keynote speakers

Dr. Emma Stokes

BSc (Physio), MSc (research), MSc Mgmt, Phd

Dr. Emma Stokes is deputy head of the Department of Physiotherapy and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She teaches on the university’s entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice eg leadership in the profession. She has been a member of the WCPT board since 2007 and was elected President in 2015.

Maysoon Zayid

Actress, Comedian, Writer & Disability Advocate

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer and disability advocate. She is a graduate of, and a Guest Comedian in Residence, at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co- founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Network’s In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.
As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She walked in New York Fashion Week and is proud to be an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called If I Cancan.

Eleanor Bergstein

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

Eleanor Bergstein is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and director. Her stories have been published in national magazines, ranging from Transatlantic Review to Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Her first novel, Advancing Paul Newman, about women and politics in the 1960s, was published by the Viking Press, and her first movie script was It’s My Turn, starring Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas. Her second novel, Ex-Lover, about sexual obsession, was published by Random House. She has worked on a variety of film projects, including the final script revision of Sister Act. She then wrote and directed Let It Be Me, which starred Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Leslie Caron and Patrick Stewart.

Her most famous project was one of the most successful independent films of all time – Dirty Dancing. The unique continuing response to the story all around the world with its multiple viewings of the film, persuaded her that what audiences really wanted was a chance to be more physically involved in the story as it happened. This would of course mean that its ultimate form should be theatrical. This led her to to reimagine Dirty Dancing as a stage event, one that combined dance and story and music in a new way. It was also her chance to write additional scenes not in the movie, which expand the characters, as well as add songs she had wanted for the movie and been unable to obtain.

Ms. Bergstein, through her company, Magic Hour Productions, is finishing a memoir and preparing a TV series based on her first novel, ADVANCING PAUL NEWMAN, about young women in politics, and at work on a new stage musical set in London in the late 1960's

Leadership Panel

Dr. Ting-Ting Kuo


Ting-Ting Kuo, PT, DPT, MBA, CLT is the Director of Rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in NYC. Her role supports clinical programming excellence and provides oversight to 150 staff across 8 campus locations in NY and NJ. She feels privileged to dedicate her leadership to ensuring individuals affected by cancer receive exceptional physical and occupational therapy services.

In 2009, Ting became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy. This year she was appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Specialty Council on Women’s Health Physical Therapy after having served as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) and Women’s Health Committee of Content Experts (CCE). Ting is also a member of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, nominated by Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business based on her academic excellence upon graduating in 2014 with her MBA in Healthcare.

Dr. Stacy Menz


Stacy Menz, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric clinical specialist and the owner of Starfish Therapies. Stacy received her Master’s degree at Boston University in 2000 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University in 2005. She is the founder and owner of Starfish Therapies a pediatric physical therapy company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of each child and family that they interact with. In addition, Stacy has experience as a teaching/lab assistant for Boston University, South College, and Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, has presented at state and national conferences, and teaches continuing education courses for pediatric physical therapy. She is the editor of Impact, the Private Practice Section's magazine and is a board member for KEEN San Francisco. She is also involved in both her state and national pediatric physical therapy sections. She has been interviewed on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio regarding pediatric orthopedic conditions, as well as Profiles in Leadership and Start a Therapy Practice.

Dr. Lisa Saladin


Dr. Lisa Saladin serves as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the chief academic officer with administrative oversight and leadership over the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, as well as the Hollings Cancer Center, the Offices of Research, Education and Student Life, and Gender Equity, and the MUSC Library. She manages a total budget of approximately 40 million dollars and supervises18 direct reports. Dr. Saladin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Rehabilitation (PT) and a Master of Science in Anatomy (Neuroscience) from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. In July 2018, Lisa completed her three year term as Vice-President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) after serving a total of 8 years on the APTA Board of Directors. She has lectured extensively on leadership topics targeted at female audiences at the state and national level and her personal mission is to empower women to reach their highest potential.

Power Talks

Dr. Lisa VanHoose


Dr. VanHoose has four adult children, four grandchildren, an awesome and sexy husband, and a ton of family members. She was a teenage mother and graduated from high school with two young daughters. Her BS in Health Science and MS in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She hopes she can serve advocate for other women and change agents from all walks of life. She hopes to increase access to the profession for future minority physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. She believes that WE are the barriers to our workforce mirroring the populations we serve. Dr. VanHoose’s research focuses on the incidence, prevalence, and severity of cancer related side effects with an emphasis on the disease burden of minority cancer survivors. She also investigates strategies to diversify the healthcare workforce to reduce health disparities. She has received both NIH and industry funding to support her research agenda. Dr. VanHoose is the Principal Investigator of the Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory. She completed the NHLBI PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. She is also the past President (2012-2016) of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Jason Silvernail


