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Chronic Conditions Management Interdisciplinary Strategies to Increase QOL

Registration Fee: $25.00 TBA
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Hope Clinic
635 Campus Loop
Apopka, Florida
Milly Rodriguez, Elizabeth Clark, Marika Whittaker
Christine Moghimi

This course will be defining, for the participants, chronic conditions, as seen at the Hope Clinic and quality of life in terms of community living with limited resources. Three client case studies will be presented by nursing, physical and occupational therapy faculty/clinicians focusing on their interdisciplinary approaches and subsequent positive outcomes for the clients. Also there will be a  Q & A/sharing segment following the presentation.

Learner Outcomes/Objectives: upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Define chronic conditions/quality of life in respect to post-acute clients.
  2. Describe interventions for the post-post acute variety of diagnosis.
  3. Develop strategies for interdisciplinary rehab care of clients.
  4. Understanding of advocating for under-served patients with chronic conditions.

Target Audience: Nurses, Occuptational and Physical Therapists


Milly Rodriguez, OTR/L is currently a Clinical Instructor/Occupational Therapist at AdventHealth University and the Director of the Hope Clinic. Ms. Rodriguez has over 40 years of experience in clinical and educational settings. She began her career with AdventHealth University in 2015 as the primary clinician and instructor at the Hope Clinic, a no cost outpatient teaching clinic providing occupational therapy services to underserved patients in our community. 

Milly has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including mental health, pediatrics, inpatient and outpatient rehab, acute care, home health, skilled nursing facility, and lymphedema management. Her passion is to assist patients and caregivers to improve their quality of life and guiding young professionals on the practice and mission of occupational therapy. 

She graduated from University of Puerto Rico in 1981 with degree in Science/Occupational therapy. Additional specialty certifications on neurodevelopmental treatment for the treatment of adults and children, lymphedema management certification, sensory integration treatment, LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s Disease, TOPSEI Certification (Training for Occupational and Physical Therapists in Early Intervention, Myofascial Release, Fieldwork Education, Modalities Certification, and Kinesiology Tape for Special Populations.

Elizabeth Clark, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, RYT 200  Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at AdventHealth University. Dr. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York (SUNY): Geneseo, a masters and doctoral degree in physical therapy from Upstate Medical University, and an EdD in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She has been board certified in neurologic physical therapy since 2008, and her primary areas of interest in clinical practice, teaching, and research include both neurologic physical therapy as well as leadership training and practices in health care. Dr. Clark has previously provided pro-bono physical therapy services and education locally and internationally in the area of neurology. Dr. Clark has published manuscripts in the areas of leadership, international service learning, and multiple research poster presentations in the area of neurologic physical therapy.

Marika Whitaker, DNP, MHA, RN, became a nurse in 2001, graduating from Seminole Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Marika’s specialty is emergency medicine with 18 years of experience. In 2008 Marika obtained a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN),  and in 2010 received a Master in the Science of Nursing (MSN) and a Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Phoenix. In 2010, Marika became nursing faculty at AdventHealth University. Marika has remained nursing faculty teaching various nursing courses: Adult Health 1, Pharmacology, Informatics, and Foundations of Nursing. In 2021, Marika completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with her scholarly project focusing on healthcare organization system changes to increase cardiac rehabilitation enrollment in the acute care setting.

Cancelation Policy: A refund minus 20% will be granted to written requests received 10 days or more prior to the start date of the program. Cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to (person from department). No refunds will be granted to cancellations less than 10 prior to the event scheduled date. Registrants unable to attend may send a substitute.

Completion Requirements: To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this activity, the participant must:

  • Sign-in prior to the start time and attend the full activity session.
  • Pass the online test if applicable.
  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation.

Certificates of Completion: will be available to print immediately upon finishing the completion requirements. You are encouraged to print and save your certificate for your portfolio as required by your licensing body. Interdisciplinary accredited activities, activities having multiple accreditors, will be listed individually on the Certificate of Completion.

Conflicts of Interest and Commercial Support: There have been no conflicts of interest disclosed by planners, authors, or presenters; nor has there been disclosure of any relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies or their products pertaining to this activity.

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Electronic Record Retention: All activity records are kept on file for a minimum of six (6) years.