Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT

NTNCB Co-Chair

Dr. Bobbi Pineda has been an occupational therapist in the NICU since 1992. Since 2007, she has been a research scientist at Washington University School of Medicine with an interest in developing, implementing and testing interventions that can optimize neurodevelopmental outcome in high risk newborn infants, specifically infants born prematurely. Dr. Pineda is certified as a trainer on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS). She is certified in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and has advanced training in Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment. Dr. Pineda has developed a new neonatal feeding assessment, the Neonatal Eating Outcome (NEO) assessment. She has a patent on a new bottle technology that is under development. She speaks regularly at national conferences and educational platforms, has published multiple articles on neonatal therapy topics in pediatric and therapy journals, and mentors occupational therapy students who want to work in the NICU setting. Dr. Pineda feels privileged to serve on the NTNCB that oversees the process of ensuring that therapists working within the NICU receive advanced training and achieve a standard of knowledge to guide them in providing safe and developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions in the NICU.

 

Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics
St. Louis, MO

Deanna Gibbs, PhD, MOT, GC Res Meth, BAppSc(OT), CNT

international representative

Dr. Deanna Gibbs has worked predominantly in acute pediatric settings, with a specific focus in neonatal intensive care since 1994. Dr. Gibbs has worked across a variety of acute pediatric and neonatal settings in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In her role as a research consultant for Barts Health NHS Trust, Dr. Gibbs’ research program explores parent-infant co-occupations in neonatal intensive care and the facilitation of family-centered developmental care. Dr. Gibbs is a honorary senior research fellow at City, University of London, a trainer in the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) for The Brazelton Centre of Great Britain and serves as the international representative for the NTNCB.

 

Research Consultant
Barts Health NHS Trust
London, UK

Johanna Siemon, MS, MPH, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Johanna Siemon has been an occupational therapist since 2000 and has focused her practice on care of fragile infants since 2008. She is certified in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS), Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC) and holds a Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Therapy. Johanna has served on the simulation question development committee for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Additionally, she has presented lectures on working with children who are ventilator-dependent, infants who have feeding and swallowing difficulties, and neonatal therapy.

 

Womack Army Medical Center
Fort Bragg, NC

Gail A. Poskey, PhD, OTR, CNT

Gail Poskey has been an occupational therapist since 1988 and has worked in pediatric rehabilitation and has extensive clinical experience as an occupational therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is currently an associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. She teaches and mentors students in pediatrics and research. She has advanced training in the Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment and continues to work PRN in a Level III NICU in Dallas, Texas.  Gail has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. She is excited to serve on the NTNCB!

 

Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University
School of Occupational Therapy
Dallas, TX

Kati Knudsen, PT, MPT, CNT, PCS, DCS, CLE

NTNCB Co-Chair

Kati Knudsen has practiced as a pediatric physical therapist since 1996 and as a therapist in the NICU since 1999. Kati is lead therapist for two NICUs at sister hospitals in Portland, OR. She has provided extensive education in developmental care and has obtained certifications in pediatric physical therapy, lactation education, neurodevelopmental treatment, infant massage, developmental care and transportation of children with special needs in order to better support infants and families. She has spoken locally and nationally on support for infants in the NICU and participates in Vermont Oxford Network Quality Improvement work for care of micro-preemies. Kati also sees patients in NICU follow-up clinic where she has helped to redesign care to make it more accessible for families.

 

Lead Therapist, NICU and In-patient Pediatrics
Providence Children’s Development Institute
Providence St Vincent Medical Center & Providence Portland Medical Center
Portland, OR

Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, PT, DPT, CNT, DCS

Dr. Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez has been a physical therapist since 1997, with clinical practice in both Spain and the US. She has been a per-diem therapist in the level II/level III NICU at South Miami Hospital since 2003. She is an associate professor in the physical therapy department at Nova Southeastern University, where she teaches several courses including pediatrics, and leads research projects in diverse areas including pediatric and neonatal development and physical therapy interventions. She is a NANN Developmental Care Specialist and a Certified Theratogs® Fitter. Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez is also a peer reviewer for multiple professional journals including “Pediatric Physical Therapy” and has served as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez has presented at national and international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and has co-authored a book chapter on the pediatric hip. She also teaches continuing education events on neonatal therapy and other pediatric topics.

 

Associate Professor and Curriculum Committee Chair
Physical Therapy Department
Nova Southeastern University, FL
Physical Therapist, NICU
South Miami Hospital, FL

Ramya Kumar, SLP, BCS-S, CNT

Ramya Kumar is an ASHA certified SLP and has been working in outpatient and inpatient pediatrics, and a Level III NICU since 2011. Prior to that she worked in Higher Education.

Ramya is passionate about creating long term developmental and mealtime successes for her patients and families. She is frequently involved in ongoing education and research in the field of Pediatric Feeding Difficulties and has presented at several local and national forums. With a commitment to whole body approaches and neurodevelopmentally supportive care, Ramya has taken coursework in trauma informed care, breast feeding medicine, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Cranial Sacral Therapy and The Tummy Time Method to better serve her patients.

