Alicia Reiser, PPOTD, MS OTR/L, CBIS, ADHD-CRP
Alicia Reiser, PPOTD, MS OTR/L, CBIS, ADHD-CRP graduated from Misericordia University in 2001 with her Master’s degree and found her passion shortly thereafter within the neurological population. After several years in inpatient rehab centers, she transitioned settings to outpatient where she established her love for vision and wanted to learn more. She obtained her clinical doctorate in vision remediation from Salus University (Philadelphia College of Optometry) in 2018 and grew her private practice to treat those with concussion and other brain-based diagnoses. She works closely with optometry and uses a collaborative approach when treating visual inefficiencies, using an integrative model to improve her patient’s brain, body, function and life. Locally, she is on the Cedar Crest College Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Advisory Board. Her published research includes Concussion-Related Vision Disorder Practice Patterns in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Curricula Patterns for Acquired Brain Injury-Related Vision Disorders for Entry-Level Programs. Most recently, she has co-authored 2 chapters in Dr. Mitchell Scheiman’s Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists. Alicia is a certified brain injury specialist, ADHD certified rehab provider and has a special interest in those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Meghan Chemidlin, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Meghan Chemidlin, OTD, MS, OTR/L, received her bachelors, masters and post professional Doctorate degrees from Elizabethtown College. She received her clinical doctorate in both Trauma Informed Practice and Interdisciplinary Autism Support. She primarily treats individuals who have sustained mTBIs but also works with adults, teens and pediatrics diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and other neurological conditions. Meghan has been integrating her passion for interoception interventions into all populations, diagnosis and ages for several years. She is in the process of publishing her OTD research titled: Impact of an Interoception-Based Intervention on Self-Regulation in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Pilot Study. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and a Functional Vision Rehabilitation Specialist. Meghan enjoys traveling to speak about and educate on interoception and her adapted version of the interoception curriculum for several organizations, colleges and professionals.
Amber Fessler, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Amber Fessler, OTD, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist of eighteen years residing in Rapid City, SD. She graduated from the University of Mary with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2004. She completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy with a specialty certification in Remedial Vision Rehabilitation from Salus University. Amber has a diverse clinical background in pediatrics having worked in early intervention, public school, outpatient, and vision therapy clinic settings. Currently, she is the owner and occupational therapy practitioner of a private practice focusing on pediatrics with learning-related vision deficits in close collaboration with a number of optometry doctors. She is a contributing author for book chapters and published research on occupational therapy and optometry collaboration in the care of pediatric patients.
Susan Briggs, OTD, OTR/L
Suzanne Briggs, OTD, OTR/L, has been practicing occupational therapy in acute, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient throughout her 20-year career. Her area of focus is rehabilitation after neurological events, including vision rehabilitation. She currently works at Centura Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. She provides services to children and adults who have experienced acquired brain injuries or other physical/neurological concerns.
Suzanne received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Salus University in 2023 with a certification in remedial vision rehabilitation. Suzanne graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Alumni Association Award for Top Graduate. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is interested in research involving remedial vision and acquired brain injury. She is also a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), which facilitates the collaboration of multiple disciplines for successful outcomes for patients with neurological diagnoses. Suzanne was trained in NDT and is SAEBO certified.
Suzanne developed a passion for remedial vision rehabilitation when working with acquired brain injury patients who had vision limitations. This passion led her to further her education in remedial vision. Suzanne has developed the remedial vision program at her clinic and provides treatment in collaboration with neuro-optometrists. Her patients also benefit from her extensive mCIT, stroke recovery, and concussion knowledge. Suzanne has presented as a guest lecturer at local brain injury support groups, universities, and hospital professionals.
Suzanne provides her patients with evidence-based treatments to improve vision limitations and improve vision-related function. She plans to use her degree to advance the support of occupational therapy’s role in remedial vision rehabilitation through research, education, and successful patient care.