Friday, May 20, 2022

SLU PT Student Hannah Vasil had a Great Clinical Experience at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, OH

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio

By Hannah Vasil (Class of 2022)

I learned to be confident in myself and how inpatient rehab works. I was scared of transfers and seeing more complex patients, but I felt so at ease with my clinical instructor, Lan Smith.

 


Thanks for helping me and being the best CI ever!!


This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students featuring their clinical site and their clinical instructors. The number, quality, and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU PT Program

Thursday, May 19, 2022

SLU PT Student Hannah Schumacher had an Incredible Clinical Experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

By Hannah Schumacher (Class of 2022)

My clinical experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was incredible. I was able to spend my time on a general medicine floor with a variety of patient diagnoses. I even was given the opportunity to go to the medical ICU which was eye opening as well as a great learning experience. Another floor my clinical instructor, Megan Burwell, covered was the pulmonary unit where I spent time working with patients whose lungs were affected from COVID-19. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with each of these patients as they wanted so badly to work hard so that they could return home to their families.

My CI taught me how to be patient, compassionate, and loving to all the patients we encountered. She treated each patient with respect and showed me how PT's also are there for patients mentally, just not physically. The patients we worked with had a lot going on in their life, but it was humbling to see their dedication to improve for themselves, their families, and us.


Megan, thank you for all you taught me in the short 9 weeks we had together. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from you in acute care. You made me enjoy the inpatient setting so much!

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students featuring their clinical site and their clinical instructors. The number, quality, and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU PT Program


Friday, May 6, 2022

SLU Physical Therapy PY1 Students Present Research at the 2022 Senior Legacy Symposium


2022 Senior Legacy Symposium
Featuring SLU Program in Physical Therapy students in the DPT Class of 2024: Meena Chetty, Abby Hanselman, and Paula Buendia Lanchas.

Meena Chetty with faculty mentor Dr. Kim Levenhagen and student Paula Buendia Lanchas.

Meena Chetty
Meena Chetty presented her poster "The Power of Storytelling" which explores how storytelling can be an adjunctive intervention in physical therapy rehab and how physical therapists can be better listeners to their patients. 

Meena Chetty discusses her project with an attendee at the poster presentation.

As a part of this project, Chetty created and self-published a 30-day guided journal for patients with chronic illnesses who are going to physical therapy rehab titled "Chronicles of Rehab". Physical Therapy Associate Professor Kim Levenhagen, PT, DPT, WCC, CLT, FNAP, was Chetty’s mentor throughout the project.
Abby Hanselman discusses her research at the interdisciplinary panel.

Abby Hanselman
Abby Hanselman participated in the interdisciplinary research panels where she discussed her research "An Assessment of Sleep Disturbance in Division 1 Collegiate Soccer and Basketball Athletes". Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Oluwatoyosi Owoeye, BPT, M.S., Ph.D., was Hanselman's mentor throughout the project.

Abby Hanselman and Paula Buendia Lanchas at the interdisciplinary research panel.

Paula Buendia Lanchas
Paula Buendia Lanchas presented her research with "The Ins and Outs of Pelvic Floor PT" to answer the questions of what pelvic health physical therapy is, what common dysfunctions are often seen, why many have not heard of it, and how we can raise awareness and educate society. 

Paula Buendia Lanchas discusses her research at the interdisciplinary panel.

This project’s purpose is to raise awareness of what this specialty can do and educate to be an advocate for others. Buendia recognized Chetty, Levenhagen, and Dr. Brea Rhein for their support in the project.


Physical Therapy Associate Professor Kim Levenhagen, PT, DPT, WCC, CLT, FNAP, was a moderator for Session 1 of the interdisciplinary panels for Allied Health.

Student projects are represented on the 2022 Senior Legacy Symposium website. If you have any questions or concerns for Senior Legacy Symposium staff, please reach out to legacy@slu.edu

Photos submitted by Meena Chetty, Kim Levenhagen, and Gretchen Salsich
Story by Kristin Hrasky

Friday, April 29, 2022

Thank you, Dr. VanHoose!


Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy PTSA, faculty and staff welcomed Dr. Lisa VanHoose on April 27, 2022. The title of her discussion was: Finding your JEDI: To answer the higher purpose and contribute to the greater good. The session was moderated by student members of the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), Lexi Sims, and Mateo Reyes. The excellent presentation was followed by an engaging Q&A where Dr. VanHoose fielded questions from students, clinical educators, and faculty. Thank you to Dr. VanHoose!

