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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.

Welcome  Assistant Professor Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT, Assistant Professor Wynn Legon, PhD and Executive Office and Administrative Specialist Elena Montalto to the department!

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)

Dr. Jim Carey has received the Marilyn Woods Long Term Service Award from the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association. This award honors an MNPTA member who has demonstrated consistent service, dedication, and achievement over an extraordinary number of years to physical therapy and the professional association. The nominee is typically a longstanding member of the APTA, has been active in education, research, and publications, has served in the professional organization at various levels, and has displayed special expertise in the profession. Congratulations, Jim!

Congratulations to Brianna Radtke (Class of 2014) for being selected for the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency program. Residents work side-by-side sports medicine and orthopedic physicians, sports physical therapists and athletic trainers who bring advanced training in sports medicine. Coursework includes a mix of direct clinical care, physician and surgery observation, research, athletic training observation, and a variety of educational activities that include one-to-one mentoring sessions and weekly sports medicine grand rounds.

Congratulations to Jeanne Lojovich, PhD, PT who has achieved APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer status. 




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