Meet the Adaptive Sports EXPO Organizers
Stephanie Tow, M.D., FAAPMR - Adaptive Sports Coalition Director and Founding Member, Sports Medicine and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, Head Team Physician of US Paralympics Swimming
Dr. Tow is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician and an Assistant Professor in PM&R at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University, after which she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong. She then earned her medical degree at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed her PM&R residency at UT Southwestern, serving as Chief Resident. She completed her Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship at University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado and then her Sports Medicine Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Tow is currently the Head Team Physician and a National Medical Classifier of US Paralympics Swimming and has extensive experience volunteering with various adaptive/Para sports programs, including as an adaptive (sit) ski instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO; co-founding an adaptive dance program with Boulder Ballet; providing medical coverage for Midwest Adaptive Sports events; and serving in team physician and/or medical director roles for multiple other adaptive/Para sports teams in DFW. She has served in various leadership roles with national boards and committees and is currently Chair-elect for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Adapted Sports and Recreation Committee, and also serves on the American Academy of PM&R (AAPM&R) Medical Education Committee, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Education Committee. Dr. Tow sees patients at Children’s Health, Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, and UT Southwestern. She specializes in sports medicine for athletes with impairments/disabilities, pediatric sports medicine, and pediatric rehabilitation medicine.
“As the Paralympic Movement has evolved, it has been inspirational seeing more adults, adolescents, and kids with impairments/disabilities participate and compete in sports. I truly believe every individual has athletic potential and have a passion for working with athletes with impairments/disabilities.”
Jason Smith, Ph.D. - Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Rehabilitation Psychologist
"As a rehabilitation psychologist, I am interested in adaptive sports because of the impact it has on one’s quality of life and overall well-being. I am a strong believer in physical activity and exercise as medicine. Psychological health and wellness are some of the greatest benefits of sports and physical activity because regular participation improves mood and reduces anxiety. Finally, adaptive sports are an excellent way to engage in the community, socialize, and simply have fun with folks with similar interests."
Shane Miller, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Sports Medicine Physician
"I am a pediatric sports medicine physician at Scottish Rite Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. The benefits of sports participation are numerous and include physical, psychosocial, and health-related benefits which positively impact lives. As a sports medicine physician, I encourage exercise and physical activity for everyone. Adaptive sports invites participation from those who routinely overcome challenges in their daily lives. They benefit greatly from their participation, while demonstrating their incredible athletic talents. My goal for being involved in this coalition is to introduce new opportunities to those who may not be aware of what opportunities exist in the community for them."
Robert Rinaldi, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Specialist in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Rinaldi is Division Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Health. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Rinaldi completed a residency in General Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Rinaldi’s clinical interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury management, torticollis management, musculoskeletal disorders in children, and rehabilitation in neuromuscular disorders. His research interests include rehabilitation management of brachial plexus injuries. Dr. Rinaldi has served on numerous national committees, including the Pediatric Subcommittee of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As a lifelong athlete himself, he believes in the benefits of physical activity and sports in children with disabilities. He says the Expo is an opportunity to facilitate this belief and influence lifelong health for children.
Nicholas Fey, Ph.D. - Adaptive Sports Coalition, Head of Research & Development and Mechanical Engineer/Joint Bioengineer
"I am an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas in Bioengineering and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After attending college at The University of Texas at Austin to study mechanical engineering, I pursued research in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. My research focuses on the biomechanics of human movement and informed design and control of prosthetic and orthotic technologies for human assistance, with an emphasis on demanding forms of human locomotion such as recreational sports activities. In the past, I have examined how individuals with transtibial and transfemoral amputation move and how the application of both conventional and robotic knee-ankle-foot prostheses may enhance mobility and quality of life. I am excited to continue to help build a culture where DFW adaptive athletes can feel supported and search for ways that engineering technologies may help."