Monday, April 25, 2022

SLU Giving Day 2022



SLU Physical Therapy invites you to join us for the Annual Giving Day 2022!

The SLU community changes live all over the globe. This year's theme is "Paint the World SLU Blue".

The fifth annual SLU Giving Day is on April 28. This annual 24-hour day of giving — is our biggest fundraising event of the year! — brings the SLU community together in support of important projects across the University.

Some of the scholarships we have available in our Program are:
  • Cheryl L. Cavallo Endowed Memorial Fund
  • Dr. Peter Mosher Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Carolyn Gioia Memorial Scholarship
  • Sister Imelda Pingel Scholarship
  • Theresa Bernsen Endowed Memorial Award
  • Eric Estill, DPT, Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • For and With Others Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) Scholarship
To support our scholarships, please visit SLU's Giving Page: http://giving.slu.edu/doisy

You can learn all about scholarships for students in the Doisy College of Health Sciences on our website here: https://www.slu.edu/doisy/about/scholarships-for-current-students.php

Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 cohort of the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residents

Brianna Mulhearn, PT, DPT, and Laura Erb, PT, DPT are excited to be returning to Saint Louis University’s Program in Physical Therapy.  Both are graduates of the Program in May 2021.  

Dr. Mulhearn…why are you pursuing Residency education? 
“Residency education offers me the best opportunity to further my practice and education, specifically in the field of pelvic health. The opportunity to work with and learn from clinicians who have years of experience in the field is so exciting to me. I cannot wait to collaborate with all of the pelvic health therapists on both SLU's and SSM's teams.” 

Dr. Erb…how did you become interested in Women’s Health Residency education?  
“I became interested in residency education because of my experiences at SLU. I always knew I had an interest in women’s health throughout PT school.  I want to use this opportunity during my residency to provide future PTs (as well as future patients!) with more information about this specialty.” 

What experience are you most looking forward to during the 16-month program?  
“I’m looking forward to being back at SLU and getting to collaborate with the best therapists at SSM Health Physical Therapy to further develop my skills as a pelvic health PT.”  -- Dr. Erb

“I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to get into the up-and-coming research in pelvic health. Being able to access the most recent research and also being able to contribute to future research is something that I have always wanted to do.”   -- Dr. Mulhearn
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency Program is an accelerated post-licensure program to advance the women’s and pelvic health skills of physical therapists.  We are pursuing ABPTRFE accreditation with our site visit scheduled during spring 2022.  This unique collaboration between Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy and SSM Health Physical Therapy.  The 16-month program has integrated experiences with the SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency.  In addition to clinical practice and teaching in the entry-level DPT program, each resident completes over 150 hours of mentoring and over 300 hours of educational experiences.

For more information on the program, visit https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-womens-health-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Jill Imgarten at jimgarten@ssm-select.com OR the SLU Director of Residency Education, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduate Dr. Symone Carter “will always be a student of physical therapy”

Shining a Spotlight on the SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduates
Symone Carter PT, DPT, OCS (SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduate) ​

Dr. Symone Carter is a practicing physical therapist at SSM Health Physical Therapy in St. Louis, MO.  She earned her DPT degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida.  

Here are some highlights of connecting with Dr. Carter about her residency experience and practice as a physical therapist…

On the practice of physical therapy: "I will always be a student of physical therapy. I am constantly learning new techniques, exercises, and approaches to treatment from other PTs or the research. This keeps me humble and always searching for ways to better myself for my patients." 

On her professional accomplishments..."beginning my passion project screening volleyball athletes for injuries throughout the St. Louis region." would say having a resource of mentors/staff that would be flexible in their curriculum to fit your learning style is essential in your success of residency."

The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program is an accelerated post-licensure program to advance the orthopedic skills of physical therapists. It is the only ABPTRFE accredited orthopedic physical therapy residency in Missouri. Founded and accredited in 2014-2015, this unique collaboration between Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy and SSM Health Physical Therapy currently has 3 Residents and has graduated 16 licensed physical therapists. In addition to clinical practice and teaching in the entry-level DPT program, each resident completes over 150 hours of mentoring and over 300 hours of educational experiences.

For more information on the program, visit https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.