Thursday, June 22, 2017

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Rachel W. P. Condon, DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT, OCS, CSCS

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Rachel W. P. Condon, DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT, OCS, CSCS

Assistant Department Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Hometown: Chicago
Current Town/City: Norfolk, VA

SLU DPT Class of 2010

Interests, Activities, Clubs, and Professional Organizations
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Manual Physical Therapy, Long Distance Running

If you could come back to SLU and teach a class, which class would you like to teach?
I would love to teach Musculoskeletal I or II and would really enjoy teaching manual therapy in lab

What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned at SLU?
The most valuable lesson I learned was the importance of communicating with my patients in a patient-friendly manner that is easy for them to understand. Having good communication with my patients has helped me get good compliance with their treatment plan and improves the patient-provider relationship.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment was completing my Doctor of Science and Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

What advice do you have for students getting ready to graduate with their DPT?
Be experts at the basics - the basics done really well can help any patient you see. Also, listen to your patients. A good subjective exam can lead you to a strong list of hypothesis of how to help the patient.

This is one of several posts featuring SLU PT Alumni experiences. The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy wants to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing, here in St. Louis and around the world. For more information for and about SLU alumni experiences go to: http://www.slu.edu/alumni-and-donors/.

Monday, June 19, 2017

SLU PT Student Uses Scholarship to Pay it Forward


Service Trip Spotlight - Pay it Forward
by Claire Kelly (DPT Class of 2018)

The Cavallo Scholarship has had a major impact on my time here at SLU, because it has allowed me to go on the Pay it Forward spring break trip multiple times. On these trips I was able to meet new people at SLU and across the country and was able to serve a variety of different communities across the United States. Without the Cheryl Cavallo Scholarship, financing the trips would have been very difficult; I am forever grateful that I received this scholarship opportunity, and I encourage all those who are thinking about applying to do so! 


There are two ways to help support the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship Fund. You may participate in the 16th Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K (register here) or donate directly to the fund. The Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K is in memory of Cheryl Cavallo, a long time faculty member in the Program in Physical Therapy who lost her courageous battle to cancer in 2013.  She served as the faculty mentor for the Program in Physical Therapy Student Council for 22 years and tirelessly coordinated this event for 11 years.  She lived the Jesuit mission everyday by giving back to those less fortunate.  All proceeds from the memorial fundraiser will benefit the Cheryl Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to help defray travel costs for students wishing to pursue health care related domestic or international mission trips. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Michelle Cohen at mcohen17@slu.edu.

Cheryl L. Cavallo, PT, Ph.D.
This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students who have utilized the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to finance their service trips. Service is an integral part of the Saint Louis University experience. SLU  is currently #4 on Washington Monthly’s list of universities who participate most in community service. To learn more about service at SLU, visit the Center for Service and Community Engagement website at www.slu.edu/service.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

SLU PT Student Experiences Collaborative Clinical Setting at SLU Physical Therapy Clinic

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University Physical Therapy Clinic
By:  Theresa Gilmore (DPT Class of 2017)

During my last semester of physical therapy school, I had the privilege of being assigned to my number one choice of clinical sites at the Saint Louis University Physical Therapy Clinic. It was one of my favorite experiences of physical therapy school. I was able to watch and work alongside excellent clinicians, professors, lab instructors, and physical therapy orthopedic residents whom I looked up to throughout my undergraduate coursework.
One of my favorite things about the clinic was being able to grow as a clinician in an environment where research and evidenced is used, and collaboration occurs constantly. Almost every time I was in the office there were discussions and brainstorming about new ideas for patient treatment and evaluations. I was made to feel welcome and part of the team as other clinicians valued my opinion and the things I had learned throughout my coursework and previous clinical affiliations. I loved seeing how every staff member at the clinic continues to strive to learn more and it inspires me to want to do the same. As a student, it was important for me to see clinicians dedicated to lifelong learning and using current evidence to shape evaluation and treatment of patients. It was amazing to see the quality of care and compassion that each and every patient received at this physical therapy clinic.
Throughout this 9 week clinical internship I was able to work with SLU’s Division I athletes. This site was different than other sites I had been to because of the sports emphasis. This experience was invaluable as I learned to analyze running for cross country/track and field rehabilitation and watch a softball player simulate swinging a bat to guide treatment. I loved the emphasis that movement analysis played in guiding treatment and returning athletes to play in a timely manner. It was also great to be able to interact with athletic trainers in order to provide care to athletes as a team. It was extremely rewarding to watch my patients improve and return to the sports that they love. I am very thankful for this opportunity and the friendships I formed with the clinicians and patients whom I worked with.

