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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


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The faculty of the DPT Program offered well wishes to the Class of 2018 as they marked the end of coursework at an annual gathering at Dr. Perry's home. The "Perry Patio Party" has been a long-standing tradition at Chatham's DPT Program. Faculty and students were able to relax and discuss things other than coursework! Students will spend the remainder of their Chatham DPT program working under the supervision of licensed physical therapists in several settings before returning for graduation. Best wishes on this new chapter of your training and we will see you in December for graduation!

Perry Patio Pool 2018

Class of 2017 Graduates!

Belated congratulations to the Class of 2017!! The faculty at Chatham's DPT Program is excited for you and loves that we are hearing about you passing your board exam and joining us in this great profession!!

Several individuals were recognized during graduation with awards: Gordon Riddle, PT received the Clinician-Educator Award; Kirby Poisel received the Faculty Commendation Award; Jill Claassen received the Potential for Professional Excellence Award; and Ian Chronister the Peer Recognition award from her classmates. Congratulations to all and welcome to the physical therapy professional community!

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Physical therapy students and local women amputees assist each other

Dr. Melissa Bednarek collaborated with De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics to help local women with amputations. This was a great experience for student volunteers and the women both!

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National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Chatham first year DPT students, along with faculty member Dr. Missy Criss, assisted Kaitlyn McCormick, PT, GCS with her staff education event at UPMC Seneca Place. The event took place on the first day of fall, which is Fall Prevention Awareness Day as promoted by the National Council on Aging. Students Kelsey Altman, Kristen Broadt, Madison Leiser, Brittany Santone, Evan Tyger, and Julie Van Horn helped lead staff members identifying environmental hazards in an unsafe room simulation, using glasses to alter vision so staff could experience the room as patients do, and in remembering how to place cushions and other adaptations on wheelchairs correctly. Their help was greatly appreciated and the staff educator at the facility loved it so much that she wants to make this event an annual mandatory training for staff! Well done!

Chatham Professor Emeritus Awarded State Humanitarian Award

Judy Traister

We are very excited to announce that Judy Traister, PT, DPT, professor emeritus and former Director of Clinical Education here at Chatham, has been awarded the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association's Humanitarian Award! The Humanitarian Award recognizes physical therapists who volunteer and serve outside of the physical therapy field.

Dr. Traister has had an extensive history of providing service to others. She has been a longstanding volunteer with Surgicorps International, a non-profit organization that provides free surgical and medical care to those in need in developing countries. Her work with Surgicorps, across 11 mission trips over the past 8 years, has taken her to Bhutan, Guatemala, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Zambia. Judy has been a valuable member of the surgical team by providing much needed pre- and post-surgical services and consultation. When not functioning as a PT, she willingly helps out in a variety of other roles - providing comfort care, reassuring patients and families, giving hugs, attending to the needs to operating room team, planning trips, and packing supplies. During her career as a physical therapist, Judy has been a volunteer for the Lily Society of Easter Seals, the Art for AIDS Committee, and the Sports by Ability Games. She has been a continuous member of the APTA and PPTA since 1969 and recently retired from Chatham University, where she was a faculty member since 2001. She graduated from West Virginia University with a BS degree; D. T. Watson School of Physiatrics with a Certificate in Physical Therapy; Duquesne University with a MA degree; and Chatham University with a transitional DPT degree.

Congratulations, Judy, and thank you for your service and the example you set for others!

Chatham DPT Program Director Receives National Service Award

Joe Schreiber

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Schreiber, chair of the Chatham University Physical Therapy Program, who will receive the Lucy Blair Service Award for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at APTA's national conference this June! The Lucy Blair Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to APTA through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities.

Dr. Schreiber is professor and program director in the Chatham University Physical Therapy Program, and serves as a per diem physical therapist for the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schreiber received his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986; MS in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in 1992; and his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Duquesne University in 2007.

A 31-year APTA member, Dr. Schreiber completed a six-year term as president of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT, formerly known as the Section on Pediatrics). A quiet leader who does not broadcast his successes, he was instrumental in the development of the APPT's first Education Summit in 2012, which led to the Essential Competencies in Pediatric PT Education. In addition to his APPT activities, Schreiber has participated as a co-author with colleagues from across the United States on a number of manuscripts, has given 30 peer-reviewed scientific and professional presentations at state, national and international conferences, and continues to devote time to teaching for the APTA Learning Center.

He was honored with the Award for Excellence in Pediatric Physical Therapy from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association in 2012, and the Bud Dehaven Award for Service from the Section on Pediatrics in 2016.

Congratulations, Dr. Schreiber!

Chatham PT Program Alumna Receives National Award

Nicole Stout

Congratulations to Chatham PT Program alumna, Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA ('98), who will receive the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)! The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation (FAPTA) honors individuals whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession.

Dr. Nicole L. Stout received her BS from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University in 1998 and a clinical doctorate from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2013. She has a post graduate certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health.

Dr. Stout is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate. She is the chief executive officer of 3e Services, an information technology consulting firm.

Dr. Stout holds appointments on the State of Maryland Cancer Control Survivorship committee, the CARF International Cancer Standards Advisory Board, and the American Lymphedema Framework steering committee. She is the current chair of the Oncology Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and serves as the co-chair for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's Cancer Networking Group Education Taskforce. She has received service awards from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Navy Surgeon General, and the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Congratulations, Dr. Stout!