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March 31, 2014

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, will be teaching the two-day Clinical Instructor and Education Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) this coming weekend at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance. Professor Vlad has been teaching this program since 2003 and was recently awarded recertification of her status as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer through 2016.

March 24, 2014

The WesternU DPT program will be represented by eight students who are attending the 2nd Annual Student Conclave of the California Physical Therapy Association which is being held this coming weekend March 29-30 in San Marcos. Six DPT Class of 2015 and two DPT Class of 2016 students will have the opportunity to meet other physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students from across California for a variety of educational sessions and networking opportunities.

March 17, 2014

Adjunct Faculty member Rose Hamm, PT, DPT, CWS, FCCWS, along with alumni Holly Silvers, PT, PhD, MPT ’99 and Lynn Tierney, PT, DPT ‘06, GCS, had presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) held last month in Las Vegas. As part of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section, Dr. Hamm was an invited speaker for a two-hour presentation “The Use of Therapeutic Technologies in the Treatment of Pressure Ulcers”. Dr. Silvers was an invited speaker in the Section on Sports Physical Therapy for two two-hour presentations “Rehabilitation Considerations for the Female Athlete” and “ACL Injury Prevention: Past, Present, and Future”. Dr. Tierney, as part of the Section on Geriatrics, had a poster presentation “The Relationship Between Plantarflexion Strength, Balance and Gait Characteristics in Older Adults”.  The CSM focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections and brought together more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for several days of educational programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall in which the WesternU DPT program had a booth.

March 10, 2014

Assistant Professors Bhavana Raja, PT, PhD and Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, DPT, MS, NCS along with the DPT Class of 2015 attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo, held February 28 – March 2, as part of their coursework this semester so that they could learn firsthand about the variety of opportunities available for persons with a disability. The faculty and students, along with thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals, attended the Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For the last 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and professional therapists. It has been the nation’s foremost event for companies to demonstrate their products and services to the largest community of end-users and industry professionals, and more Expos are planned to take place during 2014 in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston, Boston, and San Jose.

March 3, 2014

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, DPT, MS, NCS , along with 23 students from the DPT Classes of 2015 and 2016, participated in the College of Pharmacy Student Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Day held recently on campus. During a four-hour session, Dr. Hudson-McKinney and the DPT students provided instruction and practice in the use of a variety of DME that may be obtained by persons in a pharmacy.

February 24, 2014

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, is an invited speaker for the Kinesiology and Health Professions Club meeting being held tomorrow, February 25 at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Professor Vlad, an alumna of Cal Poly, will be speaking on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for this event.

February 18, 2014

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, is an invited speaker for the Allied Health JumpStart Series being held today, February 18 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Professor Vlad will be part of an admissions panel and a professional panel on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for this event sponsored by the UCLA Career Center which targets specific professions throughout the year.

February 10, 2014

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker for the Medical and Pre-Health Student Society (MAPSS) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) with an admissions panel followed by two presentations on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice”. This is the second annual, all-day Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Conference which targets underrepresented students from all colleges and universities in Southern California who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare professions, and it was recently held on the CSUSB campus.

February 3, 2014

Faculty, students, and staff will be attending the Annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association which is being held Monday through Thursday this week in Las Vegas. Alumni Affairs will be hosting a WesternU reception the evening of February 5 at the conference hotel, the Venetian.

January 27, 2014

Physical therapists (PTs) have been listed among the career paths with the strongest recent growth and most potential for expansion in the future. According to last month’s rankings from Forbes magazine, PTs are the fifth strongest-growth professionals, behind software developers and market research analysts, but ahead of web developers and petroleum engineers. The ratings were based on a recent study by Career Builder and Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.. The Career Builder study projects that the US workforce will grow by 4.4% 2013–2017 and estimates the PT workforce to increase by 13% during the same time.

January 21, 2014

Congratulations to the Department of Physical Therapy Education for being ranked among the 10 Top Physical Therapy Schools in the country based on student ratings and reviews in three different categories. WesternU DPT ranked #4 for financial aid and ranked #7 for both faculty accessibility/support and also for graduate program value. To help prospective grad students better evaluate their options for education in physical therapy, Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by graduate students attending more than 1,200 different programs across the country. For more information, go to http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-physical-therapy-programs

January 6, 2014

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS,  was recognized last month in an annual celebration at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine. Along with other members of the non-profit “Hope Reads”, Dr. Konecne was acknowledged for her efforts in the group collecting over 5,000 used books over the last three years for a mobile library to patients and staff at the UCI Cancer Center.

December 16, 2013

Instructor/Clinical Faculty Steve Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS recently participated in a diabetes screening event at the Pomona YMCA. In addition to other members of the WesternU Diabetes Institute, Dr. Snyder and a group of four DPT students from the classes of 2016 and 2015 performed blood pressure screenings, BMI and waist circumference measurements, and exercise education for about 30 persons.

December 2, 2013

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS was recently elected to a two-year term on the Nominating Committee of the San Gabriel Valley District (SGVD) of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). Dr. Chaney, who currently holds the position of Chair of the SGVD Nominating Committee, is also an elected Assembly Representative of the CPTA.  

November 25, 2013

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, recently taught the two-day Clinical Instructor and Education Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The certification course was held last month for over 35 persons at Concorde Career College in North Hollywood. Professor Vlad was recently awarded recertification of her status as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer through November 2016.

November 18, 2013

Assistant Professors Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS and Bhavana Raja, PT, PhD accompanied 17 members of the DPT Class of 2014 to the 12th Annual G. Maureen Rodgers Visions for Physical Therapy Lecture recently held at Rancho Los Amigos National Medical Center in Downey. Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA, who is Professor and Chair Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and San Francisco State University, delivered the lecture entitled “00479: License for Tomorrow”.  

