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Alumni notes

image of Kendall Arceneaux smiling in his physical therapy office

Kendall Arceneaux, 07DPT, and his wife, also a PT, opened an outpatient PT clinic, One on One Mobility Rehab, in Lake Jackson, Texas in August 2018. The Arceneauxes welcomed their first baby in December 2019. During the first few months of COVID-19, Kendall kept the clinic open and lived in the back office to reduce the baby’s exposure to the virus.

Maggie French, 13DPT, is in her final year of her PhD program in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware. Last year, she received funding from a Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) II award and an NIH predoctoral F31 fellowship to continue her research studying the role for cognition in motor learning after a stroke.

a portrait of Joseph Graves smiling at the camera

Joseph Graves, 13DPT, works in New York City with Outreach Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech Rehabilitation, a private practice providing outpatient rehab services to the elderly in their homes. For the last two years, he has served as physical therapy supervisor. Graves, who is passionate about caring for the geriatric population, recently sat for the board exam to become a geriatric clinical specialist.

Dawn Morris Gulick, 83MPT, is the developer of a mobile application known as iOrtho+. It is an evidence-based orthopedic app with over 400 clinical tests and over 100 manual techniques. The app is available in Apple, Android, and web-based versions. iOrtho+ has had more than 160,000 downloads worldwide.

a portrait of Lauren Rossbach Nella smiling at the camera

Lauren Rossbach Nella, 14DPT, recently passed the certified manual physical therapist (CMPT) exam through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). She will work solely in orthopedics and plan to continue learning through NAIOMT’s manual therapy fellowship program.

Tiara Rolle, 13DPT, recently started her own telehealth company called The TNT Effect. The new business provides injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness services via online technology and travel making the services more accessible and convenient for the patient.

Lindsay White Walston, 14DPT, recently received the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2020 Outstanding Physical Therapist Resident Award. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic and orthopaedic physical therapy.

Zach Walston, 14DPT, recently received the 2020 Emerging Leader Award from the APTA Georgia Chapter. He also had two major publications this year. One is titled “Impact of low back pain chronicity on patient outcomes treated in outpatient physical therapy.” The other is titled “Importance of early improvement in the treatment of low back pain with physical therapy.” He presented both studies at the CSM 2020 in Denver.

Faculty notes

Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, CCS, FNAP, served on the APTA’s Acute Care and Critical Care Practice Analysis Team and gave four different presentations at two APTA conferences last year. In collaboration with Dr. Jenny Sharp, she helped develop and implement two new Emory DPT program electives: Advanced Oncology (DPT 935) and Interprofessional Critical Care Clerkship (DPT 955).

Cristian Cuadra, PT, PhD, MSc., recently joined the Emory DPT program faculty as a visiting scholar. With a recent PhD from Penn State University in kinesiology, Cuadra will work in the lab with Emory DPT Assistant Professor Mark Lyle, PT, PhD, exploring how proprioceptive feedback contributes to movement control.

Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD, was awarded the 2020 APTA Eugene Michels New Investigator Award. The award recognizes physical therapists who have engaged in independent research efforts within 10 years of completing their doctoral degree or post-doctoral training, and whose research makes significant impact on the physical therapy profession. She has more than 42 peer-reviewed publications on gait retraining, stroke gait biomechanics, non-invasive stimulation and training-induced plasticity in lower limb muscles.

Stella Nelms, PhD, recently joined the Emory DPT faculty as assistant professor in the Division of Neuropsychology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Nelms, a psychologist who teaches interpersonal communication to first-year PT students, served as a palliative care psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from 2010-2019.

Nicole Rendos, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, recently joined the Emory DPT faculty as assistant professor in the Emory Division of Physical Therapy, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in philosophy, exercise physiology at the University of Miami.

Steven Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, was named to the APTA’s Lecture Awards Selection Committee for a three-year term that ends in 2022.

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