Thursday, September 16, 2021

SLU PT Alumna Rachel (Pollock) Condon (DPT Class of 2010) selected for promotion to Commander in the US Navy

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Rachel W. P. Condon, DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT, OCS, CSCS

Rachel (Pollock) Condon (DPT Class of 2010) has recently been selected for promotion to Commander in the US Navy. In her current role, she is the Associate Director of Clinical Support Services at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She oversees all of Rehabilitation Services, Radiology, Pharmacy, Laboratory Services, and Breast Health at the Navy’s largest hospital. She also serves as the Department Head of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic Services. She is also an assistant professor for the DPT program through Army/Baylor University as the intern director at the Naval Hospital.

She is married to Greg Condon (DPT class of 2012) and they have two wonderfully bright children ages 5 and 2.

You can find a previous spotlight on Condon on our blog.

This is one of several posts featuring SLU PT Alumni experiences. The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy wants to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing, here in St. Louis and around the world. For more information for and about SLU alumni experiences go to: http://www.slu.edu/alumni-and-donors/.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents!!!

Welcome to the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents!!! Pictured from left to right: Juan Paz, PT, DPT, Shelby Wilson, PT, DPT, Benjamin Modde, PT, DPT.

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 https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Congratulations to the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduates of 2021!

Congratulations to the graduates of the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency of 2021! Pictured from left to right are Hiral Tailor, PT, DPT, Christine Chansamone, PT, DPT, and Mary Kimbrough, PT, DPT.

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 https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

SLU PT Student Jacquelyn Cameli Enjoys Interdisciplinary Approach to Clinical Care at SSM Health Day Institute


SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - SSM Health Day Institute
By:  Jacquelyn Cameli (DPT Class of 2022)

I loved my clinical experience at SSM Health Day Institute. I especially enjoyed working alongside other disciplines in order to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to patient care for patients with neurological conditions. Neurological conditions affect the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system, and physical therapy is a vital component in working towards improving balance, strength, flexibility, endurance, and maximizing independence and functional ability in regards to bed mobility, transfers, and gait. I was able to work with patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s Disease, Below-Knee Amputations, Epilepsy, Lance- Adams Syndrome (LAS), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Strokes, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Vestibular Conditions.
 
I enjoyed working with patients thoroughly and seeing their successes and progress throughout their rehabilitation. I am very thankful to have been involved in their therapy and for the relationships I formed with patients, other physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and recreational therapists along the way. Thank you especially to Rosie Kelly, PT, DPT, NCS, for being my clinical instructor!

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.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency Graduate Dr. Claire Pershing Earns ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Pershing, PT, DPT, ATC, for earning her ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is a graduate of the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency of 2019 and Clinic Manager of SSM Health Physical Therapy Clinic in Richmond Heights. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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 13 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 https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

SLU PT Alumna Dr. Elanna Arhos Receives Two Grants to Support her PhD Work


Elanna Arhos, PT, DPT (SLU DPT Class of 2018), was awarded the F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health for $46,036. Arhos is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences at the University of Delaware. You can learn more about the grant and Arhos' work in ACL research on the University of Delaware website.

In addition to the grant from the NIH, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research has awarded a PODS II Scholarship to Arhos for a project titled: "Can we modify gait asymmetry after ACL reconstruction?" To learn more about the scholarship, or to contribute to the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, please visit their website.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency Graduates Earn their ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

CONGRATULATIONS (from left to right) to Drs. Jordan Ponce, Joshua Munter, and Megan Ludwig Ocampo for earning their ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. All are graduates of the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency of 2020!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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 13 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 https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at chris.sebelski@health.slu.edu.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

SLU PT Students Recognized by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research at the 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Students Receive National Recognition for their Contribution to the VCU-Marquette Challenge

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) awarded the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students with an Honorable Mention for their efforts to support the Foundation through the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 VCU-Marquette Challenge. Altogether, the SLU Program in Physical Therapy raised over $4,000 in donations.

