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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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

SLU PT Residency Graduate Interviews SLUCare Orthopedic Surgeon


SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency alumnus Dr. Greg Judice interviews Dr. Scott Kaar, SLU Orthopedic Surgeon and Associate Professor in this episode of STL Active. 

Access the podcast here: shar.es/aowtwl


Dr. Greg Judice is a graduate of the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy (DPT Class of 2014) and a graduate of the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program (Class of 2017).


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, January 28, 2021

Telehealth Begins in the Physical Therapy Clinic at the Health Resource Center


GIVE US A CALL—Telehealth begins!

For the past seven years, the Physical Therapy Clinic at the Health Resource Center has been providing pro bono services to members of the St. Louis community. Not only does the clinic offer free treatment to uninsured and underinsured patients, but it allows students an opportunity to develop their manual, interprofessional, and communication skills learned in the classroom. This year, however, physical therapy at the HRC has looked a bit different. Due to the shutdown of Saint Louis University’s campus in the spring following the COVID-19 pandemic, our student providers were not allowed to engage clients in person. The new student leaders immediately began the process of looking into what options they had to continue to provide the community. The answer, Telehealth.

Beginning September 2020, physical therapy visits at the HRC became Telehealth visits.

The group of dedicated leaders worked to create a new normal for our students and our patients, during treatments offered on Saturday mornings via Zoom Telemedicine. These students joined with student physical therapy leaders from across the country through an organization called “The Pro-Bono Network” to create continued access to physical therapy for the clients of the HRC.


So how does PHYSICAL therapy work in Telehealth?

Wonderfully, actually! Communicating with the client is the first part of an in-person visit and a vital portion of a physical therapy evaluation. Asking the client about their issue/pain and how it relates to their function during their daily activities is the cornerstone to the clinical reasoning that leads to the selection of appropriate physical therapy intervention. Education about postures, movements, and instruction in exercise, all keys to successful physical therapy intervention, are similar in Telehealth as they are in-person treatments. Although hands-on treatment can be very valuable to a client’s progress, much success can be made through discussion of ways to vary daily activities, gain flexibility, build strength, and improve the function of our clients.

Visits include instruction in exercises, activities, or postures, and once camera angles are adjusted, student providers demonstrate the activities to clients. A follow-up email with an exercise program and reminders about education pieces from the visit are sent once the call has concluded.
Some amazing positives have come out of this forced opportunity with Telehealth. The student providers are learning techniques that will certainly be utilized in their future careers. Being able to see inside a client’s home and assist them in finding ways to perform the exercises in their own environment is something physical therapists strive to do when working at an in-person clinic. Telehealth makes that easier. Clients have reported the availability of telehealth makes physical therapy more accessible to them because they do not have to worry about transportation, and many report they hope that the Telehealth option remains available even once in-person treatments resume.

In a demanding year, our student leadership has risen to the challenge to continue to provide for the clients of HRC Physical Therapy and they are eager to return to a mix of in-person and telehealth visits in the years to come.

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, January 25, 2021

SLU Students Receive 1818 Grant to Inspire Future Allied Health Professionals



SLU students from the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), Athletic Training Society (SLATS), and Dietetic Association (SLUDA) received the 1818 grant for “Inspiring Future Allied Health Professionals Today.” 

The goal of the program is to educate students at Unleashing Potential Early Childhood Program and St. Louis Public Schools on science and its bridge to health professions such as physical therapy, athletic training, and nutrition and dietetics. 

To learn more about our Physical Therapy Program, visit https://catalog.slu.edu/colleges-schools/health-sciences/physical-therapy-athletic-training/physical-therapy-program/

Thursday, January 14, 2021

SLU PT Professor Celebrates 20 Years of Service



Congratulations to Dr. Gretchen Salsich for 20 years of service at Saint Louis University! We are so proud to have you as part of our work family. We wish we could gather and celebrate together soon.

To read more visit https://www.slu.edu/doisy/faculty/salsich-gretchen.php

Monday, January 11, 2021

How Research Changes Lives

How Research Changes Lives
A Speaker Series Examining the Transformative Impact of Physical Therapy Research 

How Research Changes Lives is a two-part speaker series hosted by the SLU Program in Physical Therapy. Billikens Impacting the Future, an inaugural event sponsored by the SLU Physical Therapy Student Association, will raise funds for the Marquette Challenge for The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Lecture, in its 18th year, is the annual complimentary keynote speaker event hosted by the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.