Recreational Therapy

Staff

Donna Gregory, MBA, CTRS
Donna Gregory is the Chief of Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from Penn State University. She has experience as an adjunct professor at Temple University teaching Health Care Administration. Donna has 25+ years' of experience working in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She has managed interdisciplinary treatment teams and has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. Her interests include program development, process improvement, and providing quality Recreational Therapy services to a variety of patient populations.

Kathryn Elokdah, CTRS, MEd, ATP
Kathryn Elokdah is a recreational therapist in the Recreational Therapy Section at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and her master of education degree in Recreation Administration from Temple University. She is accredited by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America as an Assistive Technology Provider. Her clinical area of expertise focuses on individuals with physical disability, with 20+ years as clinical manager for inpatient, outpatient and community physical medicine and rehabilitation programs. She has taught at Temple University, administered a camp for physically disabled adults, lead disabled sports clubs and expos (cycling, bowling, fishing, swimming, aerobic exercise), lead an Amputee Support Group, managed the Southeastern PA public transit functional testing site, edited the NJ/E PA TRA newsletter, and has presented locally and nationally on recreational therapy topics.

Robin M. Greenfield, MA, CTRS
Robin M. Greenfield is a Supervisor/recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation with an emphasis in therapy and a Masters of Arts degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Maryland. She has 30 years of experience in the field of recreational therapy with the following diagnostic populations; mental health, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and neurologic disorders. Robin's current responsibilities include providing clinical services to the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health Affective Disorder inpatient units. Her interests include adapting and utilizing a variety of treatment interventions along with program development.

Laura M. Herbert, CTRS
Laura is a recreational therapist in the Recreational Therapy Section at the NIH Clinical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation therapy with a minor in health at Ithaca College and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University. In addition to her CTRS credentials, Laura is also a Certified Health Education Specialist, which she obtained after completion of her Master's degree. Laura has over 15 years of experience working with pediatric and young adult patients and their families. Her professional interests include teen programming, animal assisted therapy and relaxation.

Julie M. Hoehl, CTRS, H/FI, BCIAC
Julie Hoehl is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She is certified in Biofeedback therapy. She is also accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine as a health fitness specialist. Her clinical area of expertise focuses on increasing patients' quality of life through leisure, relaxation, and fitness to improve their function. Julie's current clinical interest includes obesity research collaboration and pain management.

Kristin Johnsen, CTRS
Kristin is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center working with both in-patient and out-patient pediatrics. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from the University of Florida in 1983. Her professional interests include medical play, preparation and animal assisted therapy.

Deborah C. Marcus, CTRS
Deborah Marcus is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. Deborah Graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 1981 with a B.S. in "Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutics." Deborah has over 38 years of experience in the field, and although she has worked with a variety of disabilities across the ages, Deborah's specialty area is pediatric behavioral health. Her interests are in behavioral and social development. She has presented on local and national levels and is published in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Volume XLI, First Quarter 2007, Number 1.

Holly C. Parker, CTRS
Holly Parker is as recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center with over 30 years of experience working with pediatric patients and their families. She graduated with a degree in recreation therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Holly coordinates the animal-assisted therapy program for the Clinical Center and has a special interest in incorporating interactions with animals into therapeutic interventions with patients.

Karen Perkins, MEd, CTRS
Karen Perkins is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Education degree in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Georgia with an option in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor concentration in environmental education. She enjoys supervising recreation therapy interns, planning interventions for unusual symptom presentations and collaborating with multidisciplinary Colleagues.

Linda Scimeca, MA, CTRS
Linda Scimeca is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She has been a recreational therapist at NIH since 1982. Linda graduated from Virginia Tech and University of Maryland with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Recreation Therapy. Linda has had the opportunity to gain 34 years of experience in recreational therapy treatment. Her patient areas of focus have included adult and pediatric oncology, allergy and infectious disease as well as mental health. She has advanced training in the modalities of relaxation and reiki, physical exercise, adventure challenge activities and arts and crafts. She has presented on local and national levels.

Marcia Smith, MA, CTRS, HFI
Marcia Smith is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in physical education and psychology from Towson University and her Master's Degree in recreation therapy from the University of Maryland. She is accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Marcia has over 30 years of experience in the profession of Recreational Therapy. Her clinical area of expertise is with individuals with behavioral health issues and is the clinician to the patients participating in research on adult schizophrenia unit of the National Institutes of Mental Health. Marcia has over 40 years of experience working with individuals with a variety behavioral health disorders. Her interests include the utilization of physical activity to help patients cope with their symptoms and to improve their overall functional abilities. She has served on several professional boards and committees, and has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to the field of recreational therapy. Marcia served as the President of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association September 2007-September 2008. She has author several chapters in books and is a co-author of the Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy. She currently the Leader of ATRA's Standards of Practice Committee.

Renee Stubbs, PhD, CTRS
Renee is a recreational therapist in Recreational Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center. Renee has over 38 years of clinical experience in the field and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on various topics related to therapeutic recreation. Renee earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, her Masters of Education degree from Temple University and her PhD from University of Maryland. Her current interest involves practice standards in pain management and complimentary therapies.

Whitney Byrd Wilson, BS, CTRS
Whitney Byrd Wilson is a Recreational Therapist with the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Whitney has professional experience working with adults and children in acute and long-term behavioral health settings, including individuals with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, and forensic psychiatric patients. Whitney serves as the primary therapist for inpatients of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and provides individual treatment for adult medical patients from various institutes throughout the Clinical Center. She is passionate about client-centered, recovery-focused treatment. Her professional interests include program development, interdisciplinary treatment formulation and collaboration, and the use of experiential therapies for symptom management and emotional regulation.

Lydia Weber, LMT
Lydia Weber is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Recreation Therapy at the NIH Clinical Center who graduated from The Potomac Massage Institute in Washington, DC in 2006. In addition to practicing in the school's massage clinic and maintaining a private practice, she served as an instructor of PMTI's Heart of Touch workshop for several years teaching basic massage theory and technique, and the Touch of Massage workshop at Suburban Hospital for introductory couple's massage. Lydia was also an instructor in PMTI's student clinic, where she observed and supervised student therapists in real practice with a diverse population. Since February, 2008, she has been the massage therapist at Rifkin Chiropractic in Rockville, Maryland. Lydia has been a massage therapist at the National Institutes of Health since October, 2011. Prior to practicing massage therapy, Lydia was a graphic designer for 25 years, working at various art studios, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and finally at home as a freelance designer while raising a family.

Rachel Westberg, MS, CTRS
Rachel is a Recreational Therapist at the NIH Clinical Center. Her current responsibilities include providing clinical services to inpatients involved in research protocols within the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and coordinating the student internship program. Rachel earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in therapeutic recreation from Indiana University. After finishing her education, she completed a recreational therapy clinical fellowship in psychiatry at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Rachel then went on to establish the recreational therapy program at Loyola University Medical Center before joining the staff at the NIH in 2015. Her professional experiences span a variety of settings and populations including both inpatient behavioral health and acute rehabilitation. Rachel's professional interests include mentoring and supervising students, program development, animal assisted therapy, and the utilization of relaxation techniques to manage pain and emotional distress.

Hannah Wilson, MA, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Hannah Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine Arts from Alfred University in New York and her master's degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Hannah is also a licensed professional counselor with a background in trauma informed care. Hannah has experience working with adults and children in both medical and behavioral health settings, including hospitals, schools and community mental health services.

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