Falls Prevention Workshop Presenters

Falls Prevention: Multifactorial Considerations

Thursday, September 25

Part 1: Overview of Falls as a Complex Geriatric Problem

Theresa Vallone,  EdD, MS, OTR,is a Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of Occupational Therapy at D’Youville College. During her 23 years in academia, she was the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (15 yrs) and Level I Fieldwork Coordinator (3 yrs). Her clinical experience spans long-term care, adult/geriatric rehabilitation, home care, nursing home consultation, and Director of OT. She is a consultant to the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York for ‘Step Up to Stop Falls’, the Falls Prevention Collaborative. She is co-owner of Learning Partners, a continuing education company.

Part 2: Environmental and Contextual Factors Related to Falls

Michele Karnes, EdD, MS, OTR, is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "Improving Fall Risk Factor Identification and Documentation of Risk Reduction Strategies by Rehabilitation Therapists through Continuing Education," and received her Doctorate in Health Education from D'Youville College in 2011. As a team advisor for the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York’s ‘Step Up to Stop Falls’ project, she has continued to stay abreast of falls prevention research and practice. She is co-owner of Learning Partners.


Tai Chi: An Evidence-Based Program for Falls Prevention

Wednesday, October 8

Joseph Baumgarden, DPT, Cert MDT, has studied martial arts for over 20 years, including Tai Chi for the last 14. He has been involved with data collection for several clinical trials and has presented several seminars on Tai Chi and Health Benefits. Dr. Baumgarden became a Certified Qi Gong Instructor in 2010.


Medication Management: Understand Medication Issues to Help Guide, Coach, and Refer Older Adults

Tuesday, October 14

Kirsten Butterfoss, PharmD, is a clinical assistant professor at D'Youville College School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and completed a pharmacy residency at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie, PA. Dr. Butterfoss is the consultant pharmacist at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home and is member of the Community Health Foundation 'Step-Up to Stop Falls' grant team at the Sacred Heart Home Adult Care Facility in Clarence, NY.


Falls Prevention: Effective Assessment, Triage, and Intervention Program Design

Wednesday, October 22

Raymond J. Hammel, PT, DPT, MS, has over 16 years of clinical experience, developing an expertise in vestibular, balance and mobility, and fall prevention assessments and interventions. He has served as a consultant presenter/collaborator for the 'Step Up to Stop Falls' program of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York and has presented regionally to both professionals and community members on the topic of falls prevention.