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Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy

Chatham DPT students and graduates enjoy the benefits of our expansive alumni network. Below is a small sampling of our esteemed alumni.

D'Arcy Hlavin, DPT '12 

D'Arcy Hlavin is a 2012 graduate of the Chatham DPT Program.  After graduation, she moved to the West Coast and joined an employee-owned, outpatient private practice called Team Movement for Life. Through her company, which is partnered with USC, she went through an orthopedic residency program and achieved Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2017.

For four years, she was a permanent therapist at the Team Movement for Life clinic in Indio, California;  however, last August, she was offered a position to travel between the 23 clinics within thecompany. She now has lived in Tucson, AZ, Northern and Southern California, as well as on the California coast.

D'Arcy reports:  “To this day, I hear Dr. Perry’s voice in my head, ‘Don’t say ‘butt,’ to your patients.’ Although this did prepare me to interact with my patients in a professional manner, Chatham prepared me for the “real world” in many other ways. PBL cases greatly helped my critical thinking while in the clinic, the manual orthopedic skills and neurologic tests and measures and treatments are heavily applicable to everyday practice and helped ease the transition from new-grad to 2nd and 3rd year clinician. What I have found most beneficial, however, is the networking and the community and relationships that are built within Chatham. I continue to feel support and encouragement from the staff and professors at Chatham, and am able to reach out, five years later, for help or information, and I am ready and willing to do the same for any Chatham grad.” 

 Damien Keter, DPT '13

Damien Keter DPT '13

“I graduated from Chatham University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2013. Immediately following, I took a position at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. I became a APTA credentialed clinical instructor in 2014 and I am proud to have taken several Chatham PT students since that time. I accepted a temporary faculty appointment in both our Geriatric and Orthopedic residency programs in 2016, teaching Pharmacology, and co-teaching modules on Cervical and Thoracic spine. I passed my OCS examination in 2017 leading to board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. In 2017, I also accepted a faculty role in our Orthopedic Residency program and am currently teaching Pain Science, Cervical spine, and Thoracic spine modules. I also serve as committee member in our Imaging and Manual Therapy special interest groups. I am a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as a member of the Orthopedic and Federal sections. I accepted a role within the Ohio Physical Therapy Association as State affairs co-coordinator for the Northeast District in January 2018 for a two year appointment. I have taken coursework in the Maitland and Mulligan methods of manual therapy and am currently pursuing COMT and CMP certification. I am also currently participating in coursework to become Certified in Chronic Pain Rehabilitation which will be completed in the next coming months, as well as plan to sit for the Certified Pain Educator (CPE) examination later this year. I have presented several times at the local level, mostly related to pain science and the role of Physical Therapy in pain management.”

“I feel that Chatham University has prepared me for the ever changing field of physical therapy and has allowed me to keep up with current evidence to assist me with teaching in a residency program. The emphasis on evidence based practice, including the use of problem based learning, has helped me to keep up with the vast amount of research which is published in our field and apply appropriately into clinical practice.”

Katie Abede, DPT '11

Katie Abebe DPT 2011

Katie Abebe graduated from Chatham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2011. She joined BenchMark Rehab Partners in February 2012 as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Orthopedic staff therapist in our Austell, GA clinic. Katie was accepted into Benchmark Rehab Institute's Orthopedic Residency program in July 2013 and shortly after that began her leadership journey as a clinic director of BenchMark’s Tucker, GA clinic. She passed her OCS exam in 2015 and became an APTA certified clinical instructor while transitioning to the Glenridge, GA clinic as a clinic director. Katie also graduated from her organization's Leadership Development program in January 2016, and was promoted from a single site clinic director into multisite leadership shortly after that time.

In January 2017, Katie was promoted to her current role as Regional Director in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL over 17 (soon to be 18) outpatient physical therapy clinics. She is a minority owner in 1 (soon to be 2) clinics in Atlanta, GA. Katie reports: “I serve on my company's committee of clinical excellence where I have contributed to developing, what I believe to be our industry's best professional mentorship program (inspired by my time at Chatham, I was one of the first classes to benefit from Chatham PT's mentorship program). In my current role, I also lead 2 leadership cohorts for new clinic directors/year where we review operational excellence, clinical excellence, marketing strategies, HR best practices and leadership principles for our new and aspiring clinic directors in metro Atlanta. I serve as an OCS mentor for residents within Benchmark Rehab Institute's Orthopedic residency program and I am currently pursuing my SMT certification. My journey has been that of continual clinical growth and leadership develop. I am so grateful to work for an organization that offers so many career options which have allowed my leadership passion to grow and allowed me to influence the next generation of outpatient physical therapists.”