Caring Together Conference


Caring within an Interprofessional Community

Jeremy W. Earl, PT

Caring serves as the foundation for working with individuals of all abilities. Revisit the concept of care that served as the inspiration for a career in the health professions. This session will demonstrate concrete examples of caring for clientele, team members, the environment, and oneself to encourage attendees to revisit this integral component of practice. Learn how the aspect of care has made monumental changes in the lives of individuals. Specifically, this session will cover: the components of care within an interprofessional practice area; the impact of care for clients, team members, oneself, and the environment; care as a significant aspect for successful outcomes; and new caring strategies in daily interactions with clients.


Jeremy W. Earl, P.T.

Jeremy Earl is a physical therapist and executive director of The Root Farm, a community non-profit agency that offers agricultural, recreational, and equine experiences to individuals of all abilities. Jeremy’s vision and entrepreneurial efforts have expanded the variety of services offered at The Root Farm to include honey and maple syrup production, year-round leafy green production through the use of hydroponic greenhouses and adaptive recreational programming, including high and low ropes courses, zip lines, and rock climbing. Jeremy’s underlying goal for all development at The Root Farm remains focused on creating unique experiences to create life changing opportunities for people of all abilities.

Previously, Jeremy worked at Upstate Cerebral Palsy (Utica, NY) for 15 years while holding several positions, including Associate Vice President for Therapeutic Services.

Jeremy received a BS in Physical Therapy in 1999 and an MS in Health Care Administration in 2013 from Utica College. Jeremy is very active in the Great Utica community including Leadership Mohawk Valley, Camp Ronald McDonald for Special Children, and The Ride for Missing Children.


Navigating the Waters for a Successful Health Care Career

Janice Posatery Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This keynote session will discuss various strategies for a successful career in health care. Participants will gain an understanding of how today’s dynamic and changing health care system places specific and new demands on providers to justify the need for service. The main ideas that are addressed when professionals are providing evidenced based care, as well as new models of patient centered care, including interprofessional team based care, will be examined. Lastly, the stages of a maturing health care professional, including developing a professional identity and competence, will be discussed.


Janice Posatery Burke, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Janice Burke was among the graduates of the inaugural class of occupational therapists at Utica College. She jumped into what has been a 47 year career immediately following graduation and has maintained her involvement in the profession since that time. Janice was a clinician at Burke Rehabilitation Center (no relation) and Wabash Center for Children before attending graduate school at the University of Southern California. While earning her master’s degree, she worked with Dr. Mary Reilly, best known for her promotion of the “modernization of occupation” that looked to revitalize an understanding of how occupation could guide practice. During this time, she also completed her sensory integration certification under the guidance of Dr. Jan Ayres.

Janice’s scholarly work began when she published and lectured on ideas associated with occupation in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s including her papers on “motivation reconsidered” as well as her contribution to the introduction and development of the Model of Human Occupation, a contemporary conceptual framework that continues to guide practice today. Her scholarship and research has continued throughout her career and has included 18 years of continuing funding from the US Department of Education to train occupational and physical therapists, as well as NIH funding to develop an evidence based treatment model for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers.

Burke’s long career in clinical practice has primarily focused on working with young children with development disabilities including Autism and their families. She began teaching full time in 1988 at Thomas Jefferson University. Beginning as faculty, she later became director of the graduate program, chair of the department, and Dean of the School of Health Professions.

Janice has received awards and honors for her work throughout her career including the AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship in 2010. Dr. Burke credits her professional training and enduring identity as an occupational therapist to her education at Utica College.


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