2019 OTAC Conference

Join your fellow OT practitioners and students for two days of education, networking and fun as we bring together the Occupational Therapy community of Colorado at the 2019 OTAC Annual Conference on October 18-19, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Southeast (Denver-Aurora).

Call For Proposals:

Have you been inspired by a professor or a colleague? We need YOU to submit a proposal and reach out to those that inspire you and make our profession better to consider submitting a proposal for this year's OTAC Annual Conference on. We are seeking proposals that relate to any areas of interest to occupational therapy practitioners in any area of practice.  These may relate to practice, education and/or research. 

OTAC invites you to share your knowledge and experiences by submitting a proposal to present at OTAC's annual conference. Deadline for proposal submission is July 22.

Learn More Or To Submit Proposal


Attendee Registration Details

Regular registration will be from September 28th to October 10th.
To save $25, please complete your Early Bird registration by September 27th.
Member rates for Regular registration as follows:
OT/OTR: $315 both days or $195 for one day
OTA/COTA: $295 both days or $175 for one day
Student members: $240 both days or $120 for one day.
Non members: $400 both days or $280 for one day

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Vendor Registration Details:

The OTAC Annual Conference provides the opportunity for your business to showcase your services and products, and to engage with the occupational therapy community of Colorado. OTAC's Corporate Members receive Exhibitor and Sponsor discounts. If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Member, please fill out or Corporate Membership form [link to Corporate membership application] to be considered.

Pricing and Registration 

Conference Agenda


Friday, October 18

Contact Hours

7:30 – 8:30

Registration/Check In


8:30 – 8:40


Pam Dipasquale-Lehnerz, President of OTAC


8:40 – 9:40

Marjorie Ball Presentation

Patricia Stutz-TanenbaumMS, OTR/L, FAOTA


9:50– 10:50

Occupational Therapists’ Role in Creating Supportive Environments for Students in School

Tricia Williams, OTD, OTR/L

“You can help with that?” – Advocating for Occupational Therapy Services in the Community

Jenny Junker, OTD, OTR/L and 
Kylie Sleeth, MS, OTR/L


10:50 – 11:30

Unopposed Vendor Time


11:30– 12:45


Lobbyists’ Presentation (12:30)


1:00 – 2:00

Unique Use of Kinesiotape for Upper Extremity CVA Recovery

Rey Erickson, OTR/L, MS


Non-Clinical OT: An Interactive Panel Discussion about Non-Clinical Opportunities for Occupational Therapists Nicole Kain, OTR/L, MA, CAPS

Aspiring for Inclusive Excellence: A Forum for Action

Patricia Stutz-Tanenbaum, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA


2:10 – 4:10

State-of-the-Art Treatment Techniques that Address the Mind/Body Connection for Enhanced Outcomes: Merging Allopathic and Holistic Innovative Interventions using the Autonomic Nervous System

Janet Nicole Sykora,  MA, B.Sc., OTR/L and

Julie A. Whitehead, MS, CCC/SLP/L

Dar·ing (adj.) – Bold, Courageous, Adventurous, Confident, Undaunted: Cultivating Courage, Compassion, and Creativity in Occupational Therapy Practice

Linda Crawford, OTR/L, CDWF

Stress, Relationships, and Crossing the Midline

Maxine Haller, OTR/L, CST and Matthias Haller, COTA


4:20 – 4:50

 Agatha Jackson Presentation

Patricia Fantauzzo, COTA/L



Soiree and OTA Celebration – *Following the Agatha Jackson Presentation




Schedule subject to change

Possible 5.75 total contact hours for October 18, 2019


Saturday, October 19

Contact Hours

7:30 – 7:50

Registration/Check In


7:50 – 8:00


Pam Dipasquale-Lehnerz, President of OTAC


8:00 – 8:30

Keynote Address

Melissa Tilton, BS, COTA/L, ROH

Secretary, AOTA Board of Directors


8:30 – 9:15

Round Table Discussions (Topics to be Determined)


9:25– 10:25

Bringing the Legacy of Claudia Allen and the Cognitive Disabilities Model into the Future

Patricia Cornell, OTR/L, OTD

Handwriting Basics

Maxine Haller, OTR/L, CST, and Matthias Haller, COTA

Introduction to Functional Upper Extremity Casting

Bridget Leary, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS and Melissa Rieger, MS, OTR/L


10:25 – 11:30

Unopposed Vendor Time


11:30 – 1:15


OTAC Business Meeting/Awards (12:00)



1:25 – 2:25

Let’s Talk About the NBCOT National Certification Exam!

Shaun Conway, OTR


Making Sense of Pain through Science and Story

Joletta Belton, MSc

Interventions for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Neurocognitive Disorders: The critical Role of Occupational Therapy in Growing Healthcare Crisis

Patricia Cornell, OTR/L, OTD


2:35 – 3:35

Primitive Reflex Primer

Maxine Haller, OTR/L, CST, and Matthias Haller, COTA

The Pain Conversation: Using Language to Navigate a Person’s Pain Experience

Denise LaRocca, OTD, MS, OTR/L, MS, FAACVPR




 Certificate of Attendance Distribution




Schedule subject to change

Possible 4.75 total contact hours for October 19, 2019


Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of OTAs at this year's Soiree and Silent Auction

Agatha Jackson recipients

Calling all Agatha Jackson award winners! You are hereby cordially invited to attend this year’s soiree on Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Southeast, Denver-Aurora. We would like to recognize your contributions to the profession.

Soiree and Silent Auction event details

Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Southeast, Denver-Aurora
Proceeds to be used toward four “OTA scholarship awards”

The Silent Auction "fun" raiser is coming​!

Per Wikipedia, a silent auction is an event at which people write offers of money on pieces of paper, and when time is called, the people with the highest bids “win” the goods or services by purchasing them.

OTAC’s silent auctions are part of the Soirée, and therefore come with the added flair of networking, drinking and munching, and picture taking! It’s a fun social event for conference attendees!

Plan to join your colleagues for the Soirée and Silent Auction, the Friday evening of the annual OTAC Conference! And this year, with a different theme, “fun”raiser! and for a different purpose, to fund the OTA scholarship awards!

How you can support the Silent Auction event:
Bid on items during the Soirée
Donate items for the Silent Auction
Solicit donations from businesses* in Denver metro, Northern CO, Southern CO, the Eastern Plains, and the Western Slope
Donate monies to OTAC, earmarked for the “OTA scholarship awards”

Thank you! See you at Conference!

2019 OTAC Conference Directory and Donation Information

  • To donate items for the Silent Auction, please direct your questions to the Board Chair for Fundraising, Marian Nielson at [email protected] 
  • To learn more about the OTA scholarships, please direct your questions to Carmen Aguirre, Board Chair for Professional Development at [email protected]
  • Read about the 2019 OTAC Conference and Soirée online at www.otacco.org or direct your questions to the Vice President who is also the acting Board Chair for Conference, Amy Solomon at [email protected]

OTAC is a 501(c)6, therefore is not a charity organization. If you wish to deduct your donation, please ask your tax consultant.