November 11, 2013

Assistant Professor Bhavana Raja, PT, PhD, recently had an article published in Online First for Physical Therapy entitled “Accuracy of Two Activity Monitors in Detecting Steps in People With Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury”. Online First articles are published online before they appear in a regular issue of Physical Therapy, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (published online ahead of print September 19, 2013) doi:10.2522/ptj.20120525. With advances in sensor technologies and signal processing techniques to measure walking activity in the home and community, this study examined the accuracy of two consumer/patient activity monitors, the FitBit and Nike+ Fuelband in identifying stepping activity in people with stroke and traumatic brain injury. In addition, the accuracy of these two activity monitors were compared to  the StepWatch Activity Monitor and a pedometer, theYamax SW701 Digi-Walker Pedometer.

November 4, 2013

Associate Professor and Chair Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, as a recognized expert in autism, was invited by the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) to provide educators with strategies for increasing engagement and classroom performance for children with autism. In the October publication, one section titled “Try It Out – Tips from an Expert” featured information from Dr. Schilling. The NCQTL provides a publication, distributed monthly across the nation to include Head Start programs, designed to provide information and resources about disabilities and inclusion from experts in classroom instructional strategies.

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) continues its lecture series this Thursday, November 7, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall East of the Health Sciences Center. Armando Ayala, Armed Service Veteran, will give an informative lecture on “A Veteran’s Story”. Pizza lunch with a beverage will be available for $5.00 per person. For additional information, please contact Katrina De Weese, PTAC President, at kdeweese@westernu.edu.

October 28, 2013

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) continues its lecture series this Tuesday, October 29, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall East of the Health Sciences Center, with light refreshments being provided. Janna Delapaz of the Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will give a presentation on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) along with a first hand account of living with MS given by Mercy Willard. For additional information, please contact Katrina De Weese, PTAC President, at kdeweese@westernu.edu.

October 21, 2013

Jeremy Aryee, DPT 2015, received an Ujima Scholarship at the First Annual Ujima Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony held recently at WesternU. Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Student Affairs, Beverly Guidry, EdD, and College of Allied Health Professions Dean Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, were among the participants, along with keynote speaker Eric G. Walsh, MD, MPH, who serves as the Public Health Director and Officer of the Pasadena Health Department. 

The Ujima Scholarship Fund seeks to increase the number of African American students pursuing careers as professional healthcare providers. In addition to financial support, Ujima, Inc. provides students a mentoring network of health professionals practicing throughout various communities. As a community-based organization, Ujima, Inc. also seeks to improve health outcomes in underserved and underrepresented communities. Western University of Health Sciences students are the first to benefit from the Ujima Scholarship Fund, but plans are that a chapter will eventually be established at every medical school across the country.

October 15, 2013

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christine Eddow, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CHT who was recently accepted into the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DSc) program at Loma Linda University. The DSc in Physical Therapy is a research-oriented doctorate degree designed for the physical therapist who wishes to pursue advanced studies in the area of education, research, basic science, and advanced clinical practice.

October 7, 2013

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) will hold its Annual PT BBQ in front of the HPC in Ethan Allen Park this Thursday, October 10, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. with delicious food (both meat and veggie burgers are available), a raffle, games and music. Lunch tickets can be purchased from any DPT student prior to the event for $5, which includes one presale raffle ticket, and for $6 the day of the BBQ. Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $1 each.  The PTAC volleyball and basketball tournaments will begin on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon in Centennial Park.

September 30, 2013

Department of Physical Therapy Education alumni, faculty, and students participated in the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Annual Conference recently held in Pasadena. More than 850 professionals from throughout the state attended this two-day event. As a sponsor of the conference, the WesternU logo was imprinted on the official conference tote bag given out at registration. In addition, the department had a booth in the exhibit hall to promote WesternU and the Advanced Standing (transitional) DPT degree for current physical therapists. Over 40 alumni, faculty, and students enjoyed a reception hosted by WesternU Alumni Relations. More than 50 students from the DPT classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 attended the conference with 43 of them volunteering their time in a variety of roles.

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, was presented with the “CPTA Physical Therapist Faculty Research Publication Award” for his article “Which Exercises Target the Gluteal Muscles While Minimizing Activation of the Tensor Fascia Lata?” which was published in the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in February 2013. Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, was an invited speaker for a presentation “Positioning Your Business for Wellness”, Associate Professor/Recruitment & Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker for an Oxford Debate and panel presentation in the “Ethics Forum”, and DPT 2013 Alumni Grant Hirayama, Theresa Mendoza, Deanna Schmitt, Shucri Janini, and Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, had a poster presentation on “The Effects of Kinesio Tex Gold Tape on Vertical Jump, 20-M Sprint, and Self-Perception of Physical Performance in High School Basketball  Players”.

September 23, 2013

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, DPT, MS, NCS was an invited speaker at the Hays-Haine Family Scholarship Benefit Symposium “Total Rehab” sponsored by the College of Optometry which was recently held at WesternU. Dr. Hudson-McKinney’s presentation “Balance and Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention in Individuals Following a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury” was the first of six presentations given in the one-day symposium

September 16, 2013

Associate Professors Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, and Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA,  as elected representatives of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association, will  be attending the statewide Assembly of Representatives meeting to be held in Pasadena on September 19, along with WesternU student representative Tamra Campbell, DPT 2014.

September 9, 2013

Carlos Roel, DPT’10, has become a member of the medical staff for USA Beach Volleyball and traveled with the team to Myslowice, Poland for the Federation Internationale De Volleyball (FIVB) World Championships in June. More recently he went with the US team to Anapa, Russia in July and to Moscow, Russia in August.

