RALPH DEHNER, COTA, CPT, is the Director and Program Coordinator of the Mighty Vine Wellness Club, a nonprofit wellness center serving the mental health community. As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), his nearly 20 years of clinical experience includes rehabilitation and injury prevention through behavior modification, exercise, work simplification, and functional activity. Mr. Dehner started studying internal martial arts in the early 1970s and is a Certified Master/Trainer for Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs in the USA. In addition, he is certified as an instructor for such courses as Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Tai Chi for Back Pain, and Tai Chi for Balance. Mr. Dehner has taught both Qi Gong and Tai Chi in hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, senior centers, integrative medicine centers, and mental health facilities. In conjunction with his vast experience, he has presented several conferences, such as the National Autism Conference, National Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome Conference, and the Inaugural International Tai Chi for Health Conference (Seoul, So. Korea). Mr. Dehner is also an experienced program developer who has produced and presented training courses on such topics as fall prevention, Tai Chi for Ots, and integrative medicine in mental health. He received his BS in Holistic Studies with a concentration in Wellness Management from Union Institute and University. Mr. Dehner is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, American Council on Exercise, International Association of Reiki, Tai Chi for Health Community of America, and the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
In addition, Mr. Dehner is a two-time winner of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association's Award of Merit for "Excellence in Continuing Education."