Thursday, August 4, 2022

SLU PT Alumni spotlight - Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS


SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS


Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current Town/City: Los Angeles, CA

SLU DPT Class of 2013

Interests, Activities, Clubs, and Professional Organizations

Personal Development, Business & Finances, Sports Physical Therapy, The Beach!

Dr. Schwabe presenting at APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

If you could come back to SLU and teach a class, which class would you like to teach?

Sports Physical Therapy Seminar.  This class helped me start my vision of what was possible in sports PT. I would love to share my experiences with students.

Dr. Schwabe at the NFL Combine

What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned at SLU?

What you become in the process is more important than the dream. My experience at SLU taught me that the person I was becoming and the struggle I endured was the most important part of my growth process as not only a person, but a health care provider.

Tell us about one of your professional accomplishments thus far.

Ignoring the traditional path of physical therapy and creating my own dream career.  While I wasn’t always the strongest academic test taker (despite the endless hours in the library), I always had a burning desire to excel and build a unique career in sports physical therapy.  I was fortunate that a few professors in SLU’s PT program believed in me and gave me a reference/opportunity to land a sports residency position with USC.  From there I worked hard, ignored the many naysayers, and created a dream career working as an out of network/cash based sports therapist working with athletes of all levels and traveling with entertainers and professional athletes.  

Dr. Schwabe during Concierge Performance Therapy services.

What advice do you have for students getting ready to graduate with their DPT?

Know that despite challenges our profession faces, there has never been a greater time to become a physical therapist, help more people than ever before, and build out the career you envision through hard work and perseverance.   

Is there anything else you would like to share?

My time at SLU was an incredible experience.  I am extremely grateful for the mentorship, support, and experiences at SLU. There is no doubt in my mind that without SLU I would never have accomplished what I have in my professional career.  

This is one of several posts featuring SLU PT Alumni experiences. The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy wants to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing, here in St. Louis and around the world. For more information for and about SLU alumni experiences go to: http://www.slu.edu/alumni-and-donors/.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residents!


Welcome to the new SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residents!

We are welcoming four physical therapists in the orthopedic program: Drs. Mark Welegala, Andrew Elston, Jazmon Carroll, and Allie Wilson.  
Drs. Welegala, Elston, Carroll, and Wilson
We welcomed two physical therapists to the women’s pelvic health program:  Drs. Laura Erb and Bri Mulhearn.  
Drs. Erb and Mulhearn
The residents are graduates from Univ of Missouri – Columbia, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, and our own Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy.  

Additionally, Dr. Carroll (SLU alumni) and Dr. Wilson hold licenses in athletic training.  We are so excited to Welcome you to the Residency!  
For more information on the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency 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.

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.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Faculty Spotlight - Jessica Luechtefeld, PT, DPT, PCS


Hello! I’m Jessica Luechtefeld, an adjunct faculty member within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Saint Louis University.  I am the course coordinator for the Neurological Conditions II course. I am a practicing pediatric physical therapist, providing early intervention services through Missouri First Steps in rural Missouri and outpatient and aquatics through ShowMe Therapy in Washington, Missouri.

I have had a wide variety of pediatric experiences throughout my career. I graduated from the University of Missouri with my DPT, during which I completed pediatric clinicals as well as participated in various volunteer opportunities working with pediatric patients. I then completed the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency at Creighton University. My time as a pediatric resident gave me the opportunity to work and learn in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient pediatrics, aquatics, the NICU, schools, and inpatient rehab. Since completing my residency education, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient, schools, and early intervention.
Research collaborations with colleagues led to the opportunity to present at various conferences over the past several years. Research during my residency education led to presenting at the APTA Pediatric Annual Conference in 2020 on clinical reasoning when working with patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Collaborations with colleagues from the University of Missouri led to presenting at Combined Sections Meeting in 2022 and several manuscript publications, all discussing the results of a nationwide survey about providing pediatric physical therapy services using telehealth during COVID-19.  