September 3, 2013

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA recently had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 7th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM) to be held during November in St. Louis, Missouri. The presentation “Comparison of Medical Empathy Scores Between Veterinary and Nursing Students” is a result of ongoing collaborative research with Dr. Beth Boynton and Professor Suzie Kovacs from CVM, and Dr. Richard Sugerman from COMP. The ICCVM is the annual conference of the International Veterinary Communication Institute which represents a community of professionals whose collective goal is to enhance communication in veterinary medicine for patients, clients, and veterinarians.

August 26, 2013

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, will be a speaker at the upcoming meeting of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association to be held Saturday, August 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the USC Health Sciences Campus. Representing a faculty role from WesternU, Dr. Chaney is one of six speakers for the presentation entitled “Expert Panel for Students and New Professionals”.

August 19, 2013

Congratulations to Instructor/Clinical Faculty Steve Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS, who recently achieved the status of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Founded in 1978, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sports science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries to support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.

August 5, 2013

The DPT Class of 2013 held their Awards Ceremony August 1 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company. While students participated in the annual Westernu commencement ceremony in May, this Awards Ceremony marks the completion of the three-year curriculum for the doctoral degree and recognized the outstanding achievements of this graduating class.

July 29, 2013

Professor David M. Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, will be presenting a one-hour webinar in September entitled “Electrotherapy for Denervated Muscle” for Aegis Therapies as part of their continuing education series referred to as ”Ask the Expert Call Series”. Aegis Therapies is one of the largest and most successful contract rehabilitation companies in the country providing rehabilitation services primarily to residents of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities with operations at more than 900 locations in 40 states.

July 22, 2013

The San Gabriel Valley District (SGVD) of the California Physical Therapy Association will hold its next meeting and continuing education course from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte. In conjunction with the business meeting, Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, Chair of the SGVD Nominating Committee, will present the slate of persons running for office on the fall ballot.

July 15, 2013

Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, Associate Dean of Research and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, and Mary Wardell, PT, DPT’08, MS, PCS, had a research article entitled “Differences in Function Among Children With Sensory Processing Disorders, Physical Disabilities, and Typical Development” published in Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2013:25:315-321.

July 8, 2013

Student-led fundraising efforts by the DPT classes of 2015, 2014, and 2013 resulted in Western University of Health Sciences being placed on “The List” of 80 Physical Therapy (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) schools that contributed to the Foundation for Physical Therapy by participating in the 2012-2013 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Each year for the past 24 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy education and research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the “Challenge”. To date, students have raised more than $2.3 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants. Western University of Health Sciences was also recognized at the Foundation’s Gala on June 27 held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Salt Lake City. To view “The List” and to see our school’s name on the Foundation website, Click Here.

July 1, 2013

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA recently had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME) with this year’s theme of “Humanizing Health Care: Reducing Disparities through Interprofessional Teams” to be held during October in Newport, Rhode Island. The presentation “Comparison of Student Empathy Scores Across Four Graduate Health Professions” is a result of ongoing collaborative research with Dr. Beth Boynton and Professor Suzie Kovacs from CVM, and Dr. Richard Sugerman from COMP. ABSAME was founded in 1975 as an interdisciplinary professional society dedicated to strengthening behavioral science teaching in medical schools, residency programs, and in continuing medical education.

June 24, 2013

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, was an invited speaker at the 2013 Western Foot and Ankle Conference which was held last weekend in Anaheim. Dr. Hudson-McKinney spoke on “Identifying and Screening Community-dwelling Elderly Individuals for Fall Risk” during this four-day annual conference of the California Podiatric Medical Association. The meeting draws more than 1,100 registrants and 160 exhibitors during the four-day continuing education conference.

June 17, 2013

Instructor Steven Snyder, PT, DPT and 24 DPT students participated in the 44th Annual Special Olympics Summer Games recently held at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Snyder supervised students representing the DPT Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 in fitness screenings at the FUNFitness booth for the Healthy Athletes Program. They performed range of motion, strength, and endurance testing, alongside students and PT’s from USC, UCLA, and Chapman University. Two of the WesternU DPT students also worked with podiatry performing foot screenings at the Fit Feet booth. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than four million athletes in 170 countries The Summer Games is Special Olympics Southern California’s signature competition of the year, featuring extraordinary athletes from San Luis Obispo County to San Diego County. More than 1,100 athletes competed in six sports championships of aquatics, basketball, bocce, golf, gymnastics, and track and field over the two-day event.

June 10, 2013

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, as an elected representative of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), attended a special meeting on June 8 of the statewide Assembly of Representatives in Los Angeles. This governing body of the CPTA usually meets annually and is comprised of over 110 elected representatives from twelve geographical regions of the state.

June 3, 2013

The legislature has been busy in California with another bill that would have had an impact on the physical therapy profession. AB 864, the “Athletic Trainers” bill, died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee this last week. A vote was not taken and the bill was held in committee. The bill would have created an overly-broad definition of athletic training that is inconsistent with the knowledge base and education necessary to provide athletic training services.  Thanks to all the support received in Sacramento from patients, therapists, and students who contacted the legislators to express their views.

May 28, 2013

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, has been invited to speak at the 2013 Western Foot and Ankle Conference to be held June 20-23 in Anaheim. For registration information go to www.thewestern.org.

May 20, 2013

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker at a recent panel presentation on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for the Future Physical Therapists Organization (FPTO) at San Diego State University.  The FPTO is a student lead organization with the mission to promote academic success, preparation for graduate school, professionalism and growth in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the general study of kinesiology.

