LVR ExplainingDr. Warren working with studentsMary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an associate professor and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation program. She is also the co-director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation.

Prior to joining the UAB faculty in 2001 to develop and implement the certificate program, Warren was the occupational therapy director for one of the first medical rehabilitation programs to receive Medicare coverage for low vision rehabilitation services.

Beth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an associate professor and along with Mary Warren, Ph.D., is a primary instructor in the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation program.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2004, Barstow was a clinician and provided low vision rehabilitation in Minnesota, Alabama, Florida and Arizona. She also has experience with driving and community mobility. Barstow, along with Warren, is co-editor of "Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision" published by AOTA Press. She also contributed to several chapters in the textbook and authored a chapter for the self-paced clinical course: "Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult," published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Deann Bayerl, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, is manager and owner of an occupational therapy private practice in rural south central Pennsylvania providing in-home low vision rehabilitation services.

After careers in computer science, therapeutic massage and education, Bayerl completed the UAB graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation in 2011.

Jim Burns MA, COMS, CLVT, is a certified orientation and mobility specialist and a certified low vision therapist. He is currently employed as a blind rehabilitation outpatient specialist (BROS) in the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Burns works collaboratively with occupational therapists within the VA system to provide itinerant low vision and blind rehabilitation services for veterans living throughout Michigan, northwest Ohio, and parts of northern Indiana.

Yolanda Cate, MS, OTR/L, CDE, is an occupational therapist and certified diabetes educator in Lithia, Florida where she is the manager and owner of an occupational therapy private practice providing low vision rehabilitation services and diabetes education (www.otrehabsolutions.com).

Cate has extensive experience in clinical practice and teaching. She served on the occupational therapy faculties of the University of Kansas, Texas Women's University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Tonya Mennem, MS, OTR, SCLV, is an occupational therapist in Houston, Texas. She works with adults with low vision and vision impairment from brain injury at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Mennem completed the graduate certificate in 2009. She achieved specialty certification in low vision rehabilitation (SCLV) from the American Occupational Therapy Association in (October) 2008.