Wednesday, November 17, 2021

SLU PT student Bea Nottke (DPT Class of 2022), as part of Geriatric Seminar, WON the NATIONAL Geriatric Case Competition!

All Geriatric Seminar students participated in this year's Fall 2021 Interprofessional Geriatric Virtual Case Competition. They were assigned to interprofessional teams which focused on the development of a care plan for an older patient with multiple, chronic health challenges, including COVID-19. 

The students created an innovative 20-minute pre-recorded electronic case presentation. Students had one month to prepare their recorded presentations with the top three teams advancing to a local semi-final round. 

The top-rated team from each semi-final round compete via live Zoom with the winning team from the University of Minnesota Geriatric Workforce Enhancement program on Monday, November 1, 2021. 

Bea Nottke was the student physical therapist on the winning team!  Sydney Phelan and Hannah Schumacher were on two teams that tied for second place in the semi-final round.

You can watch the winning presentation below:

Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition 2021 - SLU Team Part 1

Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition 2021 - SLU Team Part 2

Drs. Jill FitzGerald and Kelly Hawthorne also served as faculty mentor/coaches.  

You can learn more about the competition on the University of Minnesota website.

The Geriatrics Seminar is offered as an elective physical therapy course in the fall semester of the third year of the professional phase. It explores the causes of frailty in older adults and the financial burden in the U.S. of obtaining healthcare for this population. The course then explores services available to help frail older adults maximize their physical and psychosocial independence within the community and within institutions. The course consists of lectures, interviews, and site visits in the St. Louis area.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

SLU PT and MD Students Engage in Research to Keep Student-Athletes Safe

Several undergraduate and graduate Physical Therapy and Medical students at Saint Louis University have seized the opportunity to work part-time and gain research experience in Dr. Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye’s lab.

Student assistants: Jemma Kim, Meena Chetty, Mark Moyer, Dr. 
Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye, Natania Nguyen, Ian Modde – Not pictured: Emily Redpath, Kendall Cunningham, Michael Illes, Abigail Frech

Jemma Kim (Class of 2023), one of the student project leads, conducting an isometric strength test on a student athlete's quadriceps muscle during a baseline testing session.  Jemma is also a co-author on a systematic review in preparation for Dr. Owoeye's lab.

The students have had the opportunity to assist Dr. Owoeye with enrolling participants, conducting baseline testing, data collection and management, and results dissemination for the RICHLoad project. The RICHLoad Project (Reducing Injuries among College atHletes through Load management) aims to investigate the relationship between weekly cumulative load (i.e., training, practice and game load) and musculoskeletal injury risk among soccer and basketball student-athletes using a multivariable prediction model (which considers other established risk factors for injury). Among other novel findings, the project will determine reference values for “safe” cumulative load thresholds that will be used to develop an algorithm in collaboration with the Computer Science Department for the RICHLoad Software.  This algorithm will comprise a mobile app and an athlete monitoring dashboard that will be implemented and evaluated in subsequent collegiate soccer and basketball seasons. Ultimately, the RICHLoad Software will guide coaches and medical staff in evidence-informed load management decisions and related interventions to minimize fatigue, reduce the risk of injury, and maximize performance among student-athletes. Further information about the RICHLoad Project and the preliminary RICHLoad - SLU data collection app can be found here.

This RICHLoad Project is a multidisciplinary and collaborative project and has required the assistance of many from the St. Louis community. Co-investigators include Dr. Jamil Neme (team physician for the Saint Louis Billikens) from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Flavio Esposito from the Computer Science Department & School of Engineering, Dr. Paula Buchanan from the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Dr. Anthony Breitbach from the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Robert Hornnet from the Department of Athletics and Andy Florian Irakoze from the Computer Science Department. This project has partnered with SLU and Harris Stowe Athletics and has received funding through the Applied Health Research Grant. Dr. Owoeye is the principal investigator on the RICHLoad Project and he directs the Injury Prevention and Health Promotion (P2) Lab within the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency Graduate and SLU Alum Dr. Greg Judice Designs Online Coursework for Patients

SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency Spotlight - Greg Judice, PT, DPT, OCS

Since graduating from the Residency in 2017, Dr. Greg Judice earned ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedics and founded Judice Sports and Rehab. Dr. Judice, a SLU DPT alum from 2014, is a member of the Residency faculty through his remote mentoring and his shared experiences on the annual entrepreneurialism panel.  Dr. Judice is innovative in his physical therapy services including blogs and podcasts.  His newest venture is the development of online coursework to serve his patients.  For this venture, he is interested in working with SLU DPT students (see flyer below).  
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 or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at

Thursday, October 28, 2021

2021 Hustle for Your Health Virtual 5K Winners Announced

Congratulations to the top winners for the 
20th Annual Cheryl Cavallo Hustle for Your Health 5k!

In the women's category, the top three winners were Grace Dorian, Clare O'Carroll, and Kasey Metzner. In the men's category, the top three winners were Michael Augustine, Matthew Boebel, and Alexander Telfer (pictured below).

Students Anna Schmidt, Alex Telfer, Lindsey Martin, Colleen Kadowaki, & Kurt Rolfes

The Cheryl Cavallo Hustle for your Health is an annual event held during Saint Louis University's Homecoming and Family Weekend. For 2021 it was virtual to ensure those in the SLU family who wanted to participate could, despite travel restrictions or other barriers.