May 13, 2013

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, was recently named as the Public Relations Chair on the Board of the Private Practice Group of California, a special interest group of the California Physical Therapy Association.

May 6, 2013

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker at the 7th Annual Health Professions Conference sponsored by the Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Caduceus Club. Over 1,000 students attended the all-day event recently held on the Mt. SAC campus with this year’s theme being “Planting the Seed of Global Health, We are the future of Medicine.” Professor Vlad addressed two sessions of students each with a one-hour presentation on “Your Future in Physical Therapy.”

April 29, 2013

Success was achieved for the profession of physical therapy in California when SB 381, the bill that would prohibit physical therapists from performing joint manipulation, was defeated last week in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with only one yes vote and six no votes. Thanks to all the support received in Sacramento from patients, therapists, and students who contacted the legislators to express their views.

April 22, 2013

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, is an invited speaker for the Multiple Sclerosis Care Forum to be held Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. This one-day program, sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in cooperation with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will provide attendees with the skills necessary to successfully manage the complex health needs and provide high quality, cost effective care to individuals with multiple sclerosis.

April 8, 2013

Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, was a speaker at the 11th Annual Trends in Autism Conference sponsored by Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation which was held April 6 at WesternU. Dr. Schilling addressed the audience on “An Inter-professional Approach to Autism: Oh the Possibilities” along with her participation in a panel presentation of autism specialists. This one-day conference is given each year as an introduction for parents, educators and those involved in autism treatment so that participants can learn about the latest research, most effective treatment approaches, how to access services, and what the opportunities are for those on the autism spectrum

April 1, 2013

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, performed at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. This concert was a POPS fundraiser benefit of “Memorable Melodies” featuring Susan Egan, the Tony-nominated actress as the original Belle from the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast”.  Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performing artists, plays principal bassoon with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. More information on this and future performances is available at www.lamiradasymphony.com.

March 25, 2013

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, recently taught the two-day Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association. The course was held March 23-24 for over 60 participants at Presbyterian Intercommunity Medical Center in Whittier with Dorcas Tominaga, PT, DPT ’06, serving as the course co-instructor.

March 18, 2013

The DPT Class of 2014 attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo, held March 15-17, as part of their coursework this semester so that they could learn firsthand about the variety of opportunities available for persons with a disability. The 49 students, along with thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals, attended the Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For the last 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and professional therapists. It has been the nation’s foremost event for companies to demonstrate their products and services to the largest community of end-users and industry professionals, and more Expos are planned to take place during 2013 in New York, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Singapore, and San Jose.

March 11, 2013

The DPT program recently hosted a meeting of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association with about 40 physical therapists and students in attendance. After a short business meeting, there was a continuing education presentation on “Concussion Assessment & Management for the Physical Therapist” given by Dr. Aimee Miltenberger Diaz, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, Director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program and Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

February 25, 2013

Congratulations to the fourteen DPT students who supported the Free Wheelchair Mission in the recent “Run for Mobility” held at the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach. The WesternU DPT Team of seven runners, with participants from each of the DPT classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, raised almost $3,600 which will provide 49 wheelchairs. In addition, seven students from the DPT classes of 2013 and 2014 served as volunteers for this annual event. Founded in 2001, the Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. The total participation of 70 volunteers and 110 runners in this event resulted in over $100, 000 being raised which will provide 1,376 wheelchairs worldwide.

February 19, 2013

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker for a workshop on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for the Medical and Pre-Health Student Society (MAPSS) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Their day-long Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Conference, which targets underrepresented students from all colleges and universities in Southern California who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare professions, was recently held on the CSUSB campus.

February 11, 2013

Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, Associate Dean of Research and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, and Mary Wardell, PT, DPT’08, recently had their manuscript entitled “Differences in function between children with sensory processing disorders, physical disabilities and typically developing children” accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy

February 4, 2013

Many faculty and almost 50 students participated in the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which was recently held in San Diego. The four-day CSM focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. The conference is held annually and this year was attended by over 10,000 physical therapy professionals from across the country. WesternU was well represented by faculty members Drs. Dayle Armstrong, Laurie Boulware, Casey Chaney, Mary Hudson-McKinney, Janet Konecne, David Selkowitz, and Professor Georgeanne Vlad in attendance. Professor Selkowitz PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, was an invited speaker for an educational session on “Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Electrotherapy” and another session on “To Stim or Not to Stim: the Role of Electrical Stimulation in the Treatment of Muscle Denervation”. Adjunct faculty member Rose Hamm, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS, was an invited speaker for an educational session on “Dressings: From Basics to Biologicals” and on “Pressure Ulcers: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment”. DPT 2013 students Erin Casselle, Katie Francesconi, Andrea Lopez, and Stacey May, under the mentorship of Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, had a poster presentation on their research “Identification of Caregiver Assistance Level in Typically Developing Children as Measured by the PEDI”.

January 28, 2013 

Instructor Steven Snyder, PT, DPT, is the team captain for Team WDI with the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bike ride in Long Beach on April 28. The team goal is $1000 with the option of riding the 31 or 62 mile course. The cost is $15/cyclist and each person in required to fundraise $175 to participate. If you would like to join the team or donate or have questions, contact Dr. Snyder directly at ssnyder@westernu.edu or go to the team page at http://main.diabetes.org/goto/teamwdi.

January 22, 2013

Lindsey Liggan, DPT Student Class of 2013. gave a presentation on “Gait Analysis” for a recent on-campus meeting of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). Ms. Liggan addressed the need to learn how to observe a patient’s gait so one can better understand how to reduce the risk of future falls.

