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Physical Therapy Alumni News March 2014

Goal Achieved: Gossman Lecture to be Endowed and Held in 2014 Inside this issue: Lowman Delivers Keynote Address Graham Receives Two Honors


UAB Department of PT Faculty (2014)

Marilynn Gossman

UAB Department of PT to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Online Health Focused Patient/Client Management Certificate Program


PT Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society Department of PT welcomes 50 New DPT students

4 Department of PT Graduates the UAB DPT Class of 2013 Department of PT holds Physical Therapist Pledge Ceremony


UAB DPT Clinical Education News

6 Loretta Boger Award

Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response to our fundraising we achieve our goal of $100,000 to endow the Marilyn Gossman Lectureship. The event is expected to be approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees at the April meeting. Once approved, the lecture will be held annually; beginning in 2014. The objective of the Marilyn Gossman Lecture for the Advancement of Physical Therapy is to promote awareness of and discussion around contemporary issues affecting the future of physical therapy practice. Activities conducted by the Marilyn Gossman Lecturer will benefit UAB students, faculty, clinical instructors and the Alabama physical therapy clinical community at-large. The first Gossman Lecture will be held on Friday, May 16 at 5:30 pm at UAB’s Volker Hall, Lecture room A. See page five for more details on this story. The UAB Department of Physical Therapy wishes to thank the many alumni and friends who contributed to the campaign.

Shaw Retires from PT Department Chair Position After serving as the UAB PT Department Chair since 1998, Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH retired from UAB in November. A nationwide search is underway to hire a new Department Chair. Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA is serving as Interim Chair of the Department until a new one is selected. Dr. Shaw will be missed by all of her UAB colleagues and we wish her the very best in this new phase of her life. Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH

Anniversary Celebration Invitation


Clark Named Program Director Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA was recently named Program Director of the UAB Doctor of Physical Therapy Educational Program. In this position, Dr. Clark will oversee operation of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Congratulations to Dr. Clark. Alumni Advisory Committee David Bryson (‘89) Karlie Brantley (‘08) Jonathan Delk (’99) (President, PT Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society) Chantel Jones (‘07) Danna Kay King (‘86) Cheryl Knowles (‘82) Donald Lein (‘88) Tana Lieb (‘09) David Morris (‘90) (Faculty representative) Sonya Pearson (‘06) Reid Warren (‘10) Jenny Wilson (08’)

Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA

UAB Department of Physical Therapy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 1964, a physical therapy educational program was initiated on the UAB campus. In recognition of this occasion, the UAB Department of Physical Therapy is planning several events on May 16 and 17 in Birmingham, AL. The anniversary celebration will kick off with the 1st Marilyn Gossman Lecture for the Advancement of Physical Therapy on May 16, from 5:30-7:00 pm. On May 17, the Department will sponsor a free continuing education course for UAB PT Alumni in room 640 of the School of Health Professions Building. Later that evening, the anniversary celebration will culminate with a cocktail reception will be held at 5:30 pm The Club. See invitation on page 7 for more details.

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Physical Therapy Alumni News

Lowman Delivers Keynote Address

John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS

John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS, UAB Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The event is also the opening ceremonies for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Dr. Lowman’s keynote address was titled “Improving the Human Experience through Heroic Leadership.” Dr. Lowman is the immediate past-Chair of the ABPTS. Please click here for more details on this story.

Graham Receives Two Honors January proved to be a very good month for Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD, UAB Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Graham was named the 2015 recipient of the APTA Section on Education’s Cerasoli Lectureship Award. The Award was created to acknowledge an individual who has distinguished himself/herself as an educator, administrator, practitioner and/or mentor. Selection criteria for the award include: 1) Leadership role in the academy of higher education; 2) Service to the profession in various capacities; 3) Vision and insight regarding the profession of physical therapy and the implications for the future of physical therapy education; 4) High regard from peers; and 5) Ability to present a compelling lecture at acceptance of award. Dr. Graham will deliver the 2015 Cerasoli Lecture in February, 2015 at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Graham also found out that she was named the Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The award is intended to honor alumni who have made major contributions to the health profession through a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, publications, education, community service and/or leadership roles. The Distinguished Alumnus is honored at the annual Homecoming event and is eligible to be Keynote Speaker for the SHP Commencement Ceremony.