Ramya is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT). In addition, she has received the Developmental Care Specialist Designation through NANN and is also certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC).

Eilish Byrne, DSc, PT, PCS, CNT

Dr. Byrne has been a physical therapist since 1998. After completing a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she has gone on to treat infants and children in the school, home, outpatient, specialty clinic, inpatient rehab, and acute care settings. She has worked at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford since 2001, where she clinically specializes in providing care in the level IV NICU. In her tenure at LPCHS, she has held the positions of the Advanced Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapy Clinical Lead, and currently Physical Therapy Supervisor. Eilish is certified in the Test of Infant Motor Performance, General Movements Assessment, and Neurobehavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant. She is adjunct faculty at Ohlone Community College in Cupertino CA, where she teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. In addition, she is contributing faculty in the DPT program at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences. Eilish has published in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and has presented both as an invited speaker and as a participant at the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Gravens Conference on the Environment of Care for High Risk Newborns, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine, and International Conference on Infant Studies.

Previous Board Members

Lisa Kleinz,

MA, SLP/L, CNT, CLC

| 2014-2019 |
Inaugural Board Member
Kathryn (Kay) Thurston,

MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, NTMTC

| 2014-2018 |
Inaugural Board Member
Erika Nevin Lee,

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT

| 2014-2017 |
Inaugural Board Member
Jennie L. Jacob,

MSPT, DCS, CNT

| 2014-2017 |
Inaugural Board Member
Mary Stanford,

PhD(C), MS, CCC-SLP, CNT

| 2014-2017 |
Inaugural Board Member
Elizabeth Jeanson,

PT, DPT, DCS, NTMTC, CNT

| 2014-2017 |
Inaugural Board Member
Jennifer Hofherr,

MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, CNT

| 2014-2017 |
Inaugural Board Member
Jenene Craig,

PhD , MBA, OTR/L, CNT

| 2014-2015 |
Inaugural Board Member

Thank You

For Your Service to the NTNCB!

Margaret Miller, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, CIMI, NTMTC, CNT

Secretary

Margaret Miller has worked in a level III, now level IV, NICU since 1983. In addition to be a practicing clinician in the NICU and developmental follow-up, she has also been involved with program development and mentoring. She has certifications in NIDCAP, IBA, NNNS, NDT, SIPT, and infant massage. Margaret is adjunct faculty at Eastern Washington University and Spokane Falls Community College. Through her academic appointments, Margaret has conducted clinical research with graduate OT students. Additionally, Margaret has taught nationally and internationally on topics of early infant development. Margaret has published articles in American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Neonatal Network.

 

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
Spokane, WA

Consuelo C. Kloosterman, PT, MPT, CNT, DCS, NTMTC, CKC

Consuelo Kloosterman is an experienced pediatric physical therapist with clinical expertise in the NICU for the past 25 years; dedicating her work in a level III NICU.
She completed her Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)/Bobath Certification training in 1998. In 2016, she was awarded with Developmental Care Specialist designation from the National Association Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and is certified in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS), Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC), and as a Kangaroo Care Caregiver and Consultant (CKC). Consuelo has also received training in the Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment (GMA) as well as the Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO).
Consuelo’s main area of interest is the promotion of parental attachment from the very early start of the family’s journey in the NICU, and she continuously presents lectures to staff members to improve developmental outcomes of fragile infants.
Consuelo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in physical therapy from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (UBA) and her Master’s Degree from Florida International University (FIU) Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida with her husband and three children.

Dana Hobby, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLC, NTMTC, DCS

Dana Hobby has worked as an SLP in both outpatient and inpatient pediatric rehabilitation and in a level III NICU since 2003. She is actively involved in neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic. Her career has been focused on implementation of developmentally supportive and family centered care along with continual collaboration with and education for NICU staff. She is NOMAS trained and is a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Practice and Policy. She is a certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist and has achieved designation as a Developmental Care Specialist through NANN. She has presented locally and previously worked with Powers Medical Devices as a clinical specialist for the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL) system.

Deborah S. Thomas, PT, DPT, PCS, CNT, NTMTC

Debbie Thomas has worked as a physical therapist since 1981, a NICU therapist since 1997, and the lead neonatal therapist in a Level IV, 50-bed NICU since 2004.

She is a practicing clinician who is involved in program development, mentoring, and providing education for NICU staff. Debbie is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy and has obtained multiple certifications including: Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDTA), Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), Early Feeding Assessment (EFA), Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO), Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC), NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), and Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment (GMA). She has also received training as a Child Passenger Safety Technician in transporting in children with special healthcare needs. Debbie helped in designing and providing follow-up for NICU patients in an outpatient multi-disciplinary feeding clinic for infants discharging with nasogastric and gastrostomy tubes. Debbie has co-authored articles based on the multidisciplinary feeding clinic and she has presented locally on neonatal therapy.

 

Lead Neonatal Therapist
Primary Children’s Hospital
Salt Lake City, UT