Therapists speak at international symposium

Two physical therapists from the Grand Valley participated in an international symposium to share information about adaptive seating options that allow people with disabilities to participate in sports and recreation.

Anouk Kincaid, a physical therapist with Family Health West in Fruita, and Chad Kincaid, a physical therapist with the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Grand Junction, spoke at the International Seating Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh. The ISS is the leading educational and scientific conference in the field of wheelchair seating and mobility related technologies. More than 1,800 professionals from around the world attended the symposium.

In their presentation, the Kincaids offered information about available adaptive seating options for people with disabilities to participate in cycling, paddling and skiing.

“Having the ability to teach others my knowledge is remarkable because I often forget that, though the information is just what I do every day, it’s new to most everyone else,” said Anouk Kincaid. “My passion is helping the disabled gain or regain an active life.”

At Family Health West, Anouk Kincaid treats patients with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delays, torticollis, spina bifada and others conditions. She is certified in the Ride Designs custom seating systems and specializes in wheelchair seating evaluations.

Anouk Kincaid graduated from the physical therapy program at the Hogeschool Heerlen in the Netherlands and has been board certified in the United States since 1994. She has 20 years of experience in treating pediatric and neurologically impaired clients.

Chad Kincaid is a graduate of University of Kentucky in 1995 and earned certified as a prosthetist from California State University in 2005. He has practiced at the Grand Junction VA system for the last seven years with an emphasis on wheelchair seating, adaptive sports seating and prosthetic limb care and management.