Thursday, February 20, 2014

DPT 565 Community Teaching Video - By Amanda Iuliano and Aaron Perez!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Come to the Blood Drive on March 4!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Linda Fetters PhD, PT, FAPTA

Saint Louis University
Doisy College of Health Sciences
Program in Physical Therapy
Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series

Linda Fetters PhD, PT, FAPTA
Sykes Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy,
Health, and Development
Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

"Building Communities for Knowledge Translation in Physical Therapy”

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm, room 1043 Allied Health Building   A reception immediately follows.
For more information contact Kate Lochhead (

Friday, February 14, 2014

SLU PT Alumni Jessica Curran Featured in In Motion

SLU PT Alumni Jessica Curran (DPT Class of 2011) was featured in In Motion! See the inspiring article below.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Chris Sebelski Featured in St. Louis Magazine!

SLU PT faculty member Chris Sebelski was quoted in St. Louis Magazine about training like an Olympian! 

Find the full article here!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mark Reinking Receives Lifetime Excellence in Education Award

It is with great excitement that we announce that Dr. Mark Reinking, Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and Program Director of the Program in Physical Therapy, received the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This award is in recognition of his long term contributions to the profession and the section. Mark was presented with this award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Sports Physical Therapy Section Awards event Wednesday night, February 5, 2014, at the Venetian, Las Vegas NV.

Ethel Frese Receives Linda Crane Memorial Lecture Award

Congratulations to our faculty member Ethel Frese who received the prestigious Linda Crane Memorial Lecture Award from the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Section! The purpose of this award is to acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy as exemplified in the professional career of Linda Crane, who helped to create a significant part of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section’s history.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kinesio Taping - Maggie Sherwood and Claire McKeone

Greetings from the Warmer (but not by that much) state of South Carolina!

Recently, Claire McKeone and I were offered to take a Kinesio Taping Continuing Education Course at a student price (aka really cheap!!) through our Clinical Site at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. Although I am working in the outpatient facility and Claire in inpatient, we both felt this was a great opportunity to continue our education, and to make ourselves more marketable come graduation time. 

We both are interested in working in an outpatient setting after graduation, so this seemed like a great way to broaden our scope of knowledge on interventions to that patient population. I also thought that it would be useful, as the McLeod Outpatient facility utilizes Kinesio Taping on many of their patients. 

The course was 2 days long, Friday and Saturday, and equated to 16 units of CEUs (although we did not qualify for the credits, it was still worth it!).

After 2 days and lots of tape, Claire and I felt that we had a much better understanding of the principals of Kinesio Taping that the time constraints of the taping lab at school were not able to achieve (but the taping lab is what sparked our interest in the first place, so it is still a great foundational lab for all students to go through). We were both able to immediately think of patients to utilize the techniques on when we were done with the course. We even taped each other, as we are both runners, and were able to alleviate some or most of our pain to complete longer runs! 

After taking the course we both agreed that it was completely worth the time and money. We were encouraged, not only by the PTs in our clinical sites but by other young professionals, that taking Continuing Education Courses is much cheaper at student prices and can make you more marketable when it comes time to look for a job. We not only we encouraged by fellow PTs and CIs at our clinical sites to take courses, especially as students, but found that other classmates would love opportunities like this as well.  We would both highly recommend asking around future clinical sites to see if any continuing education courses are coming up that you might be interested in.

It was a wonderful experience and we both feel as though our clinical "toolboxes" have now gained a very useful addition.  We are both looking to take the next level course during CRIVB or the summer. This will allow us to sit for the exam and become certified. 

Attached are a few pictures we took throughout the course while we were having fun! We apologize for the tape, but they gave us the tan colored tape to use during the course so it did not turn out too well in the pictures!

Maggie Sherwood, SPT
Claire McKeone, SPT

Exploring a World Unknown: A Glimpse of My Semester Abroad! Dharti Shah

Alcazar Castle in Segovia, Spain: Dharti Shah.

My Humble Beginning and Decision Process in Going Abroad

Venice, Italy.
My name is Dharti Shah and I am a Junior Physical Therapy student (Class of 2017). My study abroad adventure was one of many ups and downs, but has left me with a lifetime of memories to reflect and think fondly upon. I was one of those people that took a long time to decide whether Study Abroad was for me. I had a ton of hesitations. A lot of them some of you might think are silly but they worried me. I was incredibly involved on campus and wouldn’t be able to move up in my clubs and organizations, I wouldn’t be able to work for a semester, I would miss my friends and family so much, and the list grew longer and longer. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with a student who was abroad and listened to her experiences that I really opened myself up to the idea of traveling and being away from the States for a semester. While my first preference to study abroad in Thailand did not work out, I was all set to go to Madrid and attend Saint Louis University’s sister campus in Spain!

Saint Louis University-Madrid. Madrid, Spain
Academics While Abroad

While in Madrid, I was able to take three dance classes: Latin Rhythms and Dance, the New Flamenco Experience, and Advanced Flamenco. Getting involved with the performing arts while in Spain was the best decision I ever made! I had a blast getting to know students and in attempting to master these groovy moves. I was also lucky enough to only have class Monday through Thursday which was a huge benefit in traveling. It was difficult to balance homework with traveling, but many students adopted the mentality that working hard throughout the week would ensure that you could enjoy your weekend free of guilt. As Ginge reminded us, “Don’t forget to STUDY while Studying Abroad”! (Thanks, Ginge!)

End of Semester Dance Recital (Flamenco Dancers). Madrid, Spain. From Left to Right: Mariessa Newallo, Natascha Cirignani, Savannah Cortez, and Dharti Shah.

Travelling While Abroad

Chefchaouen, Morocco. Dyes for clothing.
I was blessed with the opportunity to travel a lot during my time abroad. I went to Toledo, Segovia, Sevilla, Sepulvedas, Mallorca, and Barcelona in Spain and also Belgium, Morocco, Italy, Ireland, and Portugal. By the end of the semester I was a plane, metro, bus riding expert. Before I left for any of my trips I made sure to Google Translate a few simple phrases in the language of the country I was visiting. For example, ‘Where is… (the Bathroom, the train station, this hostel, etc)?’, ‘Excuse me?’, ‘Hello’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘Thank You,’ ‘Can you help me?’ ‘Is this vegetarian?’ were all very useful phrases to know. 

Every country in Europe and also Morocco in northern Africa were amazing to visit. The people, art, music, museums, and views were those that pictures can’t do justice. Be prepared to try a lot of new foods because every country has their own delicacies! As a heads up, it was sometimes difficult to be a vegetarian or have substantial dietary restrictions while abroad.

Lagos, Portugal. From Left to Right: Dharti Shah, Reena Thomas, Rebecca Graf, and Alexandra Keefe.

Castle in Mallorca, Spain.

Toledo, Spain. From Left to Right: Andi Bixby, Jaime Heede, Julia Stewart, Jena Moeller, Kristin Lawhorn, Dharti Shah, and Lizzy Isbell.

Living with a Host Family

Life Changing Pesto Gnocchi in Rome, Italy
I think there are a lot of benefits to taking advantage of the University’s host family program. It is a great opportunity to practice and learn Spanish, you get to eat authentic Spanish cuisine, and you have an additional support system if you need help with abroad. I personally chose to cook for myself while living with a host family because I am a vegetarian. The produce and food quality in Spain is of much higher quality in the US. The fruits are sweeter, the vegetables are more flavorful, and from what I’m told, the ham cannot be beat. Paella, a rice, meat, and vegetable dish became a staple in many students’ diets. One thing to be aware of is that Spanish families tend to eat very light breakfasts, heavy lunches, and average sized dinners. They also don’t eat dinner typically until 8:30-10pm. Many students would get big lunches around campus from grocery stores, sandwich shops, or, if you’re craving a slice of home, Dominos. Snacking throughout the day helped keep the hunger at bay while they adjusted to this new schedule. On the whole, most students loved living with host families and had great experiences.

Couldn’t resist eating a Belgian Waffle! Brussels, Belgium. Dharti Shah.

Teaching/Working While Abroad

I had the wonderful opportunity to teach ESL to a man and his wife while in Madrid. I enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them as I taught English 7-8 hours per week. My favorite memories of Madrid are those where I am interacting with Madrileños and working definitely helped me make those connections. Spanish families are very generous and welcoming and will make sure you are well fed! It was difficult to work while abroad but it was nice to have some extra spending money. 

Until Next Time, Madrid!

Toledo, Spain. Dharti Shah.
All in all, I loved studying abroad. I hope one day I can travel back to Madrid and spend more time there. I have no regrets in my decision to go abroad and highly encourage other students to go if they are able to! This semester was honestly some of the best 19 weeks of my entire life thus far. I came back with a heart full of smiles and a brain full of new knowledge (Cultural Competence!). I fell in love in so many ways while in Spain and it will always have a piece of my heart. ¡Hasta luego! Abrazos y besos!

Preparing to Present

Elena Gray and Molly Allen (Class of 2015) prepare to present to the sophomore class on studying abroad and the importance of basic anatomy. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

SLU PT Faculty and Alumni CSM 2014 Las Vegas Happenings

CSM 2014 Las Vegas SLU PT Faculty and Alumni Happenings

Attending CSM and looking for Saint Louis University Faculty and Alumni presentations and posters? Follow the schedule below! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

8:00 AM 10:00 a.m. (SP-1A-9156) Sports Physical Therapy: What Makes Us Unique? Sports Physical Therapy   Dr. Mark Reinking is presenting
11:00 AM 1:00 p.m.  (SP-1B-6396) Running Injuries: from Youth to the Collegiate Athlete Sports Physical Therapy   Dr. Mark Reinking is presenting

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Titian-2301B)
·         9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Tarsal bone density, talar declination angle and peak plantar pressure in neuropathic medial column foot deformities   Authors: David Sinacore, PhD; Bronwen Mitchell, BS; Kathryn Bohnert, MS, CBDT; Tyler Jackson, BS; Mary Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC
Speaker: David Sinacore, PhD (Speaker in DPT 534)

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Titian-2301B)
·         12:45-1 p.m.  Salsich GB, Graci V, Scholtes SA. “Dynamic Knee Valgus Index Discriminates between Females with and without Patellofemoral Pain and between Movement Conditions”

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Galileo-1006)
·         3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.   Physical Therapy Functional Measures in Relation to Hospital Length of Stay after Acute Abdominal Surgery: A Pilot Study
Authors: Ann Fick, PT, DPT, MS, CCS; Sarah Dill, SPT; Cassandra Hoffman, SPT; Emily
Parrish, SPT; Traci Norris, PT, DPT, GCS; Julie Terrell, DPT; Michael Hubbard, DPT
Speaker: Ann Fick, PT, DPT, MS, CCS  (SLU Alum in bold)

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (San Polo-3303)
·         3:59 p.m. - 4:18 p.m.  How do physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) students view technology use in the academic setting and in personal life? Authors: Nancy Smith, PT, DPT, GCS; Bradley Strott, SPT, MA; Megan Pruett, SPT, BA Speaker: Bradley Strott, SPT, MA
·(SLU Alum in bold)

Group 1: Aquatics, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary, Clinical electrophysiology and Wound Management, Geriatrics, Health Policy and Administration, Orthopaedics (Poster Award Candidates, Performing Arts, 
Elbow/Wrist/Hand,Other), Research, Sports Physical Therapy,  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Titian-2303)
·         3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.  Sports Platforms: Excellence in Research Finalists  Moderator: Charles Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC
·         3:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.  Lower Extremity Overuse Bone Injury Risk Factors in Collegiate Athletes
Authors: Mark Reinking, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC; Tricia Austin, PT, PhD, ATC; Ann Hayes, DPT; Jason Bennett, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC  Speaker: Mark Reinking, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC

Group 2:  Acute Care, Education, Federal, Neurology (Balance and falls, Strokes and Vestibular SIGs), Orthopaedics (Occupational Health, Spine and Shoulder SIGs), Private Practice

8 p.m.  SLU Physical Therapy Alumni Reception
                Senor Frogs (Inside Treasure Island)
                3300 Las Vegas Blvd South

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Venetian Room A    Global Health Special Interest Group reception.
·         Students are welcome to join Carol Beckel.  She will be stationed at a table to talk about Hillside.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

11 a.m.-1p.m. (PD-3B-9636) Dianne Cherry Forum: Best Practices in Pediatric Clinical Education
Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, PCS (Alum of SLU PT)

POSTERS:  1-3 p.m.
Group 3: Home Health, Oncology, Pediatrics, Neurology (Brain Injury, Degenerative Diseases, General, Practice Issues and SCI SIGs), Orthopaedics (Foot/Ankle, Hip/Knee and Pain Management SIGs), Women’s Health

·         Scholtes SA, Salsich GB. “Ability to detect change in single leg squat movement patterns following instruction in females with patellofemoral pain using 2D motion analysis methods” (Orthopaedics Section, Poster #3171)
·         Yemm B, Salsich GB. “Reliability of a Visual Clinical Assessment of Lower Extremity Medial Collapse” (Orthopaedics Section, #3139)
·         Harris-Hayes M, Czuppon S, Van Dillen LR, Sahrmann SA, Schootman M, Salsich GB, Clohisy JC, Mueller MJ. "Movement Pattern Training Improves Function in People with Pre-arthritic Hip Disease: Preliminary Data" (Orthopaedics Section, #3159)

·         Wagner J, Van Dillen L, Naismith R.  "The occurrence, distribution and severity of lower limb spasticity and its impact on mobility in ambulatory persons with multiple sclerosis" (Neurology Section, #3030)
·         Duong TT, Birkmeier Bartczak Marisa, Hu FN, Maring JR, McDonald C, CINRG Investigators  Duong TT Conservative  management  of  Achilles tendon contractures and impact of contracture on
Function  in boys with DMD  (Pediatric Section, #3283) (Alum in Bold)

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Titian-2303)
·         4:11 p.m. - 4:22 p.m. Hip Extension Strength, Not Hip Abduction Strength, is Correlated to Frontal Plane Pelvic Motion in Uninjured Adolescent and Young Adult Long-Distance Runners
Authors: Jeffery Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Mark Paterno, PT, PhD, MBA, SCS,
ATC; Jason Hugentobler, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS; Christopher DiCesare, MS, CSCS; Kevin Ford,
PhD, FACS  Speaker: Jeffery Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Alum in bold)