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Welcome to Burn!

Welcome to the first site dedicated to the work and educational endeavors of Occupational and Physical Therapists who specialize in treating and rehabilitating individuals who have suffered a burn injury. This web site is dedicated to the work of Burn Occupational & Physical Therapists in an effort to support therapist driven education and clinical improvements for all burn survivors. This site is committed to fostering collaborative networking relationships among burn therapists as well as developing clinical research, treatment innovations and improvement in service delivery and care at local, national and international levels. This site also highlights the achievements of Burn Occupational & Physical Therapists as part of the American Burn Association's Occupational & Physical Therapist Special Interest Group. Burn is a resource for therapist driven research and collaboration to provide the best treatment outcomes for the patients that we serve.

Updates & Information

February 2016

Happy Groundhogs Day

We have updated the details on the site as well as added a few new members as regional representatives. Please welcome to...

Region I - Eric LaBonte, PT
Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital
Office: (203) 384-4136

"I have been the primary burn PT for the Connecticut Burn Center since October 2006. I have had the pleasure of helping to bring the Phoenix SOAR program to our hospital, and to develop a Burn Aftercare and Reintegration Committee focused on burn survivorship. I have also been a member of the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn camp staff since 2009. I am now beginning to start including burn rehab research as a regular part of my practice."


Region VII - Janelle Epp, OT
Burnett Burn Center
Office: (913) 588-6542

Janelle Epp, OTR/L, CHT is an Occupational Therapist at The University of Kansas Hospital. She is the primary inpatient burn therapist, and she is the backup outpatient therapist for the burn/wound clinic and the outpatient hand therapy clinic. She has 25 years of experience and 19 of those years at KU Hospital. Janelle received her undergraduate degree at KU Medical Center in 1991. Janelle was hired at KU following her level II rotation on the burn center. In 1996, she received her hand therapy certification and worked in both burn and outpatient hand therapy. She returned full time to the burn center in 2006.

Janelle is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Burn Association. She is the board president of the KU Medical Center Alumni Association. She takes an active role in several committees within the rehab department and she is a Level II student supervisor annually. She provides in-services to the staff and the lectures to the KU Med students on a routine basis.

Janelle is active with The Mid West Regional Firefighters Foundation. She helps with organizing and attending the Burn Support Group at KU Hospital and she is one of the coordinators for the SOAR Program. She is looking forward to taking on a more active role in burns nationally.

We are still in search of Region X representative. Please view the member page to obtain additional details.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR ISBI MARCH 1, 2016. Click here to submit today!

Two Day BURN REHAB ESSENTIALS Course MAY 17 & 18. This extensive Burn Rehab program will be taught Reg Richard and Ingrid Parry - two of the pioneers in the most essential burn rehabilitation topics today. Reg has developed the Cutaneous Functional Units (CFU) program and has received the award for best paper at the last 2 ABA's for his research on this topic. Ingrid has created the Burn Rehabilitation Competency Guidelines and is currently spearheading the development of the Burn Therapist Certification (CBT). Don't miss this opportunity to improve your practice as well bring the most ground breaking knowledge of effective burn rehabilitation to your program. This program is an essential learning opportunity for anyone interested in burn care and rehabilitation. Click here for more details. SPACE IS LIMITED SO BE SURE TO SIGN UP TODAY!