I’m hoping to grow my pediatric team of professionals at Saint Louis University for assisting with both on-campus and/or off-campus lab experiences with the students. Please reach out to me at jessica.luechtefeld@health.slu.edu for more information or with any questions. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Ignatian Pilgrimage, Dr. Hayes, and SLUs Mission and Identity


Ignatian Pilgrimage, Dr. Hayes, and SLUs Mission and Identity

May 29, 2022: Four members of the SLU community joined the College of the Holy Cross and other Jesuit colleagues from Marquette University and Xavier University on an #IgnatianYear pilgrimage to visit the Ignatian sites at Loyola, Manresa, Montserrat, Rome, and others. Pictured: Ann Hayes (Doisy College, Program in PT),  Amy Sanders (Law School), Rob Boyle (Chaifetz Business School), and Virginia Herbers (Office of Mission and Identity).


May 31, 2022:  The SLU pilgrims visited Loyola, Spain and several other sites from Ignatius’ early years. Mass at the “Conversion Chapel” was a highlight.  The SLU pilgrims prayed in the very room where Ignatius convalesced and began his journey to the foundation of the Society of Jesus. 


June 1, 2022: Continued their pilgrimage journey to Javier, Spain via Aranzazu


June 2, 2022: The SLU pilgrims celebrated Mass at the Cave at Manresa.  Also known as the Cave of St. Ignatius, this is where, in the 1520s, St. Ignatius prayed and completed penance prior to writing the Spiritual Exercises. Dr. Ann Hayes had reached out to Doisy College to collect intentions from the SLU community to pray during the visit here. 


June 4, 2022:   The SLU pilgrims are pictured here on their last day in Montserrat.  Next stop, Barcelona where Ignatius lived a few months before departing for the Holy Land. 


June 5-7, 2022: The completion of the pilgrimage in Rome Italy!  Dr. Ann Hayes and her Jesuit colleagues visited St. Peter’s Basilica, the rooms of Ignatius, the tomb of Ignatius, St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Jesuit Curia, and many other incredible, holy sights.  Each day of the pilgrimage was filled with many blessings—it will be forever held in our hearts.




The Ignatian Year: To See All Things New in Christ
May 20, 2021 - July 31, 2022
On May 20, 2021, the Society of Jesus celebrated the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius conversion and the beginning of the Ignatian Year. Within the Ignatian Year, on March 12, 2022, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the canonization of both St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier. The year will conclude on the Feast of St. Ignatius on July 31, 2022.

Resources for the Ignatian Year
Throughout the Ignatian Year, Saint Louis University's Office of Mission and Identity will provide opportunities to see all things new in Christ. Learn more on the SLU Ignatian Year website. 

Celebrate the Closing of the Ignatian Year, Feast of St. Ignatius on Sunday, July 31
All members of the St. Louis Ignatian family are invited to celebrate the closing of the Ignatian Year with a Mass Sunday, July 31, at the Shrine of St. Joseph. Learn more here.

The Office of Mission and Identity at Saint Louis University is charged with furthering the understanding of Saint Louis University's Mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University. 

Photos submitted by Ann Hayes.

Friday, July 15, 2022

SLU Program in Physical Therapy Welcomes PhD Student Samantha Price, PT, DPT, to the Integrated Applied Sciences – Health Sciences Program


Hello, my name is Samantha Price. I will be a PhD student within the Integrated Applied Sciences – Health Sciences program at Saint Louis University. I received my bachelor’s degree in human health sciences, pre-physical therapy at the University of Kentucky, and my doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Dayton. I have since been working clinically as a neurodevelopmental physical therapist at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Additionally, I have 5 years experience working in biomechanics/motion analysis labs and am so excited to get started on this new journey.

Pursuing a PhD at SLU with a focus in lower extremity biomechanics and motion analysis will enable me to deepen my current knowledge/training as well as achieve my long-term goals. These goals include becoming an independent researcher with aspirations of becoming a lab director and securing a physical therapy faculty position. This specific PhD program creates more autonomy in program setup and will prepare me to become a well-rounded, collaborative researcher. Furthermore, the overall message of the university including a call to service and focus on God is very important to me. 
I was initially introduced to Dr. Pat Corrigan’s research as a third year PT student as he presented at our research symposium. After being connected through a mutual professor, I quickly found that our research interests and previous training in biomechanics align. More importantly, I am eager to challenge my current research knowledge through investigating musculoskeletal pathologies with ultrasound, working with epidemiological data, exploring motor learning during functional tasks, and adding the additional avenue of pediatric orthopedic injuries.  

