Driver Rehabilitation in Kentucky

Presented by Michelle Coffey, Katy Greene, Maryfrances Gross, and Stacey Stevens from the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute

Thursday, September 8, 2022
10:30am – 11:45am

Session Description

This presentation will give you a better understanding of the Driver Rehabilitation process within Kentucky Vocational Rehabilitation once a referral has been received. The presenters will discuss the components of the evaluation process, training goals and recommendations, and the vehicle modification process.

Presenter Biographies

Michele W. Coffey (OT/L, CDRS) graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She began working for the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY in January 1994. She worked in the acute care setting running a life skills group on the psych unit and worked as the primary OT in the Burn Unit and the Outpatient Burn Clinic. Michele became a Certified Driver Rehab Specialist in 2000 and has been working full time in that capacity for 22 years. She is an active volunteer for the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and has served as the KY/WV/TN ADED chapter president since 2008. Michele has also provided presentations over the years to Occupational Therapy students at EKU on Occupational Therapy and Burns as well as Occupational Therapy’s role in Driver Rehab.

Catherine “Katy” Greene (OTR/L, CDRS) graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. She currently is employed by the University of Kentucky Medical Center and has been working there since February of 1993. She became a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in 1999. She has 22 years of experience providing driver rehabilitation services. She has been involved in developing and presenting seminars. She also has been involved with the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists in several different roles over the last 20 years.

Maryfrances Gross (COTA, CDRS) is employed at the University of Kentucky in the Human Development Institute, working in the Driver Rehabilitation division. She has a certificate of recognition in the areas of adaptive car / van and neuro- sensory from the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED); she is a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Technologist, and previously owned a business as a private driver rehabilitation provider. She has worked in the fields of driver rehabilitation and assistive technology since 1986. Maryfrances served as president of ADED in 2000 and is a past president of CA/ AZ ADED chapter. She has served on several committees for ADED, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Older Driver Health Care Education Incentive in California. Maryfrances has presented at several conferences including ADED, the American Automobile Association, the Kentucky OVR Statewide Conference, and within the San Diego CA and Lexington KY communities.

Stacey Stevens, OTR/L, CDRS received aPost-Baccalaureate Certificate from Eastern Kentucky University in Occupational Therapy in 1993. She obtained certification as a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in 1999 and received a Driver Education Endorsement in 2000. Stacey has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 29 years and is currently based at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. As a UK employee, Stacey has provided driver evaluations and training for Vocational Rehabilitation clients for 23 years.