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Dena Meckler Slonaker, American occupational therapist, rehabilitation consultant. Certified hand therapist; registered occupational therapist, California; certified kinesiotape practitioner. Recipient National Arthritis Foundation Outstanding Professional Education award, 1991, Southern California Chapter Marilyn Magaram award, 1991; Olympic Torch Bearer, 1996.


Slonaker, Dena Meckler was born on May 17, 1946 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Sam and Esther Ida (Lubovich) M.


Student, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, 1965. Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University, 1969. MSEd, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1982.


Staff occupational therapist, student supervisor pediatrics Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, California, 1969-1970, staff occupational therapist stroke service, 1970-1971, senior occupational therapist arthritis service, 1971-1972. Occupational therapist consultant Greater Los Angeles Orthopaedics Specialties Group, Los Angeles, 1973-1977. Director occupational therapy department rehabilitation center White Memorial Medical Center, 1974-1978.

Senior occupational therapy rheumatology rehabilitation unit U.C.L.A., 1978-1981, occupational therapist outpatient division rehabilitation center, 1981-1983. Occupational therapy specialist, consultant rheumatology and hand therapy Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1983-1984, Doctor Martin Berry, Bakersfield, California, 1983-1985. Developer, medical distributor Sani-Fem Corporation, since 1984.

Occupational specialist, consultant rheumatology and hand therapy Doctor Robert Roth, Mission Hills, California, 1985-1990. Occupational specialist in hand and rheumatology rehabilitation Conejo Valley Rehabilitation Services, Thousand Oaks, 1988-1993. Director occupational therapy Consortium Rehabilitation and Fitness Therapy, Reseda, 1987-1988.

Co-founder, director Professional Therapeutic Associates, 1988. Director occupational therapy department Arthritis Center and Physical Therapy Services, Tarzana, California, 1989-1993. Supervisor, clinical coordinator hand therapy clinic HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center, Van Nuys, 1993-1994, coordinator hand therapy program and product line development HealthSouth Hand Therapy Clinic, 1994—2003.

Director hand therapy program Steven Darohik Physical Therapy Centers, 2004—2005. Upper extremity product manager Hely & Weber Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Santa Paula, California, since 2005. Occupational therapy specialist, consultant rheumatology, Simi Valley, Tarzana, Van Nuys, Pasadena, California, 1985-1987.

Occupational therapy consultant hand therapy FACEY Medical Group, Mission Hills, 1986-1990. Consultant orthopedic and sports medicine distributors Body Glove, 1993-1994. Consultant, instructor, lecturer Sports Clinic Center, Florence, Italy, 1998.

Lecturer in field.


Member Southern California Schools Council, 1971-1972, Southern California Patient Services committee Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1976-1978, Congregation B'nai Emet, Simi Valley, California, 1986-1999, Valley Outreach Synagogue, since 2003. Founder, chairman Hand Therapy Study Group, Los Angeles, 1976-1979. Advisory board United Scleroderma Foundation, 1985.

Member program committee Arthritis Foundation Southern California chapter, 1972-1974, member fellowship subcommittee, 1982-1996, project telecare instructor, 1987, fibromyalgia subcommittee, 1988-1998, coordinator art of practice workshop, 1991. Advisory board Arthritis Foundation San Fernando Valley br.m 1985-1994, medical education committee, 1985-1998, co-founder, fibromyalgia support group, 1988. Elected nominating committee chairman Arthritis Foundation We.

Region, 1989-1990; member National Arthritis Health Professionals Association, since 1972, member task force, 1977-1980, membership committee, 1978-1979, program subcommittee Pan American International Meeting, 1981-1982, program subcommittee national meeting, 1982-1983, nominating committee, 1984-1985. Member American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapy Association California, Southern California Hand Therapy Special Interest Group (founder and chairman 1977).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, tai chi, mountain dulcimer, writing, gardening.


Married Barry Alan Shapiro, June 9, 1968 (divorced July 1981). Married Rolland Dean Slonaker, January 1, 1982 (divorced December 2003). 1 child, Charles Yong.