As a current physical therapist, I am constantly searching for evidence-based treatment methods to produce the best patient outcomes. Practicing in pediatrics, these questions commonly come up short due to the lack in current research. As a result of my previous training in motion analysis orthopedics along with my current focus in neurodevelopmental pediatrics, I frequently utilize all aspects of physical therapy specialties to treat the whole person. Having both clinical experience and working to grow in my knowledge of biomechanics will uniquely position me to become an expert in pediatric treatment methods.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Researcher Spotlight - Ann Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS


Hello—I am Ann Hayes, a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at Saint Louis University.  While my primary responsibilities in the department are teaching within the musculoskeletal curriculum, I continue to practice clinically in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SSMHealth Saint Louis University Hospital which has led to a collegial relationship with Dr. Howard Place, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and interdisciplinary research in the area of the spine.


While I am not a trained researcher, I have been fortunate to work in a department that has mentored me in areas that enabled me to attain grant funding through the Scoliosis Research Society.  This funding supported our study looking at lumbopelvic mobility in normal subjects resulting in three published papers, one of which was the first paper to dispel the universally accepted fact that pelvic incidence is a fixed measurement.  Since then, I have become C2 certified in Schroth-based Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise and established a program for adolescents and adults with scoliosis at SSMHealth SLU Hospital, which is now accepted as best practice for the individuals within our system.  

To determine the effects of this intervention with adults with spinal deformity, we have recently initiated a study, “Would Additional Radiographic Measures Taken Pre and Post Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise Better Demonstrate Successful Outcomes for Adults?” to follow the adult graduates of our PSSE program for two years, documenting their outcomes in pain relief and quality of life as well as to determine any radiographic changes, besides Cobb angle, that might better determine musculoskeletal improvement.  I am especially excited about this study for two reasons--not only for the long-term information that we will collect since there is a lack of evidence for this type of treatment for adults with spinal deformity, but because it involves collaborative work between an Orthopaedic medical resident and a physical therapy student in addition to our usual research team.

Dr. Hayes with SLU PT alumna Dr. Ann Jacott at the 2022 SOSORT Congress
In addition to my spine research, I am fortunate to be a part of a team of fellow PT faculty members who are interested in developing the skills of observational movement analysis in physical therapy students at SLU.  Through a collaborative relationship with faculty from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, our team has established a curricular thread that is wound through the professional year curriculum in addition to being presented at CSM platform presentations.  Our interest in this area has expanded to collaborations with a variety of PT colleagues from around the country resulting in a publication in PTJ entitled, “The Intersection of Movement and Clinical Reasoning: Embodying ‘Body as a Teacher’ to Advance the Profession and Practice”.

Dr. Hayes on a recent backpacking trip (a favorite pastime).
Researcher Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights faculty research in the Saint Louis University Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.  

Friday, July 1, 2022

SLU PT Student Jessica D'Agostino had an Encouraging Clinical Experience at Advanced Training and Rehab in St. Peters, Missouri

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Advanced Training and Rehab - Jungermann in St. Peters, MO

By Jessica D’Agostino (Class of 2023)

My first clinical experience is at Advanced Training & Rehab Jungermann, an outpatient orthopedic clinic committed to individualized and holistic patient care. I have learned how to build positive relationships with the patients in the clinic and have been refining the skills that I have learned through my time at SLU. Through this experience, I have worked with patients with varying diagnoses and complexities to assist in returning to their prior level of function. Overall, my time at ATR has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience under the supervision of knowledgeable, sympathetic and patient PTs.

Thank you for being an incredible Clinical Instructor, Erica Friebel, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first clinical experience under your expertise. I began my clinical experience lacking confidence in my practical and conversational skills, but with encouragement from my CI, the difference in my confidence since the start of my experience is night and day. My CI is kind and attentive, always ensuring that all of my questions are answered and encouraging me to be curious. Her dedication to relationship building and her sharp sense of humor in the clinic make every day exciting, and I aspire to be even half the clinician that she is. Thank you for an incredible 10 weeks!

