Gail L. Widener, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She completed her BSPT at Texas Women’s University and her PhD in physiology (emphasis in neurophysiology) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Widener teaches physiology, neurophysiology, and the physical therapy management of persons with multiple sclerosis to entry-level physical therapy students and to physical therapy neurological residents. She wrote the chapter on multiple sclerosis in Umphred’s Neurological Rehabilitation, Sixth Edition, and has been a professional member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Northern California chapter’s Clinical Advisory Committee for more than 15 years. Dr. Widener also teaches community courses for people with multiple sclerosis who have issues with balance and falling.
Diane D. Allen, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/San Francisco State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree and certificate in physical therapy at UCSF, a master’s degree with a neuromuscular emphasis at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a PhD in education (emphasis on quantitative measurement and evaluation) at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation measurement at Boston University. Dr. Allen specializes in tests and measures and neurorehabilitation, has coauthored a chapter on balance disorders and fall risk in Physical Rehabilitation Assessment and Intervention: An Evidence- Based Approach, and has published other studies related to outcome measures in neurological and outpatient populations. Dr. Allen received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for her pilot study Mind the Gap – Targeting Differences in Patients’ Current and Preferred Abilities, in which she compared patient perceptions of their movement abilities with the clinicians’ emphases in therapy, noting that lack of agreement can lead to suboptimal outcomes.
Gail L. Widener and Diane D. Allen have been working with people with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years and perform clinical research with this population. They have collaborated in writing a chapter on tone abnormalities in Physical Agents in Rehabilitation, now in its fourth edition. They have helped coauthor six peer-reviewed published articles, received grants from the California Physical Therapy Fund and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and have been co-principal investigators on a project funded by the National Institutes of Health studying the response of people with multiple sclerosis to balance-based torso weighting.
Tracy Flemming Tracy, OT, MSCS, is an occupational therapist and a multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist certified through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) serving people with MS for the past 20 years, currently at the Tanner Center for MS. Tracy is the Executive Director of the Tanner Foundation and was previously the Vice President of Programs for the NMSS Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. Tracy is the chair of the Healthcare Advisory Committee with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and a member of the Community Research Advisory Committee with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)/Lakeshore Collaborative. She is also a member of the CMSC, International Organization of MS Rehabilitation Therapists (IOMSRT), and Professionals in Training (PIT) special interest group for rehabilitation professionals. Tracy has participated in numerous educational events for clients and healthcare professionals in collaborations withthe MS Association of America (MSAA), MS News and Views, the NMSS, AOTA, and APTA. Tracy manages grants for financial assistance for therapy services through the Tanner Foundation in collaboration with the MS Foundation (MSF) and has previously received funding for an MS Post Rehabilitation Wellness Program and a Pedometer Program for persons with MS. She was chosen to participate in the CMSC Rehabilitation Fellowship 2012 and hosted fellows at the Tanner Center for the CMSC in 2014. Tracy has presented abstracts for the CMSC annual meeting every year since 2011 and is involved with both investigator initiated and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials for persons with MS. She has partnered in delivery of NMSS educational programs such as Free From Falls, Cognifitness, and Everyday Matters in their communities. Most recently, Tracy was granted a PCORI funded study in collaboration with UAB/Lakeshore analyzing direct care therapy services versus telerehabilitation services.
Rosalind Kalb, PhD, currently an information and resources consultant for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and program consultant for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, has specialized in MS care, support, and education for over 30 years. After receiving her doctorate from Fordham University in 1977, she began her career in MS, providing individual, group, and family therapy at the Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for MS at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then at the MS Comprehensive Care Center in White Plains, New York. Dr. Kalb joined the National MS Society in 2000, creating online resources and educational materials for lay and professional audiences until 2017. Dr. Kalb is senior author of Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies, Second Edition, and coauthor of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges. In addition, Dr. Kalb has edited two books – Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have—The Answers You Need, now in its fifth edition, and Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families, now in its third edition.