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students featuring their clinical site and their clinical instructors. The number, quality, and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU PT Program.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Carley Kirsch PT, DPT

SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Carley Kirsch PT, DPT

Rehabilitation Director
Hillside Health Care International
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Current Town/City: Punta Gorda, Belize

SLU DPT Class of 2011

Interests, Activities, Clubs, and Professional Organizations
International Public Health, Hillside Health Care International rehab committee
If you could come back to SLU and teach a class, which class would you like to teach?

If I could teach one class at SLU, I would teach Basic Exam. This was the first hands on class in our curriculum that made me fall in love with the profession. Although I spent many sleepless nights memorizing muscle origins and insertions, the foundational knowledge from that course has helped me to become the practitioner I am today.
What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned at SLU?

The most valuable lesson I learned at SLU was being a true woman for others. I was raised in a family and community that values service, however SLU was the first place I was able to explore my own passion and love for assisting others. Participating in campus ministry service trips, make a difference day, Relay for Life, and Campus Kitchen allowed me to explore my ability to contribute to the community. In addition, the physical therapy clinical education team first introduced me to my lifelong love of international service by offering a clinical rotation at Hillside.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

My greatest professional accomplishment has been managing the rehabilitation department at Hillside Clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize. I spend my days serving the patients of the local community at our outpatient clinic and being welcomed into the homes our homebound community members. I also get the opportunity to collaborate with community members and other organizations to establish sustainable programs to provide a lifetime of care for our patients. One of the most gratifying aspects of my job is working with an interdisciplinary team of both students and professionals to provide optimal care to our patients.
What advice do you have for students getting ready to graduate with their DPT?

Be persistent and continue to make personal and professional goal for yourself. Even after graduation, take each day as a learning opportunity.

Your term as the Rehabilitation Director at Hillside Healthcare International ends soon. What can you tell us about your experience?

As the rehab director at Hillside, I have gained more from the community than I could ever repay. The relationships that I have made with staff, patients, community members, students, and other volunteers will last a lifetime. These are relationships and connections that I am excited to pass on to a future rehab director. Interested applicants can learn more information about the position by following this link: https://www.idealist.org/en/volunter-opportunity/12edf4425d8b4afda695dcfd0066db78-rehabilitation-director-hillside-health-care-international-eldridgeville

This is one of several posts featuring SLU PT Alumni experiences. The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy wants to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing, here in St. Louis and around the world. For more information for and about SLU alumni experiences go to: http://www.slu.edu/alumni-and-donors/.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SLU Physical Therapy Clinic Hosts Open House in New Location

The Saint Louis University Physical Therapy Clinic: An Affiliate of the Student Health Center hosted an Open House on Thursday, April 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the clinic’s new location: 3530 Laclede Avenue Suite 108, St. Louis, MO 63103. Guests were able to tour the clinic and meet the physical therapy staff. 
SLU PT Clinic Staff: Jason Bennett, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC; Pam Abbott, PT, DPT, OCS; Karen Vespa, PT, MPT, OCS; Physical Therapy Clinical Service Manager Jenny Stateler, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Barb Yemm, PT, DPT, OCS; Mike Markee, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC; Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS.
The new site gives increased square footage to accommodate the growing patient population with an improved layout that allows for utilization of private treatment areas and space for expanded student learning opportunities.
The physical therapy clinic is open to the entire SLU community. The clinic specializes in treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. All of the clinic’s physical therapists hold American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifications in the field of orthopedics and/or sports.
Patients can expect a one-on-one, individualized approach that will facilitate optimal recovery by combining current research and highest standards of practice.

Below are photos our our clinic staff and guests during the open house reception.