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


SLU PT Student Meredith Miller is Grateful For Her Clinical Experience at OSF Rehabilitation Sheridan in Peoria, Illinois

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – OSF Rehabilitation Sheridan in Peoria, IL

By Meredith Miller (Class of 2023)

With this being my first clinical experience, I went in feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what to expect, but on my very first day my Clinical Instructor, Matt Schultz, made me feel welcome and like I was supposed to be there. Each day we would spend time going over the day's patients, talking about their backgrounds and talking through with each other what him or I would be doing with them that visit. Matt is very knowledgeable in the world of orthopedics and always had an article on hand in which he could slide into the topic in which we were discussing but found ways to make the research interesting by relating it back to the patients we were seeing. I have learned so much in the past few weeks and am thankful that I got to work with someone as kind and as dedicated to their craft as he is.

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to work with you and taking your time to go through each patient individually in order to really understand their background and that each and every person is different, and we need to treat them as such. I feel that I have learned an incredible amount from you in these past few weeks and am grateful for the experience.

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


SLU PT Student Jemma Kim had a Wonderful Clinical Experience at NorthShore University Health System at Sky Fitness Center in Buffalo Grove, IL

SLU Alums: Sierra Bugno, DPT, Sarah Levein, DPT, Sara Bayerle, DPT and SLU PT Student Jemma Kim

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – NorthShore University Health System at Sky Fitness Center in Buffalo Grove, IL

By Jemma Kim  (Class of 2023)

My time at NorthShore at Sky Fitness has been absolutely wonderful. From the first day I knew that I was in good hands when I met my Clinical Instructor and SLU PT Alum, Sara Bayerle. Sara is an incredible teacher and even better physical therapist! She is so passionate about every single patient that we see and was excited to help me learn as much as I can in 10 weeks! I've grown in my skills of initial evaluations all the way to determining a plan of care for a patient. I've gotten to learn different exercises and grown tremendously in my manual therapy skills. I have felt so supported yet challenged in my growth as a student.

Thank you so much for making my 10 weeks so memorable! I have grown to love the profession of physical therapy so much in my time at Sky Fitness. Thank you for being a beam of light for our patients and for me as a student. Thank you for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. :)

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

SLU PT Student Anna Schmidt had an Inspiring Clinical Experience at Concentra Medical Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Concentra Medical Center, Brookfield, Wisconsin

By Anna Schmidt  (Class of 2023)

I have had a wonderful clinical experience at Concentra in Brookfield, WI. Seeing patients in a predominantly worker's compensation clinical environment has taught me so much about functional limitations and how that has a direct impact on a patient's day to day experience. I have been able to help choose an article to use for a region-wide journal club for multiple clinic locations and develop professionally in interactions with surgeons, clinicians, and case workers. My Clinical Instructor, Sarah Ebenhoe, and other clinicians have challenged me in my critical thinking and development in creating a plan of care, as well as focusing on the objective measures that I find in a thorough examination of my patients when choosing goals to work on during sessions. Concentra has allowed me to be creative and compassionate in treatment of patients and I am so excited for the rest of my clinical experience here!

I really appreciate your expertise in manual therapy and ability to connect with patients. Being the only CI/clinician running a therapy department is a lot of work (and being a SCCE on top of that) and it takes great organization skills to do what you do! I have learned better management of time, critical thinking skills and how to have fun! :)

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


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

SLU PT Student Noah Paras had a Supportive Clinical Experience at Athletico Physical Therapy in Bridgeton, Missouri

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Athletico Physical Therapy in Bridgeton, MO

By Noah Paras (Class of 2023)

My clinical at Athletico in Bridgeton, Missouri, has been very eye opening. I've attained my main goal of getting as much general experience as I can. Shannon has been a huge supporter in making sure I get to put into practice everything I have learned since I began the program. 

My Clinical Instructor, Shannon Landgraf, has helped me navigate every patient I've seen so far. She's always accessible to answer my questions and talk me through tough moments in my clinical reasoning. I wouldn't be as confident in myself as I am now if not for her guidance.

I would want to say what I wrote above, thank you for being supportive and giving me the feedback and guidance, I need to be a better clinician. I hope she gets a lifetime supply of Diet Dr. Pepper!

