Stroke Prevention Exercise Program (SPEP) Team Members

The Comprehensive Stroke and Rehabilitation Services programs at UW Hospital and Clinics have partnered to create a special exercise program for people who have had strokes. The Stroke Prevention Exercise Program or "S-PEP" has been designed to give you safe and fun exercise options to help prevent new strokes.


Below is the S-PEP Team:


UW Hospital and Clinics' Stroke Rehabilitation Team
Members of the S-PEP Team

Jodi Atwell, RN, BSN, FAACM (since 2003*) – Team Leader: Ms. Atwell is a case manager for the neuroscience services. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Fellowship with the American Academy of Case Management.


Colin Grove, PT, MS, NCS (since 1994*): Mr. Grove is APTA board certified in neurologic physical therapy and is a faculty member for the UW Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Hospital Orthopedic Residency Program.


Cheryl Mortag Johnson, OTR (since 1981*): Ms. Johnson is an advanced clinician with a clinical specialty in neurology and neurosurgery. She has been very active in neuroscience service support groups.


Claire Johnson, BSN, RN (since 2008*): Ms. Johnson is a graduate with honors in nursing from UW-Eau Claire. She completed UW Hospital and Clinics' residency program and works on D6/4 Neurosciences.


Brian D Juncker, PhD (since 2004*) - Project Manager: Dr. Juncker is a clinical psychologist who specializes in individual and group intervention, high-stakes assessment, program development, team leadership and consultation, and teaching/training.

Kristen Emily Kehl, BFA, OTS: Ms. Kehl was completing UW Madison's occupational therapy Master's program when she first came to work on S-PEP. She was also researching lifestyle redesign after neurologic injury and stroke.


John Kenneally, LCSW (since 2000*): Mr. Kenneally is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the neuroscience services and runs the stroke support group for patients and families.

Shannon Lauersdorf, MPT (since 2005*): Ms. Lauersdorf is a graduate of UW Madison's physical therapy Master's program and specializes in neurosurgery as well as trauma surgery and psychiatry.

Seth Newman, PT (since 2006*): Mr. Newman is a graduate of UW Madison's physical therapy program and works with persons undergoing inpatient rehab. He enjoys yoga and brisk walks.


Kathryn Nixdorf, M.D. (since 2006*): Dr. Nixdorf was completing her Neurology Residency at the UW when she came to work on S-PEP. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and will complete a fellowship in Pain Medicine.
Amy Stenulson, MSSW, CAPSW (since 2006*): Ms. Stenulson is a Clinical Social Worker for the neurology and rehabilitation clinics and connects people with resources/services that enable independence.

Karen Willems, OTR (since 1997*): Ms. Willems is a graduate of Western Michigan University's occupational therapy program and specializes in neurology, neurosurgery, and burn.

Marcy Wright, DPT (since 2007*) – Team Leader: Dr. Wright is a graduate of Washington University's physical therapy doctoral program and specializes in neurology, neurosurgery, gynecology, and ENT.  


* indicates the year joined UW Hospital and Clinics

Organizational Leadership


Below are the organization leaders that provided the support and guidance necessary for the development and implementation of S-PEP:

  • Justin Sattin, MD, Medical Director
  • Chris Whelley, MSN, CNRN, Program Coordinator
  • Marcus Chacon, MD, Physician Champion Director
  • Rebecca Wieczorek, MHA, Director, Neuroscience Services
  • Michael Ward, MD, Medical Director, Inpatient Rehab Director
  • Mary Beth Badke, PhD, PT, Director, Outpatient Services
  • Noreen Poirier, PT, DPT, Manager, Inpatient Services
  • Jane Powers, MA, Director, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

The S-PEP team would like to thank Gabe Norgaard for his time, expertise, and patience with developing all Healthlink features and functionality in support of the program.


They would also like to thank Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics for their generous support of the program. Their financial award allowed S-PEP to purchase instructional DVDs, pedometers, and two pieces of specialized exercise equipment to support the collaboration with Tim Gattenby's Adapted Fitness Program at UW.


They would like to thank Vonda Shaw and Edwin Ferguson, MD, and Karen Moncher, MD, of Preventive Cardiology for volunteering their time and expertise with the development of the cardiovascular risk screening tool and process.


And finally, they would like to thank Katie Scheuer for her contributions to many aspects of S-PEP, especially the Your County Resources and Exercise Videos resource list. They would also like to thank Jessica Ziegler, BSN, CNRN, for her contributions to the Your County Resources.