Josie Gimple DPT, ATP/SMS, MHA
My name is Josie Gimple and I am a physical therapist at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehab hospital. I have been working on the Spinal Cord Injury unit for almost 10 years. When I first went to PT school, I was certain that I was going to be an outpatient and pediatric therapist. Then, on my second to last rotation, I ended up at Jim Thorpe. I worked with a young man named Travis, who was a quadriplegic from a dirt biking/motocross type accident. Working with him changed my career path. I feel in love with working with individuals with SCI and helping them to improve their function and take back their lives. I have since helped organize and plan the Jim Thorpe monthly support groups as well as volunteer at a number of activities for individuals with disabilities. My hope is to help unite the SCI community. I hope to make this an active community that helps to evoke change not only in our community, but also in our entire state and country. I want this organization to help equip individuals to take their lives back and live it to the fullest. My biggest goals are for advocacy, involvement, and physical activity.
I am a quadriplegic as a result of a bicycle accident I sustained in 2004.
Looking for ways to get back to work and get back outdoors was much more difficult than I expected. I turned my frustration into something useful (fingers crossed!) by tackling the technical elements of accessibility. I gained technical skills by studying program access and concepts of universal design with the National Center on Accessibility, the National Park Service, The Smithsonian, and the Eppley Institute. I 2016 received my ADA Coordinator Certification.
Today I am the President of Crossing the Chasm, LLC, an accessibility management consulting firm where I specialize in helping municipal and private facility owners and managers evaluate, design and manage effective accessibility solutions.
I am also the Executive Director of AccessWorks, Inc., an Oklahoma nonprofit company that specializes in the application of universal design to help architects, city planners, and facility owners and managers, design, build, and selectively fund outdoor recreation and leisure facilities and programs for all people, especially those with disabilities.
In both of my professional roles, I am an advocate for people with disabilities. I travel around the country speaking with professional groups, usually architects, museum directors and performance arts leaders on the topic of accessibility.
I would like to see the United Spinal Cord Injury Association of Oklahoma inspire people with disabilities to find their voice. To me, that means pushing boundaries, generating awareness and advocating for the removal of physical and psychological barriers the keep us from equitable life experiences.
Dana DuRoy OTR/L
I am Dana DuRoy, and am an OT. I am the Program Manager of the SCI team at Jim Thorpe Rehab. I started as an OT on the SCI team in 1994, and completely did not want to be on this team. But it didn’t me long to find my love and passion for those with SCI’s, and I loved seating and positioning. After working on the floor for 8 years, I completed my MBA, then transferred to INTEGRIS Home Care as their therapy manager. Then in 2010 I came back to the SCI floor at Jim Thorpe, where I currently manage. Even though I am not seeing patients daily anymore, I still love watching the pts with SCI on the floor, and get my “fix” by following their progress. I have personally sought year after year on how we could be the chapter of the United Spinal Association. When it came open, I was thrilled to be asked if we wanted the chapter. Thank you to Josie for taking this on, and I am proud to be a part of the board! I am excited to see what we can do for the community, and I have a great desire to watch our community grow.
Steve Asbury, ATP
My name is Steve Asbury. I grew up in a family pharmacy business, working within the disabled population from a very young age. While in college I worked as a technician and delivery driver for a Durable Medical Equipment(DME) company. My experience in this community inspired me to open my own DME/Complex Rehab company in 2000. In 2014, I sold my company to Saint Francis Health Systems, and currently I work for the health system as Regional Rehab Manager for Oklahoma.
I have several other business, some related to the disabled community, aiding in building awareness and support and changing the mindset of learned helplessness. I’m an entrepreneur by heart. I’ve been on the board for several non profits over the years and have helped establish and build a few non profit organizations from their infancy. My calling is to continue my work within this community; pushing down barriers to develop a positive supportive community for all of those in need.
I’m honored and excited to be part of this.
