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Faculty Bio
Donna Breger-Stanton
OTD, OTR/L, CHT

I have been an occupational therapist for many years. Over time, I have worked in neurorehabilitation, mental health, orthopedics, sensory integration, pediatrics, hand therapy and pre-vocational rehabilitation. I spent most of my professional career as a hand therapist and very involved with the American Society of Hand Therapists. I was president in 2005. I then joined Samuel Merritt University in 1998 as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, and have taught several classes, primarily focused on research, in most recent years. I graduated with my BS in OT from San Jose State University; then received my master's in OT from University of Southern California; and  graduated and received my OTD from Thomas Jefferson University May 2013.
I have published and presented extensively, traveled internationally for presentations at meetings in Australia, Colombia, Brazil as well as service and teaching on medical missions in Guatemala.

Education

BS in OT, San Jose State University

MA in OT, University of Southern California, 1979

OTD in OT, Thomas Jefferson University, 2013

Teaching Interest

My interests range from sensory testing especially Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments, to orthotics, carpal tunnel syndrome to modalities, contrast baths, and patient adherence to treatment.

Courses Taught

I taught the Charter class, 1996 as adjunct faculty to teach the class: Adaptive Technology and Modalities. I taught the class for another five years once hired full time as the Fieldwork Coordinator.

  1. Taught the following courses since 1996:
    1. Assistive Technology and Introduction to Modalities – 1996 - 2002
    2. Complementary Healthcare Systems in Occupational Therapy – 2002-2007
    3. Foundations of Occupational Therapy – 2002-2003 & 2014
    4. Integrative Seminar (Problem based learning) 2014 & 2015
    5. Research seminar (3 semester courses ) since 2007 – 2015
    6. Level I Fieldwork 1998 – 2007
    7. Level II Fieldwork 1998 - 2015
Peer Reviewed Publications

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer Reviewed

Mulry, C & Breger Stanton, D. (2012).  Critically Appraised Paper (CAP), Scaffa, M.D., & Wooster, D.M (2004).  Brief Report-Effects of problem-based learning in occupational therapy.  American Journal of Occupational therapy, 58, 333-336. 

 Breger Stanton D & Lazaro R. (2012, March) Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, Education Special Interest Section Quarterly publication (EDSIS).

Bell-Krotoski J. & Breger Stanton, D. (2011)  The forces of dynamic orthotic positioning: ten questions to ask before applying a dynamic orthosis to the hand.   In Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Sixth Edition  (eds) Terri M. Skirven, Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, , and Peter C. Amadio, MD) Phila, PA: Elsevier   2011: 1561-1587.

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R, MacDermid JC.  (2009) A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Contrast Baths, Journ of Hand Therapy.

Co-Editor w/ Amaker R, Brininger T, Hardy M for JHT Special Issue, “Wounded Warriors” April – June Issue, 2007. 

RM Szabo, RR Slater, TB Farver, Breger Stanton D, Sharman W. (2000) “Analysis of Tests Used in Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”  Journal of Hand Surgery.

Gillenson SP, Parets N, Bear-Lehman J, Breger Stanton D. (1998) “The Effect of Wrist Position on Testing Light Touch Sensation Using the Semmes-Weinstein Pressure Aesthesiometer:  A Preliminary Study” coauthored with Journal of Hand Therapy.

“Objective and Subjective Oberservations of Low Temperature Thermoplastic Materials,” Journal of Hand Therapy, June 1995. (special Biomechanics Issue)

 "Reliability of Torque Range of Motion:  A Preliminary     Study,"  co authored with Tomancik, Novick, Giurintano and Browder, Journal of Hand Therapy, Jan-Mar, 1993.

 "Analysis of Thermoplastic Materials" - co authored with  B. Buford, PhD, BME Journal of Hand Therapy, October-Dec 1992.

 "Update in Splinting Materials and Methods" chapter in  Clinics of North America,    WB Saunders Co,  August 1991.

 "Torque Range of Motion in the Hand Clinic," co-authors  Judith Bell-Krotoski,  and Wim Brandsma, published in Journal of Hand Therapy, January 1990.

