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Donna Jo Blake, MD has more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare including the provision of direct patient care to persons with catastrophic illness and injury, as well as the management of hospital based inpatient and outpatient programs. Dr. Blake is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and Spinal Cord Medicine. She has been a program surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for over 15 years, and has completed numerous national and international medical rehabilitation surveys. Dr. Blake has served on the CARF review committee for the Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation standards and served as a medical rehabilitation consultant to multiple Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. She has been an Associate Professor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, University of Colorado, where she was active in curricula development and teaching.
Dr. Blake has an M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. Her professional career has not only included provision of direct clinical care, but also the medical directorship of acute inpatient rehabilitation services and multiple interdisciplinary outpatient programs, the management of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and medical student programs, the management of a large Veterans Affairs Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service with many CARF-accredited programs, e.g., CIIRP and outpatient, low vision outpatient, and VA Regional Amputation Center programs. Dr. Blake is also recognized as a subject matter expert on the application of clinical video telehealth for the provision of rehabilitation services within the Veterans Health Administration.
Dr. Blake has been a strong advocate of the application of The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) in the provision of rehabilitation services. ICF incorporates all aspects of a person’s life including development, participation, environment, diagnoses, prognoses and functional abilities. She has been an invited speaker to the American Society for Spinal Cord Professionals to address ICF and its application in preparing Rehabilitation Programs for accreditation by CARF.
Dr. Blake believes that development of services that meet accreditation standards support quality services which nurtures employee and persons served satisfaction, as well as organizational success. Clearly practicing what she preaches, Dr. Blake is an avid walker, hiker, and snowshoer enjoying audiobooks during these long walks. She enjoys using her own experience and knowledge, in conjunction with her teaching skills to provide effective, individualized consultation.
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