Physical Therapy Joins Nursing for Interprofessional Collaboration

Physical Therapy joins Nursing to provide humanitarian aid to Cambodia. 

UM-Flint clinical assistant professor in physical therapy Michele Lambaria joins
clinical assistant professor in Nursing Maureen Tippen, and will research what
is needed by local residents for treatment and care. One area of focus for physical
therapists is expected to be helping amputees who have suffered from
landmine injuries, which is a serious issue in Cambodia.

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Alumni Excellence

Alumnus Clarence Sevillian talks about how his UM-Flint experience helped prepare him for success as President and CEO of McLaren Bay Region Hospital. 

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t-DPT student Dr. Olukemi Audu and faculty member Dr. Carol Daly have a case report
that has been accepted for publication!

   "Standing Activity Intervention and Motor Function in a
        Young Child with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report

                -Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, mid to late 2016

Dr. Audu is the inaugrual winner of the Cindy Pfalzer Physical Therapy Horizons Award.  This award
acknowledges that significant impact on the profession of Physical Therapy as a result of her
education at the University of Michigan-Flint. 


UM-Flint PT News

DPT student Rachel Miceli has been awarded the Kaiser Permanente scholarship to attend Combined Sections Meeting in February of 2016 in Anaheim, CA! 

"I think attending such conferences is of great benefit to professional development because it allows us (especially students) to be exposed to new topics and relevant issues in the PT field."  -Rachel Miceli

Rachel plans to begin an orthopedic residency program upon licensure and move toward the possibility of a private practice. 

                               WAY YO GO, RACHEL!!!!!

PT in PhD student, Shweta Gore, won an award for Outstanding Research Poster Presentation in the Student category at the MPTA Fall conference in the Qualitative research category (title of study: Factors Related to Exercise Participation in Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease in a Rural Setting- A Qualitative Study). This study was performed as a part of her Qualitative Research course she took with Dr. Lenwood Hayman in her PhD coursework.

Students Kelly Newman, Tracy Shilling, Austin Righter, Kara Miller, Kristin Smith and Kayle Fredrickson won Outstanding Research Poster in the quantitative category for students at the MPTA Fall Conference 2015.  Title:  The Characteristics of Center of Pressure During Dynamic Tasks are associated with Fall Risk in Older Adults.   Faculty mentor:  Dr. Min Huang.

Our students Andrea Koueiter, Olivia Sampson, Teresa Labadie and undergrad, Brandon Worden have had their service learning project selected for presentation at the Global Health Special Interest Group (GHSIG) at Combined Sections Meeting in February 2016!   Their project includes interviews with local community members in Roatan, Honduras completed during our most recent trip.  The community members spoke on the impact our students make when they come to Roatan.   What an exciting opportunity to share! 

DPT Students in Roatan, Honduras August 2015

UM-Flint Physical Therapy Post-Professional Alumni News

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint congratulates its alumni, Dr. Bryana Keenan and Dr. Peggy Papenhagen, on their passing of the Pediatric Certified Specialist exam!  We are proud to call you alums! 

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Students Presenting in Ireland

Alison Martin and Michelle Baumgart as they were preparing to perform their poster presentation at the IAGG conference in Dublin today.


I can't say enough to thank those that made this trip possible for these two students. Not only have they had the opportunity to share their research (GSRA projects and the PTP 502 projects) with many people from around the world, but they also are learning about the value of healthcare in United States and how it differs from multiple different countries. They have certainly understood how our healthcare system is different and I believe they have come to value their education in our program even more as a result of this experience.

In addition these two DPT students were educating researchers and clinicians about the value of using the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study.

I can assure you that their time at this conference will have been well spent-to broaden their global perspective on aging, healthcare, and how we as providers can truly influence the status of health and healthy aging for older adults not just in United States but in other regions of the world. Thank you so much for all your support for the students.

~Dr. Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS