Amanda Olney has been a dedicated and innovative VA employee at Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle WA for over 8 years as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She developed passion for working with Veterans while serving in the military herself as a Signal Officer. Working for over 4 years managing communication networks in exotic locations including Republic of Korea, Hawaii, and one tour in Iraq. After graduating from grad school, she was determined to return to the service of Veterans. Joining the Seattle VA Rehabilitation Care Services (RCS) team, she has focused her efforts on the growing elderly population, earning a board certification specialty in geriatrics. Program development has always intrigued her as she has been involved in developing various fall prevention education and exercise programs. She is also known for her work in developing pelvic floor dysfunction physical therapy program for men and women at the Seattle VA.
Interest in improving access and decrease barriers to Veteran care led Amanda to initiate the use of clinical video telehealth over 2 years ago. More recently, Amanda has been selected for special assignment of program manager for RCS program: Telerehabilitation Enterprise Wide Initiative (TREWI), a national VA program funded by the Office of Rural Health. She is working with other selected VA sites, including Pacific Islands spoke site, to help develop telehealth services in the rehabilitation field. Combining her experience of managing communications systems while in the military and program development projects at the VA, she helped to build telerehabilitation programs within RCS. The Seattle VA has focused on developing specialty telerehabilitation services in various areas including wheelchair mobility, home safety evaluations, home exercise follow ups, and interdisciplinary programs for geriatrics, stroke, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and polytrauma.
Ritchey, K., Olney, A., Shofer, J. et al. Arch Osteoporos (2017) 12: 96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11657-017-0393-5
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