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Geriatric Clinical Residency Graduation

Congratulations to Lizzy Sander, PT, DPT and Sam Vukov, PT, DPT who graduated from the University of Minnesota's Geriatric Clinical Residency on August 26, 2015. Lizzy practiced at St. Therese in New Hope, and Sam practiced with Centrex Rehab at Augustana Care Center in Apple Valley. Sam's clinical mentor was Debbie Hank PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA and Lizzy's clinical mentor was Iva Carey, PT, GCS. The University's Geriatric Clinical Residency began in September 2010 with just one resident. When the residency begins it's sixth year in September 2015, it will be expanding to three residents and three clinical sites. We wish Lizzy and Sam the very best as they move forward in their careers!

Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Justin Staker, current Rehabilitation Science student, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 MSA/COGS Graduate Student Teaching Award for his work as a TA with the DPT students. The following is a quote from his nomination:

"...his intention is to develop us into critical thinkers and he wants to make us think through our own questions, based on what we already know. He never settles for just giving us the answer, but rather uses our prior knowledge to 'guide' us to the answer on our own."

Dr. Jessica Cassidy, recent Rehabilitation Science graduate, was also selected as a winner of the 2015 MSA/COGS Graduate Student Teaching Award. Quotes from her nomination include:

"She not only taught me about course material, but she was the type of person who went above and beyond her TA duties to help us all become professionals in our field. She was a great mentor and role model; a vision of what we will be in just a few short years."

"I will use Jessica's calm, patient, and understanding demeanor most often in my future academic and professional career."

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.

APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015

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


Teresa Bisson, PT, DPT, NCS, APT, received an International Travel Grant Award for her travel to Niger in January. This award is given from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance to support globalization efforts.

Arin Ellingson, PhD,has been selected as a K12 Scholar. This award will begin January, 2016 for two years. The focus of the award is to train scholars with engineering and other quantitative backgrounds to become successful rehabilitation scientists in basic, translational and/or clinical research.

Dawn Lowe, PhD, is a recipient of the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) Award for her research titled, "Inexcitability of the muscle plasmalemma and strength loss in Duchenne muscular dystrophy." This project is in collaboration with Dr. Teresa Kimberley and will be carried out in part by Joyce Trost, RSC graduate student, as part of her doctoral research.

Congratulations to Drs. Paula Ludewig, Ward Glasoe and Arin Ellingson for receiving a competitive Research Structure Investment Award from the OVPR "Motion Imaging Data Acquisition for Musculoskeletal Mechanistic, Diagnostic and Guided Treatment Research."  (http://www.research.umn.edu/advance/RIIP-2015-awards.html) The grant is further supporting the infrastructure development for the bi-planar fluoroscopy with supporting funds from the Minnesota Partnership Grant, Physical Therapy, and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Ellingson and Dr. Glasoe are Co-Investigators, as well as Jon Braman, MD in Orthopaedics.

Arin Ellingson, PhD, a new faculty member who will initiate a tenure-track Assistant Professor this June, has received a New Investigator Research Grant from the Scoliosis Research Society. The project aims to quantify the biochemical and mechanical profiles of intervertebral discs in those with adolescent spinal deformities using MRI.

Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT, received a Medical School equipment grant to support her project, "Integrated Motion Analysis and Biofeedback System for Upper Extremity Performance."

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT was 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 has been an active APTA member for nearly 30 years. She has a research focus of shoulder kinematics, and has amassed 62 peer-reviewed journal publications. As a principal investigator Dr. Ludewig holds external grants related to the risk of developing rotator cuff disorders and motion imaging for musculoskeletal diagnosis. As an educator Dr. Ludewig has taught numerous courses, including gross anatomy, clinical biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

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."





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