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Dena Bishop, OTR/L is a veteran pediatric occupational therapist specializing in school-based therapy for students with multiple diagnoses including ASD, ADHD, CP, and DD. She earned her B.S degree in OT from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Her 17 years of experience have granted her significant knowledge from the vast number of therapists she has collaborated with and the resources she has collected and implemented over the years. Dena has spent her entire career engaging and empowering students from 18 months through 21 years of age with diverse cultures while working in schools in OH, PA, CA, HI, and FL. She has academia experience as an adjunct professor for the OTA program at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. Her passion for OT and growth mindset continually challenges her to excel in her field.
Dan has worked for over 40 years in the field of behavioral health. He has worked as a child care worker in residential treatment and as a therapist in residential treatment, inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Dan has been involved in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) for over 25 years, serving as the FASD Specialist for the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence for 14 years. He has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on FASD focusing on interventions and prevention for children, adolescents and adults. For this work, his son Bill, who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome at age 19, has been his mentor and best teacher. In addition to FASD, Dan has developed curricula and provided training and technical assistance for families and professionals working in mental health, developmental disabilities, education, justice, vocational services, and substance abuse treatment on loss and grieving, psychopharmacology, child and adolescent development, violence in youth, anger management, team building, stress and burnout, transition, and life span disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Dan has also co-facilitated a group for non-offending caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. He currently works as a consultant, providing training and technical assistance to agencies, communities, states, grant programs, and provinces. Dan has a keen interest in improving outcomes for individuals, families, and the providers and services that support them.
Traci A. Herc, MOT, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist with UPMC Home Health. She started her career in Occupational Therapy as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After working for 10 years, she pursued a Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University. She has worked primarily in Home Health for the last 15 years. She has experience working in acute care, long-term care, outpatient, and home care. Her focus for the past 15 years has been Home health, with an emphasis on geriatric clients. Additionally, she has worked as an interventionist at the University of Pittsburgh on the frail elderly, transitions, and a stroke and brain injury research study. Traci’s service to the profession includes District Delegate to the State Board of Occupational Therapy, Executive Officer for District II, Nominations chair, and a member of the Central Conference Committee for the State Board of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association.
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