March 16 2007 May 18 2007 The Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy

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					                                                  May 18, 2007

             The Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy (OT) Practice (Board)

                                    Spring Grove Hospital Center
                             55 Wade Avenue-Benjamin Rush Building
                                         Conference Room
                           Chairperson: Claudia McInerney, MOT, OTR/L
                                             8:30 a.m.

                                    GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

BOARD MEMBERS                                              NON-BOARD MEMBERS
Carla Farrington, M.Ed., OTR/L                             Donna Ashman, Executive Director
Thaddeus Felton, Consumer Member                           Marilyn Pinkney, Licensing Coordinator
Joyce Ford, COTA/L                                         Grant Gerber, Board Counsel
Linda Leimbach, MS, OTR/L
Claudia McInerney, MOT, OTR/L
Christine Moghimi, MAS, OTR/L

Robin Klein, Maryland Occupational Therapy Association

1. Ms. McInerney called the meeting to order at 9:12 a.m.

2. Ms. McInerney approved the General Session Agenda for May 18, 2007 as amended.

3. Ms. Leimbach motioned to approve the General Session Minutes – March 16, 2007 as
   written, Ms. Ford seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor.


1. Mr. Gerber reported that after the Board of Speech, Language & Pathology provides
   more information on swallowing therapy, this subject will be placed on the agenda for

2. The Board reviewed the draft position statement relative to an OT’s or OTA’s
   authority to perform swallowing therapy. The Board made modifications.
   Ms. Moghimi motioned to approve the swallowing therapy position statement.
   Ms. Leimbach seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor. The
   position statement will be placed on the website, and sent via email to the active
   licensee base. Ms. Ashman will forward the modified position statement to
   Ms. Klein, MOTA.

                                                                     General Session Minutes
                                                                               May 18, 2007
                                                                                  Page 2 of 4

3. Ms. McInerney reported on the status of the Chiropractic Examiners’ proposed
   regulations. The Board agreed to be prepared to review and comment
   when the proposal becomes available.

3a. Ms. Klein, MOTA, guest, reported and summarized the proposed bill to license
    athletic trainers. Ms. Ashman reported that she has been invited to attend a meeting
    coordinated by the Physicians Board on June 8, 2007 to discuss the athletic trainer’s
    proposal. Ms. Ashman will forward the meeting information to Ms. Klein, MOTA.

4    Ms. Ford provided background on the continuing education course submissions,
     which have been sponsored predominantly by physical therapists. She indicated that
     the majority of them are appropriate for occupational therapists. Other continuing
     education submissions received are being reviewed as usual.

5.   Regarding the vacant positions on the Board, Ms. Ashman stated that MOTA had
     referred six candidates to the Office of Governmental Appointments. She explained
     that the next steps in the process include the recommendation and appointment from
     the Governor’s office.

5a. Ms. Ashman announced that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has
    appointed former Senator Paula Hollinger as the new Associate Director of the
    Health Occupations Boards and Commission.

5b. Ms. Leimbach announced to the Board that she would not renew her term and
    needs to resign immediately due to unforeseen circumstances.

5c. Ms. Ashman received approval through the Department to hire an investigator. Ms.
    Ashman indicated that she would attempt to make the hire via a consultant status
    rather than as a contractual employee.

5d. Ms. Ashman reported that Paula Hollinger forwarded a survey to all allied health
    boards in order to gain a better understanding of the needs of each Board. Ms.
    Ashman will forward the survey to all Board members for input. Ms. McInerney
    recommended that individual Board members forward any comments on the survey
    to Ms. Ashman.

5e. Ms. Ashman provided information on options for online renewal and L2000
    software. The Board had discussion. Ms. Moghimi motioned to purchase the system
    automation software. Ms. Ford seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously
    in favor.

5f. Ms. McInerney asked Board members to inform Ms. Pinkney of any changes to the
    phone list. The Board phone list will be modified and redistributed at the next
    scheduled Board meeting.
                                                                      General Session Minutes
                                                                                May 18, 2007
                                                                                   Page 3 of 4

                                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Ms. McInerney proposed to the Board that the Annual Board Workshop scheduled for
   June 14-15 be rescheduled tentatively to October 18-19 at Rocky Gap
   Lodge & Golf Resort. The Board members agreed.

