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DEIB: Celebration of

Black Leaders
By: Byrony Treser
Date: February 10, 2022

DEIB: The Heart of Our Simply Irresistible Organization–A Celebration of Black Leaders

“History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”
-James Baldwin

As therapists and healthcare professionals, we have all been influenced by the leaders and pioneers in our field who have come before us and inspired by our contemporary advocates and champions who are shaping the world around us. From across all aspects of health and wellness, here are a few stories of individuals whose passion, innovation, and commitment are impacting the care we provide.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD (pictured left)
Dr. Corbett is a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in biological sciences and sociology and a 2014 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a PhD in microbiology and immunology. A viral immunologist with over 15 years of experience studying dengue virus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, and coronaviruses, Dr. Corbett’s research on vaccines and messenger RNA have been paramount to the development of the vaccines against Sars-Covid-2.

Dr. Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (second from left)
Dr. Lela Llorens earned a BS degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, a MA in vocational rehabilitation from Wayne State University, a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University, and a certificate in gerontology from San Jose State University. Throughout a dynamic career, Dr. Llorens was instrumental in furthering OT research and contributed significantly to the body of published literature, covering the entire lifespan.

Marilouise E. Nichols, M.S., CCC-SLP (second from right)
Marilouise Nichols is a speech-language pathologist focusing on dysphagia in medically complex patients and neurogenic communication disorders in adult inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. Marilouise earned a BA in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a MS in speech pathology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Marilouise is shaping the next generation of SLPs through mentorship and advocacy.

Theodore “Ted” Corbitt, MPT (first from right)
Ted Corbitt was an avid champion of health and fitness. A lifelong marathon runner, Ted completed 223 marathons and ultra-marathons in his lifetime and was the first African American marathoner to represent the USA in the Olympics. At the age of 82, he walked 303 miles in a single six-day race. Ted was committed to teaching and clinical excellence and furthered the understanding and application of numerous interventions including connective tissue massage, deep muscle therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques, and progressive resistance exercises.

Thanks to the collective work, research, and efforts of these leaders and so many others, Infinity clinicians are able to provide the best of science with the art of caring to our patients and communities.

This article is also available in the attached PDF and on our blog.

Photo Credits:
PhotoHandler.ashx (200×200) (harvard.edu)
Tim Nwachukwu/The New York Times via Getty Images
ASHA
Lela_Llorens.jpg (177×150) (sjsu.edu)
e79a6e_c43e7f10be18447d91db147a63142341~mv2.jpg (330×200) (wixstatic.com)
Personal Records – Ted Corbitt Archives


DEIB: Celebration of Black Leaders

By: Byrony Treser
Date: February 10, 2022


DEIB: The Heart of Our Simply Irresistible Organization–A Celebration of Black Leaders

“History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”
-James Baldwin

As therapists and healthcare professionals, we have all been influenced by the leaders and pioneers in our field who have come before us and inspired by our contemporary advocates and champions who are shaping the world around us. From across all aspects of health and wellness, here are a few stories of individuals whose passion, innovation, and commitment are impacting the care we provide.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD (pictured left)
Dr. Corbett is a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in biological sciences and sociology and a 2014 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a PhD in microbiology and immunology. A viral immunologist with over 15 years of experience studying dengue virus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, and coronaviruses, Dr. Corbett’s research on vaccines and messenger RNA have been paramount to the development of the vaccines against Sars-Covid-2.

Dr. Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (second from left)
Dr. Lela Llorens earned a BS degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, a MA in vocational rehabilitation from Wayne State University, a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University, and a certificate in gerontology from San Jose State University. Throughout a dynamic career, Dr. Llorens was instrumental in furthering OT research and contributed significantly to the body of published literature, covering the entire lifespan.

Marilouise E. Nichols, M.S., CCC-SLP (second from right)
Marilouise Nichols is a speech-language pathologist focusing on dysphagia in medically complex patients and neurogenic communication disorders in adult inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. Marilouise earned a BA in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a MS in speech pathology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Marilouise is shaping the next generation of SLPs through mentorship and advocacy.

Theodore “Ted” Corbitt, MPT (first from right)
Ted Corbitt was an avid champion of health and fitness. A lifelong marathon runner, Ted completed 223 marathons and ultra-marathons in his lifetime and was the first African American marathoner to represent the USA in the Olympics. At the age of 82, he walked 303 miles in a single six-day race. Ted was committed to teaching and clinical excellence and furthered the understanding and application of numerous interventions including connective tissue massage, deep muscle therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques, and progressive resistance exercises.

Thanks to the collective work, research, and efforts of these leaders and so many others, Infinity clinicians are able to provide the best of science with the art of caring to our patients and communities.

This article is also available in the attached PDF and on our blog.

Photo Credits:
PhotoHandler.ashx (200×200) (harvard.edu)
Tim Nwachukwu/The New York Times via Getty Images
ASHA
Lela_Llorens.jpg (177×150) (sjsu.edu)
e79a6e_c43e7f10be18447d91db147a63142341~mv2.jpg (330×200) (wixstatic.com)
Personal Records – Ted Corbitt Archives

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