Occupational and Physical Therapy Management of Spinal Cord Injury Presenters

Spinal Cord Injury Seminars consists of a group of dedicated professionals with the common goal of enhancing the lives of spinal cord injured individuals. Our purpose is to provide a learning opportunity for physical and occupational therapists around the country and to augment the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injury.

About the Spinal Cord Injury Seminars Team

Darrell Musick, PT

Darrell Musick

Darrell Musick, PT graduated from California State University at Long Beach in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He began his clinical specialization in spinal cord injury in 1991 and is currently the Clinical Director for Ekso Bionics, President of SCI Seminars, and a consultant in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. He is a member of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Quality of Life Review Board as well as an adjunct faculty member of the NeuroRecovery Training Institute within the Neurologic Residency and Continuing Education Program. He was the 2013 recipient of the Excellence award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Therapy Leadership Committee. He was the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado from 2005 through 2010 and previously the Physical Therapy supervisor of the spinal cord injury unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California from 1992 to 2005. He has presented nationally and internationally on SCI is an adjunct faculty member for Samuel Merritt College DPT program in Oakland, CA, and UCSF DPT program in San Francisco. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Academy of SCI Professionals (ASCIP) and the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA).
E-mail: darrellmusick@sciseminars.com.

Gabriella Stiefbold OT, ATP

Gabriella Stiefbold

Gabriella Stiefbold, OT, ATP is a graduate of Kean University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She has been working in spinal cord injury rehabilitation since 1996 and is an Clinical Representative for Restorative Therapies serving the Mid Atlantic region. She provides clinical education and training, support and facilitates sales of FES systems for appropriate clinics. Prior to this she worked as an OT at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange NJ and served in a number of roles including Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Manager for 10 years and most recently as an OT Clinical Specialist in the Outpatient SCI Department She has given several lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of SCI including topics presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), the Academy of SCI Professionals Conference (ASCIP), Spinal Cord Injury Seminars and Contemporary Forums. Gabriella was an OT expert reviewer for the Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury and Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Practice Guidelines and authored the Assistive Technology Chapter in the textbook Spinal Cord Injuries: Management & Rehabilitation. She has guest lectured on the topic of Spinal Cord Injury at Kean University and Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Rehab Standards Committee for ASIA and is a member of ASCI, ASIA and AOTA and is credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).
E-mail: gabriellas711@gmail.com

Laura Wehrli, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS

Laura Wehrli

Laura Wehrli, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS graduated from Temple University with a Master’s Degree and later a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She began her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY in 2000. She is currently the Physical Therapy Supervisor in SCI at Craig Hospital near Denver, CO. Laura has spent most of her career working with patients with spinal cord injuries in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Laura has given lectures at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), International Seating Symposium (ISS), Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Conference, and Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference (CSMC). Laura has assisted in editing chapters in several textbooks and is currently an adjunct faculty member for the University of Colorado's DPT program. She is now serving as the Secretary of ASCIP. She is also a member of the APTA.
E-mail: lwehrli@craighospital.org

Rafferty Laredo, OTR, MA, ATP

Rafferty Laredo

Rafferty Laredo, OTR, MA, ATP is the President and Executive Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Houston. Prior to this role, Rafferty served an 11-year career at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) as clinical staff OT, manager, and clinical coordinator. Rafferty graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Psychology in 1997, earned his BS in OT from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1999 and received a MA in OT with special focus in Assistive Technology from Texas Woman's University in 2005. Rafferty has taught numerous audiences, both nationally and internationally. He serves as adjunct faculty for Texas Woman's University, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas State University, Lone Star College, and Pima Medical Institute for both OT and PT programs. Rafferty is an expert reviewer for several SCI Clinical Practice Guidelines and co-authored the SCI chapter in the text, Ways of Living. In 2011, Rafferty developed a rehabilitation clinic in the home of UAE royalty in Abu Dhabi. The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals awarded Rafferty The Excellence Award for his leadership in the SCI field. He presently serves on the Academy’s Therapy Leadership Council Board of Directors.
E-mail: txspinalcord@gmail.com