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This page contains contact information for all the active Committee Members from each region of the American Burn Association as well as the members of the Occupational & Physical Therapist Special Interest Group.

The utilization of the American Burn Association's Regional designation was based on the initial intent of capturing therapist representatives from the entire United States and Canada so that we would interact at all levels and with representation of different hospital settings and facility structures. We have maintained this design even though the ABA has dissolved this system as of 2004. As this web site has evolved, Ibelieve that we will be actively searching for additional members in other states as well as from other burn facilities within similar states so that we can truly represent every member of the Occupational and Physical Therapy Special Interest Group and then expand to represent international hospitals and clinicians worldwide.

All of these founding members have been instrumental not only in the in the development of this web site and award since it was first conferred in 2002 but are prolific clinicians, researchers, educators, mentors and friends that are dedicated to furthering burn research and collaboration. In addition to the founding members, current burn clinicians continue to support the efforts of this educational format.

If you are not familiar with any of these individuals, I strongly encourage you to take the time to contact the representative from your region as well as any other members. We are here to serve as a resource and support to the advancement of therapist driven research.

We have also the latest burn therapist resource listing for the Occupational & Physical Therapy Special Interest Group which was updated in January 2008. Please review this list and make updates as often as needed.

Click here to request access to the OT/PT SIG Resource List

Click here to update or add your contact information to the OT/PT SIG Resource List.

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Criteria for Regional Committee Membership

Scope: To provide clinical support and serve as a liaison to encourage and promote therapist driven research for Physical and Occupational Therapists involved in any level of burn care and rehabilitation.

Criteria: Recipients of this regional membership must meet the following criteria:

  1. A licensed / registered Physical Therapist / Assistant or Occupational Therapist and / or Assistant
  2. An active member of the American Burn Association for at least one year
  3. An active member within at least one of his or her practice discipline associations at either the national, state or regional level (i.e. AOTA; APTA; ASHT)or another burn related organization (i.e. The Phoenix Society, North American Burn Society, etc.)
  4. Practicing for a minimum of 7 years with at least 50% of his or her time specifically dedicated to burn care treatment andrehabilitation
  5. Demonstrate commitment, dedication and service on a daily basis to the treatment, rehabilitation and management of burn injuries and their consequences

The regional members will also support and contribute to the development and maintenance of the burn therapist website as well as contribute to the activities of the OT/PT SIG of the ABA and serve as a research mentors to assist other Occupational and Physical Therapists in the clinical research development process.

Click here to download the Regional Committee Membership Form and GET INVOLVED NOW!

Committee Member Listing Numerically by Region:

Region IEric LaBonte, PT
Region IIHope Hunter, PT
Region IIIRebekah Allely, OTR/L
Region IVSandy Fletchall, OTR, MPA, CHT, FAOTA
Region VBeth Franzen, OTR
Region VIMichael Serghiou, OTR
Region VIIJanelle Epp, OT
Region VIIICynthia Hayes Lundy, PT
Region IXIngrid Parry, MS, PT
Region XVacant Position
Region XILisa Forbes Duchart, BMR (OT)
Co-ChairReg Richard, MS, PT
ChairpersonJonathan Niszczak, MS, OTR/L

Region I - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

EricLaBonte Eric LaBonte, MS, PT
Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital
267 Grant St
Bridgeport, CT 06610
(203) 384-4136

Region II - New York

HopeHunter Hope Hunter, PT
Assistant Chief
New York Presbyterian Hospital
525 East 68th Street, Box 142
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-1573

Region III - District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

RebekahAllely Rebekah Reishus Allely, OTR/L
Washington Hospital Burn Center
Room 3-B-55
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010-2975
(202) 877-7347

Region IV - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

SandyFletchell Sandy Fletchall, OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA
Manager of Burn Rehabilitation
Firefighter's Regional Burn Center
890 Madison Avenue, Suite TG043
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-6439

Region V - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Beth Franzen Beth J. Franzen, OTR
Burn Rehabilitation Manager
Regions Hospital
5 N Burn Rehab
PO BOX 11105B
640 Jackson Street
St Paul, MN 5510
(651) 254-1545

Region VI - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Michael Serghiou Michael A. Serghiou, OTR
Clinical Specialist
Bio Med Sciences, Inc.
Burn & Wound Care Division
7584 Morris Court, Suite 218
Allentown, PA 18106
(409) 392-1471 /

Region VII - Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Janelle Epp Janelle Epp, OTR/L, CHT
Burnett Burn Center
Unit 52, Room 5207
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66160
(913) 588-6542

Region VIII - Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Cindy Hayes-Lundy Cindy Hayes Lundy, PT
Intermountain Burn Center
Burn Therapy Room #4610
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 581-2132

Region IX - Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada

Ingrid Parry Ingrid Parry, MS, PT
Physical Therapist, Burn Care Specialist, Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education
Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California
2425 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 453-2240

Region X - Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington


Region XI - Canada

Lisa Forbes Lisa Forbes Duchart, MSc, OT Reg(MB)
Director, Firefighters Burn Camp Mamawi
Clinical Specialist in Burn Care
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg MB R3A 1S1
(204) 787-7955

Committee Co-Chair

Reg Richard Reg Richard, MS, PT
Godfather of Modern Burn Rehabilitation

Committee Chairperson

Jonathan Niszczak Jonathan Niszczak, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist
Bio Med Sciences, Inc.
Burn & Wound Care Division
7584 Morris Court, Suite 218
Allentown, PA 18106
(610) 530-3193 or 800-257-4566 /