Jason Silvernail has been a practicing physical therapist since 1997, on duty in the United States Army as a career military officer with over 25 years of service. Dr. Silvernail has worked with a wide variety of patient populations and settings including orthopedic/sports, chronic pain, amputee and neurological rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.
Dr Silvernail earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Scranton, and his Doctor of Science from Baylor University. He is board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Army-Baylor Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, earning him a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
A clinician and researcher, he has published clinical commentaries and original research in the medical literature (including the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and he has a prominent professional presence online where you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Dr. Uchenna Ossai


Dr. Uchenna Ossai PT, DPT, WCS, CLT is assistant professor at Dell Medical School for Department of Women's Health and manager of the pelvic health physical therapy program at UT Health Austin. UC received her bachelor's degree at Boston University, her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency in Women's Health and Movement Impairment Science at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016, she completed the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sexuality Counseling and Education. She has also received her AASECT certification in Sexuality Counseling. She also serves in the role as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan School of Social Work for Sexual Health Certification Program. Her clinical and research interest include sexual dysfunction in marginalized populations, particularly women of color and the LGBTQ community. She serves as executive board treasurer for the Section of Women's Health and chair of Minority Health Task Force. UC is creator/founder of YouSeeLogic, a judgement-free platform dedicated to the sex education and empowerment of adults/”grown folk”. When it comes to sexual intelligence and great sex education, UC embraces always being unapologetically real and authentically kind.

Media Panel

Amy Brightfield

Health and Features Director, Better Homes and Gardens

Amy Brightfield is the Health and Features Director of Better Homes and Gardens and produces the “Better” section, which covers health and wellness, nutrition, fitness, family, money, travel, and lifestyle.

Previously, Amy was the Health Director at Woman’s Day where she led the magazine’s health, nutrition and fitness coverage, and spearheaded the annual Red Dress Awards, an event that honors women’s heart health advocates. From 2001 to 2007 Amy was Senior Health Editor at Fitness magazine. Prior to Fitness she was the Health and Fitness Editor at Seventeen magazine.

Amy has appeared regularly on numerous national and local television shows including the TODAY Show, the CBS Early Show, Fox 5 Good Day New York, CBS 2 Morning News and reported from the “pink carpet” at Frosted Pink with a Twist, a national two-hour television special to raise awareness about women’s cancers.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Augusta, Georgia, she lives in New York with her husband and son.

Anna Miller

Senior Health Editor at U.S. News & World Report

Anna Medaris Miller is a New York City-based health and wellness editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she writes consumer advice stories on fitness, nutrition, reproductive health, medical conditions, mental health and more. She also manages dozens of dietitians, trainers and other professionals who contribute to the Eat+Run blog. Anna frequently acts as a U.S. News spokesperson and health expert on local and national radio and TV, and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox affiliates. Anna has written for The Washington Post, Women’s Health magazine, The Muse and Monitor on Psychology magazine, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and American University.

Kate Santichen

Senior Video Producer at Money at Time, Inc.

Kate began her career as an intern at ABC's Good Morning America, where she went on to stay for five years. She's produced for GMA, CBS' Early Show, Bloomberg Television, Yahoo Finance and MarthaStewart.com, and she's consulted on video strategy at Nerd Wallet. Kate has been the senior video producer for Money at Time, Inc. since May 2015, where's grown the team and grown video traffic to 5 million views per month. She also oversees innovative sponsored projects. Additionally, she coaches entrepreneurs and professionals to feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

Chris Winfield

Creator of Unfair Advantage Live

Chris Winfield, aka “The Super Connector”, is the creator of Unfair Advantage Live, the premier publicity event for entrepreneurs and experts. He's also an editor at large for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, a columnist for TIME, Business Insider, and INC., and host of a show for Entrepreneur. He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC’s Today Show, USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes and over 200 other media outlets. Chris has worked with people from many of the world’s best known companies, including Disney, Virgin, Macy’s, Viacom, Conde Nast, Intuit, NBC & many others. To put it simply, Chris gives entrepreneurs an “unfair advantage” when it comes to getting more publicity, making connections and taking their lives to the next level.


