Monday, August 1, 2022
Faculty Spotlight - Jessica Luechtefeld, PT, DPT, PCS
Hello! I’m Jessica Luechtefeld, an adjunct faculty member within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Saint Louis University. I am the course coordinator for the Neurological Conditions II course. I am a practicing pediatric physical therapist, providing early intervention services through Missouri First Steps in rural Missouri and outpatient and aquatics through ShowMe Therapy in Washington, Missouri.
I have had a wide variety of pediatric experiences throughout my career. I graduated from the University of Missouri with my DPT, during which I completed pediatric clinicals as well as participated in various volunteer opportunities working with pediatric patients. I then completed the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency at Creighton University. My time as a pediatric resident gave me the opportunity to work and learn in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient pediatrics, aquatics, the NICU, schools, and inpatient rehab. Since completing my residency education, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient, schools, and early intervention.
Research collaborations with colleagues led to the opportunity to present at various conferences over the past several years. Research during my residency education led to presenting at the APTA Pediatric Annual Conference in 2020 on clinical reasoning when working with patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Collaborations with colleagues from the University of Missouri led to presenting at Combined Sections Meeting in 2022 and several manuscript publications, all discussing the results of a nationwide survey about providing pediatric physical therapy services using telehealth during COVID-19.
I’m hoping to grow my pediatric team of professionals at Saint Louis University for assisting with both on-campus and/or off-campus lab experiences with the students. Please reach out to me at email@example.com for more information or with any questions.