occupational Therapy
MA, University of Southern California, Occupational Therapy
BA, Luther College, Psychology

Office location: SMRC 278
Office phone: (610) 625.7205 
Email: pottera@moravian.edu

Dr. Potter serves as the program director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. She has over twenty years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy programs at Elizabethtown College and Florida International University (FIU).  She also served as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at FIU. She has mentored over 70 students in research that has been presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and  American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conferences. Dr. Potter’s research explores the impact of cancer on cognition and occupational performance. This work has been presented at the European Society of Oncology Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference.  She has worked in the following clinical settings: inpatient spinal cord injury, outpatient, home health, skilled nursing and acute care.

Dr. Potter serves as a Legacy Advocate with the Young Survival Coalition and a consumer advocate representative on grant review panels for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Breast Cancer Research Program.  She is a conference proposal reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Association, an article reviewer for the Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy, and textbook reviewer for FA Davis and Jones and Bartlett.

 

Sara E. Benham, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, ATP, Assistant Professor

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OTD, Thomas Jefferson University
MOT, University of Indianapolis
BS, Purdue University 

Office location: SMRC  264
Office phone: (610) 625.7207 
Email: benhams@moravian.edu

Sara has worked for over 13 years as an Occupational Therapist in inpatient rehabilitation, previously at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, and currently at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown, PA. Her specialization is in assistive technology and she holds an advanced certification as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Sara specializes in stroke neuro-rehabilitation through practice, research, and educational outreach.  Sara directs her research in pursuit of how technology may enable clients to increase participation in meaningful occupations. She has peer-reviewed publications on a variety of technological enhancements for performance across the lifespan, including telerehabilitation, virtual reality, electronic tablet technologies, aids for community mobility, 3D printing, and has published a textbook chapter on applications of technology for pediatrics. Sara has presented her work nationally and at the state level for over 25 presentations. In regards to national leadership, Sara serves as the Technology Coordinator for the American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA) Rehabilitation & Disability Special Interest Section (SIS), as a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Technology in Rehabilitation Networking Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). 

Sara's previous faculty experience includes her role of the Director of Doctoral Projects for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  She received the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association's Occupational Therapy Motivator Award in 2018.   

 

Sonja Burmeister, OTD, MSPA-C, OTR/L, EICP-OT, Assistant Professor

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OTD, Misericordia University, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
MSPA-C, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Physicians Assistant Studies
BSOT, Temple University, Department of Occupational Therapy

Office location: SMRC  207
Office phone: (610) 625.7237
Email: burmeisters@moravian.edu

Sonja Burmeister is an Assistant Professor for the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Moravian College. Sonja has been a Pediatric Occupation Therapist since 1996 and has obtained a specialty certification in Early Intervention. She continued her education to specialize in Pediatric Neurosurgery as a Physician's Assistant and she brings that wealth of knowledge to her occupational therapy practice. Beginning in 2003, Sonja established two companies providing home, outpatient and school-based therapy services for Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Berks Counties in Pennsylvania. Sonja is a certified Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule administrator and evaluates, diagnoses and treats children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sonja has proudly taught at Moravian College since 2019.  

 

Mary Culshaw, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor

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PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Health Related Sciences
MSc, McMaster University, Rehabilitation Science
BSc, University of Alberta, Occupational Therapy

Office location: SMRC  276
Office phone: (610) 625.7218 
Email: culshawm@moravian.edu

Dr. Culshaw is a faculty member in the Master of Occupational Therapy program. Prior to coming to Moravian College, Dr. Culshaw taught with the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Culshaw is originally from western Canada and spent many years practicing in the field of pediatrics, moving more recently into community care and program development. This follows development of her research which explores the lives of adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the resources they use in the community. She has presented nationally and internationally on this subject, as well as publishing articles. Clinically, she has been on a variety of clinics and programs supporting children, youth with FASD and their families. Dr. Culshaw is proud of her role as occupational therapist in one of the first adult assessment clinics for FASD in Alberta, Canada, advocating for occupational justice for her clients and educating community partners on occupational performance.

 

Jennifer Maloney, OTD, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education

OTD, Chatham University, Occupational Therapy 
MS, Misericordia University, Occupational Therapy 
BS, East Stroudsburg University, Biology 

Office location: SMRC  275
Office phone: (610) 625.7231 
Email: maloneyj03@moravian.edu

Jennifer Maloney is the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She started with
Moravian College in August 2019 as an Adjunct Professor and moved into her recent role in December 2019.
She worked in clinical care, program development, and administration. Jennifer’s clinical experience includes a variety of settings such as behavioral health, school-based, home
care, and community-based services specializing in traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. She has provided fieldwork supervision to dozens of Level I
and Level II occupational therapy students throughout the years.
In the past, Jennifer served on the Restraint Reduction Committee at Lehigh Valley Health Network where she was responsible for designing and implementing sensory
programs, including the creation of a sensory room. She has extensive experience in developing and leading therapeutic groups and individualized activities in various
clinical settings.
Jennifer’s doctoral work included studying the impact of online education about evidence-based practice for increasing occupational therapists’ knowledge and confidence levels. Her current research interest is studying the barriers from fieldwork educators’ perspectives in willingness to provide supervision for fieldwork students.

