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Nicole Biltz, PT, DPT, NCS

Nicole Biltz, PT, DPT, NCS

Instructor, Department of Physical Therapy Education

College of Health Sciences

nbiltz@westernu.edu

Join year: 2020

  • Education

    DPT, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, 2017

    BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2014

  • Certification

    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, June 2019

    Basic Life Support, American Heart Association, renewed January 2023

    Credentialed Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapist Association, March 2018

  • License

    Oregon Physical Therapist License #63016

  • Professional Experience

    Physical Therapist, part time

    Therapeutic Associates, Inc.

    Eugene, Oregon

    06/26/2023 – present

    Physical Therapist, per diem

    PeaceHealth

    Florence, Oregon

    11/9/2020 – 12/31/2021

    Staff Physical Therapist

    Northwest Rehabilitation Associates

    Salem, Oregon

    11/2018 – 2/2020

    Resident Physical Therapist

    Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware

    City/State: Baltimore, Maryland and Newark, Delaware

    8/2017 – 10/2018

  • Teaching Experience

    Physical Therapy Faculty

    Assistant Professor, non-tenure

    Western University of Health Sciences Oregon

    Lebanon, Oregon

    8/3/2020 – present

    Adjunct Physical Therapy Faculty

    George Fox University

    Newberg, OR

    3/2019 – 3/2021

  • Courses

    Fall Semester:

    Coordinator – PT 5610 Professional Aspects in Physical Therapy I

    Coordinator – PT 7521 NeurologicalSystem I: Examination, Evaluation, and Management in Physical Therapy

    Co-Instructor – PT 8843 Research Project III

    Coordinator – PT 8135 Advanced Differential Diagnosis III (Post-Professional DPT Program)

    Spring Semester:

    Coordinator – PT 5615ProfessionalAspectsinPhysical Therapy II

    Co-Instructor – PT 8841 Research Project I

    Co-Instructor – PT 8844 Research Project IV

    Summer Semester:

    Co-Coordinator– PT 5415 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

    Coordinator – PT 7545Prosthetic and OrthoticApplications in Physical Therapy

    Co-Instructor – PT 7522 Neurological System II: Examination, Evaluation, and Management in Physical Therapy

    Co-Instructor – PT 8842 Research Project II

  • Awards
    • Emerging Leader Award, APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2022.
    • Early Career Professional Award in Neurologic Physical Therapy, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, October 2019.
    • Steven J. Rose Research Award, Washington University in St. Louis, Program in Physical Therapy, May 2017.
  • Organizations

    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Member (2014-present)

    APTA Oregon Chapter, Member (2019-present)

    • Delegate (2022, 2023), Alternate Delegate (2021)
    • Governmental Affairs Committee (2021 – 2023)
    • Awards Committee (2019 – 2020)

    APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT), Member (2016-present)

    • ANPT Historical Archive Committee, Chair (2021-present), Member (2018-present)

    APTA Academy of Education, Member (2021-present)

    APTA Academy of Leadership and Innovation, Member (2022-present)

    American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), onsite reviewer (2021-present)

  • Publications

    Ongoing Research Projects:

    • Professional Behaviors in Student Physical Therapists and the Impact on Clinical Experiences
    • Sense of Belonging of Students Enrolled in a Rural Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    • Incorporation of the Humanities in the Classroom
    • Management of Pediatric Sport-Related Concussions: Survey of Parents (student-led research project with Dr. Gomez)
    • Management of Pediatric Sport-Related Concussions: Survey of Providers (student-led research project with Dr. Gomez)
    • Improving real world mobility in people post-stroke (student-led research project with Dr. Cherry-Allen)

    Peer-Reviewed Publications:

    • Parson JC,Biltz NK, Meyer GA. Decellularization-Based Quantification of Skeletal Muscle Fatty Infiltration.J Vis Exp. 2023;196:e65461. doi:10.3791/65461
    • Biltz NK,Collins KH, Shen CK, Schwartz K, Harris CA, and Meyer GA. Infiltration of intramuscular adipose tissue impairs skeletal muscle contraction.J Physiol. 2020;598(13):2669-2683.
    • Biltz NKand Meyer GA. A novel method for the quantification of fatty infiltration in skeletal muscle.Skelet Muscle.2017;7(1):1-13.