The SLU Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) created the inaugural event Billikens Impacting the Future to raise funds for the VCU-Marquette Challenge benefiting the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. The three-part event, featuring alumni and faculty from SLU's Program in Physical Therapy, examined the life-changing impacts of physical therapy research. Each speaker discussed their own research and its potential implications while highlighting needs for future physical therapy research. 

To learn more about SLU PTSA's fundraising goal, make a gift or check the fundraising progress, please click here. Thank you to Erin Hmiel and Delaney Walker, Vice-Presidents of Philanthropy in the SLU Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), for representing SLU at the FPTR Award Ceremony.
Top fundraising schools, like Saint Louis University, were announced on June 23, 2021, at the Foundation's 2021 Awards Ceremony. FPTR Trustee and PT Pintcast podcaster Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT, hosted the event with special guests. The FPTR announced all winners live during their broadcast. For a list of all schools recognized during the ceremony, check out the Foundation's latest news.
The Marquette Challenge unites PT & PTA students from across the country in a singular effort to raise money for the FPTR and their awardees. Since its founding in 1989, thousands of students have helped raise over $4.4 million through the Marquette Challenge to support the mission of the FPTR. Learn more about the Marquette Challenge at marquettechallenge.com.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is a national, independent nonprofit organization conferring grants, scholarships, and fellowships to leading researchers in the field. For over 40 years the Foundation has relied on the donations of individuals and institutions to fund scientifically based and clinically relevant research initiatives. Their mission is to shape the future of healthcare through physical therapy research. Incorporated as a charitable organization in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nearly 600 researchers. Learn more about the Foundation's investments in the physical therapy profession at www.foundation4pt.org.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Program in Physical Therapy Honors DPT Class of 2021

The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy celebrated its graduating Doctor of Physical Therapy students of the class of 2021 on Thursday, May 19, in an in-person event featuring University administrators, Program faculty, and graduates. Families joined the celebration from home via Zoom.

University president Dr. Fred Pestello, Interim-Dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences Dr. Tricia Austin, Interim-Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Dr. Lisa Dorsey, Program Faculty Member Dr. Ethel Frese, and alumna Carrie Hall (PT Class of 83) addressed the graduates. 

During the celebration, the Program in Physical Therapy presented its annual awards. The awards were presented by Dr. Ethel Frese, Dr. Randy Richter, Dr. Carol Beckel, and Dr. Gretchen Salsich.

Class representatives Josh Lai and Rachel Twohig addressed their class and faculty and presented the class superlatives at the end of the ceremony.

Here are the students recognized on Thursday evening with Program Awards.

Excellence in Community Service
Caroline Anne Lipic
Kathryn E O'Brien
Colette Florence Rudolph
Natalie Elaine Wright

Excellence in Service to the Profession
Alexis Marie Ardovitch
Kelsey Lynn Bequette
Martha Marilyn Briscoe
Erin Kathleen Campbell
Lauren Elizabeth Groszek
Stephanie Ji-Hyun Kim
Allison Nicole Klump
Caroline Anne Lipic
Sarah Elizabeth Melulis
Brandon Charles Moseley
Niamh Mairead Ryan
Nina C Valaitis
Natalie Elaine Wright

Excellence in Academics
Alexis Marie Ardovitch
Kelsey Lynn Bequette
Ryan Michael Blechle
John Theodore Cichon
Morgan  Erin  Fleming
Kathryn Kerry Gubics
Allison A Lackey
Kristen Michelle Maleski
Giahanna N. Martorano
Katherine Elise Maus
Hannah Joy McGrath
Brandon Charles Moseley
Alexandra Marie Schmid
Mary Elizabeth  Sells
Julia Therese Shankland
Marissa Anne Sinak
Lauren Domenica Stollman
Madison Lou Tisdale
Rachel J Twohig
Mariah Grace Weston

Excellence in Clinical Education
Alexis Marie Ardovitch
Kelsey Lynn Bequette
Natalie Elaine Wright

Excellence in Research 
Lauren Elizabeth Groszek


Photos provided by Dr. Carol Beckel, Director of Clinical Education

Fully vaccinated students, staff and faculty members are free to not wear their face masks, and to not be socially distant indoors and out on our campuses in accordance with CDC, state, city, and University guidelines. Learn more on the University website.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Resident Dr. Hiral Tailor Earns Foundations Certificate in University Teaching


Congratulations to Dr. Hiral Tailor, SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Resident, 2020-2021 Cohort on earning his Foundations Certificate in University Teaching!

