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Faculty news

Kathy Lee Bishop, DPT, CCS, made two presentations at the Combined Sessions Meeting of the APTA this year. One, developed with Beth Davis, DPT, MBA, was "Influence of cardiopulmonary simulator experience in first-year DPT students on accuracy of vital sign measurements with patients." The other presentation was "Ventricular tachycardia and wearable cardioverter-defibrillator during outpatient cardiac rehabilitation."

Sarah Blanton, DPT, NCS, has been promoted to associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Michael Borich, DPT, PhD, was invited to speak at the Schwartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California-San Diego in January. His talk was titled "Using concurrent TMS-EEG to characterize brain behavior after stroke."

Beth Davis, DPT, MBA, has served on the APTA IPE Task Force and is a co-founder of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academic Council, National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC).

Kathleen Geist, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, successfully completed a two-and-a-half-year course of study in a Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program from Regis University in July 2013. She received her fellowship status from the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the fall of 2013.

Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, MA, was appointed by the APTA’s board of directors to serve on the association’s Ethics and Judicial Committee.

Marie Johanson, PT, PhD, OCS, serves as co-chair of the Research Initiatives Work Group of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, APTA.

Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD, was invited to speak at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston in July. Her talk was titled "Innovative techniques for improving gait: Stroke and Cerebral Palsy."

Rich Nyberg, PT, MMSc, OCS, became a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) from Myopain Seminars and an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist – 2nd Recertification American Board Physical Therapy Specialists.

Tami Phillips, DPT, MBA, NCS, was elected vice-chair of the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group of the Education Section of the APTA.

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH, CHES, was elected to serve as the chair of the APTA’s Global Health Special Interest Group’s Research and Publications Committee, within the Health Policy and Administration Section.

Ainsley Rossi, DPT, OCS, obtained her certification in Functional Dry Needling through KinetaCore. She uses this skill in clinical practice and as an assistant in the new Dry Needling elective offered in the third year of the DPT program.

Manning Sabatier, PhD, CSCS, recently received funding on a research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The project is titled, "The effect of downslope walking on spinal excitability in people with multiple sclerosis."

Randy Trumbower, MPT, PhD, published a paper in the January 14 issue of Neurology. The paper, "Daily acute intermittent hypoxia improves overground walking ability in persons with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial," received extensive national media coverage.

Steven Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAMA, was the Ann Shumway-Cook Lecturer at Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA this past year. In addition, a clinical trial conducted by Wolf and published in JAMA has been chosen by an international jury as one of the 15 most influential clinical trials in physical therapy. For more information, go to wcpt.org/node/112744.

Michael Wooden, PT, MS, OCS, MTC, presented a two-day program titled "Understanding Lower Extremity Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment of Selected Orthopaedic Pathologies" at Physiotherapy Associates, Greenville, SC.

Laura Zajac-Cox, PT, NCS, launched the DPT programs’ Neurologic Residency Program and successfully graduated its first resident.




Class news

Kristi Heffernan Duke 85MPT works as a pediatric PT at Duke University Medical Center.

Janis (Jan) Tropp Ground 80PT, MA, MBA, is program manager of Virtual Care for Colorado Permanente Medical Group.

Megan Hector 10DPT is working for Novant Health Presbyterian Rehab Clinic. She is working toward her ATRI certification for aquatic therapy.

Barbara J. Baker 83 PT, PhD, NCS, is associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Collin T. Adu 09DPT, GCS, MBA, has started an in-home therapy clinic in Snellville, called 1Source Sports-Neuro Rehab. The clinic focuses on geriatric patients in the areas of orthopedic, vestibular and cardiopulmonary rehab.

Ellen Pilchik Kaldor 90PT, Med, PCS, CNDT, is self employed working in Early Intervention and CPSE in Westchester County, NY.

Audrey Jones 03 DPT, earned her OCS this year.

Marti Ebert 11DPT, OCS, is assistant facility manager and PT in Athletico in Chicago, IL.

Stephanie Wong Ewing 09DPT, PCS, works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a fulltime PT.

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