    Peer-Reviewed Platform and Poster Presentations:

    • Drevyn EM, Biltz NK, Dunlap Coates J, Tillery MB, and Lewis M. Clinical Instructor Perspectives of Successful and Unsuccessful Strategies Addressing Student Professional Behavior Issues. Poster presentation at APTA/ACAPT Educational Leadership Conference: Philadelphia, PA. October 13, 2023.
    • Galindo TD andBiltz NK.Updates in Vestibular Rehabilitation Practice. Platform presentation at APTA Oregon Annual Conference: Portland, OR. March 11, 2023.
    • Biltz NK,Johnson TK, Cone H, Peek G, Mendolia-Moore T, and Chun S. Virtual Escape Room in the Classroom: Clinical Application for Neurorehabilitation. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: San Antonio, TX. February 5, 2022.
    • Gomez CD,Biltz NK,O’Rourke M, Daigle RD, Baggett GC, and Lairamore CI. Strategies to Increase Accessibility and Inclusivity in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: San Antonio, TX. February 5, 2022.
    • O’Rourke M, Baggett GC, Gomez CD,Biltz NK,Daigle RD, and Lairamore CI. Rural Background and Situational Judgment Examination Scores for Doctor of Physical Therapy Students. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: San Antonio, TX. February 5, 2022.
    • Gomez CD, Jones A, Daigle RD, O’Rourke MB,Biltz NK,Baggett GC, Van Hoose L, and Lairamore CI. Elevating Access and Success for Underrepresented Groups: Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention in Physical Therapy Education. Platform presentation at APTA/ACAPT Educational Leadership Conference: Atlanta, GA. October 23, 2021.
    • Daigle RD,Biltz NK,Baggett GC, O’Rourke MB, Gomez CD, and Lairamore CI. Situational Judgment Exam Use in the Admissions Process of a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Poster presentation at APTA Oregon Annual Conference (virtual). March 13, 2021.
    • O’Rourke MB, Gomez CD, Baggett GC, Daigle RD,Biltz NK,and Lairamore CI. Is there a difference between grade point average of Doctor of Physical Therapy program applicants educated in rural communities and those educated in non-rural regions? Poster presentation at APTA Oregon Annual Conference (virtual). March 13, 2021.
    • Biltz NK, Wood JM, and Wilchinski J. Improving and maintaining therapist compliance of using standardized outcome measures in patients post-stroke: a multidisciplinary quality improvement project. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: Washington D.C. January 24, 2019.
    • Biltz NKand Moore, MF. Return to adaptive sport utilizing task-specific exercises in a 19-year old patient with central vestibular dysfunction. Poster presentation at Johns Hopkins’ 8thAnnual Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Expo: Baltimore, MD. November, 2018.
    • Biltz NKand Meyer GA. Intramuscular adipose tissue (IMAT) negatively impacts skeletal muscle strength. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: San Antonio, TX. February 16, 2017.

    Invited Presentations:

    • Panelist for platform presentation titled “Early Career Bridge Program”, APTA Oregon 2022 Annual Conference (virtual). March 12, 2022.
    • Biltz NK, Keller TK, and Mendolia-Moore T. Zack and the Extraordinary Escape Room. Virtual Talk through Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Western University of Health Sciences. June 1, 2021.
    • Biltz NK.Concussion: Implications for the Physical Therapist. Lecture presentation at Pacific University: Hillsboro, OR. December 3, 2020 and November 7, 2019.
    • Biltz NK.Recovery in chronic stroke: a case report. Interactive case presentation at University of Delaware: Newark, DE. April 30, 2018.