January 14, 2012

Kathy Zack, PT, Advanced Standing DPT student, was recently elected as one of five members to the California Physical Therapy Association Nominating Committee and begins her three-year term this month. Ms. Zack graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her degree in physical therapy and currently works at Beck and Cale Physical Therapy in San Luis Obispo.

January 7, 2013

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will be performing at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, January 12 at 8 p.m. The concert theme is “Golden Celebration” featuring works from Brahms, Strauss, and Copeland. During this 50th anniversary season of the La Mirada Symphony Association, concerts are free with donations at the door gratefully accepted. Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performing artists, plays principal bassoon with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. More information on this and future performances is available at www.lamiradasymphony.com.

December 17, 2012

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, had an article accepted which has been published on-line in the “Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy”. Dr. Selkowitz collaborated on this research with colleagues from CSU Long Beach and USC. Prior to print publication, one can access the abstract now at JOSPT Express: Selkowitz DM, Beneck GC, Powers CM. Which Exercises Target the Gluteal Muscles While Minimizing Activation of the Tensor Fascia Lata? Electromyographic Assessment Using Fine-Wire Electrodes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 

December 10, 2012

Alumnus Patti Nakagawa, PT, DPT’03, was recognized recently in “California PT Notes”, an electronic memo produced by the California Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Nakagawa, who serves as Manager of Orthopedic and Sports Therapy, has celebrated National Physical Therapy Month with the staff at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for the past 14 years and decided to honor their Director by making a generous donation in her name to the CAL-PT-FUND. The CAL-PT-FUND was established in 1977 as a non-profit organization to advance evidence-based physical therapy practice in California by promoting the development of researchers and clinical scholars.

December 3, 2012

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM has been selected to deliver a one-day pre-conference course in conjunction with the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Section on Clinical Electrotherapy and Wound Management of the APTA has scheduled Dr. Selkowitz to speak on “A User-Friendly Framework for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Electrotherapy” at the course which is being held in January in San Diego.

November 26, 2012 

Both DPT and DPM students were victorious in winning the recent championship sports games held in recognition of National Physical Therapy Month. In volleyball, the DPT 2014 team of Itsy Bitsy Spikers maintained their undefeated record by winning their playoff game with the DPT 2013 Face Spikes team. In basketball, team DPM Jeremy overtook team Hoops I Did It Again of the DPT 2015 class in a double-elimination tournament. The Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) wants to thank all the students, staff, and faculty who came out to compete and support their teams during the several weeks of tournament play.

November 19, 2012

Associate Professors Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS and Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA have been recently elected for a one-year term as a Representative from the San Gabriel Valley District for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Assembly of Representatives. This governing body of the CPTA meets annually and is comprised of over 110 elected representatives from twelve geographical regions of the state.

November 12, 2012

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, as an elected representative of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association, recently attended the statewide Assembly of Representatives meeting in Santa Clara along with WesternU student representative Lindsey Liggan, DPT 2013.

November 5, 2012

Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, is serving as Co-Chair of the Benchmarks for Excellence in Physical Therapist Education Work Force, a sub-committee of the Academic Council Excellence Task Force with the American Physical Therapy Association. The committee has been charged with investigating and identifying mechanisms for determining and establishing excellence in PT education. The committee is responsible for submitting a proposal of evidence-based benchmarks of excellence against which programs could assess themselves and identify peer and aspirant programs

To wrap up National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) volleyball and basketball tournaments continue with the final games scheduled for this upcoming week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – November 5-6 and 8-9 in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 pm.

October 29, 2012

The Department of Physical Therapy Education, in partnership with Physiotherapy Associates, will be hosting a two-day seminar by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, on “Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Lumbar Spine and Hip: Interactions and Evidence” on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall II of the Health Education Center. Dr. Sahrmann is a Professor of Physical Therapy, Neurology, Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, and has made numerous national and international presentations over the years, including being a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Contact Carrie Rogers at crogers@westernu.edu for more information.

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) volleyball and basketball tournaments continue with games scheduled for this upcoming week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – October 29-30 and November 1-2 in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

October 22, 2012

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) will hold its Annual Barbecue this Wednesday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with delicious food, a raffle, games and music. Lunch tickets can be purchased from any DPT student for $5 prior to the event and for $6 at the BBQ. The PTAC volleyball and basketball tournaments continue with games scheduled for this upcoming week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – October 22-23 and 25-26 – in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will be performing at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. The concert theme is “Celebration of Nature” featuring works from Handel, Vivaldi, and Debussy. During this 50th anniversary season of the La Mirada Symphony Association, concerts are free with donations at the door gratefully accepted. Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performing artists, plays principal bassoon with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. More information on this and future performances is available at www.lamiradasymphony.com.

October 15, 2012

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Department of Physical Therapy Education at an Open House this coming Friday, October 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Compatriots Hall. In addition, there will be PT Continuing Education Seminars on Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19, the “Downtown Dash” – a 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, and a BBQ from 12 noon to 3 p.m. also on Saturday. Contact Mary Hudson-McKinney at mhudson@westernu.edu or Carrie Rogers at crogers@westernu.edu for more information.

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) continues its lecture series  with a speaker this week from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The purpose of the WWP is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. Representing the WWP, Mary Quinteros Tallouzi will present “Warrior Speak: Life Redefined” on Wednesday, October 17, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall West of the Health Sciences Center (HSC). A spaghetti lunch will be sold for $5 with all profits going to the WWP.  Contact PTAC President Erin Casselle at ecasselle@westernu.edu for more information.

The PTAC volleyball and basketball tournaments continue with games scheduled for this upcoming week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – October 15, 16, 18, and 19 – in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

October 9, 2012 

In recognition of October being National Physical Therapy Month,  Dr. James Syms, President of the California Physical Therapy Association, will be a featured speaker on “Physical Therapy Advocacy” at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 9, in Lecture Hall West of the HSC. Additionally, there will be volleyball and basketball tournaments with games scheduled to start this next week.

