SDOTA Fall Conference

October 6, 2018

Sanford Medical Center - Schroder Auditorium


800-830 - Registration

830-930 - Strategies and Outcomes of an Injury Prevention Program in a Healthcare Setting

                  Sandi Sorum, OTR/L, CEES

930-1030 - Functional Outcomes and Expectations Following Total Shoulder & Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty                     Matt Zens, DPT, AT, SCS              

1030-1045 -  Break

1045-1145 Occupational Therapy in a Skilled Nursing facility and Transitional Care Unit- A COTA's perspective.

                  Mitch Lippert, COTA

1145-100 SDOTA Business Meeting (lunch provided)

115-315 “Ethical Reasoning: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Practice”

                  Moses N. Ikiugu, PhD, OTR/L

315-330 Wrap up

5 continuing credit hours


Member price $100.00

Non-member price $225.00 (includes one year membership to SDOTA)

Students $15.00

Speaker Information

Sandi Sorum, OTR/L, CEES

Sandi works in an Injury Prevention role at Sanford Health based in Sioux Falls, SD. She also has responsibilities in the Bemidji, MN, Bismarck, ND and Fargo, ND regions. She is in her 25th year at Sanford Health. As an Occupational Therapist, she has worked in various settings including Outpatient Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine, and Sanford’s Employee Health Services Department. Sandi became DSI Work Solutions Faculty for Sanford Health in October 2015.

Sandi graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in 1993. Since starting with Sanford Health in 1994, her job roles have included coordinator of the work hardening program, lead ergonomic specialist, and lead therapist in Sanford’s Job Function Matching® program. DSI Work Solutions Provider certification was achieved in 2008.  With Sandi’s coordinating efforts, Sanford Health began implementation of DSI’s Job Function Matching Program® for the Sioux Falls medical center in September 2013. Job Function Matching® was expanded to include Sanford medical centers in Fargo, ND and Bismarck, ND in February and March, 2016 respectively. Bemidji, MN implemented the program in April 2017.

Sandi’s certifications include Blankenship Functional Capacity Evaluations, DSI Work Solutions Job Function Matching Program and Functional Capacity Assessments, DSI Faculty for Sanford Health and Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist. 


Matt Zens, DPT, AT, SCS

I grew up on a farm near Epiphany, SD and attended SDSU where I received my degree in Athletic Training.  From Brookings, I went to Des Moines University where I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.   I began my career in Mitchell at University PT and later worked for several years in the Sports Medicine Dept at the Orthopedic Institute.  I recently began teaching at Dakota Wesleyan University in their Sports Medicine Dept and spend time in their rehab room.  I’m a Sports Certified Specialist with the APTA, a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and an Associate for the Justin Sports Medicine Team for ProRodeo. 

I have had the opportunity to specialize in shoulder rehabilitation, participate in research and have been fortunate enough to speak at conferences across the country. 


Mitch Lippert, COTA - OTA Representative

I have been practicing as a COTA for 6 years primarily in a skilled nursing setting, but also work in a transitional care unit, as well as provide home health services.  I work mostly in Belle Fouch SD but also in Spearfish and the Rap City area. 

I hold a B.S in Psychology from Northern State University as well as an Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Lake Area Technical Institute.


Moses N. Ikiugu, PhD, OTR/L - Professor and Director of Research

Dr. Ikiugu received a diploma in occupational therapy from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi; diploma in counseling psychology from the Amani Counseling Center and Training Institute, Nairobi, Kenya; Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the United States International University, San Diego; and a PhD degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas.

He has been an occupational therapist for 33 years, with clinical experience in mental health, long-term care, and sub-acute rehabilitation. His research interests include investigation of the philosophical foundations of occupational therapy, occupational therapy theory development and application, use of knowledge derived from occupational science to help address pertinent social issues, understanding the construct of meaningfulness as used in occupational therapy and occupational science, using meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations as media in occupational therapy interventions, and investigating the status of evidence for evidence-based practice using meta-analysis. He is currently in the process of initiating a research study within an interdisciplinary team involving computer and materials scientists at SDSU and South Dakota School of Mines to investigate ways of using occupation-based interventions to prepare astronauts so that they are able to stay healthy during lengthy deep space exploration.

Dr. Ikiugu has published articles in a variety of refereed journals such as the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, Occupational Therapy International, and the Journal of Occupational Science, among others. His other publications include an occupational therapy textbook (Psychosocial Conceptual Practice Models in Occupational Therapy), an occupational science book (Occupational Science in the Service of Gaia), and an occupational therapy/occupational science text book (Meaningful Living through Occupations: A Guide for Every-Day Life - co-authored with Nick Pollard of Sheffield Hallam University in England). He primarily teaches research and psychosocial rehabilitation courses in the occupational therapy department at the University of South Dakota.