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Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC, who received the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award from the APTA Section on Women’s Health at the Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 18, 2017. The scholarship is awarded to a section member who has had an abstract accepted for presentation at the APTA Combined Section Meeting with the intention to submit a publication to the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.


On Saturday/Sunday February 11th – 12th from 8am – 5pm in the Health Science Center (HSC), ROCKTAPE will be holding a 2-part kinesiology taping certification course.

ROCKTAPE will offer two levels of Fascial Movement Taping clinics. FMT certifications are designed for therapists and practitioners who want to further their understanding of human movement. FMT Basic addresses theories and applications for rehab, posture, edema and sports performance. FMT Performance builds on FMT Basic concepts, with an emphasis on myofascial pathways, movement therapy and performance enhancement.

  • All class supplies (tape, scissors, digital course notes) are provided.
  • You will be credentialed in FMT, which is a commercially accredited certification.
  • CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, OT, LMTs and personal trainers – depending on location and class type.


  • PT Anatomist Sees Multiple Uses for 3D Printouts

Dr. Steve Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS can tell you all about the latest digital apps for studying human anatomy.

An avid user of 3D4Medical, Professor Snyder has used their Complete Medical Lab to develop custom lecture presentations, lab demonstrations, and virtual study aids for his Anatomy I and II students.  Still there is nothing quite like the look and feel of an actual human bone for illustrating important anatomical concepts. [Quote from Dr. Snyder]

Read the whole article at https://teachtech.westernu.edu/multiple-uses-3d-printouts




Diabetes Education Expo

DPT Faculty member Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, volunteered in the Diabetes Education Expo on Saturday October 29th at the City of Hope. This expo is for everyone who wants to learn how to have a healthier lifestyle, prevent and manage diabetes and help friends/family living with diabetes.


FMT Blades Certification

On Saturday November 12th, 2016 from 8am – 5pm at the Health Science Center (HSC) Lecture Hall West, ROCKTAPE will be holding an 8 hour IASTM Certification and you get to keep the tools. FMT Blades introduces the concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via Instrument Assistant Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). The tools may be hard-edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient outcomes. This course is intended for licensed practitioners and licensed therapists with all levels of experience with soft tissue techniques. All supplies needed for the course are provided. CEU’s may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, OT, LMTs – depending on location and class type.


PT Month Presentation

Dr. Kelly Starrett – Modern Strength & Conditioning Through A Physical Therapy Lens, will be presenting on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 12pm in the Health Sciences Center (HSC) Lecture Hall West. Kelly is a physical therapist who founded the Mobilitywod Project. He is the author of the NY Times Best Seller Becoming a Supple Leopard, as well as, two other books on movement and mobility.



3rd Annual Facial Paralysis Awareness Walk

On Sunday October 16th, DPT Faculty member Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS participated in the 3rd Annual Facial Paralysis Awareness Walk in Long Beach, Ca. Casey also had the opportunity to speak on facial paralysis from a facial physical therapists perspective with WesternU Alumni Joseph Park and Kelli Crouse.



DSALA 22nd Annual  Buddy Walk

On Saturday October 15th, DPT 2018 and DPT 2019 students participated in the 22nd Annual Down Syndrome Association Los Angeles Buddy Walk at Los Angeles City Hall. The Buddy Walk program was established to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The Buddy Walk is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to walk – or support a walker- and raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles and the National Down Syndrome Society.



Learning in Higher Education Conference – Atlanta GA.

October 6 -8; Denise Schilling, PT, PhD, Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, Steven Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS, Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC, Grant Hirayama, PT, DPT and Gunnar Fillerup, DPT presented at the Learning in Higher Education Conference in Atlanta GA.

Presentation Title: Cultivating Next Generation Faculty—An Effective Multiphase Mentoring Program

Session Abstract: This panel presentation describes a cost-effective mentoring strategy that successfully addresses faculty shortage, development, and retention. Based on faculty retention data and principles of faculty development, this model assumes students are future faculty and early identification coupled with a clear, concise, multiphase mentoring process will facilitate interest in an academic career and result in a successful journey. This model has built a hiring reservoir, facilitated successful promotions, and engendered loyalty, thus increasing retention. Evidence includes student evaluations, senior faculty feedback, service production, research production, and promotion status.


Life Rolls on

On Saturday August 27th, DPT students volunteered at the annual, Life Rolls On,in Huntington Beach. Life Rolls On, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury by believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.



Alumni Mixer


Calling all WesternU Alumni!

Come join us at Walter’s Restaurant in Claremont, CA this month!

To RSVP for this Alumni Networking Mixer, please visit http://www.westernu.edu/alumnimixers/

or contact Joanne Diongzon jdiongzon@westernu.edu – 909.469.5436.


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