Presented By:

Mary Vanesko, MOT, OTR/L, CIMI


Katie O’Shea PT, DPT, MBA, GCS, CDP, 



In this video, Summit Instructors, Mary Vanesko and Katie O’Shea discuss the top 3 skills you need to help create strategies for cutting down the refusals, gaining patient buy-in, and showcasing your success for continued referral generation.


About Mary Vanesko: 

Mary Vanesko, MOT, OTR/L, CIMI has extensive clinical training and experiences as she has practiced in 4 different neonatal intensive care units, including level II, III and IV NICUS over the last decade. Mary has assisted in the implementation of an outpatient pediatric program and recently performed as the NICU expert in the build and development of a level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mary completed her undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s of the arts degree in Psychology. Mary soon after received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mary has since been certified as an infant massage instructor and yoga instructor. She has practiced occupational therapy in many facilities across the country, including both adult and pediatric inpatient acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient pediatrics, school settings, early intervention and neonatal intensive care units. Mary has provided guest lectures at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as well as the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT). Mary has practiced Occupational therapy in 5 states and in over 10 facilities. She provides course instructor trainings for the International Loving Touch Infant Massage Foundation, certifying professionals in infant massage. She continues to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as well as provide independent consulting services to NICU programs and therapists. She works independently to provide her occupational therapy services to the neonatal and pediatric populations and their families.


About Katie O’Shea:

Katie O’Shea, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS, CDP graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2006 with her Masters and 2008 with her Doctorate. From there Katie pursued her Master of Business Administration graduating in 2010 from Holy Family University. Katie has clinical experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, homecare, and outpatient settings. She found her clinical passion in working with the geriatric population and is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and also a Certified Dementia Practitioner as appointed by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She has co-authored chapters on rehabilitation status post total knee and hip arthroplasty.

Katie has spent the last several years of her career in management and leadership development. She has been involved from ground up facility operations to over-seeing established rehabilitation programs. Katie has extensive experience in program development, marketing, staff training, and performance improvement. Katie has also obtained her Lean Six Sigma yellow belt certification. Katie is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a certified eSpeaker. She currently operates her company, Therapy Edge Consulting, and works as adjunct faculty with Rutgers University.