Monday, April 4, 2011

Rockhurst PT Grads Earn Specialist Certification

Congratulations to three Rockhurst PT grads for earning certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 2010.

These grads were honored in a ceremony that took place at the Combined Sections Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in New Orleans.

According to ABPTS, "Clinical specialization in physical therapy addresses a specific area of patient need. It requires knowledge, skill, and clinical experience that exceeds that of the physical therapist upon entry into the profession and is unique to the specialized area of practice."

Congratulations again to the following Rockhurst PT grads:

Deborah Jackson, PT, PhD, OCS, CMP (PT 1993) - Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)

Laurie Kertz, PT, MPT, OCS (PT 2001) - Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)

Brian Murphy, PT, MPT, OCS (PT 2000) - Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)

Students Present Research Projects

As part of the Rockhurst Physical Therapy curriculum, students complete either an individual or group research project under faculty mentorship. The following projects were completed by students in the Class of 2011. They were presented in platform format to the Rockhurst community on March 4, 2011 and will be presented in poster format at the MPTA spring meeting on April 15-16, 2011.

Congratulations to these students and their faculty mentors on creating and presenting outstanding projects.

The Effects of Attentional Focus and Environmental Interference on Measures of Gross Motor Performance while Cycling
Eric Archer, SPT; Christopher Farney, SPT; Amanda Fisher, SPT; Jenna Jurrens, SPT; Julia Liesen, SPT; and Jeremy Wiltz, SPT 
Faculty Mentor: Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS

Biomechanical Analysis of Gait During Unloaded Walking in Normals and Patients with Total Knee Arthroplasty
Kathleen Collins, SPT; Kathryn Ferrantelle, SPT; Satvir Kaur, SPT; and Chris Robl, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Mohamed Kohia, PT, PhD

Compliance of NAIA Collegiate Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Forms with American Heart Association Guidelines to Screen for Sudden Cardiac Death
Kristin Allen, SPT; Ashley Alvarez, SPT; Dan Ream, SPT; and Stefanie Woodard, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hiebert, PT, PhD

Audiovisual Training - Its Impact on Families of Children with Down Syndrome
Heather Dias, SPT; Laura Lund, SPT; Katie McCarthy, SPT; and Ashley Whitwell, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Thompson, PhD, MS, PT

Patient Perceptions about Appearance of Physical Therapists
Erin Hopper, SPT; Ruth Mecker, SPT; Abbey Rickard, SPT; and Miranda Soper, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jim Dronberger, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA

The Effects of Treadmill Training With Partial Body Weight Support on Patients Following Total Knee

Brian Graf, SPT; Ross Kelling, SPT; Natalie Rutledge, SPT and Katie Sobbe, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Mohamed Kohia, PT, PhD

The Influence of Core Musculature Engagement on Hip and Knee Kinematics in Females During a Single Leg Squat
Matthew Shirey, SPT; Matthew Hurlbutt, SPT; and Nicole Johansen, SPT
Faculty Mentors: Greg W. King, PhD; Steven G. Wilkinson, PT, PhD; Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS

Immediate Video Feedback vs. Verbal Feedback or Self Evaluation for Learning a Novel Physical Task
Melissa Black, SPT; Camille Fulhage, SPT; and Mark Twellman, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD

Changes in Knee Kinematics During the Single Leg Squat in Females During the Three Phases of the Menstrual Cycle
Kayla Bryant, SPT; Jill Duesing, SPT; Angie Gutierrez, SPT; and Sean Stockwell, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Amy Foley, PT, DPT, MA

Characteristics of Leaders in Physical Therapy
Eric Bradshaw, SPT; Tera Evans, SPT; Stephanie Fournier, SPT; and Heather Green, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Ellen Spake PT, PhD

Older Adult Activity Patterns Associated with Perceived Barriers and Benefits to Exercise in a Large Metropolitan Area
Laurie Pharis, SPT; Christine Roberts, SPT; and Tim Tracy, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Ann Marie Decker, PT, MSA, GCS

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rockhurst PT Faculty Achieve 100% Membership in APTA Facility Challenge

For the fourth year in a row, the Rockhurst Department of Physical Therapy Education has achieved 100 percent membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). All nine core faculty in the department are members of APTA.

"I'm proud that our faculty demonstrate their commitment to the profession of physical therapy through continuing membership in APTA," said Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD, Chair of the physical therapy program. "Maintaining active membership in APTA keeps us intimately connected to our profession and definitely enhances our preparation of students to be future therapists."

Each physical therapist member of APTA pledges to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct, which holds them to a high standard of practice. APTA ( is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research.