Cambodia National Rehabilitation Conference 2017_Speakers

Raphael Freitas, OTR/L is a Brazilian Occupational Therapist. He is the Global Director for HCVI_Rehabilitation. He is involved in many projects in Cambodia, including his role as Rehabilitation Consultant for the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department of the National Pediatric Hospital. In this role, he is advancing rehabilitative services through direct patient care, leveraging new technologies, capacity building, as well as overseeing education and training. He is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. He has worked in many areas of the rehabilitation and research field and has a primary interest and focuses on pediatric rehabilitation.

Chou Vivath, MD, MPH currently works at the World Health Organization (WHO), Cambodia Office, as the National Professional Officer for Disability and Rehabilitation. He has had previous experiences with Handicap International (HI) as Deputy Coordinator for Health, Rehabilitation Program Manager, and Project Manager for HIV Prevention and Gender-Based Violence Protection. Mr. Vivath also has over 10 years working experience in the Rehabilitation, Disability and Health sector, with special focus on Project development and project management, and provision of technical advice on disability and rehabilitation field.

Song Sit, PT is currently working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the Rehabilitation Standards Project Manager. and holding the position as the President of the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). He received his Diploma in Physical Therapy in 2002, Advanced Diploma in Physical Therapy from Singapore in 2008 and Master of Public Health in 2013.  Sit have been working around the health and rehabilitation sectors in Cambodia with various positions and international organizations such as Junior Physical Therapy to Program Manager in Veterans International Cambodia from 2005 to 2014, Rehabilitation Program Manager in Handicap International from 2014-2016 and finally have moved to ICRC in late 2016 till now.

Kristen Keith, DPT is an Australian Physiotherapist working with the Cambodian Physiotherapy Association. Via Australian Aid, she collaborates with numerous stakeholders including the ICRC (International Centre for the Red Cross Foundation) to assist the development of the CPTA’s clinic of “best practice”. Her current role includes professional development, quality control, and networking across numerous projects including the National Wheelchair Basketball team, international collaborations and education for students/colleagues. Aiming to increase the awareness of the allied health community in Cambodia, Kristen has greatly assisted this conference in structuring content and liaising with networks to identify key stakeholders.

Khann Khoeun Rachana, MD graduated from the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2013 and joined Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in the same year. She completed the residency in 2016 and obtained the International Postgraduate Pediatric Certificate from the University of Sydney in 2015. Dr. Rachana is a pediatrician with expertise in neurology and child development. She is a member of the Cambodian Development Milestones Assessment Tool (cDMAT) core group and is currently the Principal Investigator of the DMAT-04 study.

Sok Dearozet, PsyD has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She currently is working at Caritas-CCAMH as a Psychologist and Community Program Manager. 

Suy Ravuth, MD is the head of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department at the National Pediatric Hospital and has been working in this position for seven years now. He has graduated as a Physical Therapist in 1992 and since then he has worked as a Physical Therapist at the National Pediatric Hospital. After his Physical Therapy degree, Dr. Suy Ravuth went to Medical School and got his diploma as a Medical Doctor in 2008 in the University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh. Now, he works as Medical Doctor and Chief of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department at the NPH.

Courtney Smith, OTR/L is an American occupational therapist with a specialty in pediatric mental health and community-based care. Courtney works for Children in Families a foster care and kinship care organization based out of Phnom Penh with extension offices in several provinces. Courtney is a consultant for A.B.L.E.  a program within Children in Families that provides services for orphaned or vulnerable children with disabilities/chronic illness and their families, in their homes and communities. Her role includes building staff capacity in the following areas: bolstering mental health services, occupational therapy skills and national advocacy for disability rights and services.

Frank Duggan, MD
is the Founder and Managing Director of Health Care Volunteers International (hcvi.org). He graduated from Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C and then pursued training at Emory University and subsequently Georgetown University. He was Chief Resident during his final year of training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and practices primarily Emergency Medicine in the United States. Having approximately 25,000 international volunteer hours, working in a multitude of countries and settings, he has developed a broad scope of practice. This includes general medicine, critical care, surgery, and dentistry and the care of patients of all ages. No Board Members of HCVI, including Dr. Duggan, receive any financial compensation. In fact, the majority of HCVI funding is provided by personal financial contributions from Dr. Duggan. He plays an active role in almost all HCVI projects.