The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency offers three distinct pathways for individualized pursuit of interest.  One path emphasizes growing as an educator.  Partnering with the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) at Saint Louis University, the Resident participates in a series of structured seminars to build a variety of competencies.  As a result of his focused studies and activities and the mentorship of Dr. Barb Yemm, Dr. Tailor has earned his Foundations certificate.  Of the experience, Dr. Tailor remarked:  
 
"The Foundations Certificate Program taught me more than just how to improve my teaching. I learned how to effectively build relationships (i.e., student-professor, professor-professor, etc.), critical thinking, not only as an educator, but as a regular person in their day-to-day lives, and a sense of philosophy for teaching.”
“One of greatest lessons I learned from completing my Foundations Certificate is that you learning as an educator. Embracing this lesson in learning has allowed me to engage in the most effective way possible with my students and has given me the utmost ability to improve on my reflections as an educator. Thank you, Saint Louis University and the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning."
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency is ABPTRFE accredited.  Established in 2014 and reaccredited in 2020, we accept three residents per cohort.  Residents participate in advanced training in clinical services, teaching in the entry-level program, research with local and national presentations, and service to the underserved in St. Louis, MO.  

We welcome inquiries orthoresidency@slu.edu and encourage you to visit our website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Faculty Member Dr. Emily Britt Introduces Residents to Industrial Rehabilitation

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Spotlight - Emily Britt, PT, DPT, OCS

In May, 2021, the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents (pictured) participated in a didactic, interactive session in the area of Industrial Rehab with Residency faculty member, Dr. Emily Britt (not pictured).  Dr. Britt practices at SSM Health Physical Therapy and onsite at the City of St. Louis Street Department.  
Dr. Emily Britt
Of the experience, she commented:  “It was so rewarding to introduce the residents to the unique concept of onsite Physical Therapy and Injury prevention education, and to show them how truly functional therapy can and should be.” 
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency is ABPTRFE accredited.  Established in 2014 and reaccredited in 2020, we accept three residents per cohort.  Residents participate in advanced training in clinical services, teaching in the entry-level program, research with local and national presentations, and service to the underserved in St. Louis, MO.  

We welcome inquiries orthoresidency@slu.edu and encourage you to visit our website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php

Photo credit, headshot: SLU SSM Health Physical Therapy

Friday, May 7, 2021

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Alumnus, Dr. Adam Kays, instructs Residents in psychomotor techniques

SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Spotlight - Adam Kays, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Dr. Adam Kays
In February, 2021, the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents welcomed Adam Kays, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT for an on-site, psychomotor lab focused on cervical spine examination and interventions.  Dr. Kays is a remote Residency faculty member with current professional practice in Indiana.  He is a graduate of the ABPTRFE accredited SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Residency and is  Fellow-in-Training at the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.  
The SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency is ABPTRFE accredited. Established in 2014 and reaccredited in 2020, we accept three residents per cohort. Residents participate in advanced training in clinical services, teaching in the entry-level program, research with local and national presentations, and service to the underserved in St. Louis, MO.  
We welcome inquiries orthoresidency@slu.edu and encourage you to visit our website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/degrees/ssm-residency.php

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

SLU PT Students Serve with Relay for Life to Support the American Cancer Society


SLU PT Student Service Spotlight - Relay for Life
By Alysa Janke, DPT Class of 2023