Cecilia Graham, PhD


Pictured L/R on top row Patrice Murphy, MS, PCS, 1977, Assistant Professor; Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, 2007, Assistant Professor, Program Director and Interim Chair; John D. Lowman, PT, Ph.D., 2005, Assistant Professor; C. Scott Bickel, PT, Ph.D., 2006, Associate Professor; Jennifer Braswell Christy, PT, Ph.D., 2002, Associate Professor; David M. Morris, PT, Ph.D., 1991, Associate Professor, Vice-Chair Pictured L/R on bottom row William K. Ogard, PT, Ph.D., 1996, Assistant Professor; Matthew P. Ford, PT, Ph.D., 2001, Associate Professor; Patty Perez, PT, DScPT, 2000, Assistant Professor; Cecilia L Graham, PT, Ph.D., 2002, Associate Professor; Donald Lein, Jr., PT, Ph.D., 2010, Assistant Professor; Not pictured Cali Fidopiastis, Ph.D., 2009, Assistant Professor; Tapan Mehta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; David Brown, PT, Ph.D., 2012, Professor and Program Director for PhD in Rehabilitation Science.

Support your Department of Physical Therapy Below are gift opportunities for the Department of PT. Bergman-Pinkston Professorship in Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Gift Fund Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship Endowment To donate to the Department of Physical Therapy, please click here.

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Delitto to Deliver the First Annual Marilyn Gossman Lecture

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA will deliver the inaugural Marilyn Gossman Lecture on Friday, May 16 at 5:30 pm at UAB’s Volker Hall, Lecture room A. Dr. Delitto is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also Associate Dean of Research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at that institution. He has received numerous awards and professional distinctions including being selected to deliver the 2008 Mary McMillian Lecture for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition to delivering the Gossman lecture, Dr. Delitto will participate in activities to benefit UAB PT students and faculty and will be our honored guest at the Department’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Online Health Focused Patient/Client Management Certificate Program Off to a Great Start Our first cohort of students is nearing completion of the new online Graduate Certificate in Health Focused Patient/Client Management for Physical and Occupational Therapists and has provided positive feedback about the knowledge and skills they are developing in the area of health promotion and wellness. In this program, PTs and OTs learn from UAB experts about how to integrate concepts of physical activity/fitness, nutrition, and weight management into everyday practice and design clinical and community programs in these areas. Issues addressed include screening tools, best practices PT and OT interventions, patient education resources, and Alumni NewsforNeeded consultation/referral sources. The course offered 781: Health Focused Communication and Advocacy” includes a focus on We this aresummer, looking“PTC for news items aboutPatient/Client UAB PT Alumni. If you know of motivational interviewing and has been one of the most popular courses. It can be taken as a stand-alone course for continuing news items (e.g., promotions, awards, births, marriages, etc..) please education purposes* or as the first step toward completing the certificate. For more information, please contact Cecilia Graham at forward them to David Morris, PT, PhD at or 205-934-5949 or visit the certificate program website at

Please submit appropriate identifiers (e.g., maiden names, year of grad*Many licensure boards accept formal academic coursework as required continuing education hours. Please check with your licensure uation) so that alumni will recognize their classmates.

board to confirm the policies in your state.

