Innovating for Continence 2011


2011 Innovating for Continence Conference

Abstracts 2011(PDF)

Program 2011 (PDF)

Honorary Conference President

Dr. Christoper Payne

The Honorary President for our 2011 conference meeting is Christopher Payne, MD, FACS, Professor of Urology at Stanford School of Medicine and Director of Female Urology and Neurourology at Stanford. Dr. Payne is nationally recognized as a leader on issues in female urology having served on NIH advisory panels on urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis. Dr. Payne was a member of the panel which defined bladder research priorities for the 21st century at a meeting sponsored by the Office of Women’s Health Research. He is a current member of the medical advisory board for the Interstitial Cystitis Association. Dr. Payne has published numerous articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence and surgical reconstruction. His expertise in clinical research has been recognized through two NIH principal investigator grants focusing on treatment of interstitial cystitis. In 2008 he served as Chair of the Research Methodology subcommittee for the World Health Organization’s International Consultation on Incontinence. Dr. Payne’s practice is concentrated in three areas: surgical treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, clinical trials in interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence, and urodynamic evaluation of complex bladder dysfunction.

Dr. Payne follows in the footsteps of Mr. Ray Laborie, founder of Laborie Medical Technologies (2007 Honorary President) and Mr. Al Herbert, CEO of Hollister Incorporated (2009 Honorary President).

2011 Innovating for Continence – Speaker Biographies

Steve Babb, MSChE, PE
Mr. Babb is Vice President of Technology at BioDerm, Inc., leading the R&D, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs functions. He develops innovative products for urinary incontinence management and catheter securement. Mr. Babb’s research interests are in optimizing incontinence devices through human factors, biomechanical, and adhesives engineering. This research led to recent breakthroughs in BioDerm’s male external continence device, and a practical and promising design for a female external continence device. He holds eight patents and patents-pending. Mr. Babb is very active in the American Society for Quality (ASQ), served as Vice Chair of the ASQ Management Division, and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He spoke about innovation at two ASQ World Conferences and has authored several related books and articles. Mr. Babb has Chemical Engineering degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Florida; he holds several quality assurance certifications, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Donna Zimmaro Bliss is a Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN. She is a Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Bliss is the current Director of the Center for Clinical Investigation of the WOCN Society and section editor of the Spotlight on Research section of Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She is the nurse member of the Educational Committee of the International Continence Society and Chair-elect of the Health Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Bliss’s research focuses on incontinence and incontinence associated dermatitis. She recently completed a clinical trial investigating the effect of dietary fiber to reduce fecal incontinence. She is currently funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research for two studies: one is investigating whether there are ethnic and racial disparities in the incidence, prevention and management of incontinence, and skin damage in nursing home residents, and the factors associated with those disparities; the second is identifying the literacy and care needs of family/friend caregivers of individuals with dementia related to incontinence and skin damage management. She co-developed an instrument to identify incontinence associated dermatitis and was one of the developers of the FIQL. Dr. Bliss was an investigator on a systematic review of prevention of urinary and fecal incontinence that was presented as an NIH State of the Science conference, and is currently participating in a systematic review of the C. difficile infection.

Jean Cavanaugh, MD
Dr. Cavanaugh is a Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of the University of Chicago’s Northshore Universities Health Care Systems at Evanston Hospital. She began training as a resident in rehabilitation medicine in 1970 following undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University. She works daily with patients with incontinence issues, and also with their care givers. Dr. Cavanaugh authored a chapter in the Simon Foundation’s first book on incontinence and is a member of the Foundation’s advisory board.

Christine Cornell
Christine Cornell has been working as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer for over 20 years in the fitness and health industry. She is an adjunct faculty member of the College of DuPage, the Aquatics Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Wellness Center, as well as an associate at Central DuPage Hospital, The Women’s Health Foundation, Life Care Services Wyndemere Senior Living Community and DuPage Medical Group. Christine develops, manages and leads wellness programs for Children, Prenatal/Postnatal Women, Older Adults, and Special Populations (Stroke Survivors, Parkinson’s, Bariatrics and Arthritis).