PY3 Students Caroline Sauer and Emily Chisolm

Participants ran at a time and place convenient for them, submitting their results by Saturday, September 25, 2021. Thank you to the Physical Therapy Student Association for their organization of the event but the event would not have been successful without all who signed up. Check out the photos of students and other SLU community members participating virtually. Hope to see you in 2022.

SLU staff member Kristin Hrasky

The Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K helps support the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Cheryl Cavallo, a long time faculty member in the Program in Physical Therapy who lost her courageous battle to cancer in 2013. She served as the faculty mentor for the Program in Physical Therapy Student Council (now the Physical Therapy Student Association) for 22 years and tirelessly coordinated this event for 11 years. She lived the Jesuit mission every day by giving back to those less fortunate. 

Cheryl Cavallo, PT, PhD

All proceeds from the memorial fundraiser benefit the Cheryl Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to help defray travel costs for students wishing to pursue healthcare-related domestic or international mission trips. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event in the future, contact

If you missed your opportunity to participate in this year's event, you may still give to the scholarship on the Saint Louis University Giving page.

To learn more about how our students have previously used this scholarship to fund their travel for mission trips, you can read it in their own words:

Story by Kristin Hrasky

SLU PT Student Hannah Redden had Countless Learning Opportunities at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio

By Hannah Redden (Class of 2022)

I am so grateful for the clinical experience I had at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. This experience provided me with the opportunity to evaluate and treat a wide variety of patients from the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), Orthopedics, Critical Decision Unit (CDU), Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU), and Adult Behavioral Health Unit, as well as the opportunity to observe in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Outpatient Pediatrics. I enjoyed the quick-paced and versatile schedule of the inpatient setting. I am thankful for the skilled team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses, and Physicians with whom I worked to develop appropriate treatment and discharge plans based on an individual patient's needs. I am thankful to all the patients I encountered who provided me with countless learning opportunities by allowing me to play an active role in their care.

To my Clinical Instructor, Aaron Willig, PT, DPT, thank you for your mentorship throughout this clinical experience. Your guidance allowed me to advance my clinical reasoning and physical therapy skills. I appreciate that you took the time to engage in conversations with me regarding our patient cases and intervention plans. Thank you for your continuous encouragement, your helpful feedback, and for trusting me to provide quality care to each patient we encountered. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from you and I will carry what you have taught me into my professional practice.

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 Emily Gier is Thankful for the Positive Experience she had at Athletico in O'Fallon, Missouri

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - Athletico O'Fallon-South, Missouri

By Emily Gier (Class of 2022)

I am so grateful for my experience at Athletico O’Fallon South with my Clinical Instructor and Alumni, Michaela Ward, PT, DPT, COMT. Every day I walked into a welcoming and positive learning environment in which I was able to grow in my skills as a clinician. Each day I was excited to take what I learned in the classroom over the past couple of years and apply it working with real patients.  The patients and other staff at the clinic were incredibly kind and welcoming and I enjoyed getting to build relationships with them over the course of my 10 weeks there. Over the course of my time at Athletico, I learned so much about various treatments and interventions. However, I would say the number one thing my CI taught me was the importance of building strong relationships with your patients. It was clear how much each patient respected Michaela and enjoyed working with her in the clinic.

Michaela, Thank you so much for being such an amazing CI. You helped give me the confidence to exceed during my time at Athletico as well as on my future clinical experiences. Additionally, thank you for creating such a fun experience in which each day I was excited to come to the clinic.

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, October 27, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency Program

Inaugural Women's Health Residents Dr. Brea Rhein and Dr. Alex Lanty

Saint Louis University (SLU) and SSM Health Physical Therapy are proud to announce that the SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Women’s Health Residency Program has moved from the development to the candidacy stage of accreditation with the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).   

Program Director Dr. Jill Imgarten

Program Coordinator Dr. Kayla Dougherty

Under the leadership of Dr. Jill Imgarten as the Program Director, Dr. Kayla Dougherty as the Program Coordinator, and Dr. Chris Sebelski as Director of Residency Education at the SLU Program in Physical Therapy, we have an extraordinary 16-month curriculum with numerous opportunities for the licensed physical therapist to develop as an advanced clinician and an educator, produce and disseminate a scholarly product and grow as a provider to the area's underserved populations.

Director of Residency Education Dr. Chris Sebelski

Current residents, Dr. Alex Lanty and Dr. Brea Rhein, are participating in individualized weekly mentoring,  didactic sessions in conjunction with the SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents, independent study with the faculty of the Women’s Health Residency, teaching within the entry-level SLU DPT program, and scholarly product development. Their progress thus far has been outstanding.

SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residents for the 2021-2022 Cohort from both residency programs:
Dr. Juan Paz, Dr. Brea Rhein, Dr. Alex Lanty, Dr. Shelby Wilson, and Dr. Benjamin Modde.

Our program highlights include:
  • Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring
  • Compensation (including benefits) for non-mentored hours of patient care
  • Participation as a lab instructor in SLU's entry-level physical therapy program
  • Small group classroom and skills instruction, facilitated discussion and journal club with other residencies in the Lou!
  • Independent mentorship in specialty topics 
  • Opportunities for clinic rounding, surgery observation and grand rounds with physicians

If you wish to learn more about the SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy Residencies, please reach out to Dr. Jill Imgarten ( OR Dr. Chris Sebelski (