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!).


Evidence Based Practice Adaptive Standing for Contracture Management in Cerebral Palsy April 16, 2024 by Lori Potts, PT
Children with cerebral palsy benefit from adaptive standing for contracture management.
Evidence Based Practice Updates in Motor Learning February 14, 2022 by Lori Potts, PT
Research continues to increase knowledge in the field of motor learning. Understanding the mechanisms of motor learning can contribute to therapist interventions to further promote motor skills.
Tips & Advice Addressing Insurance Denials of Standing Devices August 04, 2021 by Lori Potts, PT
NCART recently published this excellent resource providing clinicians with evidence-based guidance in responding to insurance denials for standing devices.
PT/OT Part 2: Implementing Early Mobility: The Way of the Future November 04, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Many patients returning home after being hospitalized for severe respiratory failure, such as those recovering from COVID-19, are now confronting significant physical, neurological, cognitive and emotional issues. To describe this wide variety of challenges, experts use the term “post-intensive care syndrome” or PICS.
PT/OT Part 1: Understanding the Negative Impact of Prolonged ICU Care October 20, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Serious adverse health outcomes result directly from prolonged ICU stays. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to understand the negative health impacts of hospitalization. Early mobilization and rehabilitation interventions have the potential to mitigate these conditions.
PT/OT Positioning for Functional Seating May 13, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Active sitting promotes trunk and head control and can improve a child’s posture and functional use of the arms and head. Learn how to position and adjust an adaptive chair to encourage active sitting.
PT/OT Toileting Concepts for a Child with Special Needs May 01, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
For many parents and teachers of children with special needs, toilet training can seem like an unattainable goal. Each child has unique health issues, physical disabilities, emotional/behavioral challenges, cognitive and learning disabilities as well as communication barriers. Nevertheless, an individualized, consistent toileting routine can have great positive impact on quality of life.
PT/OT Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness February 18, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
The Activity Chair pelvic harness is more effective than a seatbelt or abductor for securing the pelvis and enabling functional sitting.
Tips & Advice Letter of Educational Necessity Resources January 10, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
As school-based therapists well know, writing an effective letter of educational necessity (LEN) for a piece of adaptive equipment can require knowledgeable expertise and careful thought...
Letters of Educational Necessity Tips for Writing a Letter of Educational Necessity
When you need to justify adaptive equipment acquisition in a school-based setting, by accessing funding sources administered by special education decision-makers, you may find the following resources useful...
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