The Mountain West Virtual OT Conference 2020

November 2 - December 2

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Conference Speakers and Presentations

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Shaun Conway, OTR Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. NBCOT®

Shaun Conway is a certified occupational therapist who currently serves as Senior Director of External and Regulatory Affairs for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) where he has worked for over 26 years. In this capacity, he is currently responsible for the oversight of organizational functions related to state regulation, international regulatory services and community outreach.


(Designed for OT and OTA students)

  • Understand the national certification examination application process
  • Learn about exam preparation strategies and the NBCOT Aspire® Study Tools and StudyPackTM
  • Increase awareness of NBCOT and the importance of continuing competency

An ideathon is a short, intensive, workshop-like experience for students to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Participants work in teams and use design thinking and innovative learning practices to ideate and collaborate on possible solutions 

Socialize, collaborate, connect, and compete with students throughout Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington in this fun, engaging, and empowering Hackathon Event. During this event, you will join like-minded students to create shareable solutions to solve problems of mutual interest.
There will be prizes given for the best ideas!


Wendy C. Hildenbrand, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Wendy Hildenbrand is President of AOTA and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Before her presidency, Hildenbrand served AOTA as a Director of the Board of Directors, with earlier appointments to the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Reform and Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Prevention and Wellness. Hildenbrand served as the Speaker of AOTA’s Representative Assembly as well as the Kansas Representative to the Representative Assembly, and she served as Vice-Chair of AOTA’s Committee of State Association Presidents Steering Committee. In 2005, Hildenbrand was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows, specifically in recognition of her “responsive leadership and promotion of the profession”. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989, a Master of Public Health in 2002, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration in 2016—all from the University of Kansas.

Join AOTA President Wendy C. Hildenbrand for a “reality check” at this critical juncture for our occupational therapy profession, our professional associations, and society. Uncertainty and crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and economic challenges create space for us to re-think our identity and our contributions as an occupational therapy profession. Are we in the midst of an identify crisis or a professional relaunch in response to the dreams and demands of a changing world? Listen…you’ll hear the call to action for occupational therapy!!

TIME: 1 HOUR (45 Minute Presentation and 15 Q &A)



During this time together, participants will:

  1. Identify the current state of social, political, economic, and cultural contexts that surround our occupational therapy profession, the AOTA, and people/populations we serve;

  2. Consider the personal and professional impact of uncertainty and change;

  3. Connect occupational therapy fundamental constructs with the occupational needs and hopes of individuals, families, populations, and communities we serve to embrace opportunities in our changing reality.

Megan O. Doyle is an occupational therapist who has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings, currently working for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID at their Elks Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2017, Megan obtained her Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification through the International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI), now a part of Evidence in Motion (EIM). She was drawn to pain science as an OT due to occupational therapy’s scope of practice being rooted in mental and behavioral health, in addition to promotion of self-management strategies for clients. Since that time, she has not only been delivering pain neuroscience education (PNE) and interventions one on one, but she is also providing guidance towards comprehensively integrating non-pharmacological pain treatment and PNE for all patients via an inter-disciplinary perspective, especially in the treatment of acute pain in her health system. This effort includes routinely training nursing staff in holistic pain management interventions, advising on policy updates, and providing consultation to other healthcare providers. Megan has presented on PNE topics at the state and national level and is currently completing her Fellowship in Pain Sciences through EIM, of which she will be only the second OT to do so. She has also achieved her Applied Prevention Health Promotion Therapist Certification through The Academy of Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies as their first OT to earn that designation, and integrates a holistic, health-promotion approach with each of her clients.

Course Title, Description, and Objectives:

Pain Management and OT were Meant to Be: Pain Neuroscience Education and Intervention for ALL Occupational Therapy Practitioners
This course will provide participants with the latest research on the neurobiology and neurophysiology of pain, promoting positive pain cognitions via a biopsychosocial model, with the use of metaphors to explain pain effectively to clients. Holistic pain interventions will then be detailed, highlighting their application across the breadth of OT practice settings and both in acute and chronic pain populations, with special emphasis on occupational engagement and therapeutic use of self, and integrating the basic tenants of Motivational Interviewing and Coaching, providing the participant with best-practice in the treatment of pain and occupational therapy’s unique scope. The remaining portion of the course will involve a skills lab portion, to learn the following relaxation/breathing techniques: box breathing, 4-7-8 breathing, diaphragmatic breathing during movement, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and body scan meditation. Resources for how to create a home program with these techniques will also be provided.


  • Identify at least 3 metaphors to be utilized to explain pain neuroscience concepts to clients.
  • Identify at least 3 strategies to implement pain neuroscience education/holistic treatment of pain in your personal occupational therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate through skills lab and group discussion/case studies the identification of at least 3 relaxation and/or mindfulness techniques to teach clients to address pain in any practice setting.


