LSVT BIG Faculty

Erica Vitek MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Ms. Vitek received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Concordia University in Wisconsin. She is employed by Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, where she is the LSVT program lead and runs LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD skills classes for LSVT graduates.  Ms. Vitek is a graduate of the NPF’s Allied Team Training for PD and has been certified in LSVT BIG since 2009. Ms. Vitek is Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction and a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner allowing her to address bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction in her patients with PD. Additionally, she is a faculty instructor with Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and authored the course Neurologic Conditions and Pelvic Floor Rehab.  She regularly presents and authors articles for the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.

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Tamara Hefferon PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

Dr. Hefferon received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Arizona and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.  She has been certified in LSVT BIG® since 2009, and received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2017. Dr. Hefferon is an Assistant Professor and Orthopedic Specialist at Franklin Pierce University. She also owns her own cash based practice with her husband called Impact Physical Therapy. She has a passion for treating persons with Parkinson disease with emphasis on early onset and young onset patients.

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Julia Wood, MOT, OTR/L

Ms. Wood received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota.  She specializes in treating neurological movement disorders at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pennsylvania Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorder Center of Excellence at Pennsylvania Hospital.  She also serves in interdisciplinary clinics for patients with atypical Parkinsonism, Huntington’s disease, ALS and those considering Deep Brain Stimulation. Ms. Wood serves as occupational therapy faculty for the Parkinson Foundation’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s program, educating clinicians in interdisciplinary focused, evidence-based evaluation and treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  She is a certified facilitator for PD SELF, educating newly diagnosed individuals with PD and care partners in self-efficacy to promote quality of life. She serves as an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation, providing support to the PD community through connection to resources and education.

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Kathleen Salik PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS, CCCE

Dr. Salik received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in New York in 1985 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Clinical Specialists in Neurology. Dr. Salik is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. Dr. Salik is the Clinical Coordinator for Education for Banner Thunderbird Rehabilitation Services in the outpatient department at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. Ms. Salik has advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is LSVT BIG certified. Her clinical experience focuses on neurological rehabilitation primarily for adults with Parkinson’s disease, MS, stroke and vestibular impairments.

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Laura Gusé, MPT

Ms. Gusé received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She has over 15 years of experience working with adults with neurological disorders with a special focus on Parkinson disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She has been certified in LSVT BIG® since 2009, and is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She is an LSVT BIG faculty member and Clinical Expert, and has helped to develop many of the current LSVT BIG treatment tools and videos, webinars and curriculum. She now serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of LSVT BIG.

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Jenny Tuccitto, MPT, GCS

Ms. Tuccitto received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota. As a physical therapist, she treats a wide variety of clients with neurological diagnoses at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina health in Minnesota. Ms. Tuccitto has been certified in LSVT BIG since 2009 and now serves as the LSVT BIG Clinical Expert. She has assisted with the development of many LSVT BIG treatment tools including the LSVT BIG Homework Helper videos, BIG for LIFE training and webinars. She has presented for the National Parkinson Foundation, the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association and at the American Speech and Hearing Association on LSVT BIG as well as being actively involved with local Parkinson support groups.

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Cynthia Fox Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Fox received her doctorate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Her training included a focus in the areas of neuroscience and motor control.  She is an expert on rehabilitation and neuroplasticity and the role of exercise in the improvement of function consequent to neural injury and disease.  Dr. Fox is a world leader in administration of LSVT LOUD speech treatment for people with Parkinson disease.  Dr. Fox began working with Dr. Ramig over 20 years ago conducting efficacy research on LSVT in people with Parkinson disease.  She was the first to apply this treatment to disorders other than Parkinson disease (e.g., multiple sclerosis) and pioneered the application to pediatric populations including children with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  Dr. Fox worked closely on the development of a physical therapy program, LSVT BIG, that was modeled after the speech treatment protocol.  Dr. Fox also serves as faculty for LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG training and certification courses. She has numerous publications in these areas of research and has presented extensively nationally and internationally.  Dr. Fox is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations of LSVT Global, Inc.; a Research Associate at the National Center

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Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS

Ms. Cianci is the Geriatric Team Leader and founding therapist of the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton, and her MS in gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University, both in Pennsylvania.  Heather received her Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification in 1999 and was certified in LSVT BIG in 2007.  She is a 2004 graduate of the Parkinson’s Foundation’s (formerly the NPF and PDF) Allied Team Training for PD, and became a faculty member for the program in 2017. Ms. Cianci has written and lectured for several national PD organizations, on-line CEU providers, and PT programs at Philadelphia area universities. Her research is on falls and bed mobility in PD, and she is also a former board member for CurePSP.

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Bernadette Kosir OTR/L, CAPS

Ms. Kosir is a graduate of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit and has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 30 years. She specializes in home health clinical leadership, quality process development, and innovative clinical education.  She is currently acting as a Consultant for cross-continuum clinical program development.  As Senior Therapy Director at Residential Home Health until 2018, she managed over 150 LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD certified field clinicians and participated in community outreach efforts, particularly those addressing continuum of care needs for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Ms. Kosir has been LSVT BIG Certified since 2008.  She is a certified trainer in Integrated Care Management for coordinated care of patients with chronic diseases including Parkinson disease, and is an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

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Thomas Gangemi, PT, DPT, MBA

Dr. Gangemi received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, and his MBA in Health Care from the University of Hartford.  As a physical therapist, he has practiced in a variety of settings, including an outpatient clinic he co-founded focused on movement disorders and balance, particularly people with Parkinson disease. He has been LSVT BIG certified since 2009. In addition to being an instructor with LSVT GLOBAL, Tom speaks locally on the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease and he serves as a consultant to provider groups in areas of rehabilitation clinical program development.  Dr. Gangemi is the founder and president of First State Rehab At Home, a multidiscipline house calls group practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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