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Danielle Barattini, MS, OTR/L

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Email: barattinid@moravian.edu

Danielle Barattini is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Sciences in Occupational Therapy program at Moravian College. Danielle graduated with her Master’s in OT in 2018 from Elizabethtown College, where she was a teaching assistant for the Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) laboratory course for 3 years. Together with her supervising professor, Danielle performed research regarding a station-based teaching approach in the A&P laboratory, resulting in a publication in the Journal of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society: The Educator. Danielle has been an occupational therapist since the fall of 2018 and has experience in the following clinical settings: acute behavioral health, outpatient behavioral health, skilled nursing, and acute care.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Cengeri, MS, OTR/L, CAS

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MSOT, Alvernia University
Master of Rehabilitation Science, California University of Pennsylvania
BS, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Minor: Biology & Faith Justice Studies, Saint Joseph's University

Email: cengeria@moravian.edu

Amy Cengeri is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Sciences in Occupational Therapy program at Moravian College. Amy graduated with her Master's of Science in OT in 2013 and has gained experience working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation (geriatrics and pediatrics), outpatient pediatrics, and early intervention. Amy became a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) in 2019. Amy is certified in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and helped start the first Telemedicine Autism diagnostic clinic in Berks County affiliated with a major children's hospital in Philadelphia. Amy also has an SOS Feeding Certification, Fieldwork Educator Certification, and Interactive Metronome certification. Amy has served as a clinical mentor to several fieldwork students over the years and served as an Occupational Therapy supervisor at an outpatient pediatric practice before moving to the Lehigh Valley. Amy enjoys volunteering teaching adaptive fitness classes for the IMAble Foundation, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle to individuals of all abilities, embracing the Occupational therapy model.

 

Laura Cunningham, MS, OTR/L 

Email: cunninghaml@moravian.edu

Laura Cunningham, MS, OTR/L is an adjunct professor in the Master’s of Sciences in Occupational Therapy program at Moravian College.   For the past 12 years, Laura has worked as an occupational therapist with her primary clinical background in pediatrics and mental health.  She has worked in various pediatric outpatient centers, school-systems, early intervention, skilled nursing and inpatient/outpatient psychiatric settings. Laura has served as a clinical mentor to other practicing therapists, students and as an occupational therapy department manager at an outpatient pediatric facility and within a school system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Laura has served as an adjunct faculty at Elizabethtown College for the past 6 years.  She is calibrated and certified in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) and is certified in various self-regulation, crisis prevention, fieldwork educator and handwriting programs. Laura has presented and published at the local, state and national levels.  She is active in promoting occupational therapy to local middle and high school students.  

 

Donnamarie Krause, PhD, OTR/L, CLT, CAKT

PhD, Loma Linda University, Rehabilitation Science
MSOT, A.T. Still University, Occupational Therapy
BS, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Pre-Med

Email: kraused@moravian.edu

Donnamarie Krause is an Adjunct Professor for the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy
program at Moravian College. Donnamarie just completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, focusing on
assistive technology and musculoskeletal ultrasound for rehabilitation of upper extremities.
Donnamarie has been an occupational therapist for over 25-years with an emphasis on adult
neuro-musculoskeletal disorders, is a certified Lymphadema therapist and in Advanced Kinesio
taping. She has been an Assistant Professor in graduate education for over 14-years, and seeks to
inform rehabilitation professionals on effective holistic interventions that allow individuals to
interact with their world.

 

Susie Touchisky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS

Touchinsky

Email: touchinskys@moravian.edu

Susie Touchinsky is an occupational therapist, certified driver rehabilitation specialist, and owner of Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. For decades, Susie has been committed to helping drivers understand and improve their driving ability and confidence after medical illness, a major medical event, health conditions, and injury. Susie offers extensive clinical and professional experience including:

  • Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility (SCDCM) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) from the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
  • 20 years of experience with dementia and mild cognitive impairment patients
  • 17 years of experience in driving rehabilitation, experience as a licensed driving instructor
  • Worked for Johns Hopkins Hospital Driving Program
  • Served as Director for Driving Rehabilitation at Genesis Rehab Services
  • CarFit Instructor
  • Teacher of occupational therapists on driving rehabilitation specialist instruction
  • Lecturer, published author, and educator

Susie uses her experiences and training in driving rehabilitation and occupational therapy to live her mission of providing exceptional care for all drivers and education for occupational therapy practitioners.