This year’s SLU Relay for Life was a huge success! While the shift to a virtual platform proved to be difficult, the members of Relay’s Executive and Event Leadership Teams rose to the challenge and put on an incredible event to support the American Cancer Society. SLU Relay raised $72,295.17, all of which goes toward services like Hope Lodge (free residence for people going through cancer treatment), a 24/7 cancer helpline, and experimental research programs aiming toward curing cancer. 
Relay had a large population of healthcare science majors on their Event Leadership Team this year, including several Physical Therapy and Nursing majors. The Executive Team also had PT representation coming from PY1s Amy Eckardt (Communications Chair), Alysa Janke (Overall Co-Chair), and Alex Suellentrop (Administration Chair). 

The website from Relay’s event is still active, and you can view it at slurelayforlife2021.org. As always, you can check out our Facebook page for information on how you can participate in next year’s Relay!

Friday, April 9, 2021

SLU Program in Physical Therapy Annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Event Provided Insights and Priorities for Physical Therapy Research

The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy hosted its Annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Event virtually via Zoom on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series was the vision of Irma Ruebling, former chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. It was her goal to bring nationally renowned speakers to Saint Louis University to highlight ongoing research and important topics and to foster a dialogue with faculty, students, and guests about the importance of research in advancing our profession.
Saint Louis University Professor Dr. Gretchen Salsich hosted the event and acknowledged leadership in the Doisy College of Health Sciences for their ongoing support for physical therapy research. Dr. Salsich recognized Dr. Tricia Austin, interim Dean, Dr. Jesús García-Martínez, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Lisa Dorsey, interim Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Efforts to strengthen the research profile of the Doisy College of Health Sciences are central to the college’s strategic plan. Events like this inform, inspire, and connect us to research. The Department’s ongoing support of this event since its inception eighteen years ago has contributed to its growth and success.  
The Irma Ruebling Endowed Research Fund was established in 2006 to ensure the continued development of research activities fostering the growth of the profession, improvement of the health of patients and clients, and enhancement of the education of physical therapy students and practicing physical therapists. Two Program in Physical Therapy Faculty were recognized as the 2021 Irma Ruebling Endowed Research Fund Recipients. Dr. Chris Sebelski received funding to support her project titled “Evaluation of non-cognitive behaviors reflective of positive leaders in the clinical context”. Dr. Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye received funding to support his project titled “How Much is Too Much in Youth Team Sport? A Systematic Review”.  
The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, professor and director of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. The title of her presentation was: “Building a Clinical Research Program: The View is Different from the Inside”. 
Following the keynote presentation, there was a question and answer session with clinicians, faculty, and students. Though it was held virtually this year, it was a memorable evening of inspiring discussion and special recognition of SLU PT faculty!

Monday, March 15, 2021

SLU Program in Physical Therapy Collaborates with the Department of Fine Arts in Teaching and Research

Scholarship Spotlight: SLU faculty present "What Do You See? Arts-Based Education to Facilitate Observation and Clinical Reasoning Skills" at the 2021 American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting.
Presented by Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, Elissa Claire Held Bradford, PT, PhD, Barbara Lynn Yemm, PT, DPT, Olubukola Gbadegesin, PhD, Cathleen Fleck, PhD, and Ann Marcolina Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS
This presentation at the Virtual CSM2021 is representative of the ongoing teaching and research collaboration between the Program in Physical Therapy and the Department of Fine Arts.  The SLU art historians facilitate a deeper “seeing” of fine art which transfer to greater observational skills by the physical therapist students. 

Students’ beliefs in their observational skills and their clinical reasoning were improved post-session as determined by pre-post survey data.  Qualitative analysis of narrative descriptions of observations yielded the following results: students improved in documentation of the descriptive context and interpretation of the situation.  This suggests that transfer of learning was achieved for observation of more static constructs.  

The research in the Program in PT with the Fine Arts Department continues.  The findings of this study are in alignment with other studies completed in other healthcare disciplines.  Arts based education, facilitated by art historians, results in a positive impact on student’s confidence in observation skills.   

