Ekso Spotlight:

The Clinical Application of Exoskeleton Training from Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation

Join Ekso Bionics and the Sheltering Arms Institute team for a free webinar where participants will learn the process for integrating Ekso into their clinical practice. Speakers will also discuss how to train therapists and provide consistent and quality care across the continuum.  A patient case study talking through the continuum will also be presented.

Sheltering Arms Institute has been a leader in the use of advanced technology in order to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Their uniquely designed inpatient facility collaborates with outpatient facilities that house the same technology allows patients the opportunity to utilize technology through the continuum of care. Sheltering Arms clinical leaders have developed a method of integrating new equipment into clinical practice quickly, and training staff efficiently, to allow for this continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient.

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Meet the Sheltering Arms Team

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Christina has worked with Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation centers since 2016. She specializes in neurological disorders including stroke, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease. She is the lead of the SCI team and a certified Indego Exoskeleton provider and personal use trainer. She serves as the clinical lead for outpatient services regarding use of advanced gait technology and locomotor training for neurological conditions. Christina is an alumnus of Liberty University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology- exercise science and she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

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Kierstan Gastrock has worked as a Physical Therapist with Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation centers since 2018. She graduated from Emory University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018 and became board-certified in neurologic physical therapy in 2021. She specializes in treating neurological disorders including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and movement disorders. She is the lead of the Parkinson’s team, is a level I and II Ekso certified therapist, and a certified Indego exoskeleton provider.

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Zachary Crump has served as a Physical Therapist at Sheltering Arms for the past 11 years. He graduated from Old Dominion University with his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 and became board certified in neurologic physical therapy in 2015. He currently serves as the Locomotor Specialist at the Sheltering Arms Institute. In 2021, he received the APTA Virginia John L. Echternach Research Award for top researcher in the state of Virginia. His research involvement includes extra functional electrical stimulation cycling for persons with stroke, heart rate monitor implementation during inpatient rehabilitation, and cardiovascular intensity for persons with sub-acute stroke and spinal cord injury. 

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Drew Weisbeck, PT, DPT, NCS graduated from Radford University and has worked with Sheltering Arms and Sheltering Arms Institute since 2017.  He is the PT Clinical Leader for SAI’s Dallas Disbro Ability Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. Drew is Ekso level I and II certified, and as the inpatient champion for multiple pieces of rehab technology he assists in translation of knowledge into practice across the inpatient landscape.  He currently participates as a mentor for the VCU/SAI Neurologic Clinical Specialist Residency Program, as well as an APTA clinical instructor for students seeking inpatient experience.


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