Department of Physical Therapy Education alumni, faculty, and students participated in the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Annual Conference recently held in Santa Clara. More than 1,100 professionals from throughout the state attended this two-day event. As a sponsor of the conference, the WesternU logo was imprinted on the official conference tote bag given out at registration. In addition, the department had a booth in the exhibit hall to promote WesternU and the Advanced Standing (transitional) DPT degree for current physical therapists. Over 70 alumni, faculty, and students enjoyed a reception hosted by WesternU Alumni Relations. More than 40 students from the DPT classes of 2013 and 2014 attended the conference with many of them volunteering their time in a variety of roles. Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, gave a podium presentation on his research entitled “Comparison Among Different Maximum Voluntary Isometric Contraction Positions for Maximizing EMG Activity of Selected Hip Muscles”.

October 1, 2012

In recognition of October being National Physical Therapy Month, there will be a series of guest lectures each week starting this Thursday, October 4.  A four year-old boy who is living life to the fullest, despite multiple health problems, has inspired DPT students to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) by competing in the San Diego Triathlon Challenge later this month. There will be a “Team JJ Lunch and Learn,” featuring Joshua Miller and his mother, Laura, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, in Lecture Hall West of the HSC. A pizza lunch will be available for $5 with all proceeds going toward the CAF race entry fees.  Please go to www.teamjj.org to read more about this event.

September 24, 2012

DPT 2013 students Erin Casselle, Katie Francesconi, Andrea Lopez, and Stacey May, under the mentorship of Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, recently had their abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the next Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Their research, “Identification of Caregiver Assistance Level in Typically Developing Children as Measured by the PEDI”, will be presented at this annual conference which typically includes over 10,000 attendees and will be held in San Diego January 21-24, 2013.

September 17, 2012

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Kolb, PharmD, DAAPM, presented a poster at the American Academy of Pain Management’s 23rd Annual Clinical Meeting which is being held in Phoenix September 20-23.  Dr. Kolb’s research on “Inter-Disciplinary Pain Management: Impact on the Intensity and Amount of Medication Use”  is in collaboration with his role at the Chronic Pain Program at St Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness in Brea. About 1,000 professionals from across the country are expected to attend this clinical meeting of interdisciplinary pain management clinicians, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse anesthetists, psychologists, physical therapists, and others who practice pain management. This will be the fourth year the conference is in partnership with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

September 10, 2012

The Department of Physical Therapy Education hosted a meeting of the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association Thursday, September 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall West of the HSC. In addition to the regular business meeting, there was a “Candidates Forum” with the opportunity to meet State Assembly candidate for District #49, Dr. Matthew Lin, Orthopedic Surgeon, and other candidates who will be in attendance.  This annual event provides a dynamic forum to ask questions of those persons seeking office about health care, direct access and other issues that impact the Physical Therapy profession.

August 27, 2012

Justine Ho, DPT 2013, was featured in the May 2012 edition of the “Student Assembly Pulse”, a news publication sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students and faculty liaisons. Justine wrote an article featured on page 1 entitled “Patient-First Language: Embracing Mindfulness in the Health Care Field which emphasizes that a health care provider see a patient first as a person and then second by their diagnosis, thus reflecting the APTA’s core values of compassion and caring.

August 20, 2012 

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, presented a poster at the 7th Annual Evidence Based Practice Symposium held recently at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.  ”The Effects of Wrist Straps on the sEMG of Selected Muscles During Pull-ups” was the title of the research poster Dr. Chaney and Guillermo Escalante, DSc, had accepted for the symposium. Dr. Escalante was awarded his doctoral degree in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University after defending his research this past spring at WesternU with Dr. Chaney heading his dissertation committee.

August 13, 2012 

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, has an abstract that was accepted for the California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Santa Clara next month. Dr. Selkowitz will be giving a podium presentation on his research entitled  “Comparison Among Different Maximum Voluntary Isometric Contraction Positions for Maximizing EMG Activity of Selected Hip Muscles”.

August 6, 2012

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, gave a podium presentation during the XIX Biennial International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) Congress which was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia from July 19-21. Dr. Selkowitz, a conference co-chair for the biomechanics track, presented his research entitled “Activation of Hip Muscles Detected with Fine-Wire Electrodes During Four Common Therapeutic Exercises in Persons with Patellofemoral Pain”.  ISEK is a multidisciplinary organization comprised of members from all over the world in health-related fields and basic science with a common desire to study human movement and the neuromuscular system. The conference had a multidisciplinary cross section of over 400 delegates in Brisbane from basic scientists to practicing clinicians.

July 30, 2012

Omid Kajbaf, DPT 2013, and Anne Ellis, DPT 2014, attended the 9th Annual Magic of Mobility fundraiser last week as Ambassadors for Mobility with the Free Wheelchair Mission. Over 450 persons attended the program which included a reception and silent auction, and featured a man from Colombia who was the recipient of a wheelchair. More than $1,000,000 was raised from the event which will fund almost 16,000 wheelchairs. Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine and dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. The founder of the organization visited WesternU last year to address the DPT students who have been involved with this organization over the last two years.

July 16, 2012

Professor David M. Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, was an invited speaker for a recent meeting of the Greater Los Angeles District of the California Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Selkowitz gave a presentation on  “Electrotherapy – NMES for Strengthening: Evidence-Based Decision-Making” to the audience of about 40 persons at Glendale Memorial Hospital.

