Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Steve Wilkinson Accepts New Position

We were very sad at the end of fall semester to say goodbye to Steve Wilkinson, PT, PhD. Steve had been a member of our faculty since 2005 and taught in our musculoskeletal course sequence. He was a valued member of our faculty and had received the "outstanding faculty" award from students in the classes of 2008 and 2010.

For personal and family reasons, Steve, his wife Quisha and their family moved to Boise, Idaho at the end of fall semester. This move will put them much closer to their respective families (who live in Utah).

In Boise, Steve will manage one facility in a small chain of PT clinics and he will also serve as a technology officer for the company.

Although we are very sad to see Steve and his family head west, we are very grateful that we were colleagues for five years and we wish him and his family the very best in 2011 and beyond.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

PT Grad to Serve in Dominican Republic

We are proud to spread the news that Laurie Kietzman-Greer (PT '07) and her husband, Nick Kietzman-Greer will be moving to the Dominican Republic in 2011 to begin a service commitment that is projected to last 2-5 years.

Laurie is a graduate of the Rockhurst PT program and Nick is a graduate of the Creighton PT program (both earned their DPT in 2007). After getting married, they have participated in several short term trips to the Dominican Republic over the last four years with Creighton University, doing physical therapy service work.

During their extended stay, they will work under the Church of the Nazarene, and plan to live and work in a local church in Santiago. In addition to their physical therapy work, they will participate in church ministries with women who have been abused and children without stable homes (1-2 days/wk).

However, the majority of their work (2-4 days/wk) will focus on health development. For example:
  • They will collaborate with existing Dominican physical therapists and the local university in hopes to encourage: 1) the development of a continuing education system for therapists; 2) inpatient physical therapy services; 3) wound care services; and 4) helping the local PT community strive for greater practice autonomy and quality of care standards. This will include clinical work alongside therapists and students.
  • They will provide physical therapy services for a program working to bring children with severe disabilities out of an orphanage and into homes.
  • They may also teach a brief term in Haiti at the only physical therapy program available in the country, a tech level program sponsored by rotating international volunteers.
Laurie and Nick state that they have been inspired by others in the profession who have provided numerous examples of service and health care excellence.

You can visit Laurie and Nick's web site (http://nickandlaurie.wordpress.com) to learn more about their service work and/or to make donations and provide support. We're proud to count Laurie and Nick as colleagues in our great profession!

Nick Keitzman-Greer, PT, DPT and Laurie Keitzman-Greer, PT, DPT


Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy New Year!

So... why is it that every year we get to about this point and shake our heads and ask, "What happened?"

It's hard to believe that the last time we posted a news update was back in November. The holidays absolutely flew by this year!

We hope that all of you had a great holiday season and that 2011 has started off great (OK...cold...but great).

Spring semester starts next week. It's going to be an exciting year in PT here at Rockhurst. We'll tell you more about our plans in upcoming posts. In the meantime, thanks for being a friend and supporter of Rockhurst PT.