My name is Adam Lane. Prior to a motorcycle accident in 2007, I worked as a paramedic in the Kansas City Metro Area. My accident caused a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed from the belly button down. About a year after my injury, my Physical Therapist contacted me to see if I would be interested in helping her start the Kansas City Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (this was prior to them joining with United Spinal). I jumped at the chance to be of service and was on the board until I moved to OKC in January of this year. I served as the President of that board for the last 5 years I was there.
Following my injury, I got into triathlon and competed for about 5 years. I went to National Championships 4 times and World Championships twice. During that time, I worked part time jobs in order to be able to train and travel. One of the part time positions I had was the Regional Coordinator for The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. I recruited, trained, and managed mentors for their peer and family mentor program. Once I got out of racing, I got involved in doing yoga and began teaching yoga. Once I had the time, I finally got a full time job selling medical supplies for Numotion, and did that for a little over a year before my territory was closed. I went from there and worked in Development and Community Relations for a center for independent living. I found out about a position open with United Access, and decided to take the challenge of a new job and new city, and moved to Oklahoma City.
I was so happy that Nick from United Spinal told me about Josie and Dana looking to start a local chapter. I am passionate about advocacy for people with disabilities, both local and federal level, and getting people recently injured more involved in their community through sports or leisure.
Kristi Self, MD
My name is Kristi Self. I work as a physiatrist for Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital and help to direct the SCI programs. I trained at Baylor college of Medicine in Houston, and at TIRR. I have a special interest in the care of SCI patients and see many in my outpatient practice. I have a passion to keep patients out of nursing homes and thriving in their community. I would love to see an interdisciplinary clinic for the care of this population, and ultimately, an assisted living complex designed especially for them.
I have had physical challenges since I was 16. I fell off a cliff mountain climbing and was paralyzed
from the waist down. I became able to walk again and several years later I had a tumor in the center
of my spinal cord. This lead to cobalt radiation and numerous surgeries. This continued over a
period of 20 years and lead to my present state as an incomplete quadriplegic. I have been in a
wheelchair full time for about 10 years or so.
I am a Real Estate Appraiser by profession and have been in business for 40 years with Singleton
& Associates, LLC of whom I am President. I have served on several professional boards in my
profession. I currently serve on the board of OKASA (Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association). I am
a peer mentor visitor at Valir Rehabilitation Hospital and am seeking professional training to be able
to expand in this area to give back a perspective of what I have lived with for 45 years. I am not a
Veteran. However, I am a associate member of the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans Association) where I
participate in a number of events. I also serve on the Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns.
I look forward to being a part of an active chapter where we can become a resource for either recent or
long term spinal cord injuries as well as the family and caregivers. I believe that we must all work
together as a community in order to better serve the SCI community.
Paige Stuart here ☺ Recreational Therapist. I began working at Parkside Psychiatric hospital in Tulsa in 2010 for a brief period after my internship. Shortly after I started working at Jim Thorpe Rehab- South where I developed my love and knowledge of SCI! I worked at JT for about 4 years and volunteered for various adaptive events and sports. In 2014 I made the difficult decision to leave the clinical setting (which I miss!) and entered the community setting at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa and have been here ever since. I still get my clinical fix in at various times, I teach a couple of art classes, coach w/c softball, power hockey, and power soccer. We wear a lot of hats here ☺. I’m looking forward to this organization being a prominent resource in Oklahoma for those who have SCI and how to stay connected to the community and live active lives. On the community side of things I unfortunately see too many individuals leave the hospital without proper support and knowledge. OBVIOUSLY they didn’t go to Jim Thorpe ;) Looking forward to working with everyone.
Kristina Thai PT, DPT
I am a physical therapist that graduated from the University of St. Augustine - Austin, TX in 2015. I have practiced in skilled nursing facilities, long term care facilities, and a long term acute care hospital. I currently practice in inpatient rehabilitation at Valir Rehabilitation Hospital. I am on a spinal cord injury and brain injury team, two groups I am passionate about. I have worked with spinal cord injury patients both traumatic and non-traumatic, at various ages, and neurological levels of injuries. I am looking forward to being a part of the United Spinal Cord Injury Group because I believe in being an advocate for my patients. This is an opportunity to continue to connect and be a resource to those with spinal cord injuries as they transition in to the community.