Thursday, December 19, 2013

For Pete's Sake Giving Tree

As you may know, this year the Program in Physical Therapy Giving Tree was raising funds for one of our alumni, Peter Mosher who was battling advanced obstructive pulmonary disease and awaiting a double lung transplant through Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Pete lost his battle on Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. when both of his lungs collapsed. Pete and his wife were both alumni of our program and proud Billikens. During this fight they took up the banner of organ donation. They knew that Pete was one of 120,000 Americans waiting for an incredible gift. The $250.00 raised by the For Pete's Sake Giving Tree will go to Donate Life America. 

If you would like to learn more about Pete, Eileen, and their children Adah and Eamon, you can read about their journey at

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The "For Pete's Sake Giving Tree" Ornament Making Has Begun!

PT student Chris Sorgani (Class of 2016) opens the “For Pete’s Sake Giving Tree” ornament making season with a snowboarding snowman. 

Please join the entire Program in Physical Therapy in celebrating this joyous season with "The Giving Tree.” As in the past, students, faculty, and staff may purchase the makings for a Christmas/Hanukah ornament to be placed on the tree in the office. Money raised this year will go to support an alumni of our program who is awaiting a double-lung transplant through Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Pete Mosher graduated with his MPT in 2005 and his transitional DPT in 2007. His wife Eileen graduated with her MPT in 2006 and her transitional DPT in 2008. The funds raised will help offset the out of pocket costs that Pete and Eileen will incur following the transplant. If you would like to learn more about their family's journey, go to their "Born for More" blog at

Friday, November 22, 2013

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Photos from the 2013 Turkey Bowl!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Habitat for Humanity's 4th Annual Reindeer Rooftop Run 5K/Walk

Calling all SLU PT

Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Reindeer Rooftop Run 5k Run/Walk is right around the corner and we want you to join us! Be one of the first 100 to sign up to receive your free t-shirt!

When: December 7th 10 a.m.

Where: The Clock tower

Who: YOU!

How do you sign up?

Sign up online  


Sign up in the BSC Lobby from 10-2pm on November 22nd and 25th and December 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

By participating in the Habitat for Humanity Reindeer Rooftop Run you are supporting our goal to raise $20,000 to donate to the St. Louis Affiliate this year! Please consider signing up and joining us for this awesome event, including complimentary treats, prizes, raffle, and entertainment by Decadence a cappella.

Please contact us at if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you at the event!

Thank you for your support!

Your Friends at Habitat for Humanity

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Physical Therapy Alumni Reception

Physical Therapy Alumni Reception

February 5, 2014
9:00PM - 11:00PM
Senor Frogs (Inside the Treasure Island Resort)
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Program in Physical Therapy faculty member Barb Yemm and PT students from the Class of 2014 at the 2013 Physical Therapy Reception

The Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association cordially invites alumni, faculty, students and friends to attend the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Alumni Reception at the American Physical Therapy Association 2014 Combined Sections Meeting.

All attendees who pre-register will be entered to win a door prize the night of the event!

If you have questions please contact:
Maggie Dermody
(314) 977-7825 

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Schweickarts BikeMS

We recently made a post to congratulate Team “SLU Phycycle Therapy” for their participation in BikeMS 2013. BikeMS is a National Multiple Sclerosis Society cycling event that raises money to fight MS. SLU PT faculty, students, and friends made up Team SLU Phycycle Therapy. One PT student, Hannah Schweickart (Class of 2014) invited both her father and grandfather to participate in the event with her. She described to us below what it was like to have 3 generations of Schweickarts BikeMS.  

Ever since I can remember, cycling has been a part of my family’s life. Some of my earliest memories with my dad are from camping trips when he would wake me up before sunrise, put me in a seat on his bike, and ride to the top of a mountain or lookout area so we could watch the sun rise over the smoky mountains. I also remember thinking my dad was really cool because he rode his bike to work every day. When I got a little older, I remember my dad telling me that my grandpa would be riding his bike across America. These few stories are what helped get me excited about cycling, even though I never really did much with it.

When I heard about BikeMS 150, I thought this could be a fun way to hang out with some classmates and faculty while also really starting to get into the family business of cycling. I also thought this was a great opportunity to help raise money for the National MS Society. I know they do great work and that even though I do not personally know someone with MS, I will encounter many patients in the future that struggle with this diagnosis and I want to help in whatever way possible. As I was talking to my dad about it, my mom chimed in suggesting that he join me on the ride. From there, the idea to get my grandpa involved as well seemed like a no-brainer.

Never having really participated in a long ride like this before, I was thinking I would opt for the shorter route of 40 miles a day instead of the 75 miles. With about 4 months to train, my dad convinced me to attempt to get in shape for the 75 mile ride. It would have been easier if we lived in the same place to go on rides together, but we would call each other and update each other whenever we had a big ride and I used that as motivation for me to keep pushing. Before all of this started, we had decided that the order of cycling shape went the opposite between generations than what you would expect. My grandpa was in the best shape, my dad was in the middle, and I was at the end, in the worst shape. The best bike went the opposite direction though, so I had a slight advantage there. I am too competitive to let both my dad and my grandpa beat me on this ride. I wanted to be able to hang with both of them so I knew I had work to do.

By the time the weekend arrived, I had gone on a few long rides so I felt prepared for the 75 mile ride at least for day 1. I was excited that all 3 generations were going to be riding that route together. How many people can honestly say that they got to ride 75 miles with their almost 80 year old grandpa? So we went to Columbia, ate some pasta, and prepared ourselves for the ride the next day. That morning, we met up with the rest of team SLU Phycycle therapy, ate some delicious pancakes, and got ready for the start of our day.

The ride started out great, but the day got very hot with the street surface temperature reaching greater than 100 degrees. Throughout the day, I got to spend time talking with my dad and grandpa and occasionally riding ahead and waiting for them at the next rest stop. Towards the end it was hard to keep motivating myself to cross the finish line, but watching my grandpa just blow right by me while I was taking an unplanned rest stop gave me the inspiration to keep going. Because we were all at different levels of riding it became harder to stay together the later in the ride we got, so we didn't finish at the same time, but we all did finish. 

The next day was rainy and all of the people on our team decided not to risk the potential injuries that could happen with slick roads so none of us rode. Overall though, the weekend was a great time to get to know some of my classmates, faculty, and even my dad and grandpa a little better. It is definitely a weekend I will never forget.

Hannah Schweickart 

SLU PT Student Laura Sloan Featured in October EDMPTA Newsletter

SLU PT student Laura Sloan (Class of 2014) was featured in this month’s EDMPTA newsletter! Congratulations Laura! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

2012-2013 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge

The Foundation for Physical Therapy recently thanked Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students for their commitment to physical therapy research through participation in the 2012-2013 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. We look forward to the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Change, which will officially launch in late October at the National Student Conclave. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PT Ice Cream Social Pictures

Thursday, October 3, 2013

12th Annual Cheryl Cavallo Hustle For Your Health A Success!

PT Student Council hosted the 12th Annual Cheryl Cavallo Hustle for Your Health in association with SLU Homecoming on September 28, 2013. 104 runners and walkers participated to raise $2,053 for the Cavallo Memorial Fund. Congratulations to everyone who participated!