Hot Topics


Part II: Evaluation and Treatment of Common Elbow, Wrist and Hand Conditions

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7 – 8 pm via Zoom (1 contact hour)

Speaker: Jyo Supnekar OTR/L, CHT, CLT, C/NDT

FREE for MOTA members and students – $10 for non-members

Join MOTA for this second half of this presentation. Missed the first part back in April? No worries! Most OT practitioners will still benefit from attending just this portion.

Speaker, Jyo Supnekar OTR/L, CHT, CLT, C/NDT, will present a one hour webinar discussing a systematic approach for a clinical exam to help with differential diagnosis and formulation of a POC to optimize recovery of common upper extremity injuries. 

Jyo is a Clinical Specialist at Johns Hopkins. She completed her Masters in OT from the University of Bombay in 1986 and has worked in the United States since 1988. She completed her Certification in Hand Therapy in 1998, Certification in NDT for adult hemiplegia in 1993, lymphedema Certification in 2003 and the Drexel Advanced study in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation Certificate Program in 2016. She developed the curriculum for a Hand Therapy Fellowship in 2016 and they accepted their first fellows in 2017 and Johns Hopkins Fellowship received a 10 year accreditation from AOTA. She is the Director of the Hand Therapy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins and has provided clinical instructions for the Orthopedic PT Residency as well as the PM&R Residency program at Johns Hopkins. 

She has presented posters at the clinical showcase at Johns Hopkins as well as at the ASHT annual conference. She has presented internationally at the All India institute of PM&R in India. Her multi-area specializations have helped her participate in a variety of program initiatives at Johns Hopkins.

Jyo believes in lifelong learning, enjoys travel and outdoor activities. She is married and has a grown up son who lives in California.

For questions, please contact Katie Frampton (MOTA Executive VP) at


Missed this discussion? No worries! You can watch the webinar and learn how to advocate for the OT Compact on our Advocacy page.

MOTA in Collaboration with Public Policy Partners Presents:

MOTA 2021 Virtual Advocacy Event Kickoff!

Learn about the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact

Date: January 21, 2021, 7 – 8 pm via Zoom (1 contact hour)

Speakers: Chuck Wilmarth, Vice President, Health Policy and State Affairs, AOTA

Shaun Conway, Senior Director, External & Regulatory AffairsNBCOT

Daniel Logsdon, National Director, Council of State Governments

Robyn Elliott and Rachael Faulkner, Public Policy Partners 

FREE for MOTA members and students – $10 for non-members

The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact (OT Compact) is an interstate compact, which is a constitutionally authorized contract between states. The OT Compact will allow licensed OTs and OTAs to practice in all states that join the compact. This will remove the hurdle of getting an individual license in each state where they want to practice. The broad goal is to eliminate barriers to OT practice and patient care by ensuring cooperation among state regulatory entities for those states that join the compact.

MOTA is advocating to be one of the first states to pass legislation that would allow MD practitioners to be included in the compact. Our lobbyists were able to secure two bill sponsors and file the Interstate Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact (SB 139) bill that will be addressed in the Maryland General Assembly in this year’s session! 

This is a thrilling endeavor! We need to rally Maryland occupational therapy practitioners to help in our grassroots efforts to get this bill passed! Attend the webinar to learn more about the compact and ask your questions. The event will be followed by an effort to engage our members in contacting legislators to support the bill through letter writing and phone calls.

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Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Presenter: Rachel Guilfoyle, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV

Forum: Live Webinar Discussion
Date: September 21, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (1.5 contact hours)

FREE for MOTA members and students – $10 for non-members

Join us for our second Hot Topics webinar that will explore the needs of the individual with Parkinson’s disease. At the end of this 90 minute session, participants will be able to identify the common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease and demonstrate understanding of appropriate occupational therapy interventions. Listeners will also learn more about the needs of the caregiver for persons with Parkinson’s disease. 

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MOTA in Partnership with Towson University Presents:

Faces of Cultural Disparity in Occupational Therapy – A Conversation

Forum: Live Webinar Discussion
Date: July 20, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Please join Drs. Chetna Sethi and Sonia Lawson for a discussion that addresses the many ways occupational therapists face and manage disparities that show up in our profession – from the differences in availability, access, and acceptability of services to how our personal perspectives shape our engagement with colleagues and clients. This conversation is intended to be a space to share perspectives and concerns. Let us generate some ideas for advocacy!