PT Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society Amber Baty Heidi Bollin Karlie L Brantley John Michael Caraway Diane Clark Megan Corry Elizaberth Cypher Jonathan E Delk Laura Lynn Denver Lindsey P. Deweese Amanda N. Duckett James Dunn Kristen Empfield Michael Lee Eskridge Mary-Evelyn Feibelman

Amanda Fields Stacey M Gresham Jacquelyn Fields Cory Fuller Jenna Harris Debra Kay Heitmann Jackie H. Hill Will Holley Tina Isabella Anna-Maria Johnson Carlos Johnson Lisa Kendrick Nikki Kirby Amanda M Krumrie Lindsey Lamm

Amanda L Lane Deborah C. LeCroy Matt Matlock Elizabeth Moore David Morris Melinda S Nixon Lauren Norman Krysta Orrick Igor Oruc Laura Owens Ashley Parish Ashley Paulk Sharon Prall Andrew Proctor Allison Schmidt

Sharon Shaw Haley Smith Patricia T Smith Emily Donohue Speer Katherine M. Stone Keith Thomas Amanda Walker Virginia Weinacker Ethan W White Olive Elizabeth Whitehead Kathryn K. Whitfield Jennifer Renee Wilson Sheree Chapman York

PASS IT ALONG While we try to maintain alumni contact information, our records are not always up to date. Please share this newsletter with any colleagues and/or friends who are alumni of our program. Also, please encourage them to send their name, current home/work address, and email address to . If you would like to join or pay dues that have lapsed, please contact

Physical Therapy Alumni News

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Department of PT welcomes 50 New DPT students In January, 2014, DPT students began their course of study in the UAB Department of PT. The new students can be seen in a Letter to fifty PTnew Alumni picture taken at their first year student retreat at Camp McDowell on February 20 and 21. The incoming students are scheduled to graduate in December 2016. Names of the members of the UAB DPT Class of 2016 are listed below.

Reilly Beilman Brittani Benoit Lindsay Boggan Jennifer Bragg Samantha Brenz Justin Bynum Laura Countess Anne Clair Craig James Crockett Moriah Cummings Dallas Dixon Danielle Drew Rachel Entrekin

John Erwin Jamie Fisher Caitlin Fockele Mark Franks Alyssa Glover Richard Hambrice Jerome Higgs Armin Hornikel Joseph Jackson Olivia Johnson Gillis Jones Caroline Lang Amber Laughlin

Erin Lehnert Sarah Littlefield Leigh Ellen Logan Carmillia Massengale Michael May Jacob McGregor Jennings Moody Abbie Motes Melissa Munn Chase Murphy Kayla Nielsen Brandon Pendergraft Emily Peters

Krysta Posid Joseph Reindl Tara Scogin Will Scogin Phillip Sherrill Jessica St. Clair Louise Webb Barry White Jennifer Wilkins Rachel Williams Hillary Young

Department of PT Graduates the UAB DPT Class of 2013 Graduation ceremonies for the UAB DPT class of 2013 were held on December 10, 2013 at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on the UAB Campus. The names of graduating students and home towns are listed below. Congratulations to our new DPT alumni.

Amber Baty - Hanceville, AL Heidi Marie Bollin - Cincinnati, OH John Michael Caraway - Trussville, AL Megan Nicole Corry - Trussville, AL James Thomas Dunn - Birmingham, AL Kristen Elizabeth Empfield - Birmingham/Mobile, AL Amanda Bunday Fields - Pelham, AL Jacquelyn Marie Fields - Houston, TX Cory Fuller - Gadsden, AL Jenna Harris - Little Rock, AR Will Holley - Moulton, AL

Anna-Maria Johnson - Tampa, FL Carlos R Johnson - Huntsville, AL Nikki Kirby - Woodland, AL Lindsey Elsie Lamm - Huntsville, AL Matt James Matlock - Gadsden, AL Elizabeth Moore - Columbia, TN Lauren Melvin Norman - Macon, GA Krysta Dawn Orrick - Waterloo, AL Igor Oruc - Sarajevo, Bosnia Laura Eve Owens - Fairhope, AL Ashley Parish - Madison, AL

Ashley Renee Paulk - Fort Deposit, AL Sharon Marie Prall - Madison, AL Andrew Michael Proctor - Knoxville, TN Allison W. Schmidt - Madison, AL Haley Suzanne Smith - Starkville, MS Keith Jerrod Thomas - Pelham, AL Amanda Walker - Anderson, SC Virginia Riser Weinacker - Birmingham, AL

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Physical Therapy Alumni News

