Joyce (Jay) Berger
PT, CDP, OTAGO Certified
Jay Berger received her Physical Therapy Degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Her career and lifelong passion for cardiopulmonary, neurologically, and medically complex patients began while working as one of the pioneering clinicians at the world’s first Shock Trauma Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Her 30 plus years of clinical experience spans the entire spectrum of patient care diagnoses and facilities from the ICU to Home Health.
As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Physical Therapy Department, Jay developed and taught courses and lab training sessions for their Master’s Physical Therapy program. While employed in senior administrative positions in large metropolitan hospitals Jay developed and trained staff in clinical competency and developed new clinical programs and protocols, and assisted with Joint Commission and CARF hospital accreditations. She has presented clinical research and case studies at multiple national Physical Therapy conferences; authored multiple publications and training videos; and been involved in multiple clinical research studies.
Jay achieved her Dementia Specialist Certification to help clients and families communicate effectively and deal with the cognitive and physical issues unique to clients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, and more. This Dementia Certification is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® and the only program meeting with Dementia Practice Recommendations® in all 10 categories. She is also OTAGO certified in Fall Prevention, a progressive series of exercises and balance training that has been proven to reduce the incidence of falls up to 40%. Jay also has expertise in vestibular disorders.
Jay lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. As founder of Rehab Smarter she strives to find new avenues through telehealth to provide the highest quality, comprehensive and personalized interdisciplinary care in the comfort of the client’s home.