North Coast District

Counties: Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina

District Chairs:  Georgette Ireland, OTR/L; Monica Goetz, OTR/L
Contact: [email protected]; [email protected]



Upcoming Events

North Coast District OTA Liaison 2 Contact Hour Panel Discussion: 
 "The OT Connection: Building Healthy Relationships with Vendors"
*Sponsored by Health Aid of Ohio*

Panel Members will include:   Matthew Isaac, Assistive Technology Professional (ATP),  Ken Broz, (ATP),  Michele Nolan, Physical Therapist & Jacci Lambert, Certified Prosthesis Orthotist.     

  •  Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • At the Holiday Inn; 6001 Rockside Road Independence, OH  44131 - Held in The Broadview Heights Room
  • From 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Appetizers.

CEUs 6-8 p.m.

8-9 p.m.  Additional networking

Objectives (participants will be able to):

  1. Identify various types of assistive technologies regarding power mobility to increase independence in ADL tasks with pediatrics, Skilled Nursing and Home Health
  2. Implement training techniques to patients and caregivers with power and manual mobility devices with Older Adults
  3. Learn to develop long lasting relationships with vendors for collaborative patient caregiver
  4. Understand the need to document in quantitative measures by gaining a knowledge of various types of tools and implement skilled terminology for those with orthopedic impairments and neurological diagnoses
  5. Develop a strong knowledge of 3rd party payer sources, the process for reimbursement and the difference between VA and other 3rd party payer sources
  6. How to best justify and communicate types of DME and wheeled mobility equipment of Veterans to the Veteran affairs
  7. Understand various types of cushions on how to best instruct caregivers and patients on proper use
  8. Gain knowledge of various types of prosthetics and splinting materials


To understand business models, commercial, Medicare and Medicaid policies regarding reimbursement build relationships and communicate the needs of patients with Veterans Affairs


  • Attendees will receive a list of questions pertaining to the objectives in the form of check boxes by each question
  • Questions will be gathered and vendors will provide answers to questions checked
  • Vendors will be given a time to ask questions to Attendees, allowing them to learn from their peers
  • Provide manual and power wheelchairs, orthopedics and prosthetics


Please either contact Georgette Ireland at [email protected] or call (440) 746-1864;  or Monica Goetz at  [email protected]  or call (440) 554-0043.

FREE for Members - $20 for Non-members


North Coast District Mental Health SIS 2 Contact Hour Event
"Yoga for Chronic Pain: A Holistic Approach to Pain Management and Associated Mental Health Disorders"
Presenter: Dana Hinebaugh, MOT, OTR/L
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 6-8pm
Where: UH Customer Service Center (CSC) 20800 Harvard Road  Highland Hills, Ohio 

"The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness." 

A considerable amount of health care dollars are spent on the treatment of lifestyle-related chronic health conditions, including chronic pain. Chronic pain is multidimensional and affects individuals physically, emotionally, and socially. Through the practice of yoga poses, paired with the rhythmic movement of the breath, a relaxation response of the body is elicited which leads to physiological as well as mental changes in the body. 

Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, relieve mild depression and anxiety, and increase focus. Additionally, Yoga has been shown to enhance awareness of self, emotional awareness, and spirituality.



  1.  Participant will identify at least 2 ways Yoga assists in decreasing stress, anxiety, and/or pain.
  2.  Attendee will demonstrate up to 3 Yoga poses to incorporate into everyday treatment to improve physical and emotional health.


 Please click here to register!  If you have questions, please contact co-chairs Georgette Ireland and Monica Goetz at [email protected]

 FREE for Members - $20 for Non-members


This is our North Coast District Board

Chairperson - Georgette Ireland & Monica Goetz
Vice Chair - Diane Ventura
Secretary - Kristin Hopkins
Treasurer - Rebecca Young
Membership - Soonaire Shepherd & Katie Giglia
COTA Liaisons - Sr. Regina Fierman & Gabe DeNigris
Public Relations/Historian - Georgette Ireland & Monica Goetz
Public Information - Karla Reese

Special Interest Sections:

Pediatrics - Bonnie Boenig & Erin Blake
Rehabiliation - Pamela Millar 
OT Education - Teri LaGuardia
Older Adults - Lindsay Kwasny 
Mental Health - 
Dotti Thompson