Learn more about their research on the conference's programming website: https://apta.confex.com/apta/csm2021/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/29963

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Physical Therapy Clinic at the Health Resource Center Welcomes New Leads


We are so excited to announce our new leads for the HRC ProBono Clinic for physical therapy! It has been such an honor to start up Telehealth and provide physical therapy for the St. Louis community. The willingness from our patients and volunteers to try this experience via Zoom has been so appreciated. With new leads, they have new ideas coming for everyone, so make sure to watch out for opportunities to volunteer for HRC and get excited!! Congrats Olivia H, Michael I, Jemma K, Radhika P, Emily R, and Emily W.

-old leads of HRC


HRC Pro Bono Physical Therapy Visits continue via Zoom Telehealth. Patients with a Doctor's prescription can schedule a telehealth visit by emailing sluprobonopt@gmail.com or calling 314-881-8088.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Join the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy for the annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series



Join the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy for the annual Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series:

Building a Clinical Research Program: 
The View is Different from the Inside
presented by
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, Ph.D.
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a professor and director of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.

She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients after joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations.

Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research includes the evaluation of pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance.

Her clinical research has resulted in numerous publications (100+), national and international speaking invitations, and awards such as the Marian Williams Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Over the past decade, she has received over $14 million dollars to support her clinical research.

This event is complimentary but registration is required to receive the event link. Please register by March 23.

If you are having troubles accessing the registration site, you can copy and paste this link into your search bar:

Friday, February 26, 2021

SLU Faculty and Alumni Present at the 2021 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting


SLU Faculty and Alumni Present at the 2021 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Papers, Posters, & Sessions:
(SLU community in bold)

Bringing Vitality to Vital Signs
Angela Abeyta Campbell, PT, DPT, Ann Fick, PT, DPT, MS, Ethel Maureen Frese, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Kimberly Moore Levenhagen, PT, DPT, Morgan E. Lopker, PT, DPT, Traci Lynn Norris, PT, DPT and Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Clinical Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: A Case Based Approach
Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, Claire C. Davies, Kimberly Moore Levenhagen, PT, DPT, Laura Sisola Gilchrist, PT, PhD, Kathryn A. Ryans, PT, DPT and Jeannette Que Lee, PT, PhD

Evidence-Informed Rehabilitation Following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Megan Ludwig, PT, DPT and Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD

The Effectiveness of Schroth-based Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise for an Adult with De Novo Scoliosis
Ann Marcolina Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS and Howard M Place, MD

What Do You See? Arts-Based Education to Facilitate Observation and Clinical Reasoning Skills
Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, Elissa Claire Held Bradford, PT, PhD, Barbara Lynn Yemm, PT, DPT, Olubukola Gbadegesin, Cathleen Fleck and Ann Marcolina Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS

Embracing Consensus? Investigating the Impact within Literature for Rehabilitation of Patients with Rotator Cuff Repair
Jill Eveker Imgarten, PT, DPT, Jordan Ponce, PT, DPT and Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD

Blazing the Trail: Developing the Next Generation of Education Researchers
Chris Anne Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD

Little Big Leagues: Youth Overhead Athlete Performance Considerations With Serves, Strokes, and Throws
David Joseph Piskulic, PT, DPT, ATC, Jaimie Marie Mains, PT, DPT, Eric James Valentine Bellm, PT, DPT and Sara Aucoin, PT, DPT, OCS

Thinking Outside the Algorithm: Upper Extremity Return-to-Sports Decision Making Beyond the Paper Patient
Eric James Valentine Bellm, PT, DPT, Marisa Pontillo, PT, DPT, PhD and Mitch Salsbery, PT, DPT

Faster, Stronger, Younger? Embracing and Enhancing the Movement of Young Athletes
Eric James Valentine Bellm, PT, DPT, Jeffery Allen Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, Christin Marie Zwolski, PT, DPT, David Joseph Piskulic, PT, DPT, ATC and Jaimie Marie Mains, PT, DPT

