Updates from Arcadia University's Department of Physical Therapy   •   Summer 2012

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Get Acquainted Day for prospective Physical Therapy students takes place Thursday, July 26. Attend a class, take a guided tour of campus and meet Physical Therapy faculty and students. Get more info and register.

Faculty News

Dr. Carol Oatis, Professor of Physical Therapy, received the 2012 Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Master Educator Award. The award will be presented to her during the opening ceremonies of the American College of Rheumatology's Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington D.C. on Nov. 10.

Jan Tecklin, P.T., M.S., Professor of Physical Therapy, just signed a contract with Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins to edit the 5th edition of his textbook, Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Dr. Phil McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Ann Harrington, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, were recently awarded a grant through the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for their project “Infraspinatus Activation in People with and without Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy.”

Physical Therapy faculty and alumni presented research at the 2012 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Chicago, Ill., in February. The CSM focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. Complete list of Arcadia presenters.

Dr. Rebecca Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, gave a graduation speech for physical therapist students at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., on May 17.

Dr. Kathleen K. Mangione, Professor of Physical Therapy, gave the 2012 keynote speech at the St. Francis College’s Physical Therapy Graduation Recognition Dinner in Loretto, Pa., on May 4. She provided a day of continuing education for students and local therapists on May 3.

Dr. Scott Stackhouse, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, led a continuing education course for the American Physical Therapy Association, “Evidence into Practice: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of the Quadriceps Post Knee Surgery,” on May 3.

Amy Miller, P.T., D.P.T., Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, successfully completed requirements to graduate with an Ed.D. in May from Nova Southeastern University. She had a perfect 4.0 in her coursework. Her dissertation work was focused on determining if students acquired evidence-based practice skills in PT school.

Dr. Brian Eckenrode, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, gave two presentations at the Penn Cartilage Repair Symposium in April. The two presentations were “Rehabilitation of Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation” and “Rehabilitation of Meniscus Transplantation.”

Clinic and Community: Von Nieda Leads Experiential Learning in Guatemala

DPT Students Discover Strength in UgandaDr. Kristin von Nieda, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, led 15 students and five Physical Therapists to several communities in Guatemala, as a part of two-week experiential learning trip in the fall. The trip was coordinated with Hearts in Motion (HIM), a non-profit organization that has provided care and medical treatment to children, families and communities in Guatemala since 1990, and which provides in-country support for Arcadia’s students, faculty and clinicians for each trip.

Together, they worked as a traveling therapy clinic in a variety of settings, from rural communities and nutrition clinics to prosthetic groups and rehabilitations centers. Story.

Photo: Dr. Kristen von Nieda (front, center) and DPT students.


Post-Professional Programs for Physical Therapists

Post-Professional Programs for Physical TherapistsArcadia University now offers the following post-professional programs for physical therapists:

Arcadia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked in the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information at admiss@arcadia.edu or 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342).


78 Earn Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees

78 Earn Doctor of Physical Therapy DegreesSeventy-eight students earned the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree during Arcadia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Commencement on Saturday, Jan 28. After receiving their degrees, each student was received with congratulatory handshakes from President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III and Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost, as well as a hallmark hug from Professor and Department Chair Dr. Rebecca Craik.

Among the ceremony’s many highlights: Dr. Gammon Earhart ’94, ’96 M.S.P.T. accepted the first Alumni Achievement Award given by the College of Health Sciences, while guest speaker Dr. Gerard Brennan encouraged graduates to be inspired and love what they do. Story with photos and video.


PT Program Attracts Top Student-Athletes

Victoria IveryThe combination of being able to play college sports while preparing for one of the most elite Physical Therapy doctoral programs in the nation has been a dream come true for many student-athletes at Arcadia University, where the PT program continues to rank among the nation’s top 15 programs. Just as Arcadia’s PT program competes with some of the top medical schools in the nation, Arcadia student-athletes compete in a top conference—the MAC—known for producing NCAA Division III champs. Story.

Photo: Before being admitted into the DPT Program, Dean's List student Jason Sharp ’11 captained Arcadia's swim team.


DPT Students Discover Strength in Uganda

DPT Students Discover Strength in UgandaCraving adventure, Bethany Wolf ’12DPT departed for a small, rural village in western Uganda in December 2011 to observe care at St. Ambrose Charity Health Centre and to visit her Ugandan colleague, Joseph Birungi. She traveled with her friend and classmate Alana Garcia ’12DPT. Once settled, the two realized their three-week excursion was going to be filled with slightly more adventure than they had originally bargained for.

“This is a trip that I had wanted to do for a long time, and because I had some time off before graduating I felt like that would be my perfect opportunity,” says Wolf. “Alana and I met up with my friend at the airport in Entebbe and stayed with him and the other employees at the clinic.” When they arrived at the clinic, however, they noticed patients lining up to be seen—by them. Story.

Photo: Bethany Wolf ’12DPT, left, and Alana Garcia ’12DPT relaxing at Queen Elizabeth National Park.


Physical Therapy Students Help ‘Stamp Out Parkinson’s’

DPT Students Discover Strength in Uganda

Arcadia University Physical Therapy students participated in the Stamp Out Parkinson’s Walk on Kelly Drive in April.

A team of 22 PT students, captained by Assistant Professor Emerita Dr. Carol Leiper, raised more than $2,000 for the Parkinson Council. All money raised stays in the Greater Philadelphia area to support services, research and programs for local residents and scientists. The Parkinson Council has provided equipment grants to assist the Dan Aaron Stay Fit Exercise Program for Individuals with Parkinson Disease or Multiple Sclerosis, which is housed in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Photo: The Phillie Phanatic poses with the Arcadia University team.