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



Monday, June 27, 2022

SLU PT Student Kathleen Sullivan had an Encouraging Clinical Experience at ApexNetwork Physical Therapy in Maryland Heights, Missouri

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – ApexNetwork Physical Therapy – Maryland Heights, MO

By Kathleen Sullivan (Class of 2023)

I have learned more than I could have imagined from Clinical Instructor, Bene Hanquet. She has demonstrated how to be a compassionate PT while providing excellent care for her patients. She always challenges me to think about why I am performing a treatment and encourages me to expand my thinking to individualize my treatment for patients. She specializes in vestibular and dry needling certified, and she has made sure to give me many opportunities to experience these fields. Every day, she tells me what I am doing well and how I can become a better physical therapist. She has taught me how to talk to patients and make them feel heard, despite dealing with chronic pain. She listens to my fears in the clinic, supports me through challenges, and celebrates my successes. I always feel that she is on my side and her goal is for me to learn and become the best PT possible.

I would tell her that coming into clinical, I never imagined how quickly I would be able to develop my knowledge and confidence as a physical therapist. She encourages me every day and watching her treat patients inspires me to strive for greatness in and out of the clinic. I am confident in saying I got the best CI in my entire class. She makes me excited to come to work and help progress my patients. Thank you for being the best teacher Bene, I feel lucky to learn from you and every patient I have for the rest of my career will be impacted positively by the knowledge I gained at my first ever clinical.

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, June 24, 2022

SLU PT Student Claire Angus Learns About Work's Compensation at Concentra Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight at Concentra Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri

By Claire Angus (SLU DPT Class of 2023)

Concentra is an outpatient urgent care with physical therapy services.  Most of the patient population is worker's compensation.  I have learned a lot about how worker's compensation operates and how to progress patients so they can safely return to work. I have been able to improve my skills and clinical reasoning by working with many different patients under the guidance of my Clinical Instructor and SLU PT Alum, Brianne Ernst. She has taught me how to be an independent thinker and how to have confidence in my decisions while treating patients.  She is always willing to spend extra time reviewing exercise plans and patient cases.  Brianne shows pride in the physical therapy profession and has been a role model for me as I advance as a student physical therapist.

Thank you to Brianne for sharing your knowledge with me as I begin my professional journey and for pushing be to be a better thinker and clinician!

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, June 23, 2022

SLU PT Student Veronica Harker Had a Great Clinical Experience at CORA Physical Therapy, South St. Louis County, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight at CORA Physical Therapy in South St. Louis County, Missouri

By Veronica Harker (SLU DPT Class of 2023)

My first clinical experience was at Cora Physical Therapy - South County in St. Louis, MO. I was very excited to be at this location because my Clinical Instructor, Caitlin Whiteley, is a SLU PT alum and Cora has great learning opportunities for students. Two of my close friends were also at this location for their clinical at the same time as me. I felt like we were able to discuss treatments, ask questions, and learn from one another every day. The other PTs and PTA at this location were very welcoming and friendly. It was a great environment to learn in and my CI slowly increased my responsibilities as I became more comfortable and confident. She created a warm and inviting clinic and was great at building rapport with patients and coworkers. My CI was also the manager of the clinic, so I got to see some of the behind the scenes and leadership duties. Even though we hadn't started our classes yet, my CI taught me about documentation and other tips and tricks. I truly looked forward to coming to my clinical each day, and I will always remember the great memories and patients.

I would say thank you so much for being willing to have a student! I learned so much and the time flew by. Thank you for slowly increasing my responsibilities and always being available for feedback. You created a great environment for your coworkers, patients, and students. You were a great role model and communicator with patients. I cannot believe how much I have learned and grown as a student physical therapist thanks to you. I could not have asked for a better first clinical!

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


SLU PT Student Stephanie Tanaka Loves her Clinical Experience at Athletico Physical Therapy in Chesterfield, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight at Athletico Physical Therapy in Chesterfield, Missouri

By Stephanie Tanaka (SLU DPT Class of 2023)

I love my clinical experience! I've been able to learn about a lot of manual therapy techniques including Graston, dry needling, cupping, and different soft tissue techniques. I've also been able to have some amazing learning experiences such as attending an Athletico clinic meeting, marketing luncheons, and various journal clubs. I was also able to observe a tibial tubercle osteotomy & an open MPFL allograft surgery.

