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Casa Colina Service Award was presented to Dr. Tammie Johnson for 10 years of hard work and dedication.

It has been an incredible decade spent at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Rehabilitation. I started as a student on the inpatient rehabilitation Stroke/ TBI team back when outpatient and inpatient services were in the same large gym. Prior becoming a PT I was a volunteer with the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventure Program, where I helped patients with SCI, TBI and other diagnosis water / jet ski and kayak, no matter how severe their injury was. If the desire was there the recreational therapists collaborated with others in finding a way for the patients to participate in all manner of activities. To me this level of participation in life and the genuine smiles back on the face of a patient after a long road to recovery. This level of participation, is still the ultimate goal in collaboration with many other team members to motivate patients to achieve. As one patient said at a Tribute to Courage Gala “the doctor saved my life but the therapist gave me my life back….”

When I returned to Casa Colina, post-graduation from PT school and 5 years at Hoag Hospital, outpatient therapy services had it’s own building and the newer hospital construction had been completed. My first position at Casa Colina was as the primary PT for inpatient acute rehabilitation on the TBI and stroke team. I loved the interdisciplinary collaboration of PT, OT and ST working with the physiatrist, nursing staff, respiratory therapists, case managers, neuropsychologists and other members of the rehabilitation team. Going on home checks, training the patients and their family members/caregivers on a new normal was very challenging and beyond rewarding. After 5 years with inpatient rehabilitation I transitioned to working with higher level traumatic brain injury day treatment and resident patients at the Transitional Living Center (TLC). At the TLC I was fortunate to work with injured police officers, fire fighters, military soldiers and other patients with multiple trauma injuries. Here I also was able to work with the recreational therapy staff again by starting a sports group and taking patients on local hikes, return them to running, biking and/or other desired goals. One soldier even achieved his goal of jumping out of a plane for his birthday.

After three very exciting years at TLC, sometimes too exciting, I transitioned further along the continuum of care to work in outpatient neurological services. In this role, I am part of the wheelchair and seating clinic team as an Assistive Technology Provider (ATP) and work with patients with every possible neurological diagnosis. I even get the opportunity to work with patients that I might have seen over 9 years ago, during my first days of working at the rehabilitation hospital. I love the collaboration across campus with brilliant therapists of all disciplines and the relationships built over the years with different physicians and case managers. Every setting has unique challenges, but incredible rewards when patients achieve their goals and “get their life back.”

Simultaneously, I have enjoyed 8 years of collaborating with Faculty at Western University to provide rich experiences for the future Physical Therapists of our profession. Some of these experiences involve wheelchair and seating labs, appearing as a guest lecturer, teaching the transitional DPT neurological diagnosis course, and demonstrating some of the incredible cutting-edge technology that Casa Colina provides patients access to, as a national leader in rehabilitation.   Some of the past Western students have become successful colleagues and / or residents who now work at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Rehabilitation.

Thus, looking back I would not change a thing in this rewarding path experienced as a physical therapist, team player, friend, and an educator.



California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Conference

DPT Faculty and Staff attended the annual CPTA conference on September 16-17, 2017 in San Diego, Ca.

Dr. Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS – Incidence of Injuries Reported In a World Class Drum And Bugle Corps During Tour
Dr. Christine Eddow, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, WCS, CHT – The Perceived Value and Efficacy of Traditional Face-to-Face Versus Hybrid Methods of Clinical Instruction Among Physical Therapy Educators and Students in Doctoral Level Physical Therapy Programs: A Qualitative Case Study.
  Dr. Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC – Myofascial Decompression Techniques for the Normalization of Fascial Mobility and Muscle Tone in an Athlete with Bowel Voiding Dysfunction: A Case Study.
Dr. Donna Redman- Bentley, PT, PhD presented Balance and Visual Skills: Comparison of Children with Sensory Processing Disorders and Typical Development on behalf of Dr. Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT; Dr. Kimberly Walker, OD, FCOVD, and Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD    

9th Annual OC Walk n’ Roll to Cure Ataxia

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 – DPT students participated in the 9th Annual OC Walk n’ Roll to Cure Ataxia event in Yorba Linda, Ca. to celebrate International Ataxia Awareness Day.


The certified sports Nutritionist (CISSN) is the most advanced level certification through the international society of sports nutrition (ISSN). The ISSN is the only non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the science and application of evidence-based sports nutrition an supplementation, as well as the world’s leader in providing science-based sports nutrition and supplement information through the peer-reviewed Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN)

CPTA Alumni Lunch

The WesternU Alumni Association invites you to the WesternU Lunch during the CPTA Annual Conference

Saturday, September 16, 2017

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

401 K Street ~ San Diego, Calif.

(about a 5-minute walk from the Convention Center)

Skip the crowds and cold lunch in the Exhibit Hall and join your fellow WesternU alumni, students, faculty, and staff for a complimentary hot buffet lunch

RSVP for this event by Sep. 11 at https://westernu-cpta2017.eventbrite.com

Guests are welcome, and you do not need to be attending the conference to attend this lunch

Welcome DPT 2020

DPT Faculty welcomes the DPT 2020 class at Convocation/White Coat Ceremony

Congratulations Dr. Eddow

Dr. Chris Eddow, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, WCS, CHT graduated with a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University on July 8th, 2017. Dr. Eddow graduated with honors and was recognized by the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. She will present her research at the California Physical Therapy Association conference in San Diego this September.



Congratulations to Rachel Wheeler DPT 2019, as she has been elected as the Newsletter Chair for the California Student Special Interest Group. She will be sending out the next newsletter for California PT & PTA students by the end of July.


From Cadaver to Case (June 3rd, 2017), a continuing education course held by the Department of Physical Therapy Education faculty, covered the use of virtual reality, ultrasound exploration and cadavers to explore anatomical structures related to cases. Western University’s 1st year Physical Therapy students assisted in guiding the 8 participants in the cadaver lab. Due to the great reviews and positive feedback, DPTE faculty will be planning future courses to come.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Harsha Deoghare, PT, PhD; Dr. Steve Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS; Dr. Laurie Boulware, PT, DPT, CSCS; Dr. Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Dr. Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC


CA Student Special Interest Group (SIG)

Congratulations to Madalyn Jasper (DPT 2018) as she was elected to be the new CA Student SIG secretary. The CA Student SIG is a student run organization that will provide a platform for PT and PTA students to meet, share ideas, and promote interests regarding the field of physical therapy, the CPTA, and the APTA.

Elections for the new executive board were held at Student Conclave at CSU Fresno this past weekend.

As the secretary, Madalyn will be responsible for conducting future elections of Student SIG officers, keeping the minutes of Student SIG meetings, as well as, maintaining archives and correspondence with members of the Student SIG. She will also serve as the chair of the Nominating Committee for other appointed positions within the SIG.

Congratulations Dr.  Roback

Dr. Karin Roback, PT, DPT received her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Administration from USC on May 11, 2017.


Congratulations Class of 2017!



A lower extremity multimodal learning experience integrating ultrasound imaging, virtual reality and cadaver prosections.

Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00am – 5:00pm Registration limited to 30 participants.

 Click on link to view flyer  PhysicalTherapy_CE_flyer_2017


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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