Dr. Quake-Rapp was director of the Center for Allied Health programs at the University of Minnesota and chair of Western Michigan University’s Occupational Therapy program prior to coming to Spalding in 2011. She obtained a PhD in Child Health Policy from Union Institute and University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a BS in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has taught graduate courses in anatomy, orthopedics, measurement and mental health. She is a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and co-authored the Occupational Therapy Model Curriculum. Dr. Quake-Rapp was appointed to the first congressional advisory committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was selected to the Louisville Healthcare Fellows in 2012. Her most recent publications are in the areas of anatomical sciences education, developmental assessment, and sensory processing disorders.
Alison is a 2003 graduate of the communication disorders program at the University of Louisville. She has provided assistive technology assessment, intervention and education/training for individuals of all ages. She has expertise in development of augmentative/alternative communication systems and has had formal training in the delivery of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Alison has expertise working with individuals with various diagnosis including medically fragile, mental retardation and global developmental delay. Alison also has interest in working with individuals with feeding and swallowing difficulties. She currently has privileges to provide services in several local hospitals to perform swallow studies. Alison brings expertise to the enTECH team to enhance the assistive technology services that are provided. Alison is also available for direct service and speech therapy services.
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Director of Operations
Joe arrived at Spalding University in 2010 with 20 years of experience in finance management, including Finance Director of a sizeable automotive dealer group in Southern Indiana. He earned a Master of Science in Business Communication from Spalding University and a bachelor of Science in communication winning the Excellence in Scholarship award in 2015. In addition to the daily operations, Joe manages the grant funding awarded to enTECH and all data analysis. He holds the same title for the Spalding University outpatient clinic that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services. Joe has served as administrator of Spalding University’s Certified Nursing Assistant program for executives and management of Signature Health CARE. He currently is the administrator of the Deep Physical Agent Modalities for the Occupational Therapist offered three times a year here at Spalding and assists Dr. Quake-Rapp in recruiting, advising and on boarding students to the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy in the OTD, Post-Professional, and Graduate Certificate in AT programs at Spalding University.
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Josh is currently assistant professor in Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy. He came to Spalding after working for 12 years in Jefferson County Public Schools as both a special education teacher in a low-incidence classroom and as an occupational therapist where he utilized assistive technology as a part of his practice. He holds a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from Spalding University, a master of education concentrating in moderate to severe disabilities from the University of Louisville and a doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction concentrating in autism. Josh also completed a Rank I certification in assistive technology as a part of his doctorate coursework, and in March 2014, he took the RESNA examination leading to credentialing as an assistive technology professional. He also works some at the Home of the Innocents with technology-dependent children in the Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center.
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Julia Wall, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Teaching Clinic Coordinator
Julia earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy in 2016. Julia serves as the primary occupational therapist in Spalding University’s Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation facility and enTECH. She holds license in both Kentucky and Indiana, serving patients throughout the Kentuckiana region through waiver programs, clinical OT, and as a First Steps Provider. Julia maintains an LSVT Big certification, Deep Physical Agent Modalities certification in the state of Kentucky, is pursuing an assistive technology professional Certificate through RESNA, and prides herself on providing high quality, compassionate client-centered care. Prior to becoming an OT, Julia spent 8 years supervising wellness programming in various pediatric residential psychiatric treatment facilities in Louisville. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and chasing their daughter around the house.
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Sarah is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and holds an Assistive Technology Professional Certification. Sarah has over ten years of experience working with the adult neurogenic population and has expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication assessment and treatment to adults with motor impairments and complex communication needs. She specializes in working with individuals with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinsonism, Huntingtons, Multiple Systems Atrophy, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and also has extensive experience providing AAC services to individuals with aphasia. Sarah brings expertise to the enTECH team to enhance the augmentative/alternative.
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