Establish and validate your neonatal therapy knowledge, practices, and programs.

Specialized Online Training and Mentoring Program for Neonatal Therapists

The Ignite Program is for OTs, PTs or SLPs in need of education and mentoring in the specialized field of neonatal therapy. Mentors also report that enrolling their mentees in the Ignite Program has proven incredibly valuable and efficient. Here, you’ll learn from nationally-recognized neonatal therapy mentors Jenene Woods Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT and Jenny Reynolds MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S, throughout this 10-month mentoring program.

This 10-month program is led by nationally recognized certified neonatal therapists.

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 program will open March 27, 2024

What IGNITE Offers

On-Demand Trainings

On-Demand Trainings
16 contact hours/1.6 CEUs

Virtual Mentorship

Live Group Guidance Calls

Community

Private Facebook Group

Resources

Practical Tools & Activities

Additional Details

What an amazing program these incredible therapists have put together! This program targets all experience levels and is very comprehensive. I loved the monthly calls as well to interact with other therapists and get live feedback. THANK YOU!

Brittany J. Bullock, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT

In my 28 years of practice, this is by far one of the most valuable training programs/resources that I have experienced.  The knowledge and passion the creators/mentors/therapists have invested in this is phenomenal.  I am grateful for having had the opportunity to participate!

Celena Kanazir, MS, CCC-SLP

I hope to continue connecting with others through NANT and feel empowered to use its resources and support to advocate for myself and my nursery team, as I often feel we are overlooked among the care team. 

Bridgid Farrell, MOT, OTR/L

IGNITE TEAM

MEET YOUR TEAM

Jenene Woods Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT

Ignite Co-Leader, Instructor, Guidance Call Mentor

Jenene is the Program Director for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development (IECD) program in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She has enjoyed a distinguished 38-year career in leadership, management, clinical experience, and non-profit higher education.

Dr. Craig brings unique context as a seasoned neonatal occupational therapist (OT). Her professional work includes decades of emphasis in Trauma-Informed Care, infant and early childhood mental health, diversity and social justice, and parent-infant attachment. Dr. Craig’s focus is to translate interprofessional advances in the understanding of early life adversity, epigenetics and parental mental health into actionable improvements in the care of critically ill infants and families. Dr. Craig’s passion for infant mental health and the life-span impact from infancy through adulthood is revealed in her active professional organization work. Dr. Craig currently serves in leadership with the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT), sits on the Board of Directors for the National Perinatal Association (NPA), and was the inaugural Co-Chair of the Neonatal Therapists National Certification Board (NTNCB). Dr. Craig’s work revolves around her own personal journey in neonatal trauma, her work as an OT, and her first passion as mother of six.

Jenny Reynolds, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S

Ignite Co-Leader, Instructor, Guidance Call Mentor

Jenny is a board-certified swallowing specialist currently practicing as Advanced Clinical Specialist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in the Neonatal ICU. Jenny is also a certified lactation counselor and Certified Neonatal Therapist. Her research publications have been in the area of dysphagia. Jenny volunteers with Texas Speech Hearing Association Convention as a programming strand chair. Jenny is a member of the NANT professional collaborative. She is an adjunct lecturer for several speech therapy graduate programs in the Dallas area. Outside of work, Jenny serves in her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Jennie Jacob, MSPT, CNT, DCS, NTMTC

Ignite Instructor, Guidance Call Mentor

Jennie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. She entered the workforce in early intervention and has worked in all areas of pediatrics across her career. Since 2007, Jennie has specialized in the NICU and developmental follow up for NICU graduates. She currently works in the NICU and follow up clinic at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, as well as part-time at Milk and Honey, a breast feeding and lactation therapy group where she provides outpatient therapy for children under two. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, a National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) designated Developmental Care Specialist, and is certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage. Jennie was as an inaugural Member of the Neonatal Therapist National Certification Board, has been a clinical faculty member for The University of Arizona LEND program since 2014, and is a guest lecturer for NANT’s Ignite program. Even after almost 20 years as a clinician, Jennie still finds passion in her daily work in the NICU and is excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Anjanette Lee, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, NTMTC

Ignite Instructor, Guidance Call Mentor

Anjanette is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been practicing in the NICU for over 25 years, receiving Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) certification in 1999 and then helping her NICU’s quality improvement team incorporate family centered and neuroprotective care practices as standards of care.
Anjanette is certified in Neonatal Touch & Massage and in 2017 became one of the first Certified Neonatal Therapists in the nation. Anjanette provides mentorship for other Neonatal Therapists and NICU staff both within the Memorial Hermann System and across the nation. She has co-authored chapters in Kenner & McGrath’s 1st edition of Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants, and Case-Smith and O’Brien’s 7th edition of Occupational Therapy for Children.
Anjanette serves as co-chair of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Professional Collaborative and also serves on the NANT national conference planning committee. She is part of the teaching faculty for Education Resources Inc. and the NANT Ignite program.

Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CNT

Ignite Instructor

Chrysty is a certified occupational therapist and practiced in NICUs in the Dallas area since the early 1990’s. Chrysty is the Vice President of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) and serves on the NANT Professional Collaborative. She is a Member of NANT and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Chrysty is a wife, mother and grandmother of eight.

Sandra Carroll, OTR, CLC, CNT, C-ELBW

Ignite Instructor

Sandra is a Trauma Informed Professional and a neonatal occupational therapist who has had the great opportunity to have her hands on NICU babies and their families since 1993. Currently, she is an Advanced Clinical Specialist who works in a Level IV NICU. In addition, Sandra holds certifications as a Neonatal Therapist, Lactation Counselor and as a caregiver for the extremely low birth weight infant. Her most recent passion and accomplishment is becoming a Trauma Informed Professional. Her role as a neonatal therapist has also allowed Sandra and her colleagues to be the some of the first to participate in and publish research in relation to the novel use of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) in the neonatal population. Sandra lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two teenaged daughters. She spends her free time reading and being creative with flowers.

NANT reserves the right to cancel this program due to unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be given to participants.  In case of cancellation, NANT will notify participant via email and refund will be generated within 48 hours (M-F) of cancellation. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

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