Spinal Cord Injury

Lifestyle Medicine

Quality Improvement and Implementation Science


Empowering Women After SCI: Safe Health Care Goes Beyond Accessibility (415303)

Monday, October 1
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Coronado B

"Empowering Women with SCI" was developed to create videos and written tools for women living with SCI, filling a void in available supportive resources . This symposium will describe the processes used to determine appropriate video content and will present the outcomes. Videos included: preparing for an office visit, sexuality, pregnancy, labor and delivery, parenting and women's health issues throughout the lifespan. Tools created included "preparing for your medical visit" to be used by injured community members. Additionally, resources for office visit accessibility were developed via a collaborative effort. These resources will also be shared for use in other communities.

Learning Objectives:

Teresa A. Foy

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit Manager
Shepherd Center

Teresa Foy is the program manager for the Comprehensive Rehab Unit at Shepherd Center. She manages the ICU as well as a unit that serves persons with spinal cord injuries as well as brain injured individuals and multi-trauma. Teresa earned her Occupational Therapy degree from Western Michigan University in 1987 and has focused her treatment in the area of neurological patients since that time. Teresa has co-authored chapters of textbooks and articles as well as presented a number of professional lectures nationally in the area of SCI. She has been at Shepherd Center since 2003 .


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Shannon Schneider

Occupational Therapist
Shepherd Center

Shannon Schneider has been an Occupational Therapist, employed at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA since 2011. Most of her time has been spent working on the inpatient spinal cord injury unit, however she also worked with client's with dual diagnosis (brain and spinal cord injury). While working on this unit, she became interested in empowering women after SCI to increase their access to healthcare and improve their overall quality of life post-injury. Most recently she has transitioned to a new department within Shepherd Center working with Veterans who have PTSD and TBI. She also treats outpatient clients who are experiencing post-concussion syndrome.


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Jennifer Roane

Occupational therapist
Shepherd Center

Jen Roane is an Occupational Therapist who received her bachelor’s in science degree in occupational therapy in 2004 from James Madison University. Jen has been working in an inpatient setting at Shepherd Center for 13 years specializing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. She has a passion for women’s health following spinal cord injury and developed and teaches an educational class for women in inpatient rehab. She values client-centered care and loves engaging her patients by hearing their story and empowering them to achieve goals and overcome obstacles.


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Ginger Crymes

Therapy Education Coordinator for Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit
Shepherd Center

Ginger Crymes has been working as an occupational therapist since 2005, and began working for the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA in 2006. Her first position at Shepherd Center was in the inpatient Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) unit. After eight years, she transitioned to a Therapy Manager position for the Medical-Surgical Unit. In this role, she also provided OT treatments to patients in the ICU diagnosed with SCI & acquired brain injury. She has since taken the role of Education Coordinator for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit. Since working at the Shepherd Center, she has become passionate about women's health following SCI. She assisted in the development of a class for female SCI inpatients that emphasized topics pertinent to women, including pregnancy/ delivery, parenting, sexuality, & health management.


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Shari McDowell

Program Director - SCI Program
Shepherd Center

Shari McDowell is the program director for the SCI Program at Shepherd Center. In this role she is responsible for oversight of nursing and therapy clinical care for a 55 bed inpatient unit and outpatient therapy services for people receiving care through the SCI continuum. She earned her BS from Georgia State University in Physical Therapy in 1986 and her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Montana -Missoula. Dr. McDowell's clinical practice has focused primarily in acute care, ICU and rehabilitation for people with SCI and Cardiopulmonary impairments. She has presented numerous lectures professionally and in the higher education arena and also co-authored information related to this area of practice. Dr McDowell has been a clinician, educator and administrator at Shepherd Center since 1992. She is a member of the APTA and ASIA and is the chair of the injury prevention committee for ASIA.


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