Where were you born and raised?
I am a native St. Louisan, growing up in Bridgeton. I am the youngest of 4 with 11 years between myself and my sister so I had lots of people to learn from but also had a lot of time on my own when everyone else was in school. I started swim lessons when I was 2 and recreated my lessons with my dolls when I got home. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy swam many laps on the couch.
When did you first become interested in Physical Therapy and why?
Where did you receive your undergraduate degree?
I graduated from SLU with my B.S. in PT in 1992, my M.A. in Higher Education in 2004, and my PhD. in Educational Studies in 2012.
What made the largest impact on you, concerning Physical Therapy?
I had the greatest clinical instructors when I was in school. Each had different strengths and helped me find develop a passion for physical therapy. I decided that when I had a chance to work with students, I would do everything I could to help them find their passion for PT as well.
My primary area of research is in the area of accommodations during clinical experiences for physical therapists and physical therapist assistant students with disabilities.
I worked for 10 years as a full time PT primarily in acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health with geriatrics patients. I also provides some pediatric PT through a local school. Currently I provide pro bono services at Hillside Health Care International in Punta Gorda, Belize.
Area of Teaching
My primary role on faculty is as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). I am coordinating the new Documentation course this spring and provide spot lectures in several other courses.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for Hillside Health Care International which supports the clinic I practice at in Belize. I am a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Patrick Center, a local organization that serves individuals who are currently homeless or in a situation that might lead to homelessness.
In Another Life
What is your favorite Saint Louis restaurant?
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Crimes of the Heart - I watch it around my birthday every year!
St. Louis Cardinals
Lots of folks but some of my most frequent plays are Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Cockburn, Regina Spektor, and Mumford & Sons.
Anywhere in Europe
Every time I hear from a student in the clinic about some challenge they faced and succeeded in I get excited.