American Burn Association Honors Shriners Hospital Physical Therapist


Ingrid Parry receiving her award

Ingrid Parry, a physical therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, has been honored by the American Burn Association (ABA) as the recipient of the 2018 Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award.  The award commemorates the spirit of Barbara Knothe, who dedicated over 20 years of service to burn rehabilitation. It is intended to inspire occupational and physical therapists to be both clinical and research based in their daily practice.

The award was presented to Ms. Parry during at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the ABA held April 10-13 in Chicago. ABA president Steven Wolf, M.D., chief of staff at the Galveston Shriners Hospital, and outgoing ABA president Linwood R. Haith, M.D., presented the award.

“Receiving the Barbara Knothe Award is particularly meaningful to me because I have devoted my entire life work to being a burn therapist and honing my skills to make the best difference in the life of children who are burned that I possibly can,” said Ms. Parry.  “I have met innumerable patients and their parents who have added to my journey of learning. They don’t probably realize it, but I carry those memories and lessons with me like they are my angels as I try to not only improve my own skills but to improve burn rehabilitation in general.”

Ms. Parry holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has worked for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California for 21 years as a Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Research Specialist. She also is a Research Physical Therapist for the University of California, Davis.

Through her work with the ABA, Ms. Parry participated in the development of the American Burn Association Burn Therapist Certification (BT-C).  Established this spring in April 2018, the certification serves to formally identify a physical or occupational therapist who has specialized skill, knowledge and experience in burn care.

“Burn survivors have so many rehabilitation needs after their injuries that they need burn rehabilitation specialists to help them fully recover,” said Ms. Parry.  “Now, with the BT-C, therapists with this specialization can be identified throughout the country. Having a certification for burn therapists also raises the standard of care, helping burn therapists throughout the world achieve a defined high level of practice.”

Ms. Parry said her work has been inspired by the work of other burn therapists throughout the world, including her colleagues at all four Shriners Hospitals for Children specializing in burn care. “The burn rehabilitation community is a collaborative and dynamic group of passionate professionals,” she said.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons.  Patients travel from throughout the Western United States, Mexico and Canada for care.  David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns, leads a multi-disciplinary team that works in concert to maximize cosmetic and functional outcomes. All care includes aggressive therapy and emotional support.

To refer a patient for care, call 916-453-2191. For urgent and emergent matters, call 916-453-2111.