Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rockhurst PT Active in Northwest District of MPTA


Alumni and faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Rockhurst University continue to be involved in leading the Northwest District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

The most recent meeting of the Northwest District was Tuesday, April 18.

Rockhurst graduate Marie Petrich (PT '88) presented an educational session on “Kinesiotaping”.

Elections were held for district leadership positions and the following RU PT alumni and faculty were elected:
  • Kim Freed Wiley (PT '09) was elected Chair
  • Brandi Dorton (PT '10) was elected Chair Elect
  • Amy Foley (RU Faculty) was elected Treasurer
  • Catherine Thompson (RU Faculty) continues as Membership Chair
First year PT students Matthew Ganser, Paul Craig, Josh Agee, Kyle Veazey and Deva Bonnel also attended the meeting and joined in the fun.

Congratulations and thanks to all alumni, faculty and students who continue to lead our profession.


1st year students (L to R) Matthew Ganser, Deva Bonnel and Paul Craig practice kinesiotaping technique after the presentation by Marie Petrich.

Monday, April 23, 2012

PT Department Welcomes Christina Wisdom to Faculty


The Department of Physical Therapy Education at Rockhurst University is thrilled to announce that Christina Wisdom, DPT, OCS, CLS will become a full-time member of the faculty beginning in January 2013.

Dr. Wisdom completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas (Lawrence) and then earned her entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

She has worked for the past six years at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. Christina is a Certified Lymphedema Specialist and is a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through ABPTS.

Christina has been teaching in the Rockhurst Physical Therapy program as an adjunct instructor since spring of 2008. Her teaching responsibilities in her new position will include the Professional Development and Physical Therapy Assessment course sequences.

Christina received the Directors Award as a student at Washington University in St. Louis and earned the Physical Therapy Award of Excellence as a therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Kansas Hospital.

She also received the Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2009. Christina has been a member of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) since graduation from Washington University, and has served the chapter as a member and as the chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Christina will teach in summer 2012 as an adjunct instructor, then take the fall of 2012 off before beginning full-time work in January 2013.

Physical Therapy department chair Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD is excited to have Christina joining the faculty full-time.

"I couldn't be more pleased that Christina has decided to join our faculty full-time", he said. "She brings a wonderful passion for our profession along with a tremendous amount of clinical knowledge and experience. I believe our students will benefit greatly from having more opportunities to learn from her."

Please join us in welcoming Christina!



Monday, April 16, 2012

A Reception to Honor and Celebrate Ellen Spake

Join us to honor Ellen Spake, PT, Ph.D., the founding chair and longtime faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy Education, as she transitions to her new role as Assistant to the President for Mission and Ministry at Rockhurst University

Friday, May 18
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., with a short program at 6:30 p.m.
Massman Gallery
Light refreshments will be served

To RSVP and let us know you're coming, please click the link below.
Register online.

If you are not able to attend the program but would like to leave a memory about Ellen or a comment for her, please email them to catherine.thompson@rockhurst.edu to have them included in the memory book.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crowning the Queen of Karaoke

Who knew...?

PT faculty member Dr. Ellen Spake has revealed another hidden talent and added another accomplishment to her resume...Karaoke for a Cause champion for 2012!

Ellen teamed up with Dr. GlennYoung from the Department of Theology on March 28, 2012 to raise money for clean water in Africa. They competed against about 15-20 other acts by performing a tremendously fun version of "I'm Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO.

The audience voted on the act they thought was the best and Ellen and Glenn won (by a landslide).

The fundraiser was sponsored by Voices for Justice at Rockhurst. Ellen and Glenn represented the RU faculty and raised $1,500 for clean water in Africa.

After the competition concluded, Ellen said, "It was one of the most humiliating things I’ve ever done as I don’t even sing in the shower if my husband is in the house.  However, having been in El Salvador on two different occasions in the past year, another country that has no clean drinking water, it was certainly for a worthy cause."