Relationship of Clinical Measures with Humeral Torsion in Young Adults: Pilot Study
Joseph Matthew Day, PT, PhD, Eric James Valentine Bellm, PT, DPT and David Werner, PT, DPT

Using % Impairment As a Physical Therapy Triage Tool in a Level 1 Trauma/Surgical ICU
Julie Elizabeth Terrell, PT, DPT, Ramsey Khudairi, DPT, Erin M. Grady, PT, MPT and Traci Lynn Norris, PT, DPT

Acute Care Physical Therapy Core Outcome Measure Set: A Clinical Practice Guideline
Traci Lynn Norris, PT, DPT

Hip and Knee Kinematics Differ By Maturation and Sex in Healthy Youth Long-Distance Runners
Jeffery Allen Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, Jason Long, PhD, Micah C. Garcia, Mitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, Mark Vincent Paterno, PT, MBA, PhD, Richard A Brindle, PhD, David Bazzett-Jones, PhD, AT, ATC, CSCS and Kevin R. Ford, PhD

Science Meets Practice Session 7: Bone Stress Injuries In Adolescent and Collegiate Runners
Bryan C. Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Jeffery Allen Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, Doug Adams and Eric Todd Greenberg, PT, DPT

If you are a member of the SLU community and you do not see your paper, poster, or session listed here, please email sluptat@health.slu.edu with the details so that we can update our list.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Meet the PTSA Board for 2021-2022!

Meet the PTSA Board for 2021-2022!  
By the Saint Louis University Physical Therapy Student Association

Kalynn Clearwater

Year in School: Junior
Position: Secretary
Why did you want to become a PT?: Having been in sports my whole life I had experienced many injuries and when I went to the physical therapist I fell in love with the job. I loved the idea of helping people be able to get back to what they love and get back to being able to function properly.
Bucket list item: Travel to all 50 states!
Fun fact: I have an unhealthy obsession/love for Abraham Lincoln 

Erin Hmiel

Year in School: Sophomore
Position: Treasurer
Why did you want to become a PT?: After experiencing injuries and observing many PTs I was drawn to the selfless devotion involved in PT. In this field I can not only form connections with the people in the world around me but also help make a difference in their lives
Bucket list item: Go bungee jumping off of a cliff
Fun fact: I have two kneecaps in my right knee

Jemma Kim

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: President
Why did you want to become a PT?: I chose to pursue physical therapy because I love the encouraging yet challenging role that PT's play in their patient's recovery process. I personally went to physical therapy multiple times throughout high school, being a varsity cross country and track runner for all 4 years. My physical therapist and the clinic that she worked at created such a welcoming and supportive environment and wanted to be that person for somebody else!
Bucket list item: To visit at least 50 national parks! (I've been to 22) 
Fun fact: I was born in Seoul, South Korea. 

Lizzie Liese

Year in School: PY2
Position: VP of Programming
Why did you want to become a PT?: I was always very interested in science and "fixing" things growing up. In high school, I sustained a severe knee injury that required PT and quickly realized how interested I was in learning about all of the joint kinematics, muscle interactions, and strengthening exercises. I was constantly asking questions during my sessions. My physical therapist played a large role in not only my physical recovery, but also the mental aspect. She constantly challenged my mentality and coached me to overcome mental barriers that I faced during my recovery which ultimately increased my level of performance both as an athlete on the softball field and as a student in the classroom. I had also observed how physical therapists interacted with my grandparents on various occasions and helped them maintain their independence and mobility; I decided that I wanted to be that person for somebody. I ended up working a couple summers at the same PT clinic that facilitated my rehab and applied to SLU's PT Program after realizing that physical therapy was not only an interest but also my passion. Nothing makes me happier than helping someone increase their quality of life and giving them more control over their independence. Applying to this program has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I have not once looked back.
Bucket list item: Climb all 58 14ers in Colorado 
Fun fact: I have taken 4 levels of Arabic 


