PT HEART is a student-led pro-bono clinic committed to providing physical therapy services and health education to the uninsured and under-insured of Genesee County. The clinic was established in January 2012.  The clinic seeks to create an environment of health and learning for all who enter through its doors by providing excellent care through evidence based intervention, patient centered services, patient care and education, and collaboration between patients, students, and practitioners.

PT Heart affiliates with U of M-Flint DPT program, UM-Flint's Innovation Incubator, and operates out of the North End Soup Kitchen (NESK). NESK is an ideal location to reach out to underinsured or uninsured individuals. It already has an established relationship with the community and is close to the University of Michigan-Flint campus. We are sponsored by the Physical Therapy department and we collaborate with clinicians and other individuals of the community. Please contact us for further information.

Students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and students from the Health Education program collaborate on this student-led initiative.  We provide a free health screen available to anyone that includes blood pressure, heart rate, height, weight and body mass index.  Health education students can educate clients on health related topics and provide information on other resources available in the community.  Physical therapy services are provided by the DPT students under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

PATIENTS

  • Blood pressure, BMI, and health education is available to anyone interested on a walk-in basis. 
  • Physical therapy is offered every Friday from 11:30-1:00PM.  Physical therapy services are only available to those who are uninsured.    If you are interested in receiving physical therapy services at PTHEART, you must get a referral from a physician and set up an appointment at our clinic.  If you have any questions about this process contact Kimberly Sparks (kssparks@umflint.edu) or Jocelyn Zimmerman (jocelynz@umflint.edu).

BD OF DIRECTORS

Faculty Advisor: James Creps, PT, DScPT, OCS, CMPT

Co-Director (PT): Tracy Lytle

Co-Director (Health Education):  Georgiana Logan

Grant/Fund: Seth King and Jamie Florida

Marketing/Community Outreach: Chelsea Lemarbe

Operations: Corey McCue

Health Education Student Coordiniator:  Jamie Florida

PT Student Coordinator: Rachel Killian and Kristin Larsen

Patient Liaison: Kimberly Sparks and Jocelyn Zimmerman

Clinician Liaison: Emily Dudzik

Documents/outcomes: Nina Vani and Jon Wismer

 

CLINICIANS

If you are a physical therapist interested in volunteering then contact Emily Dudzik (edudzik@umflint.edu).  We currently are only allowed to accept faculty member volunteers.  

STUDENTS

First year physical therapy students have the opportunity to volunteer taking blood pressure and BMI downstairs or shadowing physical therapy upstairs.  First year students must volunteer downstairs three times before they can shadow upstairs.  Second and third year physical therapy students can also volunteer downstairs but also have the opportunity to treat patients upstairs.  Health education students interested in volunteering should contact Georgiana Logan at (glogan@umflint.edu) .If you are a physical therapy student interested in volunteering at the clinic please sign up at http://www.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=ptheart .  If you a physical therapy student and have any questions about volunteering contact Rachel Killian (killianr@umflint.edu or Kristen Larsen (knlars@umflint.edu).