My clinical experience over the last 29 years have shaped and continue to guide my teaching and scholarship. I have treated patients of all ages in different practice settings, and with a variety of diagnosis and disorders. Most of my clinic practice has focused on burn injuries in the intensive care unit and treating older adults in homecare. Both of these patient population often have multiple system involvement and associated psycho-social challenges. Over the years, I have developed a better understanding for the importance of two distinct areas within physical therapy practice; the integration of multiple body systems on movement and importance of patient communication and education through plain language. Each person has multiple systems within our body, and restoration of function can only be achieved when applying an integrated treatment approach. In addition, we all learn, communicate and synthesize information in our own unique manner. Our treatments will not be effective if we are not effective communicators, and our patients are not able to understand our messages. My overall teaching goal is challenge students to consider the whole patient, including their ability to learn and communicate.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email email@example.com.
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Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314