Natalia Samborska

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Alumni Relations
Why did you want to become a PT?: The human body and its functions are fascinating to me and when I was receiving PT myself in high school I fell in love with the environment in the clinic, the knowledge that the PTs had, and how they were able to help the patients to their functional goals. 
Bucket list item: Go backpacking through Europe after I finish college (and visit all the countries on my list that I didn't get to visit when I was abroad)
Fun fact: I have the most loving Golden Retriever named Nala 

Alex Suellentrop
Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Fundraising
Why did you want to become a PT?: I wanted to become a PT because I volunteered at a preschool with kids that needed PT and it really spiked my interest. I was excited to learn more and be able to make connections with future patients. I loved seeing the connection that the PT had with the kids in the preschool. That passion and care for others is what initially drew me to want to become a PT. 
Bucket list item: Go to all 50 states!
Fun fact: My great grandma went to school with Freddy who the burger chain "Freddy's" is based around. 

Kristi Orthober

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Programming
Why did you want to become a PT?: I want to become a PT because it is my goal to help others achieve their optimal physical health and encourage my patients to work hard so they can live their lives to the fullest. 
Bucket list item: A Rainforest exploration trip
Fun fact: I am a big foodie :)

Abby Hanselman

Year in School: Junior
Position: VP of Philanthropy 
Why did you want to become a PT?: I've always loved outdoor activities, and I'm grateful for my body's capabilities that allow me to hike, rock climb, and kayak. I want to help others attain physical autonomy so that they can partake in the activities that they love, too. 
Bucket list item: Road trip along Big Sur 
Fun fact: I like ice cubes in my cereal milk to make it extra cold.

Divya Gandhi

Year in School: Junior
Position: VP of Fundraising 
Why did you want to become a PT?: I wanted to become a PT because I want to see my patients progress on their road to recovery and for me to continue staying active in the workforce. Every patient and day are going to be different; therefore, I am excited to interact personally with patients and figure out a plan of care specified for each individual! 
Bucket list item: To go skydiving! 
Fun fact: I am left-handed. 

Paulina Milanowski 

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Alumni Relations
Why did you want to become a PT?: I find it very rewarding to help patients increase their quality of life and return to activities that are important to them.
Bucket list item: See the Northern Lights
Fun fact: I am 100% Polish and first-generation in America

Radhika Patel

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: Treasurer
Why did you want to become a PT?: I wanted to become a PT because I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and was always fascinated by the human body and the way it moved.
Bucket list item: Go skydiving
Fun fact: I have traveled to 19 countries!

Selena Mueller

Year in School: Sophomore
Position: Secretary 
Why did you want to become a PT?: I love helping people through their healing journey, both mentally and physically. I have always been interested in the human body and how it recovers from trauma. 
Bucket list item: Adopt a fish named Alfonso
Fun fact: I've never cried during a movie!

Andrea Buschkoetter

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Service
Why did you want to become a PT?: I wanted to become a PT, because I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field and physical therapy offers a lot of patient interaction. I had a close relationship with my physical therapist as a kid, as I was in and out of the clinic with multiple different sports injuries. I shadowed him in high school, loved being in the clinic, and decided that I was going to apply to PT schools. 
Bucket list item: Visit as many national parks as possible.
Fun fact: My go to food when I'm sleepy is frozen mango.

Delaney Walker

Year in School: Sophomore
Position: VP of Philanthropy 
Why did you want to become a PT?: I wanted to become a PT after having experienced physical therapy twice after I broke both my ankles (not at the same time) playing soccer. It was really interesting to see my progress in little things like being able to jump on one foot again or see those around me learn how to walk again.
Bucket list item: Travel to Rome
Fun fact: I am a BIG Taylor Swift fan.

Kathleen Sullivan

Year in School: Senior/PY1
Position: VP of Service
Why did you want to become a PT?: I loved learning about the human body and always had a fascination with the musculoskeletal system, so I thought this was a great way to integrate my passion for anatomy with a job where you are working actively and hands on!
Bucket list item: Go to a Chipotle festival
Fun fact: I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo

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