Meet the Team

Education in Motion is powered by a highly educated and experienced team of professional clinicians with diverse backgrounds from all over the world. They understand what it means to find solutions to their clients' mobility challenges and are here to share their insights with you.

Jessica Presperin Pedersen - Sunrise Medical USA

OTD, MBA, OTR/L, ATP/SMS - Director of Clinical Education - North America

Jessica Presperin Pedersen - Sunrise Medical USA

With over 40 years of clinical practice as an OT, Jessica Presperin Pedersen has worked in all sectors of the wheelchair and seating industry as a master clinician, supplier, manufacturing consultant, design representative, and educator. Dr. Presperin Pedersen was a pioneer in the development of the profession of wheelchairs and seating in the 1980s and has spent the last two decades contributing to the research world to demonstrate evidence for knowledge translation in the clinic, advocacy, and product development. She is a RESNA and AOTA Fellow, serves on the Clinician Task Force, the Seating and Wheeled Mobility Committee for AOTA, and has shared her experiences internationally through publications and presentations.

Sarah Leonard - Sunrise Medical USA

PT, DPT, ATP - Clinical Education Manager

Sarah Leonard - Sunrise Medical USA

Sarah Leonard PT, DPT, ATP joins the Sunrise Medical Education Team as a physical therapist specializing in neuro rehab with experience in spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation. As a PT, Sarah has trained under industry-leading professionals who fostered her love for complex rehabilitation technology. As an ATP, Sarah has experience working for a national complex rehabilitation technology supplier. Additionally, Sarah presently serves as the assistant coach for the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association Low Point Team and has been an active participant in adaptive sports and recreation throughout her career. Sarah brings her clinical experience, knowledge of wheelchairs and seating, and passion for education to our Education Team.

Amy Bjornson - Sunrise Medical Australia

BS, MPT, ATP, SMS - Clinical Education Manager - Asia Pacific

Amy Bjornson - Sunrise Medical Australia

Trained as a Physical Therapist in the United States, Amy has over 20 years' experience working with the adult and pediatric neurologic populations, with specialties in the treatment of spinal cord injury & evaluation and provision of assistive technology for clients with physical challenges. She was the director of the Seating and Mobility Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts and provided consultation services to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Amy currently develops and implements national and international training programs on using Assistive Technology to enhance inclusion, health, and well-being in those with physical disabilities. She also serves a product improvement and development role for Sunrise Medical Australia.

Amy focuses on providing sound solutions that create positive results, even in challenging environments. She consistently implements innovative ideas focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities. She assisted with foundation of Australia's chapter of GoBabyGo, a charitable organization dedicated to early mobility for very young children.

Amy is a dynamic speaker who has lectured extensively on seating and mobility, wound management, and the physical therapy treatment of spinal cord injured clients. She has also traveled to several developing countries, learning and sharing information with their medical communities.

Amy received her ATP certification in 1995, SMS certification in 2015, and Australian Physiotherapy certification in 2018. She is a friend of NRRTS and a member of RESNA. She is an active member of Wheelchairs for Humanity, Health Volunteers Overseas, and offers technology support to Hidden Treasures Home, Fuzhou China.

Amy is an avid cyclist and appreciates the beautiful coastline of Sydney, but still misses the mountains and snow of Colorado.

Karla Sonderland - Sunrise Medical USA

Clinical Education Manager - US Midwest

Karla Sonderland - Sunrise Medical USA

Karla Sonderland graduated with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in North Dakota. She has 20 years of experience with a focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She brings to the team her knowledge and understanding of providing 24-hour care to individuals with multiple caregivers as well as helping individuals transition to alternate living arrangements with optimal assistive technology to ensure their safety and participation. Karla lives with her husband and three children in Iowa and manages the Midwest Clinical Education program.

Mayari Solórzano-Chavez - Sunrise Medical Latin America

BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Clinical Educator

Mayari Solórzano-Chavez - Sunrise Medical Latin America

Maya has been with Sunrise Medical since May of 2014. She is the primary contact and Clinical Educator for Latin America. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 from the University of Costa Rica. She worked five years for one of the biggest distributors of medical equipment Costa Rica ordering and delivering complex rehab products. This gave her the opportunity to position people of all ages, diagnose, and respond to their postural needs.

In 2011, Maya moved to the United States and obtained her ATP certification from RESNA and worked as an ATP before joining the team at Sunrise Medical. During her career with Sunrise, she has had the opportunity to deliver clinical sessions to physicians, PTs, and OTs in Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Uruguay, and other countries in the region in their own language. She also trains dealers on Sunrise Medical products and systems as well as informs them when new products are launched.

When not busy improving people's lives with complex rehab technology, she is a mother of two adorable children. She likes to exercise and go for fun adventures with her husband and kids to the beautiful mountains of the Central Valley in California.

Dan Critchfield - Sunrise Medical USA

ATP - Technical Education Director

Dan Critchfield - Sunrise Medical USA

Dan Critchfield has worked in the complex rehab industry for over 30 years. His education includes Electronics and Business Development. Over the past 30 years, Dan has worked as a field and bench tech repairing electronics. He spent several years as a test engineer conducting ANSI/RESNA and ISO standardized testing. Dan also led Sunrise Medical as a Power Product Manager and is currently a technical educator. Dan works out of the Fresno, CA manufacturing location where QUICKIE power wheelchairs are built. Dan enjoys working with his hands and building and restoring anything with a motor or engine.

Faith Brown - Sunrise Medical UK & Éire

Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT), Clinical Educator - United Kingdom and Éire

Faith Brown - Sunrise Medical UK & Éire

Faith has 19 years of international experience in the field of seating and mobility including an extensive career in the British National Health Service, as well as the private and not-for-profit sectors.

She believes in tailoring clinical training programs so that participants leave feeling energized with new practical applications to their work. She enjoys integrating field experience and evidence-based information along with emerging concepts from facilitation and design. Workshop participants have fed back 'she knows her stuff' and (perhaps Faith's favorite) 'you have a good sense of humor on you.'

Faith is an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with a postgraduate certificate in Postural Management for People with Complex Disabilities from Oxford Brookes University. She is a member of PMG (Posture and Mobility Group).

Outside of work, Faith usually has a project in process, often involving some form of DIY.

Federico Rizza - Sunrise Medical Italy

Clinical & Product Specialist - Occupational Therapist (OT)

Federico Rizza - Sunrise Medical Italy

Based in Italy, Federico graduated with a bachelor of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) degree from University of Pavia in 2017. He is the youngest Occupational Therapist that joins this Sunrise Medical Clinical Team, he is a talented and brilliant clinician despite his young age. He gained experience with a lot of internships in different facilities, being able to see different clinical realities, from spinal units to neurological rehab, working with blind or visually impaired patients always targeting independence in ADLs.

Federico is now one of the Product Specialists for Sunrise Medical Italy, his focus is manual wheelchairs, pediatric, and seating & posture. With his creativeness he supplies relative lack of experience, and thanks to his determination he keeps growing knowledge day by day, and is now ready to share his ideas with others to keep the learning process going.

Federico has lots of interests in his spare time, passing from skiing through steep mountains to surfing rolling waves under a sunset sky.

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