 This article was one of only 3 therapist authored articles abstracted in the Mosby  Hand  Surgery Yearbook, 1991.

"Pre/Post Surgical/Therapy Management of the Intrinsic Minus Hand:  A Case Study,"    Journal of Hand Therapy, July - Sept 1989.

"Analysis of the Physical Properties of SCOMAC Springs and  their Potential  use in Dynamic Splinting", Journal of Hand Therapy, Vol. 3, April l988.

Co-authored with Luanne Roberson OTR, Bill Buford, Jr., Ph.D., and Michelle Freeman, COTA.

"Correlating Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Mappings with  Sensory Nerve Conduction    Parameters in Hansen's Disease  Patients:  An Update.  "Journal of Hand Therapy, Vol. 1(1)   1987.

"Visual Perception:  An  Overview."  Amer. J. of  Occupational Therapy, Mar 1968.

NON-Peer reviewed
Bell-Krotoski J. & Breger Stanton, D. (2011) The forces of dynamic orthotic positioning: ten questions to ask before applying a dynamic orthosis to the hand. In Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Sixth Edition (eds) Terri M. Skirven, Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, , and Peter C. Amadio, MD) Phila, PA: Elsevier 2011: 1561-1587.

Breger Stanton D & Lazaro R. (2012, March) Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, Education Special Interest Section Quarterly publication (EDSIS)

Breger Stanton D. (2008). The Mind, Body and Science of Hand Therapy (Nathalie Barr Lecture), JHT, January 2008

Breger Stanton D. (2006) Building Collaborative Partnerships (Presidential Lecture), JHT, January 2006.

Breger Stanton D, Bear-Lehman J et al. (2003) “Contrast Baths: What do we know about them? Journal of Hand Therapy, October-December.

Bell-Krotoski J, Breger Stanton D. (2002) “Biomechanics and Evaluation of the Hand” in Rehabilitation of the Hand, 5th edition, (eds) Mackin, Callahan, Skirven, 2002

“Biomechanics and Evaluation of the Hand” with co-authors Judith Bell-Krotoski, R. Beach, chapter 11 in REHABILITATION OF THE HAND, 4th Ed, (eds)Hunter, Mackin, Callahan, CV Mosby 1995.

"Application of Biomechanics for Evaluation" co-authored with Judith Bell-Krotoski and Bob Beach, 3rd Edition, Rehabilitation of the Hand, C.V. Mosby
Co., 1990.


PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS:

Scientific poster presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R. Effectiveness of Contrast Baths a 5 clinic, 3 year study, RCT., AOTA annual meeting, April 2013.

Poster Presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R., Bobell, S., Legaspi, M, Kaur, B., Raymond, N., Reynolds, S. (2012) Adherence to home program for occupational/hand therapy clients, a retrospective review. Poster presentation: ASHT Annual meeting, San Diego, CA October 2012

Poster Presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R., Bobell, S., Legaspi, M, Kaur, B., Raymond, N., Reynolds, S. (2012) Adherence to home program for occupational/hand therapy clients, a retrospective review. Poster presentation: AOTA annual meeting, Indianapolis, April 2012

Invited Presentation: Breger Stanton D., (2010) Systematic review of studies using outcome measure of Semmes-Weinstein Monofilaments International Federation of Hand Therapists in Orlando, Florida, June

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R, Bernard C, Quema E, Vital J, Thompson M. (2010). Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, AOTA annual meeting, 2010, Orlando, FL

research project: A Systematic Review of Psychometric Properties of Three Self Report Instruments Used to Measure Outcomes in Patients with Hand Arthritis, co-authored with Breger Stanton, Lazaro and research group for 2010. (Murray, Blatter, Stainton, Kaur, Augello) - presented as synthesis project 2010.

The Mind, Body and Science of Hand Therapy Nathalie Barr Lecture presentation, ASHT annual meeting, 2007

“Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Splinting” – invited speaker for Guatemala Hand Therapy Society, Guatemala City, November 2005. Also “History of the American Society of Hand Therapists.”

