Barbara Crume, PT, ATP, C/NDT

Barbara Crume, PT, ATP, C/NDT earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1982, became Pediatric NDT Certified in 1988 and RESNA Certified as an Assistive Technology Professional in 1997. She has been employed with CarePartners Health Services in Asheville, NC for 28 years.  Barbara has 30 years of experience providing evaluations, fittings and training for clients of all ages and all diagnoses to obtain manual and power wheelchairs with custom seating.  She works closely with a variety of suppliers and consults with manufacturers on product development. She has presented courses at Medtrade, International Seating Symposium, NRRTS ACE&LPC, RESNA Annual Conferences, and most recently at APTA’s Combined Section Meeting in February 2012. She also teaches PT and PTA students from local universities & colleges. Barbara has been an active member of the RESNA CPT Code Work Group, Standards Committee on Tissue Integrity, and the Professional Standards Board.  Most recently she is serving as an Executive Board member of the Coalition to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Mobility Products Clinician Task Force.

PT/OT Using the Rifton TRAM for Molding Custom Seat Cushions December 17, 2013 by Barbara Crume, PT, ATP, C/NDT
An Unexpected Benefit   I work in a seating clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, and for years I’ve struggled with an intractable hurdle. For my patients with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions I frequently use the custom seat cushions made by Ride Designs which involves the use of a seat simulator made of very soft crushable foam, similar to what a florist uses for flower...