We want to hear from you The UAB department of PT is interested in hearing about the professional accomplishments of our alumni. Please share any significant professional accomplishments by emailing them to David Morris, PT, PhD at

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Physical Therapy Alumni News

Department of PT holds Physical Therapist Pledge Ceremony On February 13, 2014, 1st and 3rd year UAB DPT students were honored with a Physical Therapist Pledge Ceremony in the UAB School of Nursing Auditorium. Students and their families along with Academic and Clinical Faculty were all invited to participate in the ceremony. Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA welcomed attendees and provided opening remarks. David Morris, PT, PhD shared the history of the UAB PT educational program, and Don Lein, PT, PhD presented the Loretta Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education (See page six for the Loretta Boger story). Dr. Clark and Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD then present all 1st and 3rd year DPT students with UAB PT Lapel Pins. Finally, Dr. Lein, Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD, and Bill Ogard, PT, PhD led the faculty and students in recitation of the UAB Physical Therapist Pledge. This pledge was modified from one developed by the American Physical Therapy Association. (See below for contents of the

Physical Therapist Pledge As a physical therapist dedicated to providing the highest quality care and services, I solemnly pledge I will: Respect the rights and dignity of all individuals who seek my services or with whom I work. Act in a compassionate and trustworthy manner in all aspects of my services. Exercise sound professional judgment while abiding by legal and ethical requirements. Demonstrate integrity during interactions with colleagues, other health care providers, students, faculty, researchers, the public, and payers for the enhancement of patient care and the advancement of the profession. Enhance my practice through life-long acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and professional behavior. Participate in efforts to meet physical therapy and health care needs of local, national, and global communities. Thus, with this oath, I accept the duties and responsibilities that embody the physical therapy profession. Adopted as model, February 2004 Modified, December 2010

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UAB DPT Clinical Education News Clinical education tip During physical therapy school, many of us did not receive instruction on how to be an effective clinical instructor (CI). Some of us may be natural teachers but most of us could use further training especially when we face difficult learning situations. The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program is an excellent course to learn how to be an effective clinical instructor and provides many resources for CIs to use in their clinic with their students. The APTA website has a list of upcoming Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs that may be available in your area found under “Upcoming Events.” The APTA website also has other resources that CIs may find helpful, including regulations related to students, clinical site development forms, and clinical educator development documents. All of these resources can be found by clicking on “Educators” and then “Clinical Education.” Reviewing the clinical education resources on the APTA website or attending and reviewing materials provided at the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program are great ways to become a more effective CI. Another method to improve as a CI is to undergo regular evaluation by your peers and through self-assessment. The APTA has developed a CI assessment form (found in the Reference Manual for Center of Coordinators of Clinical Education), but the local CCCEs wanted to develop a briefer tool. With this thought in mind, a group of local center coordinators of clinical education (CCCEs) with facilitation from me and Dave Morris developed a brief CI Assessment tool. This form has allowed local CCCEs to provide feedback to CIs after a clinical experience. This tool has also been used by local CIs to reflect on their own performance and generate plans to improve their teaching skills. We are now in the process of assessing the utility of the tool and determine if any other changes need to be made. However we would be glad to provide you a copy of this tool to try in your clinic. If you are interested please contact Donald Lein at Like all clinical skills, to become an effective CI, study, practice, and evaluation are needed. The above information should help you to further hone your teaching skills.

Loretta Boger Award Chris Fountain, PT was awarded the 2014 Loretta Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. The award has been given since 1980 to recognize outstanding and significant contributions to clinical education for the UAB Department of Physical Therapy. Chris’ nomination stated he is a superior clinical instructor who has a “willingness to take extra time to address the students’ perceived weaknesses”; “often turns clinical down-time into directed learning experiences”: and “cares about the future of PT…he is truly committed to the profession.” The award was presented by Don Lein, PT, PhD and UAB Director of Clinical Education at the PT Student Pledge Ceremony on February 13, 2014. Chris works for Premiere Physical Therapy. Congratulations to Chris for this honor.

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