Alan Cottenden, PhD
Professor Cottenden is the Technical Director of the Continence and Skin Technology Group, University College London, England; a Simon Foundation Advisory Board member; Chair of the Organizing Committee for the biennial “Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge” conferences run by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Chair of Committee 20 (Management Using Continence Products) of the WHO International Consultation on Incontinence. Professor Cottenden has been involved in continence technology R&D for almost 30 years, working in non clinical and basic science aspects as well as product development and international standards work.

Mandy Fader, RN, PhD
Professor Fader received her nursing qualification from St. George’s Hospital, London in 1980. She began her career in continence with a research post at University College London (UCL) in 1982, and joined the clinical continence team in 1984. In 995 she returned to research at UCL and worked on a programme of continence product evaluations, completing her PhD in 2001. In 2004 Professor Fader joined the University of Southampton’s Continence Technology and Skin Health Group (a collaboration with UCL) and leads a team of researchers focusing on research into continence products and devices, and the effects of incontinence on skin health. Mandy is a Trustee of the International Continence Society (ICS), a member of the ICS Nurses’ committee, a committee member for the International Consultation on Incontinence (Management with Products chapter), an editor for the Cochrane Incontinence group, and consulting editor for the US Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Journal.

Roger Feneley, MA, MChir, FRCS, DSc (Hon)
Professor Feneley was in clinical practice as a consultant urologist in the UK from 1969 to 1998. In 1972 he established the Urodynamic Unit in Bristol which introduced not only a new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lower urinary tract disorders, but exposed the prevalence and causes of urinary incontinence. The conservative management of intractable incontinence in older and disabled people has presented a particular challenge to him. Through the foundation of the BioMed Centre in 1998 and Alternative Urological Catheter Systems Ltd in 2009, a major program of research and development was initiated within this field of healthcare.
Professor Feneley is Emeritus Consultant Urologist to the North Bristol NHS Trust, Visiting Professor to the University of the West of England, and Managing Director Alternative Urological Catheter Systems Ltd.

George Flores
On September 11th 2004 George Flores was in a major motorcycle accident. As he lay on the side of the road in 4 feet of wetland grass, he was fighting for his life with six broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a T5-T6 complete Spinal Cord Injury. Mr. Flores was waiting to die for over twelve hours until finally discovered by two brothers working on the side of the road. Rushed to the ER where he was once again forced to wait due to medical insurance issues, he was told he would never walk again or do what he loves to do. After struggling for two months in a rehab facility, and later being bedridden for over two and a half years due to medical complications and infections, Mr. Flores reclaimed not only his health in late 2008, but also took his place in history being the first person with a spinal cord injury to build and professionally service harps. To work with these six foot tall instruments, George overcame this medical challenge by using a standing wheelchair in order to regulate the beautiful pedal harps he loves so very much. In addition to being a professional harp technician for harpists all over the world, today his international recognition has helped him be an outspoken advocate and role model for the disabled all over the world. Recently Mr. Flores built and regulated a harp that will be auctioned off in 2011 to help raise money for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

Cheryle B. Gartley
Ms. Gartley is Founder and President of The Simon Foundation for Continence; co-author and editor of the first book for the layperson on incontinence (Managing Incontinence: A Guide to Living with Loss of Bladder Control), published in English, Spanish, and Japanese. She has published widely, including articles in journals such as The Lancet, the Journal of Urological Nursing, Exceptional Parent, and Social Work Today. She is the co-founder of the International Continence Society’s Continence Promotion Committee; World Continence Week – USA; Simon Canada (now the Canadian Continence Foundation); and the American Restroom Association. She also sits on several governing and advisory boards, including the Women’s Health Foundation and IFFGD. Ms.Gartley holds an undergraduate degree in sociology, journalism, and education, and did graduate work at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

Glenn Gibson, PhD
Dr. Gibson is Professor of Food Microbiology, The University of Reading in England. He also heads the Food Microbial Sciences Research Unit. His Ph.D. research (Dundee) was on the microbiology of sea loch sediments in Scotland. He has published over 300 research articles, 8 books on gut microbiology, and holds 10 patents. Professor Gibson is President of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and sits on five advisory boards, including Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Allergy Research Foundation. He lectures on average at 40 international conferences each year.

Jay Goldberg, PhD, PE
Dr. Goldberg is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Lafferty Professor of Engineering at Marquette University, and Director of the Healthcare Technologies Management program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He teaches courses involving product management, new product development, and medical device design. His experience includes development of new products in urology, orthopedics, GUI and dentistry. He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Goldberg earned a BS in general engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in bioengineering from the University of Michigan. He has a master’s degree in engineering management and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. He holds six patents for urological medical devices. Before moving into academia, Dr.Goldberg worked for Milestone Scientific, Inc., Surgitek, Baxter, and DePuy. Dr. Goldberg is a co-creator of the BMEidea national student design competition, and writes a quarterly column on senior capstone design courses for IEEE-Pulse magazine.

Susan Hartjes Holman
Ms. Holman is the Chief Operating Officer of Uroplasty, Inc., an international medical device company in Minnetonka, MN, that develops, manufactures and markets innovative products for the treatment of voiding dysfunctions. As one of the company’s founders, she is responsible for the technical operations of design, manufacturing, quality, clinical and regulatory affairs of implantable and neuromodulation devices. Ms. Holman holds degrees in Biomedical Science and Biology-Microbiology with biomedical industry management experience in urology, cardiology, dermatology and infection control including pharmaceuticals, clinical microbiology, pre-clinical testing, tissue technology, peripheral revascularization, soft-tissue bulking, and neuromodulation. She is a Senior Member and Certified Quality Auditor of the American Society for Quality serving several years on its Executive Committee and subcommittees, and is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and served on its original Ethics Task Force developing the organization’s Code of Ethics. Actively involved in the evolution of the biomedical industry, she has served on several national and international scientific and regulatory committees, and was a cofounder and frequent chair for the Biomedical Focus Conference that is one of the first national device-oriented conferences (1986), twice chair of the Minnesota Quality Conference, and a cofounder of the Biomedical Consortium, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Holman is a passionate advocate for the advancement and development of devices for continence care.

David Hughes, MBA
Mr. Hughes is Vice-President of Technology Sourcing, a specialty consulting firm that advises both small clients and large multi-national clients on developing new technology, new products and starting new businesses. Mr. Hughes has started eight new businesses in medical technology, pharmaceutical production and various commercial products. He is president of two active start-ups and board member of several others. He has been an advisor to the Simon Foundation for many years.

Sundaresan Jayaraman, PhD
Dr. Jayaraman is a Professor in the School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering, with a joint appointment in the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his research students have made significant contributions in the following areas: (i) Enterprise Architecture and Modeling Methodologies for Information Systems; (ii) Engineering Design of Intelligent Textile Structures and Processes; (iii) Design and Development of Knowledge-Based Systems (KBS) for textiles and apparel; and (iv) Wearable Biomedical Systems. His group’s research has led to the realization of the world’s first “Wearable Motherboard”, also known as a “Smart Shirt”.

Toby Jenkins, PhD
Dr. Jenkins obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in December 1995. He worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Leeds, followed by an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Germany. Currently Dr. Jenkins is a professor at the University of Bath (2000-present). His work at Bath is focused on using chemical methods to engineer devices for biomedical applications. These include: biosensors for clinical diagnostics, antimicrobial treatments for surfaces and fabrics, ‘smart’ responsive films for drug delivery and advanced wound dressings. His work involves close collaboration with both clinical and industrial partners. Professor Jenkins currently has three “live” patents, and has published over 60 papers and book chapters.

Mary Radtke Klein
After graduate work in public administration, gerontology and the administration of long-term care, Ms. Klein has spent the past thirty years as an advocate, consultant, and trainer interested in affordable health care and quality improvement in long-term care settings. She is the author of “The Oregon Nursing Home Guidebook,” which became a staple for consumers in the Northwest, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, advocating and shaping significant federal nursing home regulation. In 1989 Ms. Klein made a shift from strictly public advocacy to the “provider side”, creating ways to practice what advocates in long- term care preached. She was involved with Oregon’s assisted living program since its inception. From 1989 to 1993 she was the Vice President of Oregon’s first assisted living development company. As a trainer, Ms. Klein developed programs for administrators, nurses and other management personnel, focusing on regulatory compliance, person-centered resident services and creativity in problem solving. Her training programs focus on the design and implementation of resident services based on quality of life values, appropriate assessment and preference-based service planning. Ms. Klein currently serves on the Advisory Board of Juniper Communities and maintains a close working relationship with advocates and state regulators, seeking to improve the balance between important resident and family expectations and operational possibilities.

Calvin M. Kunin, MD, MACP
Dr. Kunin received his MD degree from Cornell University College of Medicine. His specialty is internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He has held academic positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Kunin’s research interests include infectious diseases, antimicrobial therapy, urinary tract infections, hospital infection control, microbiology and epidemiology. Much of his work has focused on methods to improve the use of indwelling urinary catheters. Dr. Kunin has received numerous honors and awards. He was a Markle Scholar, President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (1986-1987) and received the Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award of the International Congress of Chemotherapy in 2005. He is currently a member of the advisory committee on infectious diseases of the National Health Research Institutes of Taiwan. Dr. Kunin has published over 350 articles in the medical literature, and a book Urinary Tract Infections: Detection, Prevention and Management, Fifth Edition, 1997, Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore.

Janice LaPorte
Janice Laporte lives in Canada and is a retired medical secretary having worked in allergy, respiratory, and orthopedic practices. Ms. LaPorte has previously offered her insights into incontinence as a spouse, participating as a spokesperson in the Simon Foundation’s first film “The Solution Starts with You”. She also has personally experienced a medical error resulting in unnecessary surgery with life changing results. A self-described “timid and naive person”, Ms. LaPorte has since this surgery become an advocate for changes to operating room protocol and patient awareness of their need to monitor and keep themselves informed and involved in their health care. She was silent about her medical concerns until ten years after her surgery she heard on the news a story about a woman with the same surgical error performed at the same hospital by the same surgeon. To date, because of her coming forward, the Province of Ontario has implemented check lists which have to be read and signed by each person in the operating room before a surgery can begin. Ms. LaPorte has been married for 25 years to her best friend who lives with incontinence and is constantly working with him to improve his quality of life and strives to find new and better products to achieve this.

Paul LaPorte
Paul LaPorte was instrumental in bringing the Simon Foundation to Canada in 1986 and sat on the first Board of Directors of this organization. He also appeared in the media in the mid 1980’s in Canada and the U.S. in the quest of bringing incontinence out of the closet. He has also sat on a Board through the Ontario Ministry of Health when their Assistive Devices Program was initiated. Paul has managed the condition since the early 1970’s. Currently he holds a position with the Ontario Ministry of Labour as a Worker Adviser, and sits on numerous committees associated with occupational health. He began his career with the Ministry in 1992 in Windsor, Ontario, representing injured workers before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. In 2002 he relocated to Sarnia, Ontario, a hotbed of occupational diseases from the vast chemical industry. He currently is on assignment with the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers’ Inc. and provides legal and claims advice for the clinical staff. He also continues to represent Estates and has been instrumental in getting Survivors’ benefits on behalf of deceased workers.

Al Maslov, BSEE, MSEE, MBA
Mr. Maslov is a Consultant and Senior Partner, Breuer Partners & Company. Mr. Maslov has over 35 years of experience in the medical device industry with Baxter International and Hollister Incorporated in various management positions in sales, marketing, product and business development in international markets. His career started with IBM Corporation, developing real-time computer applications in lab automation, health sciences, and patient monitoring systems.

Louise Mott, MA, RM, RN
Louise Mott is an English trained nurse and midwife who experienced an extensive birth trauma and subsequent faecal incontinence. She has spent the last 10 years giving formal presentations to health care professionals on the personal and professional aspects of living and dealing with incontinence. Now living in Canada with her family she is continuing her work as a patient advocate with hopes that the taboo surrounding faecal incontinence can be eradicated and as healthcare professionals we can empower women too.

Diane Newman, ANP-C, MSN, FAAN
Ms. Newman is a certified nurse practitioner who serves as Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, as well as Instructor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Newman received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a postgraduate study at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Ms. Newman’s clinical practice involves the assessment and treatment of patients with urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. She is an internationally known speaker and is currently co- or sub-principal investigator for numerous clinical trials. A prolific writer, Ms. Newman has written and presented more than 100 scientific papers, chapters, and articles on the assessment, treatment, and management of incontinence with an emphasis on the nurse’s role. She is the author of the book The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook and is the co-author of Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence and Overcoming Overactive Bladder.

Kaoru Nishimura, RN
Ms. Nishimura is the founder and chairperson of the Japan Continence Action Society and a director of the Japanese Society of Geriatric Urology. She is also a Japanese Society for Dementia Care Board member. Ms. Nishimura studied in England and returned to Japan as the country’s first continence advisor in 1988. She is the author of over twenty books on continence care and consults for several continence clinics. Ms. Nishimura is known throughout Japan for her dedication to continence care. Kaoru also works with industrial designers to develop devices for individual patients with unique incontinence challenges, and several of these devices have been commercialized. Her outstanding work has been recognized with the 2006 AVON Award and the “Healthy Society Award” in 2007. Ms. Nishimura is a member of the Continence Promotion Committee of the International Continence Society.

Christine Norton, PhD, MA, RN
Dr. Norton is Professor of Clinical Nursing Innovation at Bucks New University & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. She is also Nurse Consultant, bowel control, at St. Mark’s Hospital in London. She has been working with people with incontinence for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She has an extensive research output on ways of helping people with faecal incontinence, as well as teaching both nationally and internationally. Professor Norton chaired two UK national guideline groups on managing faecal incontinence.

Nancy Norton, MA
Ms. Norton is the president and founder of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) and spearheads programs to increase awareness, education, and research of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, as well as pelvic floor disorder. Ms.Norton is a prominent public speaker and advocate. She has provided testimony many times to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Appropriation Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
Ms. Norton has held several appointed positions at the National Institute of Health including Commissioner, National Commission on Digestive Diseases, Advisory Committee to the Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and Council Member National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. From 2001 – 2005 she chaired the Digestive Disease National Coalition. Additionally, she has authored or co-authored numerous publications in prominent medical journals.

Alicia Schuyler Oberman, JD
Ms. Schuyler Oberman received her law degree from Northwestern University and graduated magna cum laude with distinction in English from Amherst College. After receiving her JD, Ms. Oberman worked as an attorney in the corporate and securities group of the Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. While practicing, she represented various public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint venture transactions, divestiture transactions and corporate restructurings. Ms. Oberman currently serves as the Foundation Director of the Jack Miller Family Foundation (for which she is also a Board member) and its related philanthropic funds, including the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund. As Foundation Director, she directs all of the foundation’s programs and operations, and serves as the foundation’s liaison to its non-profit partners and the community. Ms. Oberman’s interest in this field stems from her personal experiences with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, due to injuries which occurred during the birth of her three daughters. She is committed to creating change so that her own children will live in a world where topics such as incontinence and pelvic floor health are openly discussed in our society.

Christopher Payne, MD, FACS
Dr. Payne is nationally recognized as a leader on issues in female urology, having served on NIH advisory panels on urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis. He was a member of the panel which defined bladder research priorities for the 21st century at a meeting sponsored by the Office of Women’s Health Research. Dr. Payne is a current member of the medical advisory board for the Interstitial Cystitis Association. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence and surgical reconstruction. His expertise in clinical research has been recognized through two NIH principal investigator grants focusing on treatment of interstitial cystitis. In 2008 he served as Chair of the Research Methodology subcommittee for the World Health Organization’s International Consultation on Incontinence, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Continence Society. Dr. Payne’s practice is concentrated in three areas – surgical treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, clinical trials in interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence, and urodynamic evaluation of complex bladder dysfunction.

Amir Perle, MSc
Mr. Perle was born in Israel and graduated with honors in mechanical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Presently he serves as VP of R&D at ConTIPI Ltd, a start-up company which deals with non-invasive and disposable vaginal solutions for the treatment of urinary incontinence in women, and with pelvic organ prolapse. Formerly, Mr. Perle was the General Manager of Sheldan Mold, a consulting firm for plastic engineering and product development, and the founder and CTO of WonderPal, a start-up company. He was also involved in developing unique Nitinol-based devices for compression anastomosis, and other medical devices.

Paul E. Plsek, BS, MS
Mr. Plsek is an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant on creativity and innovation in business. A systems engineer, former director of corporate quality planning at AT&T, and the developer of the concept of Directed Creativity ™, his work can be described as “helping organizations think better.” While Paul’s clients span many industries, his work over the past several decades has focused in health care. He is the Chair for Innovation at the Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle); the Director of the National Health Service Academy for Large-Scale Change in the UK; and a member of the editorial board for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Innovation Exchange in the US. Paul is the author of dozens of journal articles and six books, including: Creativity, Innovation and Quality; Thinking Differently; and Executives’ Guide to Creating the Culture for Innovation.

Jeannette M. Potts, MD
Dr. Potts is a physician specializing in urology and men’s health. She is an expert in urological pelvic pain syndromes and has contributed to this field through research, publications, and numerous presentations at international medical societies. She is currently the Director of the Center for Pelvic Pain and Alternative Medical Services at Case Western Reserve University, and had been a member of the prestigious Glickman Urological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years. She served as Director of Urological Fellowship training for the Confederacion Americana de Urologia for 8 years and is currently on the board of directors for IVUmed (International Volunteers in Urology). She is the editor of two urological textbooks and author of Tango: Lessons for Life, which provides her perspectives on life and healing “through the eyes of a dancing doctor.” Based upon the metaphors explained in her book, Dr. Potts created a consulting business, Dr. Tango LLC, which provides leadership workshops, team building events and executive retreats. Dr. Potts has been described as “the un-doctor,” bringing to clinics her identity as a dancer, artist and sometimes comedienne.

Rick Rader, MD
Dr. Rader is the Director of the Morton J. Kent Habitation Center at Orange Grove Center (Chattanooga, TN) where he is responsible for identifying innovative programs addressing the future medical problems of people aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the Editor in Chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, as well as a board member of the American Association on Health and Disability. Dr. Rader has published over 200 articles in the field of disabilities and health. He is cross-trained in internal medicine and medical anthropology.

Anita Saltmarche, RN, BScN, MHSc
Ms. Saltmarche has over twenty five years of experience in a variety of positions and across many different health care settings. Her clinical and research focus includes urinary incontinence, developing outpatient Geriatric Continence Clinics, and determining the position of continence nurse clinicians in LTC. Ms. Saltmarche developed the first Nurse Continence Advisor course in Canada. Over the last fifteen years she has provided clinical, program, and research consulting services to a variety of health care facilities and government agencies. She also was a founding member of the Canadian Continence Foundation (previously Simon Foundation Canada) working first as a board member and then President of the Foundation for several years.

Sharon Isenhour Sarvey, PhD, RN
Dr. Sarvey is the Dean of the School of Nursing and has oversight of the Department of Gerontology at Barton College located in Wilson, NC. Dr. Sarvey is a specialist in pediatric nursing and is recognized for her work with children who are overweight and obese. She has published and presented on various topics including childhood and adolescent obesity, residential weight loss camps and resources for parents and professionals managing children with weight issues. Dr. Sarvey serves on the Advisory Board of the Healthy Children’s Foundation and spends many summer hours as the camp nurse for Camp Shining Stars, a residential weight loss camp home-based at Barton College. Dr. Sarvey earned her BSN and MSN from East Carolina University and her PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She previously served as a faculty member at Barton College (then Atlantic Christian College) from 1988-1994, Berea College in Berea, Kentucky from 1994-2000 and East Carolina University 2002-2010.

Carolee Stanmar
As someone who has been dealing with incontinence from birth, Ms. Stanmar has never let it stop her from doing the things she wants to do. She is a volunteer freelance writer for several Spina Bifida newsletters, including Insights into Spina Bifida, the national newsletter published by the Spina Bifida Association of America. She is a member of her local Spina Bifida Association. Ms. Stanmar has worked nationally and locally on awareness campaigns for folic acid and Spina Bifida and formally was appointed Delegate to the National Spina Bifida Association of America Conference in 2002. At the age of 37, Ms. Stanmar has already gone through many life changes. She lived with her parents until the age of 24, when she moved to the east coast. She now lives independently (with very little assistance) in Chicago, IL.

David Stickler, BSc, MA, DPhil
Dr. Stickler is an academic bacteriologist who has some 40 years experience in research on catheter-associated urinary tract infections. He has worked on many aspects of the problem from the fundamental biology of the biofilms that develop on catheters, to the practical management of infection-induced complications. He has published over 150 papers on this and related topics, and been invited to speak on his work at conferences throughout Europe and North America. He retired from his teaching and administrative posts in 2008 and is currently continuing his work on strategies to control the crystalline bacterial biofilms that encrust and block catheters, as a senior research fellow affiliated to the School of Biosciences in Cardiff University, Wales.

Jeannette Tries, PhD, OT
Dr. Tries has worked in rehabilitation using biofeedback and neuromuscular re-education for incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction since 1986. For 18 years, she directed the therapy program in the Department of Colorectal Surgery, as a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has published in scientific journals and has chapters in several textbooks. Dr. Tries has served as a consultant on national and international policy boards interested in incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. She has developed unique pelvic floor muscle measurement methods and training protocols. Currently, she teaches two annual training programs for professionals at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also has a clinical practice and directs the therapy program in the Pelvic Floor Center at the Aurora West Allis Memorial Medical Center in Wisconsin.

Clarinda Valentine, MS
A T-12 paraplegic for 41 years as a result of a gunshot, Clarinda Valentine recently retired from a 31 year career with the federal government. For 20 years of her federal career Ms. Valentine was the Midwest Regional Director for the National Health Service Corps where she was responsible for the recruitment, retention, monitoring and placement of primary health care providers in communities that had limited access to basic primary health care. At 23, she received a master’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri, but was unable to secure employment as an educator because of her disability. Ms. Valentine was approved as the first single disabled female in the State of Illinois to be allowed to adopt. She adopted two wonderful loving infants. In retirement her focus has been on improving her health, helping to improve the lives of individuals living with a disability, involvement in her church, and traveling. Her life motto is: “If I can help somebody, my life will not be in vain”.

Peter Visconti, BSME
Mr. Visconti is New Product Development Manager, Hollister Incorporated, Libertyville, Illinois. Mr. Visconti has been engaged in new product development in the medical device industry for over 20 years at several companies, most notably – Hollister Incorporated, Cardinal Health, Baxter Healthcare and ConMed Linvatec. He has led product development groups and teams from idea conception through production and launch, resulting in successful commercialization of new products. His product experience includes surge protectors, therapeutic/diagnostic catheters, reusable and disposable laparoscopic surgical devices, wound drains, breast pumps and bowel management catheters. More than 15 US and international patent awards from this work name him as sole or co-inventor.

Joseph Wang, PhD
Dr. Wang is a Professor of nanoengineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Wang obtained his higher education at the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa). He has authored over 780 research papers, 10 books, 35 chapters and also holds 12 patents. Among his many awards are the 2007 NSF Special Creativity Award and the ISI Citation Laureate Award for being the Most Cited Scientist in Engineering in the World (during 1991-2001). Professor Wang has been the Founding Editor and Chief-Editor of the international journal Electroanalysis (Wiley-VCH) since 1988. His research interests include the development of nanomaterials-based sensors, nanomotors and nanoactuators, electrochemical biosensors, bioelectronics, DNA recognition and diagnostics, design and applications of nanowires, microfluidic (“Lab-on-Chip”) devices, devices for environmental, security, and clinical monitoring, adaptive on-demand ‘smart’ sensors and devices, nana- and microfabrication, counterterrorism-detection, sensor/recognition coatings, remote sensing, trace metal analysis, and on-line flow detectors.

Elan Ziv, MD
Dr. Ziv graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University. Following five years military service as a doctor he started his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel, and qualified as an OBGYN. He later became a clinical research fellow at the Urogynecology unit at St. George’s Hospital in London, under Professor Stuart L. Stanton. Presently, Dr. Ziv serves as the head of the urodynamic unit at Assuta Medical Centers in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is a consultant of Urogynecology for the Maccabi Health Services. As a urogynecologist, Dr. Ziv has a long standing interest in the non-invasive management of urinary incontinence in women and pelvic organ prolapse, but also in the area of vaginal drug delivery. Following the invention of various vaginal devices (holds 14 different patents and patent applications) he founded ConTIPI Medical Devices (Ltd) as a start-up company, which deals with various non-invasive and disposable vaginal solutions for women with pelvic floor disorders.