   -   Ms. McInerney requested that representatives from NBCOT, MOTA, AOTA,
       and the legislative liaison, Robin Bailey, be contacted via email informing them
       that the Annual Board Workshop will be postponed until October 18 – 19, 2007.

2. Ms. McInerney requested that Board members complete their data forms throughout
   the month of May and resume in August and September. This data will assist the
   Board in analyzing the use of Board members’ time related to Board activities.

                                     NEW BUSINESS

1. Ms. Leimbach and Ms. Ford provided background on the electrical and superficial
   modalities. Ms. Leimbach reported on the infrared therapy. Ms. Ashman suggested
   placing new language in the PAMS chapter once the regulation proposal is returned
   to the Board. Ms. Leimbach will forward the contact information relative to infrared
   therapy from her research to Ms. Ashman.

2. Ms. McInerney reported on the Eastern Shore Networking meeting held on April 13,
   2007. The Board had discussion.

2a. Ms. McInerney and Ms. Leimbach attended and reported on the American
    Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference held on
    April 19 – 23, 2007.


1. Mc McInerney announced that an article she had written was scheduled for
   publication in International World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
   bulletin in May.

2. Ms. Farrington reported that there were a total of 18 occupational therapists and 7
   occupational therapy assistants for a total of 25 reviewed and accepted in April. Ms.
   Ford motioned to approve the 25 applicant files. Ms. Leimbach seconded the motion.
   The Board voted unanimously in favor.

   18 Occupational Therapists                       7 Occupational Therapy Assistants
   Artley, Barbara                                  Jones, Georgia
   Crilley, Barbara                                 Knight, Cambria
   Gauthier, Christine                              Pague, Kimberly
   John, Sheeja – Reinstatement                     Watson, Jan
   Kalman, Esther                                   Bivens, Taisha
                                                                      General Session Minutes
                                                                                 May 18, 2007
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   18 Occupational Therapists cont’d                7 Occupational Therapy Assistants cont’d
   Mateer, Amy L.                                   Sipes, Lindsey
   Miller, Marcia R.
   Mitchem, Quiana
   Neupane, Shobha
   Owens, Jennilee
   Rycko, Janet H. - Reinstatement
   Sanabria, Jessica
   Shaffer, Lindsey R.
   Shanholtz, Cathy – Reinstatement
   Shlomi, Efrat
   Stasiak, Krystal R.
   Washington, Ebony – Reinstatement
   Yarmak, Sarah A.

   Ms. Farrington reported that there were a total of 19 occupational therapists and 6
   occupational therapy assistants accepted in May. Ms. Ford motioned to accept
   the 25 applicant files. Ms. Leimbach seconded the motion. The Board voted
   unanimously in favor.

  19 occupational therapists                        6 occupational therapy assistants
  Buchkovich, Toni                                  House, Jennifer
  Budhwa, Tammy H.                                  Magnotta, Erin A.
  Burton, Daniel                                    Porter, Laura B. – Reinstatement
  Escovedo, Ernest                                  Shulman, Joy
  Finneran, Erin M.                                 Sims, Octavia
  Fuhrman, Jessica                                  Sunnenberg, Melissa
  Glaser-Block, Kathleen
  Guiterrez, Aries Ann
  Hammond, Olivia – Reinstatement
  Jain, Kavita
  Johnson, Melissa
  Levy, Ellen – Reinstatement
  Niedenfuhr, Lisa
  Pulliam, Diane
  Rodgers, Tanya
  Shroff, Rujna P.
  Thompson, Terri Reed
  Wann, Michael
  Word, Pamela


Pursuant to the Maryland State Government Article, Section(a)(13), Annotated Code of
Maryland, Ms. McInerney adjourned the General Session Meeting at 11:45 a.m.

                                            Submitted by:

                                            Marilyn Pinkney
                                            Marilyn Pinkney
                                            Licensing Coordinator

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