Dr. Tricia Austin, Interim Department Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Dr. Michelle Unterberg, Assistant Dean for the Walker College of Health Professions/Director of the Physical Therapy Program, and Dr. Mardell Wilson, Dean of the Doisy College of Health Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Stateler with Dr. Mike Markee

Dr. Jenny Stateler and Dr. Tricia Austin welcome Janet Oberle, Sr. Associate Director of Athletics

Dr. Mona Hicks, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students with Dr. Chris Sebelski
Dr. Gretchen Salsich, Dr. Barb Yemm, Dr. Dave Gutekunst, and Dean Mardell Wilson

SLU PT Clinic Billing Representative Micki Barbieri with Renee Dunham, Assistant Director of the Student Health Center

Dr. Sara Scholtes with Dr. Mike Markee

Dr. Randy Richter, Interim Program Director for the Program in Physical Therapy with SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Orthopedic Resident Dr. Adam Kays

Dr. Kim Levenhagen and Dr. Barb Yemm

PT Clinic Staff Member Karen Vespa discusses the updated layout with Dr. Steve Byrnes, the Director of University Counseling.
Dr. Randy Richter with Ryan TeKolste (DPT Class of 2020)

Dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences Dr. Mardell Wilson discusses the new clinic accommodations with Dr. Michelle Unterberg, Assistant Dean for the Walker College of Health Professions/Director of the Physical Therapy Program.
For more information about the clinic, accessing physical therapy services, or setting up appointments, call (314) 977-7419.




Photos by Corey Mauer & Erica Mullikin

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SLU PT Faculty Members Recognized at Women of the Year Luncheon


Dr. Lisa Dorsey, Dr. Vicki Moran, Dr. Chris Sebelski, Student Olivia Smithhisler, & Dr. Lisa Fisher
During the 2017 Women of the Year Luncheon hosted by Saint Louis University's Women's Commission, SLU PT Faculty Members Dr. Chris Sebelski and Dr. Lisa Dorsey were recognized as grant awardees. They were awarded the Sister Shirley Kolmer Community Impact Grant.  The project is entitled: "Pathways of leader self-efficacy for women in higher education."  

Investigators: 
Chris A Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
Lisa Dorsey, PT, PhD, MBA  
Vicki Moran, PhD, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, CNE, TNS


The Women's Commission of Saint Louis University empowers and educates women and the community by heightening awareness of relevant women's issues, connecting women with opportunities for personal and professional development, and recognizing the outstanding contributions female faculty, staff and students have made to our esteemed institution.

The Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant helps fund individual leadership development opportunities and community impact projects that advance women. The grant was established in 2016 through initial endowed support from an anonymous Women's Commission Member and Woman of the Year award winner in 1994. 
You can learn more about Saint Louis University's Women's Commission and the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant by following this link.

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 PT Admitted Student Day

Katie Solon, Kim Levenhagen, the Billiken, Maddy Cordier, & Alison Alexander
The Program in Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University hosted admitted students and their families during PT Admitted Student Day on Friday, April 7, 2017. PT Admitted Student Day is a special opportunity for students to become acquainted with SLU’s exceptional Program in Physical Therapy.
Admitted students who came to the event had an opportunity to meet many of their future classmates and speak with a panel of current PT students. We consider our current students to be ambassadors for the progam as they volunteer their time to discuss their experiences of the program and the university with visiting students and their families.
Jared Roznowski, Natalie Wright, Ben Modde, Caroline Sauer, Niamh Ryan, & Lauren Foster

Jared Roznowski, Natalie Wright, Ben Modde, Caroline Sauer, Niamh Ryan, & Lauren Foster
Admitted students and their families learned about SLU’s unique six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum, including the interprofessional education, clinical education, and faculty research that set SLU apart from other colleges.
Megan Gilbert, Elanna Arhos, Mike Gentile, Simone Romero, Rochelle Reyes, & Anthony Lorenger

Megan Gilbert, Elanna Arhos, Mike Gentile, Simone Romero, Rochelle Reyes, & Anthony Lorenger
While at the event, our student ambassadors gave tours of the Program in Physical Therapy’s facilities at SLU's South Campus. This included a look inside our labs as well as an opportunity to see our PY2 students preparing for their practical exams.
Student Ambassador Rochelle Reyes with the Billiken
All had an opportunity to engage with their future professors and future classmates at the reception following the event. Representatives from Financial Aid, the Office of Admission, and several other SLU organizations were also available to answer questions they may have had. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make this day happen.

We feel that SLU is a fantastic place to learn, be involved, make friends, and achieve your goals. We can't wait to see you again this fall!