“Building Collaborative Partnerships” Presidential address at the annual meeting, joint meeting of American Society of Hand Therapists and American Society for Surgery of the Hand, San Antonio, September 2005.

“The Generation Gap” presented at Collaborative Fieldwork Educators meeting at Samuel Merritt College, July 2005. Also coordinator, and host along with associate fieldwork coordinators from Dominican University and San Jose State University.

Poster Session at ASHT annual meeting October 2004: “Contrast Baths: What do we know about them?”

“Modalities Across the Continuum” workshop copresented with Jerry Coverdale, OTR, CHT at OTAC Annual meeting, October 2002, San Diego

“Analysis of Tests Used in Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” coauthored with WY Keval, RM Szabo, RR Slater, and TB Farver. Scientific paper presented at ASHT annual meeting, New Orleans, Sept 1998

Invited speaker, “Biomechanics of Splinting” for Review Course, June 4,5 1998, California Chapter of ASHT, Stanford, CA

Grants & Fellowships

Received a grant from Samuel Merritt University along with co-author Rolando Lazaro, PhD, PT for our three year randomly controlled trial in five clinics to learn more about the efficacy of contrast baths.
I won special traveling award from American Association for Surgery of Hand Surgery to Thailand, however, due to a health issue at the time, was unable to travel. The honor was awesome!
I was selected as the winner of the Nathalie Barr Lecture Award which is the highest award in ASHT, 2007.

Invited Presentations

Multiple invited presentations are already listed within listing of presentations overall.

Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships

At Samuel Merritt University I have served on multiple committees over the years including Curriculum, Faculty Development, Research and served as president, Faculty Organization for two years from 2006 - 2008.
American Society of Hand Therapist - served on the Board of Directors for nearly 20 years with the honor of being president, ASHT in 2005.
Member of American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists, American Association of Hand Surgery, Occupational Therapy Association of California

Contact Info

Name
Donna Breger-Stanton
OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Title
Associate Professor
Department
Master Occupational Therapy
Email

Faculty Profile

Donna Breger-Stanton
Donna
Breger-Stanton
OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Associate Professor
Master Occupational Therapy
dbreger@samuelmerritt.edu
510-869-6743

I have been an occupational therapist for many years. Over time, I have worked in neurorehabilitation, mental health, orthopedics, sensory integration, pediatrics, hand therapy and pre-vocational rehabilitation. I spent most of my professional career as a hand therapist and very involved with the American Society of Hand Therapists. I was president in 2005. I then joined Samuel Merritt University in 1998 as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, and have taught several classes, primarily focused on research, in most recent years. I graduated with my BS in OT from San Jose State University; then received my master's in OT from University of Southern California; and  graduated and received my OTD from Thomas Jefferson University May 2013.
I have published and presented extensively, traveled internationally for presentations at meetings in Australia, Colombia, Brazil as well as service and teaching on medical missions in Guatemala.

BS in OT, San Jose State University

MA in OT, University of Southern California, 1979

OTD in OT, Thomas Jefferson University, 2013

My interests range from sensory testing especially Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments, to orthotics, carpal tunnel syndrome to modalities, contrast baths, and patient adherence to treatment.

I taught the Charter class, 1996 as adjunct faculty to teach the class: Adaptive Technology and Modalities. I taught the class for another five years once hired full time as the Fieldwork Coordinator.

  1. Taught the following courses since 1996:
    1. Assistive Technology and Introduction to Modalities – 1996 - 2002
    2. Complementary Healthcare Systems in Occupational Therapy – 2002-2007
    3. Foundations of Occupational Therapy – 2002-2003 & 2014
    4. Integrative Seminar (Problem based learning) 2014 & 2015
    5. Research seminar (3 semester courses ) since 2007 – 2015
    6. Level I Fieldwork 1998 – 2007
    7. Level II Fieldwork 1998 - 2015

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer Reviewed

Mulry, C & Breger Stanton, D. (2012).  Critically Appraised Paper (CAP), Scaffa, M.D., & Wooster, D.M (2004).  Brief Report-Effects of problem-based learning in occupational therapy.  American Journal of Occupational therapy, 58, 333-336. 