July 9, 2012

Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD and Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, recently attended PT 2012 – the Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association which had over 2,300 persons in Tampa, Florida, for three days of professional development and networking.

July 2, 2012

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, recently taught the two-day Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association. The course was held last month at the Veterans Administration Healthcare System campus in Long Beach with Dorcas Tominaga, PT, DPT ’06, serving as the course co-instructor. Included in the 36 participants was WesternU alumnus Eugene Melynk, MPT’96.

June 25, 2012

Assistant Professor Laurie Layton, PT, DPT, CSCS, recently participated in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships which were held in Salt Lake City. Dr. Layton competed in the “A” division team which finished ninth overall in the week-long competition. This event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the competition was open to both genders and athletes of all physical abilities. USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball and the United States Olympic Committee.

June 18, 2012

Sara Wiese, DPT’14, recently appeared on the TV show “Let’s Make A Deal”. As part of her 48-hour wheelchair experience for the Psychosocial and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare class last fall, Sara ventured out to attend a taping of the show. Several audience members, including Sara, were approached at the end of the show and offered money if they could produce a certain object. While Sara did not have the required object, she did appear in costume in her wheelchair.

June 11, 2012

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley Polio Support Group held at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. Dr. Hudson-McKinney spoke to the group about the role of student learning opportunities and the therapist-patient relationship with the group, along with introducing some new patient assistive devices.

June 4, 2012

Associate Professor Tony Mosconi, PhD, served as a judge for the 2012 California State Science Fair which was recently held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. This annual event consisted of science projects submitted from almost 1,000 high school and junior high school students from over 400 schools in the state. A volunteer group of almost 300 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education evaluated the projects to select winners in several categories for a total of $50,000 in awards.

May 29, 2012

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was an invited speaker at the 6th Annual Health Professions Conference sponsored by the Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Caduceus Club. Over 1,000 students attended the all-day event recently held on the Mt. SAC campus with this year’s theme being “Don’t Wait to Be Great! You are the Future of Medicine!” Professor Vlad addressed a group of almost 100 students with a one-hour presentation on “Your Future in Physical Therapy.” 

May 21, 2012

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, CAHP Associate Dean of Research, for their invited commentary on  ”Concurrent Validity and Reliability of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory-Computer Adaptive Test Mobility Domain” published in the Clinical Bottom Line of Pediatric Physical Therapy, summer 2012, volume 24, number 2.

May 14, 2012

Alumna Carrie Sussman, PT, DPT ’06, and Barbara Bates-Jensen, RN, PhD, WOCN, FAAN, published the 4th edition of their textbook, “Wound Care: a collaborative practice manual for health professionals.” Dr. Sussman acknowledges the tremendous help and support from the WesternU research library staff and thanks them for helping make this book an evidence-based text. She donated a copy of the new edition to the Pumerantz Library.

May 7, 2012

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will be performing at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts this coming Saturday, May 12, at 8pm. The concert theme is “Music of the Spheres” and will include a variety of selections such as “Come Fly with Me”,  “Star Trek Through the Years”, “Fly Me to the Moon”,  and “Music of the Spheres Waltz” by Strauss. During this 48th anniversary season of the La Mirada Symphony Association, concerts are free with donations at the door gratefully accepted. Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performing artists, plays principal bassoon with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. More information on this and future performances is available at www.lamiradasymphony.com

April 30, 2012

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne,PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is no stranger to being a volunteer, and in 2012 her efforts are being recognized. Dr. Konecne was one of five women recognized on Thursday, April 26, 2012 with the Annie Anaheim Accolade Award, which honors volunteers for exceptional service to the city of Anaheim in the areas of civic improvement, culture, education and philanthropy. Click here to read the full story.

April 23, 2012

Assistant Professor Victoria Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, was an invited speaker for the 21st Annual Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Conference which was held last week in Memphis. Dr. Graham addressed a variety of healthcare professionals who attended the two-day multidisciplinary pre-conference “Clinical Skills Level One Course” in which she presented research on vestibular and gait considerations in the patient population with visual impairment.

April 16, 2012

The DPT students raised over $1,500 from their 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. About 100 persons attended the event and 60 persons participated in the WesternU run/walk that was coordinated by Natalie Forsberg, DPT ’12 and held recently at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga. Assistant Professor Laurie Layton, PT, DPT, CSCS, joined the 35 DPT students who were also present as runners/walkers. For the past 23 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $2 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants, and currently over 30 schools across the country have pledged to participate in this year’s Challenge.

April 9, 2012

The DPT Class of 2013 recently attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo as part of their coursework this semester so that they could learn first hand about the variety of opportunities available for persons with a disability. The 46 students, along with thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals, attended the Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For the last 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and professional therapists. It has been the nation’s foremost event for companies to demonstrate their products and services to the largest community of end-users and industry professionals, and more Expos are planned to take place this year in New York, Houston, Atlanta, San Jose, and Chicago.

April 2, 2012 

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, participated in the Walk for Kids 2012 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Along with over 10,000 participants, Dr. Konecne took part in the 5K walk in Anaheim which was held in conjunction with walks in several other locations throughout Southern California.

March 26, 2012 

Congratulations to several faculty members who were recently elected to positions within the San Gabriel Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association. Associate Professors Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCSSandra Stuckey, PT, MA, PhD, and Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA will hold the office of Assembly Representatives, while Dr. Chaney will also serve on the Nominating Committee.

