Friday, September 13, 2013

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight Sarah Lohmann

Sarah Lohmann is a graduate of Saint Louis University’s Program in Physical Therapy (DPT Class of 2012). Sarah recently graduated from Harris Health’s Orthopedic Residency Program in Houston, Texas. You can find Harris Health’s bio on Sarah and Sarah’s response to her residency experience below. The Program in Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University is very proud to call Sarah an alumni and wishes her the best in pursuing a Manual Therapy Fellowship this year. 

Sarah Lohmann, PT, DPT
Bio from Harris Health System Physical Therapy Residency Program

Sarah Lohmann attended Saint Louis University in the freshman-entry Program in Physical Therapy. During her undergraduate years, she was a contributing member of the Saint Louis University Division 1 Field Hockey Team.  She graduated in 2010 with a BS in Exercise Science, with a minor in Theology. In 2012, she graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Sarah worked for Harris Health System as a Physical Therapist in the acute setting before transitioning into the Orthopedic Residency. This summer she spent a week volunteering her skills and time in Nicaragua on a medical mission trip.  Upon completion of the residency, Sarah will stay on at Harris Health as an outpatient Physical Therapist. Her future plans include becoming an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and completing an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.

The Harris Health residency program was the first of its kind in Texas and is one of a handful of residencies operated by public healthcare systems in the U.S. The residency is a year-long program that incorporates intense classroom and clinical training along with mentorship in the hands-on care of patients by expert physical therapists in the Harris Health hospitals and health centers. The organization now operates two physical therapy residencies — orthopedic and neurological.

Harris Health System Physical Therapy Residency Program
Houston, Texas

Sarah’s Response to Her Residency Experience

When I was about to begin my second professional year, I started to consider residency training. I knew I was interested in Orthopedics and I wanted more learning and mentorship experience. I began to research residencies around the country. I also attended the National Student Conclave to explore different residencies that would be represented at their fair. With the help of my mentor, Tricia Austin, and program director, Mark Reinking, I slowly started to create my resume and get my applications submitted.

I was accepted into Harris Health System’s Orthopedic Residency out of my home town, Houston, Texas. The program is very unique, in that it includes a large component of manual therapy. I was the first Saint Louis University alumni in the program. Now I am proud to say that James Heafner (PT Alumni, DPT Class of 2013) is the second SLU alumni to attend our residency.

During my residency experience, I received over 160 hours of one-on-one mentorship and over 200 hours of didactic training. I was exposed to many different patient diagnoses which allowed to me to diversify my practice. In this past year, the residency has helped me transition from new graduate to expert clinician.

I will be sitting for my Orthopedic Specialist Certification Exam in March of 2014. Soon after the exam, I will start a Manual Therapy Fellowship.

I am so grateful for the help and encouragement I received at SLU to pursue my goal of enrolling in a residency. I would not trade this experience for anything.

Sarah Lohmann, PT, DPT

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