 Breger Stanton D & Lazaro R. (2012, March) Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, Education Special Interest Section Quarterly publication (EDSIS).

Bell-Krotoski J. & Breger Stanton, D. (2011)  The forces of dynamic orthotic positioning: ten questions to ask before applying a dynamic orthosis to the hand.   In Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Sixth Edition  (eds) Terri M. Skirven, Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, , and Peter C. Amadio, MD) Phila, PA: Elsevier   2011: 1561-1587.

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R, MacDermid JC.  (2009) A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Contrast Baths, Journ of Hand Therapy.

Co-Editor w/ Amaker R, Brininger T, Hardy M for JHT Special Issue, “Wounded Warriors” April – June Issue, 2007. 

RM Szabo, RR Slater, TB Farver, Breger Stanton D, Sharman W. (2000) “Analysis of Tests Used in Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”  Journal of Hand Surgery.

Gillenson SP, Parets N, Bear-Lehman J, Breger Stanton D. (1998) “The Effect of Wrist Position on Testing Light Touch Sensation Using the Semmes-Weinstein Pressure Aesthesiometer:  A Preliminary Study” coauthored with Journal of Hand Therapy.

“Objective and Subjective Oberservations of Low Temperature Thermoplastic Materials,” Journal of Hand Therapy, June 1995. (special Biomechanics Issue)

 "Reliability of Torque Range of Motion:  A Preliminary     Study,"  co authored with Tomancik, Novick, Giurintano and Browder, Journal of Hand Therapy, Jan-Mar, 1993.

 "Analysis of Thermoplastic Materials" - co authored with  B. Buford, PhD, BME Journal of Hand Therapy, October-Dec 1992.

 "Update in Splinting Materials and Methods" chapter in  Clinics of North America,    WB Saunders Co,  August 1991.

 "Torque Range of Motion in the Hand Clinic," co-authors  Judith Bell-Krotoski,  and Wim Brandsma, published in Journal of Hand Therapy, January 1990.

 This article was one of only 3 therapist authored articles abstracted in the Mosby  Hand  Surgery Yearbook, 1991.

"Pre/Post Surgical/Therapy Management of the Intrinsic Minus Hand:  A Case Study,"    Journal of Hand Therapy, July - Sept 1989.

"Analysis of the Physical Properties of SCOMAC Springs and  their Potential  use in Dynamic Splinting", Journal of Hand Therapy, Vol. 3, April l988.

Co-authored with Luanne Roberson OTR, Bill Buford, Jr., Ph.D., and Michelle Freeman, COTA.

"Correlating Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Mappings with  Sensory Nerve Conduction    Parameters in Hansen's Disease  Patients:  An Update.  "Journal of Hand Therapy, Vol. 1(1)   1987.

"Visual Perception:  An  Overview."  Amer. J. of  Occupational Therapy, Mar 1968.

NON-Peer reviewed
Bell-Krotoski J. & Breger Stanton, D. (2011) The forces of dynamic orthotic positioning: ten questions to ask before applying a dynamic orthosis to the hand. In Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Sixth Edition (eds) Terri M. Skirven, Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, , and Peter C. Amadio, MD) Phila, PA: Elsevier 2011: 1561-1587.

Breger Stanton D & Lazaro R. (2012, March) Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, Education Special Interest Section Quarterly publication (EDSIS)

Breger Stanton D. (2008). The Mind, Body and Science of Hand Therapy (Nathalie Barr Lecture), JHT, January 2008

Breger Stanton D. (2006) Building Collaborative Partnerships (Presidential Lecture), JHT, January 2006.

Breger Stanton D, Bear-Lehman J et al. (2003) “Contrast Baths: What do we know about them? Journal of Hand Therapy, October-December.

Bell-Krotoski J, Breger Stanton D. (2002) “Biomechanics and Evaluation of the Hand” in Rehabilitation of the Hand, 5th edition, (eds) Mackin, Callahan, Skirven, 2002

“Biomechanics and Evaluation of the Hand” with co-authors Judith Bell-Krotoski, R. Beach, chapter 11 in REHABILITATION OF THE HAND, 4th Ed, (eds)Hunter, Mackin, Callahan, CV Mosby 1995.

