Nurse and Patient

The Forward Symposium

As the cardiopulmonary rehab landscape continues to shift, new topics and concerns emerge among healthcare professionals. To help share some of the latest information, ScottCare is proud to announce the 2nd Annual FORWARD Symposium.
Join us for FORWARD, an interactive virtual event leading up to the AACVPR national meeting. A variety of topics will be discussed that are uniquely relevant to today's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation community.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021


12 - 1 pm EST

Managing Burnout: One more thing for your To-Do list! A conversation on getting back to you

Speaker: Dr. Amy Knight

In these unprecedented times, we are collectively facing a state of exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Burnout is not simply long hours, but rather a state of cynicism and lethargy that creeps in when we are overwhelmed by the loss of control in our lives. This session will review the signs of impending burnout, implications if left unaddressed, and opportunities to regain aspects of control that renew a sense of mission and purpose.


1 pm - 2 pm EST

CR and ICR: Survey Insights on Strategic & Operational Practices

Speakers: Ginger Biesbrock PA-C, MPAS, MPH, FACC & Cindy Berner MS, RDN, LD, CHWC

MedAxiom & Pritikin ICR recently conducted a survey focusing on cardiac rehab (CR) and intensive cardiac rehab (ICR). With over 100 programs completing the survey, the findings are insightful and valuable. Join MedAxiom and Pritikin ICR’s cardiac rehab experts for a webinar that will delve into the survey findings, including practices related to referral management, staffing, patient throughput, and other important CR/ICR strategic and operational practices.

2 pm - 3 pm EST

Time to Get out of the Basement:  How to Grow your Rehab Program

Speaker: Barbra Fagan

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab programs are often relegated to the basement at a hospital (both figurately and literally), putting them at a disadvantage to reach their full potential of prevention.  To grow the impact of your program means growing patient volume, staff, and innovation.  However, the perceived barriers to doing this are often things like lack of buy-in from above, limited staff and budget, lack of physical space, or… it’s too much work.   

Well, this doesn’t have to be the case. This presentation will focus on one of life’s greatest lessons you’ll ever learn, how to ask for what you want and how to use your growth mindset to grow your program! Move from a surviving cardiopulmonary rehab program to one that thrives




Dr. Amy Knight

Dr. Knight serves as the Division Director of Rehabilitation Psychology at Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC). Dr. Knight received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed an internship in behavioral medicine at West Virginia University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at UAB in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Knight is Board Certified in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Knight works with patients on the SRC Stroke Service and provides a continuum of care in the multidisciplinary outpatient Stroke Clinic with PM&R and Neurology, and for assessments pertaining to capacity for return to work or driving post-discharge. She also conducts neuropsychological evaluations for patients with acquired or degenerative neurological conditions. Dr. Knight offers psychotherapy to support coping and adjustment to neurological disability.

Dr. Knight’s research has focused on the neurobiology of acute medical trauma and the validity of neuropsychological evaluation in driving capacity. Dr. Knight’s current research protocol investigates the utility of early cognitive capacity assessments in predicting return to driving following stroke. She is collaborating with Dr. Despina Stavrinos, Director of the UAB Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory to collect performance data from a full-scale driving simulator. Dr. Knight also maintains an IRB for capturing data from all clinical driving evaluations for future research projects. Ongoing publications are now in preparation from prior work investigating the human neurobiological response to stress following acute trauma exposure with functional neuroimaging (fMRI). Additional projects are underway.



Ginger Biesbrock PA-C, MPAS, MPH, FACC

Executive Vice President, Care Transformation

Combining over 25 years of clinical and operational experience with the most recent scholarship in delivery science, Ginger Biesbrock serves as executive vice president of care transformation at MedAxiom. Her objective is to combine proven organizational performance improvement techniques with an innovation overlay – optimizing the present state while continuously looking to author original solutions.

Beginning her journey as a provider at the patient bedside and evolving through operational leadership in sophisticated organizations, her focus has sharpened. Patient centricity, team-based care, efficient resource utilization, fiscal responsibility and servant leadership are signatures of her work with organizations, large and small, across the U.S.

Prior to MedAxiom, Ginger served as chief operating officer of The Cardiovascular Group at Centra-Health (22 physicians and 10 APPs) in Lynchburg, VA, followed by directing operations at West Michigan Heart (39 physicians and 24 APPs) in Grand Rapids, MI. She has extensive experience in both inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Ginger’s academic work includes a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Public Health degree from Michigan State University. She is currently a student in the prestigious Doctoral program for Healthcare Leadership at the University of Alabama – Birmingham with graduation planned for 2022.

Ginger’s experience informs her work and includes contemporary cardiovascular (CV) workforce deployment strategies, CV service line design and leadership structures, CV clinic strategy development, and care team development and optimization. Her work also includes development and authorship of a practical educational curriculum for APPs being introduced to CV medicine, a separate CME offering for those looking for a deeper exposure to the field, and authorship of a nationally recognized survey of APP utilization.


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Cindy Berner MS, RDN, LD, CHWC

Sr. Director of Field Operations, Pritikin

Combining more than 35 years of clinical experience in nutrition and wellness, Cindy Berner serves as the Senior Director of Account Operations at Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR).  Cindy aims to inspire optimal health and disease prevention by promoting a three-pronged approach to a healthy lifestyle: an eating plan focused on minimally-processed, whole foods; regular physical activity; and a healthy mind-set.

Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as a master’s degree in Medical Nutrition from Saint Louis University.  Recently, Cindy completed her accreditation as a Wellcoaches® Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

Prior to joining Pritikin ICR over nine years ago, Cindy worked at Saint Louis University’s Cardiac Fitness Center and had a private consulting practice focused on lifestyle modification and weight loss.  She has also served as an interventionist in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study on preventing high blood pressure, and has helped develop and implement corporate health programs.



Barbra Fagan

Barbra Fagan, Executive Director at Chanl Health, has over 30 years’ experience in wellness, prevention, and care management and is a pioneer in applying the concept of “population management”. Barb is an experienced leader, having begun her career at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls as a staff exercise physiologist, then leading both the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Workforce Health Programs. Barb is also a recognized leader and expert in wellness and prevention. She has served on a variety of local and national association boards, including as President of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Association in 2014. In her current role, she can apply her clinical knowledge, thirst for innovation and mission to serve more patients by implementing home-based rehabilitation programs across the United States. Outside of work, Barb lives what she teaches by continuously reaching for ever-changing goals. She has completed over 75 marathons, 15 Ironman triathlons, multiple ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile run and most recently CrossFit competitions. Barb has lived her passion in the pursuit of excellence and giving her very best in life, leadership, and service to patients.

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