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Elizabeth Sander (2014 Mayo Graduate) and Samuel Vukov (2014 St. Kate's Graduate) began their Geriatric Residency year in September 2014 at St. Therese in New Hope and Augustana in Apple Valley respectively.


Faculty members Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT and Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT both received a prestigious TIGRR fellowship sponsored by NIH (NIDRR) and coordinated out of the University of North Carolina. Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) is a 6-month mentoring program where each fellow is paired with a senior rehabilitation research faculty member as well as a mentor at their own institution to produce and refine an NIH application. Teresa received a mid-career award and Ann received a junior faculty award.

Miranda Beck, PT, DPT successfully completed the Geriatric Clinical Residency in August 2014. Miranda's clinic site was at St. Therese in New Hope. She plans to continue working with St. Therese in their home care program.

Faculty member Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT, has been selected to be the Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (impact Index 2.9), ranked among top Neurorehab Journals.

Faculty member Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, has been awarded an 5-year NIH K01 Mentored Scientist Award for her study titled, "Synergistic Effect of Combined tDCS/CIMT in Children with Hemiparesis."

Faculty member Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT, was named to the Foundation for Physical Therapy Scientific Advisory Board.

Faculty member LeAnn Snow, MD, PhD, has been awarded a grant from the University of Minnesota Foundation for her research focused on evaluating nerve growth factors produced by muscle after stroke.


Faculty member Ward Glasoe, PhD, PT, ATC, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the Canada Pedorthic Association 2014 Fall Conference. The conference will be held September 26-27 at Western University, London Ontario, Canada.

Faculty member Linda Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA, presented at the following conferences:

  • International Lymphedema Framework Conference, July 2-7, 2014, University of Glascow, Scotland. "Axillary Web Syndrome: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Natural History."
  • Biennial Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome Support Group Meeting, July 18-19, 2014, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. "Lymphatics and Infection: What's the Connection?"
  • 11th National Lymphedema Network International Conference: The Campaign for Lymphedema Care: Perpectives, Evidence & Practices, September 2-7, 2014, Washington, DC 
    • Preconference Educational Session: Compression Strategies for the Advance Therapist
    • Instructional Session: Axillary Web Syndrome: The Hidden Obstacle
    • Platform Research Presentation: Axillary Web Syndrome: Incidence, Risk Factors, Natural History, and Clinical Characteristics
    • Poster Research Presentation: Axillary Web Syndrome Ultrasound Imaging
      (Dr. Koehler also served on the Scientific Research Committee for this conference)
Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE)

Senior Athletes made their way to the metro area this summer for the Minnesota Senior Games, an annual multisport event for adults over the age of 50. This year Minnesota held competition in 21 different sports including events like a triathlon, 5K and 10K road races, archery and basketball. Some athletes had an extra event this year thanks to physical therapy students from The University of Minnesota and The University of South Dakota. Together, they provided the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE). The SAFE specifically aims to test high functioning seniors involved in sports and give them feedback to help them stay active and healthy. It tests the athlete’s strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, posture and cardiovascular risk factors.

2014 Research Poster Presentation

The physical therapy profession has recognized the need for scientific research to refine and develop the most effective diagnosis and treatment practices in rehabilitation and health promotion and wellness. Students work directly with faculty performing state of the art research that is routinely published in national and international scientific journals. The Research Poster Presentation day on June 19, 2014, was a result of that work

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.

DPT Student Awards for 2014

The Program in Physical Therapy is pleased to be able to offer the following scholarships and fellowships through the generous donations of many outstanding Physical Therapists. The following outstanding students were honored at a banquet with donors and faculty on June 17, 2014

The Janice Steadland Fellowship Fund - This award is given to a 3rd year, graduating student for their exceptional work during their full-time Clinical Internships.

  • Annie Holleran (Class of 2014)
  • Rachel Ringeisen (Class of 2014)

Beatrice E. and Hurd Boody Scholarship - This award is given to a 3rd year, graduating student who exhibits leadership and communication skills and intends to pursue a career in hospital-based Physical Therapy.

  • Jennifer Smith (Class of 2014)

Donna Pauley Fellowship - This award is given to a 3rd year, graduating student who demonstrates strong leadership skills as well as being a team player, and intends to pursue a career in the area of Geriatric PT Practice.

  • Melissa Ludescher (Class of 2014)

Rudolf Ptak Endowed Fellowship in Physical Therapy (Class of 1953) - These scholarships are awarded to 1st and 2nd year students based on a high degree of merit and potential for their professional contributions.

  • Rachel Ahn (Class of 2015)
  • Robin Viele (Class of 2015)
  • Cheyenne Oyen (Class of 2015)
  • Katie Fandrey (Class of 2015)
  • Rebecca Gusmer (Class of 2016)

21st Century Scholarship - This award is given to a 2nd year student who demonstrates outstanding merit and future potential in the field of Physical Therapy.

  • JonPaul Dragseth (Class of 2015)
  • Lang Ho (Class of 2015)

The Sharp Family Fellowship (Class of 1956) - This award is given to a 2nd year student who demonstrates the potential for high professional contributions.

  • Karla Wallner (Class of 2015)
  • Joshua Meuwissen (Class of 2015)

Barbara Lee Graham Scholarship (Class of 1956) - This award is given to a 2nd year student who demonstrates outstanding merit and future potential in the field of Physical Therapy.

  • Rachel Clark (Class of 2015)

Eleanor McManmon Daly Scholarship (Class of 1948) - This scholarship is awarded to a 2nd year student who plans to participate in an international Clinical Internship in the upcoming year.

  • Kaitlyn Lorsbach (Class of 2015, who plans to go to Ecuador)

Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowship - This prestigious award is from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance here at the U of M for worthy graduate and professional students to participate in international internships.

  • Tyler Bradley (Class of 2015, who plans to go to Tanzania, Africa)
  • Atefeh Orandi (Class of 2015, who also plans to go to Tanzania, Africa)

Marguerite P. Gardner Fellowship (Class of 1969): This award is in memory of former facutly member "Margie" Gardner. The 1st and 2nd year recipients of this scholarship are nominated by their class members in recognition of service to their class, department, profession and community.

  • Kjersten Grinde (Class of 2015)
  • Kaitlin Brendel (Class of 2016)

2014 MN APTA Outstanding Student Award - This honor is awarded to a 3rd year student APTA member who is nominated by the faculty based on academic merit and MN APTA chapter participation.

  • Dave Erlandson (Class of 2014)

MN Physical Therapy Association Federal Advocacy Student Scholarship - This award is offered to inspire PT students to get involved in federal advocacy and allow them to participate in the Federal Advocacy Forum of Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C.

  • Lan Ho (Class of 2014)









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