Michael Dionne

Michael Dionne
, founder of BariatricRehab.com and Choice Physical Therapy, Inc., located in Gainesville, Ga., specializes in the care of dependent patient of size. 

Having written and contributed to over 45 articles related to the specialized care of the patient of size and author of the book entitled: Among Giants; Courageous Stories of The Obese Patient and Those Who Care for Them. 

Mr. Dionne has consulted throughout North America, and in
Europe.  To date, he has worked with some of the largest patients in the country and holds the record for non-weight bearing dependent manual transfer of patients up to 600 pounds.   Author of the book entitled: Among Giants, Advanced Mobility DVD set and the Bariatric Safety Kit.   He was awarded the Mary Pat Murray Award for “Clinical Excellence”.  He was a finalist for the Health-Care Heroes Award in Atlanta in May of 2000.  He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Association of Bariatric Nurses and has numerous professional publications and international presentations including the National Association of Bariatric Nurses and 5 times for the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery to his credit. 

In 2002 he was awarded
Marquette University’s “Physical Therapist Alumnus of the Year” for his distinguished work in care of the patient of significant size.  He has been an invited speaker for 5 American Physical Therapy Association’s National Conferences and several Nursing National Conferences.  In 2006 he was invited to speak to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.






Speakers Profile

Anita Rush
M.Sc Health Ergonomics, Dip Health Care Studies. SRN Clinical Nurse Specialist Equipment Qualifying as a Registered
Ann Mathilde Furrer
Ann Mathilde Furrer   Cand. Scient. in Behavioural Physiology. Was Project Manager at Bariatric patient
Charlotte Greve Bødker
Charlotte Greve Bødker is employed at Healthcenter Vollsmose in Odense, working primarily with obesity problems
Dr. Joep J.A. Knol
Dr. Joep J.A. Knol Professional background: Surgeon since 2003 2003: Winner of Pfizer Educational Grant 2005:
Erica Thibault
Erica Thibault is an advanced practice nurse in Colorado, U.S.A. Erica Thibault is a Nursing Research PhD candidate
Henrik Fenstoft
Henrik Fenstoft – The Childhood shield Henrik Fenstoft tells his story about being bariatric patient and
Jette Ingerslev
  Jette Ingerslev, MD, Kolding Hospital. Cand. med. in 1967. Doctoral thesis in 1988: Something about 85 year
Karin Jangaard
Karin Jangaard Midwife RM, practising midwife for 15 years before I became a lecturer at the Department of
Kathe Adsersen
Kathe Adsersen is trained OT from the Occupational School of Aalborg, Denmark, and works as local OT granting aids and
Malene Alexandrowiz
Malene Alexandrowiz is trained OT from the Occupational Therapy School of Aarhus, Denmark, and has many years of extensive
Michael Dionne
Michael Dionne, founder of BariatricRehab.com and Choice Physical Therapy, Inc., located in Gainesville, Ga., specializes in
Nis Kaasby
Nis Kaasby has several years of experience working with bariatric patients on the ICU at Aarhus University Hospital. He
Peter Maindal
Peter Maindal graduated as Sports Injury Therapist in 1995 and as physiotherapist in 2001. He started working with
Pia Beck
  Pia Beck. Trained Professions Bacelor in Occupational Therapy, 2003, and Diploma of Health -Health
Pia Brøgger & Thea Lund
  Pia Brøgger (and Thea Vibe Lund) are both trained physiotherapists and works on Forebyggelsescenter
Sandra Latet
 -   Sandra Latet is the coordinating nurse of the obesity centre of the Jessa Hospital, located in Hasselt,
Steffen Adamsen
  Steffen Adamsen has over 20 years of experience in the hospital sector. As a middle manager, he has
Sten Madsbad
  Sten Madsbad. Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark Sten Madsbad, MD, DMSc is Chief Physician
Stine Junge Albrechtsen
Stine Junge Albrechtsen   Stine Junge Albrechtsen is Registered Dietician from Suhr’s in Copenhagen,
Susanne Ross
Susanne Ross I am trained as a clinical dietitian at the University of Aarhus in 1994 and subsequently approved by
Thea Lund & Pia Brøgger
   Thea Vibe Lund (and Pia Brøgger) are both trained physiotherapists and works on
Ulla Madsen
  Ulla Madsen Trained as a physiotherapist in 1993. Worked with working environment for 14 years. Working as
Vaughan Keeley
  Dr Vaughan Keeley  PhD, FRCP Vaughan Keeley has been a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in Derby, UK

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