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Program in Physical Therapy Facebook Page

The Social Media Committee has officially launched a Facebook Page for our program! If you have a Facebook Account and want to 'like' the page, all you need to do is search "UMN Physical Therapy Program" at the top of your home page and our program's page should pop up. We have linked the program's Twitter account with the page so our tweets will be seen on Facebook as well. Please continue to email the Social Media Committee at ptum14@umn.edu for anything you would like shared with the social media world.

Minnesota Physical Therapy Association Legislative Day

Second year DPT student Matt Stoltman spoke at the MNPTA Legislative Day in St. Paul on February 19, 2015 on the importance of timely access to physical therapy services.

DPT Students Samantha Roedel and Taylor Thompson, Geriatric Resident Lizzy Sander, and physical therapy professionals met with Senator Scott Dibble to discuss Senate File 3 in hopes of achieving his support. With rural doctors in short supply, and physical therapy professionals overburdened with debt, adding physical therapists to the list of healthcare workers eligible to receive student loan forgiveness in these underserved areas may have substantial benefits to the community.

APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015

Click here to view the list of presentations given by the Program in Physical Therapy faculty and students.

15th Annual Jack Allison Lecture

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT presented the 15th Annual Jack Allison Lecture on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center. His topic "Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Making Sound Clinical Judgements Using Evidence" drew 60 participants and received excellent reviews. He presented strategies to understand the evidence related to diagnostic tests, how to best use the tests in management decisions, and a review specific of tests and measures and their usefulness. He also presented the Rehabilitation Seminar titled "Primary Results and Secondary Anaylses from the Thrust versus Non-Thrust Manipulation Trial" and met with PhD students on Friday. We were very pleased to host such a distinguished speaker and provide an important educational topic to the professional community.

This lectureship was created to honor the memory of Jack Allison, Program in Physical Therapy Professor from 1957-1994. He also served as Program Director until his retirement. Next year's lecturer will be Dale Aves, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA on November 7, 2015. Her lecture topic relates to frailty.


Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT will be a Fellow at the 2015 Summer institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials. This 12-day intensive training incorporates competency training on 1) the conduct of randomized control trials, and 2) the planning, design and execution of clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT received the Catherine Worthington Fellow designation (FAPTA) - the highest honor among APTA's membership category. The purpose of FAPTA is to honor Dr. Worthington and inspire all physical therapists to attain the high level of professional excellence and impact in terms of advancing the profession she exemplified. Dr. Ludewig will be honored at the next APTA meeting in June.

Manda Keller-Ross, DPT, PhD is receiving the Nike, Inc. Loren G. Myhre Postdoctoral Award for an abstract submitted to the Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section of the Experimental Biology. This work will be presented in April at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA. Dr. Keller-Ross will join our faculty in March, 2015.

Katie Fandrey (Class of 2015) has been selected to receive the Student Award for Geriatric Research from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (previous Geriatric Section). This is the first time one of our students has received this award. Katie went above and beyond the expectations of her research group, completing an additional project and presenting it at the Geriatric Society of America's national conference last year.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT, received a one-year grant from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association to further her investigation into TMS and neuroimaging in laryngeal dystonia (also called spasmodic dysphonia0. Her study is titled, "Pathophysiology of Spasmodic Dysphonia: A TMS, fMRI Study."

Jim Carey, PhD, PT, FAPTA, received an Institute for Engineering in Medicine Seed Grant, titled "Home-Based tDCS and Hand Tracking Rehabilitation for Chronic Stroke."

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, was recently awarded the Foundation for Physical Therapy Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant for her research in pediatric hemiparesis.

Faculty Service Award

The Program in Physical Therapy is pleased to announce Greg Santema and Susan Braun-Johnson as the 2014 recipients of the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy Faculty Service Award. This award is presented every year to individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Program in Physical Therapy.

Greg Santema is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy and is the epitome of service to the profession. As a private practice owner he has supported this program by taking internship students, has served on the University of Minnesota scholarship committee, International internship review committee and as a community liaison for the 2nd year community projects for many years. But most importantly , he was instrumental in initiating the Niger international internship experience where he has assisted in developing relationships as well as acting as a mentor and clinical instructor for students on those trips.

Susan Braun-Johnson is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy and recently stepped down as the Center Coordinator of Clinical education for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) where she served in this role for many years. She has been extremely generous, flexible and an excellent role model of what a CCCE should be. She has often taken students at the last minute when there were cancellations and has assisted with APTA Clincial Credentialing of PT's. She has been instrumental in creating an atmosphere of excellence in clinical instruction at HCMC, consistently making it one of our top internship choices.





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