 Most importantly I've learned how to go from being a student in the classroom to a student in the clinic. The biggest challenge I faced was learning how to start seeing myself as a future clinician. Learning to become more confident in the clinic and taking more initiative in what I do. My Clinical Instructor, Paige Gibbens, encourages and challenges me in which I've been able to learn and grow both as an SPT and as a person.

Thank you, Paige, for both encouraging me and challenging me every single day! I honestly couldn't have asked for a better first clinical experience. You've taught me so much about the different aspects there are to becoming a physical therapist and I'm so grateful to have had you. I've learned how to start trusting myself more and being more confident in myself and what I can do because you've encouraged me and pushed me in doing so. There were many times I didn't really believe in myself, that I could do it, but you've shown me how much I can accomplish, and it means so much to me. I've learned so much from you and have been able to learn and grow both as an SPT and as a person. I appreciate all that you've done for me and thank you again for everything! I wish you and Scout all the best :)

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


SLU PT Student Samantha Elkins had a Fun Clinical Experience at SSM Physical Therapy in High Ridge, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight at SSM Physical Therapy – High Ridge, Missouri

By Samantha Elkins (SLU DPT Class of 2023)

I have learned more than I ever could have imagined! My Clinical Instructor, Cindy Loveless, has taught me so much. I have learned how to create unique exercise programs for individual patients, create a comfortable space for the patients, and how to administer different mobilizations and when it is most appropriate. I have also strengthened my ability to listen and respond to patients in the most respectful and professional ways. I have learned how to challenge each patient and help them create goals for their treatment.

Thank you for teaching me more than I could have ever imagined!! I’m having so much fun learning from you, and I am very thankful for it every day. I appreciate you so 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


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

SLU PT Student Rebekah Witte had a Wonderful Experience at Advanced Training and Rehab in St. Peters, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight at Advanced Training and Rehab – St. Peters, Missouri

By Rebekah Witte (SLU DPT Class of 2023)

My experience at Advanced Training and Rehab has been absolutely wonderful! I've learned so much from Clinical Instructor, Sarah McGraw-Willis, and the team at ATR. I've learned how to build patient rapport and improve my knowledge with hands-on education. Working at ATR has opened my eyes to the wide variety of differential diagnoses in an outpatient setting. I'm truly grateful to have had my first clinical rotation at ATR!

Sarah, thank you very much for being my CI this summer! I have learned so much from you and I am grateful for all the helpful hints and tips. Thank you for making my first clinical rotation feel like home! I hope to see you in the near future!

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, June 17, 2022

SLU PT Student Abby Sullivan had an Amazing Clinical Experience at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Missouri Baptist Medical Center - St. Louis, MO

By Abby Sullivan (Class of 2023)

I have had an amazing clinical experience at MoBap with my primary location being on the neuro floor. I was also able to get experiences on various other floors including cardiac, palliative, rehab, ICU, and orthopedic care. I learned all about acute care and the varying patient populations within it. I was taught all the logistics of working in the hospital setting which included how to work with different lines and tubes, communicate patient status with other professionals, and how to address different patient situations. I worked with patients who had complicated medical conditions and patients who were near independent. This also means our treatments were anything from bed exercises or getting to a chair to walking and doing complex balance activities. I was able to see clinical manifestations of a variety of diagnoses including strokes, Parkinson’s, MS, heart failure, kidney disease, cancers, COPD, and more. This setting challenged me while also giving me endless learning opportunities and experiences. My Clinical Instructor and alumnus of SLU Program in Physical Therapy, Carolyn Carrabine, allowed me to be as independent as possible while also making sure I was comfortable in the situations I was entering. I was able to learn from amazing physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, MDs, and more. I am super grateful for this opportunity where I grew as a student and future physical therapist!

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for me during this 10-week experience. I am super lucky I got to learn from and work with a therapist as great as you along with all the other amazing therapists at MoBap. You helped me build confidence as a therapist and learn to love the acute care setting. I am happy this was able to be my first experience out in the clinical world and I wish it could last longer!

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.