Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

Beth A Gibson

Beth A Gibson OTR/L, CDRS

Instructional Assistant Professor, Manager & Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist: UF SmartDriver

Beth Anderson Gibson, OTR/L, CDRS is a clinical lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Department, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida. She is the manager of the UF SmartDriver™ Rehab program which provides driver rehabilitation services to the community. She will be teaching in the Driver Rehabilitation Therapy certificate program. She is participating in driving related research initiatives through the Institute for Driving, Activity, Participation and Technology (I-DAPT). Ms. Gibson is a licensed and registered occupational therapist, certified driver rehabilitation specialist and driving instructor. She completed her BS in occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Gibson has worked in driver rehabilitation for over 25 years providing comprehensive driver evaluations and training to clients across the age spectrum with an emphasis on low- and high-tech equipment. She currently serves on the professional development committee and the speakers bureau of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). She is a former ADED executive board member and has been awarded for her volunteer service to that organization. She has provided continuing education presentations on driver rehabilitation topics including adaptive driving equipment and wheelchair/vehicle compatibility both locally and at national conferences such as ADED and RESNA. Her clinical practice experience includes SCI, TBI, MS, CVA, neuropathy, amputees, muscular dystrophies, MCI, dementia and young adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, ASD, ADHD, MID and learning disabilities. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, hospital outpatient and private practice settings in the Atlanta area and has provided driver rehab services in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama.

Miriam Monahan

Miriam Monahan OTD, OTR/L CDRS, LDI

Adjunct Scholar

Dr. Miriam Monahan is an occupational therapist who has worked in the field of driver rehabilitation since 1998 as an educator and clinician, and is recognized for her clinical knowledge, intervention, and teaching skills in this area. She is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS) and licensed driving school instructor (LDI). She has extensive experience with teen and novice drivers with special needs, drivers with neurological conditions, as well as senior drivers. She is well versed in adaptive equipment from low tech to high tech as well as van modifications. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy Program, a consultant at SmartDriver, a business owner, and a practicing clinician. Her research and scholarly work focuses on assessment and interventions to assist drivers with neurological conditions.

Dan Allison

Dan Allison MS, OT/L, CDRS

OPS – Time Limited

Mr. Allison is an Occupational therapist with a certification in driver rehabilitation, as well as a former assistive technology professional.

Mr. Allison is currently semi-retired. He formerly worked in Atlanta, GA at the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. He was employed full time in the driving program. Prior to that, he was a research associate at the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability of Mississippi State University. While at the T.K. Martin Center, he was providing driver evaluations as well as wheelchair seating assessments.

He has extensive experience with occupied wheelchair transportation training, and is well versed in adaptive equipment from low tech to high tech as well as van modifications. He is past president of The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED), former member of RESNA committee on wheelchair transportation, with memberships in the association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). In 2019 he was named the first “Q’manitarian of the year”, from Q’Straint, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair securement products.