Lori Potts PT

Product and Training Specialist

Lori Potts, PTI received my degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University and worked 10 years as a PT before joining Rifton in 2005. Initially, I spent time expanding Rifton’s website content to provide useful product information for professionals and clients. Then I began presenting product in-services and trainings for school-based therapists. That’s a favorite part of my work: the opportunity to meet the therapists who make a difference in the lives of the kids with disabilities.

Your input on Rifton’s products is a direct link to Rifton’s future product designs. I love going on field visits with prototypes. Nothing beats collaborating and sharing design ideas with other therapists who have valuable experience and to work with people who truly care.

And when I’m not out in the field or concentrating at my desk? Find me on a hike in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York, or visiting my nephews and nieces, or enjoying the next book club book (never enough time to read!).

 

Tips & Advice Ingenious Solutions from the Field: Creating a Pacer Hip Corral August 01, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
A creative concept that came to us from the field is to use the Pacer Chest Prompt as a guide for hip positioning often referred to as a hip corral. This is achieved by flipping the chest prompt upside-down, so that the longer portion of the prompt faces downward. Having the chest prompt low around the hips can be an effective way to provide positioning for the student who has good trunk control but...
PT/OT Survey Results: Building a Case for Dynamic Seating July 26, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Occupational therapist Michelle Lange recently conducted a survey on dynamic seating. Her questions focused on wheelchairs that have dynamic components integrated into or added to the design. Over 100 clinicians and suppliers responded and it’s clear that we’re seeing an increased appreciation for dynamic adaptive equipment for children and clients with unique positioning needs. Michelle...
PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Rifton Activity Chair May 31, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
By popular request we now have created a positioning checklist for the Rifton Activity chair. Therapists know how tough it can be to remember each client’s specific support prompts and settings, especially with an adaptive chair that is used between multiple clients. This handy checklist will help. Feel free to share it with your colleagues. And, as always, give us your feedback. Download the Rifton...
PT/OT Which Should I Use For Gait Training? May 17, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Since our newest items, the Rifton TRAM and the New Pacer both have the capacity to support walking practice and have similar prompts, including arm prompts, trunk support, and walking saddle, therapists often wonder which to choose for ambulation or gait training. Because the TRAM does a lot more than gait training – it’s a three-in-one device that combines sit-to-sit...
Stories Hear It from the Only One Who Counts April 07, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Usually we run blog posts from or for clinicians. It’s rare that we have the chance to share the user’s experience, so when we received a product review from a sixth-grade student we knew we had to run it. Jenny Cashion, Ana’s therapist, writes: One of my students, Ana, hadn’t had much success with previous trials on adaptive tricycles. When I introduced her to the large Rifton...
News Four Training Videos on the New Rifton Pacer February 22, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Rifton now offers four educational videos about the New Pacer. Since this product includes a host of new features, we think you’ll find they are excellent staff training tools. Video 1: Getting to know the Multi-Position Saddle Adjustments 1:43 The Multi-Position Saddle is a fabulous new positioning accessory. Learn how to adjust the saddle for height, angle, and depth to provide the best possible...
PT/OT Sample Letters of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer January 05, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Since the new Dynamic Pacer became available we have been receiving questions regarding funding for this device. Evolving from the previous model of Pacer, the Dynamic Pacer now offers many new additional features including a dynamic upper frame, multi-positioning saddle, arm platforms, utility base (with bigger wheels for rough, outdoor  surfaces), and a treadmill base option. To obtain...
PT/OT The New Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer, So Much More Than a Walker November 24, 2015 by Lori Potts, PT
Often parents of children with disabilities – and adults who have incurred serious injuries – seek out walkers to enable better mobility and walking practice. While walkers have their place in rehabilitation, these very basic support devices offer very little when compared to gait trainers – and even less when compared to the new Dynamic Rifton Pacer gait trainer. What’s so...
Stories Heads Up! February 20, 2015 by Lori Potts, PT
(Scroll down to see slides) Robert Welton Clement arrived on March 25, 2014, fourth son to the family of my sister Jean and her husband Reuel. The birth was unexpectedly difficult, and Robert arrived looking like he might not survive – might, in fact, already be no longer living. But his heartbeat was there, even though he was not breathing. Eighteen agonizing minutes of emergency intervention and...
PT/OT Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy August 05, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
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