Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PT Graduate and Current Student Featured in Rockhurst Campaign

In the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Rockhurst University we have been blessed to have the privilege of working with hundreds of men and women who are leaders in healthcare and in the community.

Our graduates and our current students are making a positive difference everywhere, every day on every level.

As part of its "Where Leaders Learn" campaign, the university recently featured current PT leader Kelly Ranallo and future PT leader Nikki Anderson.

Nikki Anderson, PT '13 and Kelly Ranallo, PT '91

Kelly is a 1991 graduate of the Rockhurst PT program. She was a co-founder of Quantum Health Professionals and is now the President of the Turner Syndrome Society of Kansas City. Nikki completed her undergraduate studies at Baker University and is scheduled to graduate in May 2013 with her DPT.

You can hear from Kelly and Nikki at: http://www.rockhurst.edu/whereleaderslearn/

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kirsten Potter Joins PT Faculty

The Department of Physical Therapy Education is very pleased to welcome a new full-time faculty member to campus this spring semester.

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, NCS earned a BS in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York in Buffalo, an MS in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Potter has previously been a member of the Physical Therapy faculty at the University of New England in Portland, Maine and Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. While at the University of New England, she earned the President’s Award from the Maine chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Founder’s Award from the Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Potter has earned Neurological Clinical Specialist status from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and will teach primarily in the area of neuromuscular physical therapy.

We could not be more pleased to welcome Dr. Potter to Rockhurst. She will be a tremendous addition to our department.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Second Year Students Are a Hit at Math and Science Night

Second year PT students Hope Gregory (PT '14), Gracia Matlack (PT '14) and Mellony Meister (PT '14) we a hit on Science and Math Night at Brookwood Elementary School (Leawood, KS)

PT faculty member Marcie Swift, PT, PhD recruited the students for the January 31st event and helped them organize information and a series of activities related to human movement and the principles of physical therapy care.

The PT students set up shop in a classroom and interacted with both elementary-aged students and their parents.

Marcie reports that children and parents alike were fascinated by the information presented by our PT students. She said that many parents had a tough time getting their children to move on to other rooms to see other exhibits because they were so engrossed in the PT presentation.

Way to go Hope, Gracia and Mellony! You are living examples of the spirit of service we cultivate in our students and our program.