Caroline Merritt

Caroline is the Managing Director of True North Public Affairs, a full-scale association management firm specializing in member relations, communications, conferences and events, administrative and financial management, government affairs, and lobbying for clients operating throughout the state of Idaho. Formerly, Caroline served as the Public Relations Director for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. In that role, she oversaw media relations and communications, Chamber programs, and played a major role in the Chamber’s many events and conferences. As the Chamber’s lobbyist, Caroline advocated on behalf of members on critical public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Previously, Caroline served as a Special Assistant for External & Intergovernmental Affairs for Secretary Dirk Kempthorne at the U.S. Department of the Interior and as the Communications & Public Affairs Manager for an international trade association in Washington D.C. Caroline also served as a White House intern under President George W. Bush. Caroline is an active member of the Treasure Valley community, serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Botanical Garden, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association – Idaho Chapter, and the Aquarium of Boise. She also is a member of the Health Vision Council for the United Way of the Treasure Valley and the Steering Team Chair for the Mountain View High School of Business. Caroline is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Boise. Caroline earned a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University and an M.A. in Political Communication from The Johns Hopkins University. Caroline is also a Candidate for a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration at Boise State University.

William Deseron, BS

William Deseron graduated from Murray State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science and an emphasis in sociology and psychology. He has been a policy analyst with Idaho Medicaid since 2016. He oversees therapy services, hospitals, DMEPOS and laboratory services among others. He has three children and enjoys playing board games with his family.

Alan Heath, BSC, (HONS.), PSYCH.

Alan Heath is a Psychologist, Author and specialist in auditory and sensory processing. He has presented at major Educational Conferences in the UK and Internationally for many years and is known as a lively and inspiring speaker. He is a dedicated speaker for NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs).
He is the co-developer of TAVS – the Test of Auditory and Visual Skills and The Movement Program, a 12-week developmental movement and rhythm programme to improve learning and motor function for children of 7 years upwards.
Alan is the Director of Learning Solutions which, since 1996, has worked directly with children and adults, offering assessment and remediation services for a variety of learning and sensory challenges.



Course Title, Description, and Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will understand how specific developmental movements can impact upon learning and literacy and become a qualified Provider of The Movement Program (TMP). This is an ideal programme for parents to use at home with their children or within a school, therapy clinic, or home setting. There is no equipment required and extensive school trials since 2004 show the real benefits to motor skills, reading and GCSE exam results when the 12-week program is completed.
TMP can be followed by anyone over approximately 7 years of age and is 15-20 minutes per day, 5 days a week for 12 weeks. TMP develops in complexity each week and is streamed directly to any internet-enabled device.
The Course Covers: –
 Beat competency and rhythmic awareness to improve listening and attention
 Bi-lateral and cross lateral integration to improve sequencing of information and
other areas
 Primitive reflexes that inhibit learning potential
 Visual motor skills to improve hand to eye coordination for writing, reading,
catching and other areas
 Improving vestibular function, balance, and sensory processing
 Gross and fine motor development
 Relaxation and stress reduction


  • Understand how specific movement sequences within TMP improve reading,
    learning, developmental delay and motor skills
  • Have access to the wide range of movement sequences that make TMP unique
  • Gain knowledge about the links between sensory processing, the TMP
    developmental movements, and learning
  • Be able to offer TMP to your clients and families through the online subscription

Benjamin HazeKamp

Benjamin is a Financial Advisor with Whitlock Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprize Financial Services, LLC. He delivers personalized financial advice to help people achieve their goals, today, tomorrow and for the future. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: Saving for Education and Management of Debt, Retirement Planning Strategies, Cash Flow Management Strategies, Investments, etc. While in college, he discovered 3 passions: politics, volunteerism and rugby. When he is not working, he volunteers with local campaigns and non-profits and strives to strengthen communities and build dialogue.



  • Will learn financial basics and understand the importance of goal setting and financial planning.
  • Will discuss and learn strategies for budgeting as a student or as a working professional, managing debt and credit, investing and saving; and talk about establishing good habits for a successful future.
  • Will provide ideas and tips of where to start and how to get on track with your personal finances.

Idaho Conference Schedule

Includes both live and pre-recorded events

(all times are subject to change and listed as MST unless otherwise noted)

Nov 5, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


  • Let’s Talk about the NBCOT® National Certification Exam!
  • Shaun Conway, OTR Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. NBCOT® 
  • Designed for OT and OTA students

Nov 5, 2020
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm


  • Student Hackathon Event: (Designed for OT and OTA students)

Nov 7, 2020
8:30 am - 9:30 am


  • Wendy C. Hildenbrand, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • 1 HOUR (45 Minute Presentation and 15 Q &A)

Nov 7, 2020
9:45 am - 12:45 am


  • Pain Management and OT were Meant to Be: Pain Neuroscience Education and Intervention for ALL Occupational Therapy Practitioners
  • Megan O. Doyle…

Nov 7, 2020
1:30 am - 4:30 pm


  • The Movement Program Provider Training Course
  • Alan Heath, BSC, (HONS.), PSYCH.
  • Make sure to watch prior to the LIVE Q&A session on 11/14 from 12:15-12:45

Nov 14, 2020
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm


  • The Movement Program – Live Q & A Session
  • Make sure you have already viewed The Movement Training Program

Nov 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


  • Getting to Know the Basics, The Essentials to Better Understanding Your Financials.
  •  Benjamin HazeKamp

Nov 21, 2020
8:30 am - 11:30 am


  • Pediatric Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction; Food, Mood and Movement 
  •  Sandi Gallagher, PT

Dec 1, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


  • IOTA Annual Business Meeting
  • Awards Ceremony 
  • Closing Ceremony