Rupal Patel


Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Houston, Texas. Dr. Patel received her PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. Her research focuses on reducing risk factors for diabetes among minority populations with culturally-tailored lifestyle modification programs offered in a group based community setting. Dr. Patel coordinates several practice management courses in the DPT curriculum including the one on health policy and advocacy. In addition, Dr. Patel also coordinates the two health promotion and wellness courses in the DPT curriculum, one focuses on the physical therapist’s role in impacting individual health behaviors and the other focuses on the PT’s role in community health promotion among underrepresented populations. Dr. Patel is dynamic speaker on various topics related to health policy, advocacy, leadership, ethics, and community health promotion. Dr. Patel has experience speaking at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently she participated in the Diversity in PT Panel at CSM 2018 and co-presented a session on the social determinants of health at NEXT 2018. Dr. Patel is also an elected member of the APTA Nominating Committee.

Michelle Collie


Dr. Michelle Collie PT, DPT, MS, OCS is the Chief Executive Officer of Performance Physical Therapy, a private practice with locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Michelle grew up in New Zealand and in 1994 earned her Physiotherapy degree from the University of Otago. While working at a hospital in Rhode Island she pursued a Master of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MGH-IHP. Michelle became the owner of Performance in 2003. Since this time Performance has grown to now employ over 180 people. Michelle is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, is on the Rhode Island APTA board of directors and serves as the chair of the APTA’s PR and Marketing committee for private practice physical therapy. The highlight of Dr. Collie’s career was being the recipient of the APTA’s 2014 National Private Practice of the Year award. Dr. Collie is active in many community organizations and non-profits and in 2012, in light of all the philanthropic work Performance does, Dr. Collie was awarded the RI Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

When she’s not working, Dr. Collie enjoys sharing good wine, and participating in just about any activity that involves water, snow or running. She lives in Providence with her husband and two kids.

Dr. Sarah King


Sarah King is a compassionate healthcare innovator and founder of Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness, a 100% Parkinson's specialized, cash-based physical therapy practice in Austin, Texas.

Through her in-person and online programs, she works to empower every person diagnosed with Parkinson's with a Plan of Attack so they're able to live a life full of energy, mobility, and hope. She’s grown her online presence in this very niche market via a variety of social media and online marketing strategies and believes the cornerstone of building a strong healthcare brand rests in an empathetic, empowering, and encouraging community.

While her passion is Parkinson's, her larger mission is to challenge the status-quo and completely shift the way we define health and provide healthcare and enjoys consulting with other avant-garde HCPs to help them develop innovative programs, services, and businesses.

She co-founded The NeuroCollaborative with three other amazing neurological PT business owners to offer clinical and business education and mentorship to those with an #iloveneuro spirit so they can take their careers, their clients, and our profession to the next level.

Sarah has been interviewed on multiple podcasts including The Cash-Based Practice Podcast, PT Pintcast, The CashPT Lunch Hour, Small Changes Big Shifts, and The Unbecoming Podcast.

Erin Jackson

Managing Partner at Jackson LLP

Erin is a healthcare attorney and Managing Partner of Jackson LLP: Healthcare Lawyers, a client-centered law firm that offers healthcare providers a comprehensive, full-service solution. Erin focuses on practice start-up and compliance and also spearheads the firm’s healthcare consulting services. In addition, Erin serves as the President of the nonprofit organization Inspire Santé. Because of her healthcare knowledge and patient experience, Erin is a sought-after speaker. She is passionate about creating positive change in healthcare and teaching individuals how to advocate for their needs within the medical system.

Tonia Adleta

Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor

Tonia Adleta is a serial entrepreneur and international speaker. As the founder of Recovering Church Girls, The Events Collective, and The Single Parent Summit, Tonia continues her mission to make a difference in the world with her work.

Tonia will be presenting a workshop on Professional Speaking: The Crash Course. From creating your content to delivering your talk, Tonia will give you practical tips and techniques to calm your nerves, improve your delivery, carry your through line and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of your audience.

Jazmine Tooles


Jazmine Tooles, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Moss Rehab’s Drucker Brain Injury Center located in Woodbury, New Jersey. While a student, she developed a three level Girl Scout badge program and event called Explore the Magic of Motion. It educates Scouts from 6th-12th grade and their guardians on the profession of Physical Therapy and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise. Her alma mater, the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy Program hosts the event annually. She is currently working with clinics and councils in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to bring the program to diverse groups. A former Lead for Diversity Ambassador, National Council of Negro Women member and University of Delaware’s Black Graduate Student Association member, Dr. Tooles has remained passionately involved in diversity initiatives. She currently chair’s APTANJ’s Cultural Diversity Committee, PPTA’s Minority Affairs Work Group and leads MossRehab’s Cultural Diversity Special Interest Group; which extends to all therapies. She co-presented on increasing diversity and inclusion at Next 2017 and has offered herself as a resource to youth interested in therapy careers through participation in programs for Scouts and minority students.