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Amy Lafko, PT - LAMP Leadership Chair

Amy Lafko is the founder and CEO of Cairn Consulting Solutions.  Within the company she utilizes her PT background, MBA and certification as a behavioral analyst.  The company focuses on employee engagement and team development. 

Amy Lafko previously served as the Operations Administrator for WellSpan Health’s Urgent Care clinics in 4 counties of South Central PA.  Amy has been with WellSpan for 7 years and transitioned to Urgent Care from the Director of Rehabilitation position for WellSpan Health York Hospital and VNA. She has held leadership positions in home health, acute care, acute inpatient rehab and SNF.

As Chair of the LAMP Leadership Institute and the LAMP Leadership Curriculum committee, Amy is committed to staying current on evidence based leadership skills.  She is passionate about providing educational experiences across the country related to personal and professional leadership.  Spring 2017 was Amy’s first year as adjunct faculty for Loyola University of Maryland, Sellinger School of Business where she taught Organizational Behavior.   

Debora L. Miller, PT, MBA, FACHE

Debora L. Miller, PT, MBA, FACHE is the Vice Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  As Vice Dean, she is responsible for strategic planning, master facilities planning and oversight of strategic initiatives for the School. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physical Therapy Ms. Miller has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 2004. She taught extensively in the undergraduate Rehabilitation Science program, Master of Science Program and most extensively in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in content areas related health policy, health care compliance and regulations, business ethics and risk management, leadership and management skills, practice management, and current issues in healthcare.  Ms. Miller has nearly 20 years of experience in rehabilitation and healthcare leadership across the healthcare continuum, leadership development, and in healthcare corporate ethics and compliance program development and oversight in integrated healthcare systems.

Debora Miller has served the American Physical Therapy Association in leadership roles at all levels of the organization, including District, Chapter, HPA Section and national levels. Most recently she served four years on the Board of the Health Policy and Administration Section of the APTA; served as the LAMP Leadership Committee Chair for four years, and has been a member of the LAMP Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy’s faculty since 2009. Ms. Miller was appointed to a two-year term on the APTA Leadership Development Committee beginning in July 2016. Her commitment to leadership development extends beyond the classroom, work place and the LAMP Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy. Debbie donates her honoraria to the PT Leadership Development Gift fund that she established in memory of her mother, Dorothy T. Lewis.  This gift is given to a DPT student on an annual basis to support expenses associated with participation in the LAMP Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy.

 In addition to active membership and service in the APTA, HPA, PT professionals and students, she earned Fellow status (FACHE) with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in physical therapy degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Beth Sarfaty, PT, MBA

Beth has been with Select Medical for over 21 years and has served in a variety of roles.  In her current role as VP of Rehabilitation Services in LTACH, she provides support, operational guidance and clinical teambuilding to the Rehab departments.  She also works with the hospital leadership team to foster strong communication and collaboration to promote a meaningful and productive work environment to cultivate relationships and hospital growth.

A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston MA with a BS in Physical Therapy and a MBA with a concentration of healthcare management from Regis University in Denver, CO, Beth also serves on the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since Jan 2012.

David Wessells, MS, PT, MHA

David Wessells currently serves as the Program Manager for Sports and Orthopedic Therapies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he has worked for the past 5 years. David has experience managing a multi-site team including strategic planning, financial management, physician relations, recruitment, expansion planning/building design, and billing/coding. David graduated with BS in Psychology in 1997 from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and his MPT from Northwestern University in 1999. He received his MHA from Ohio University in August, 2018. David has been an active APTA member, currently serving as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the state of Ohio, and as a member of the OPTA State Affairs Committee. David is also active at Northwestern serving as President of the Northwestern University School of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences Alumni Association. David is passionate about leadership growth and excited to be part of the LAMP faculty. He has 11 and 6 year old daughters and in his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching sports. 

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