March 19, 2012

This coming Saturday, March 24, is the DPT students’ 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga to raise money for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. There is a $20 registration fee and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at 7484 Vineyard Ave. While same day registration is available starting at 8 a.m., please get additional sponsorship and registration information, or pre-register now by contacting Carrie Rogers at crogers@westernu.edu or 909-469-5300. Each year, for the past 23 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy education and research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $2 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants, and currently 33 schools across the country have pledged to participate in this year’s Challenge.  To date, sponsors for the current DPT event include Target, In-N-Out, Road ID, Mint Leaf, Espiaus Restaurant, Bert and Rockys Ice Cream, Starbucks, Salon Bloom, and Bikram Yoga.

March 5, 2012

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS and Professor/Associate Dean of Research Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD for their research on “Comparison of Fallers and Nonfallers at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility: A Retrospective Review” which was published in the January/February 2012 Volume 37, Issue 1 of Rehabilitation Nursing. In conducting this study, Drs. Hudson-McKinney and Redman-Bentley collaborated with two other physical therapists and the Director of the Research Institute at Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center in Pomona

February 27, 2012

As of today, WesternU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduates from the Class of 2011 have scored a 100 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure, based on results from a Jan. 30, 2012 exam. Click here to read the full story.

February 21, 2012

Several faculty and students participated in the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which was recently held in Chicago. The four-day CSM focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. The conference is held annually and this year was attended by over 10,000 physical therapy professionals from across the country. WesternU was well represented by faculty members Drs. Mary Hudson-McKinney, Laurie Layton, Dee Schilling, David Selkowitz, Sandy Stuckey, and Professor Georgeanne Vlad. In addition, the following 20 students represented their respective classes at the conference: DPT 2012 students Jared Bair, Ericka Martin, Erwin Menguita, Kathy Reeves, Mark Rivera, Krista Wendt, and Chelsea Yokoyama; DPT 2013 students Megan Borjon, Erin Casselle, Joe Estes, Terri Jemison, Omid Kajbaf, Brandon Kusakabe, Lindsey Liggan, Rebecca Lisonbee, and Theresa Mendoza; and DPT 2014 students Tamra Campbell. Sharon Malek, Parichehr Mohtashamifard, and Sara Wiese.

 Professor Selkowitz was an invited speaker for six hours of educational lecture sessions on “A User-Friendly Framework for Evidence-based Decision Making in Electrotherapy, Parts 1 & 2” and a lab for an “Electrotherapy Workshop”. Associate Professor Vlad presented her research at a podium presentation on “Empathy Among Healthcare Professions Students”. This research is associated with the WesternU Interprofessional Research Grant ”Measuring Humanism Across Western University’s Health Professions in Response to Interprofessional Education (IPE)” which was awarded to Professor Suzie Kovacs (CVM), Dr. Beth Boynton (CVM), Dr. Richard Sugerman (COMP), and Professor Vlad (CAHP).

February 13, 2012

Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, recently became the Editor of The Academic Review, the official newsletter of the Academic Council of the American Physical Therapy Association. The purpose of the Council, which was formed in 2010, is to advance the enterprise of academic physical therapy by promoting the highest standards of excellence in academic programs/departments/schools.

February 6, 2012

Massiel Delgado, DPT 2012, recently gave a presentation in Spanish on “Fit to a T – Osteoporosis and Bone Health” to about 40 senior citizens in conjunction with the Los Angeles Commission on Health at the East Los Angeles County Services Center. This presentation is part of the US Bone and Joint Decade’s response to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report on bone health and osteoporosis. In partnership with the Public Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, this education program is called “Fit to a T” because the T-score is the measure of a person’s bone density and susceptibility to fragility fracture.

January 30, 2012

The Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) recently had Don Schoendorfer speak on “Giving the Gift of Mobility: Free Wheelchair Mission” to an audience of students, faculty, and staff. A biomedical engineer from MIT who resides in Santa Ana, Dr. Schoendorfer is President and Founder of the Free Wheelchair Mission which has provided more than 595,000 wheelchairs to people in 81 nations since its inception in 2001. Over 26 DPT students have raised almost $5,500 to date and participated in the 7th Annual Run for Mobility at the Surf City USA Marathon and Half Marathon in Huntington Beach on February 5.

January 23, 2012

Twenty-six persons from the DPT program attended a Holiday Open House held in December at the Montclair office of California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod. Senator Negrete McLeod currently represents the 32nd District which includes Pomona. Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, Associate Professor Sandy Stuckey, PT, MA, PhD, and Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, representing the DPT faculty, participated in the event along with the following students representing each of the three DPT classes 2012, 2013, and 2014: Stephanie Brog, Tamra Campbell, Erin Casselle, Anne Ellis, Joe Estes, Allison Fitzsimons, Joel Kim, Randy Larson, Kristen Lee, Lindsey Liggan, Lindsey Machado, Stacey May, Ashleigh Miller, Parichehr Mohtashamifard, Veronica Natividad, Van Ngo, Jennifer Northcutt, Raquel Ochoa, Kathy Reeves, Katie Swisher, Quoc Tran, Sahar Vafadar, and Heidi Vander Woude.

January 16, 2012

Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, College of Allied Health Professions Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Janice Hoffman, College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, authored the article “Comparison of faculty and student attitudes toward teamwork and collaboration in interprofessional education,” that was recently published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Click here for more information.

January 9, 2012

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, was recently a guest presenter for the Los Angeles Support Group of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation that was held at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Hudson-McKinney spoke on “Effective Exercise Strategies for Managing Dystonia” for this group that is open to persons with any form of dystonia, as well as their family members, friends, caregivers and others wishing to learn more about dystonia.

January 2, 2012

Congratulations to Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, on her recent appointment for a three-year term to the Ethics Committee of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).  Professor Vlad joins four other CPTA members on this committee that investigates and holds hearings on complaints of violation of ethical standards, makes disciplinary recommendations to the Judicial Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association, and develops educational programming regarding ethics.