"Application of Biomechanics for Evaluation" co-authored with Judith Bell-Krotoski and Bob Beach, 3rd Edition, Rehabilitation of the Hand, C.V. Mosby
Co., 1990.


PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS:

Scientific poster presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R. Effectiveness of Contrast Baths a 5 clinic, 3 year study, RCT., AOTA annual meeting, April 2013.

Poster Presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R., Bobell, S., Legaspi, M, Kaur, B., Raymond, N., Reynolds, S. (2012) Adherence to home program for occupational/hand therapy clients, a retrospective review. Poster presentation: ASHT Annual meeting, San Diego, CA October 2012

Poster Presentation: Breger Stanton, D., Lazaro, R., Bobell, S., Legaspi, M, Kaur, B., Raymond, N., Reynolds, S. (2012) Adherence to home program for occupational/hand therapy clients, a retrospective review. Poster presentation: AOTA annual meeting, Indianapolis, April 2012

Invited Presentation: Breger Stanton D., (2010) Systematic review of studies using outcome measure of Semmes-Weinstein Monofilaments International Federation of Hand Therapists in Orlando, Florida, June

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R, Bernard C, Quema E, Vital J, Thompson M. (2010). Survey on Incorporation of Minimum Standards for Superficial/ Deep Thermal and Electrical Agents in Occupational Therapy Curricula, AOTA annual meeting, 2010, Orlando, FL

research project: A Systematic Review of Psychometric Properties of Three Self Report Instruments Used to Measure Outcomes in Patients with Hand Arthritis, co-authored with Breger Stanton, Lazaro and research group for 2010. (Murray, Blatter, Stainton, Kaur, Augello) - presented as synthesis project 2010.

The Mind, Body and Science of Hand Therapy Nathalie Barr Lecture presentation, ASHT annual meeting, 2007

“Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Splinting” – invited speaker for Guatemala Hand Therapy Society, Guatemala City, November 2005. Also “History of the American Society of Hand Therapists.”

“Building Collaborative Partnerships” Presidential address at the annual meeting, joint meeting of American Society of Hand Therapists and American Society for Surgery of the Hand, San Antonio, September 2005.

“The Generation Gap” presented at Collaborative Fieldwork Educators meeting at Samuel Merritt College, July 2005. Also coordinator, and host along with associate fieldwork coordinators from Dominican University and San Jose State University.

Poster Session at ASHT annual meeting October 2004: “Contrast Baths: What do we know about them?”

“Modalities Across the Continuum” workshop copresented with Jerry Coverdale, OTR, CHT at OTAC Annual meeting, October 2002, San Diego

“Analysis of Tests Used in Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” coauthored with WY Keval, RM Szabo, RR Slater, and TB Farver. Scientific paper presented at ASHT annual meeting, New Orleans, Sept 1998

Invited speaker, “Biomechanics of Splinting” for Review Course, June 4,5 1998, California Chapter of ASHT, Stanford, CA

Received a grant from Samuel Merritt University along with co-author Rolando Lazaro, PhD, PT for our three year randomly controlled trial in five clinics to learn more about the efficacy of contrast baths.
I won special traveling award from American Association for Surgery of Hand Surgery to Thailand, however, due to a health issue at the time, was unable to travel. The honor was awesome!
I was selected as the winner of the Nathalie Barr Lecture Award which is the highest award in ASHT, 2007.

Multiple invited presentations are already listed within listing of presentations overall.

At Samuel Merritt University I have served on multiple committees over the years including Curriculum, Faculty Development, Research and served as president, Faculty Organization for two years from 2006 - 2008.
American Society of Hand Therapist - served on the Board of Directors for nearly 20 years with the honor of being president, ASHT in 2005.
Member of American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists, American Association of Hand Surgery, Occupational Therapy Association of California

History

Member for
3 years 2 months