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PT News

January 11, 2017: This week’s “Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine” segment aired Tuesday, January 10. Dr. Lee Kaplan discussed the services offered at UHealth Sports Medicine Institute in its new home at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables.
Focusing on You: Lee Kaplan, M.D.
Each week a new segment will air on CBS4 featuring one of our physician-scientists or researchers discussing a specific targeted treatment or medical innovation.

December 14, 2016: Please join me in congratulating Anne Palermo, DPT who has been named a Florence P. Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholar by the APTA. This award follows on the heels of Anne’s Mary MacMillan Doctoral Scholarship, and recognizes outstanding potential of Physical Therapists within their first year of post-professional doctoral degree study. Anne has already started her Ph.D. studies, and will continue her work and doctoral research at the Miami Project. Text Here

October 25, 2016: Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier with Nicole Siegel, UM DPT Alumni Class of 2015. Nicole Siegel is a physical therapist in the acute-care rehabilitation unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She worked with 4 Pulse patients during their time at the hospital and taught them techniques to regain their mobility and strength, and helped 2 of them take steps for the first time after the tragedy. (

October 21, 2016: UMPT PhD student Jennifer Lucarevic has just been awarded the Howard R. Thranhardt Lecture Series Award for the Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists of America. This is the highest award for scientific work given each year. The Department of Physical Therapy is very proud of her and would like to celebrate her excellent contributions to the scientific community. Congratulations, Jen!

October 21, 2016: The Miller School of Medicine’s dedication to community involvement is flourishing in the Department of Physical Therapy. The Local and Global Outreach clinic (LAGO) opened a year ago as a pro-bono clinic that offers physical therapy services to underserved patients in Miami-Dade County. The clinic uses physical therapy doctoral students to strategize operations and deliver clinical care — all supervised by the University of Miami’s expert team of physical therapy practitioners. See full article here!

October 4, 2016: “LEND was a wonderful experience shared with medical students and residents, special education teachers, and occupational therapy students. It allowed physical therapy students to learn more about professions regarding neurodevelopment disabilities as well as advocacy in the community. Each student was required to complete an advocacy project, which allowed them to interact with various individuals within the community in order to determine an area of need and a plan of action. The program also paired numerous shadowing opportunities including audiology clinic, hematology and oncology clinic, Early Steps, and occupational therapy at The Debbie School and four lectures titled “Understanding the Family Perspective.” As a whole, LEND was an incredible way to spend our Fridays in the summer semester to dive in to the realm of inter-professionalism in Pediatrics.” See pictures here!

September 27, 2016: Advanced Clinical Practice: Topics in Pediatrics elective course.
Fourteen DPT students participated in our advanced topics elective led by Drs. Moore and Bloyer. This year’s elective gave them an opportunity to participate in two unique experiences: baby day lab and inter-professional education pediatric simulation lab with the School of Nursing.The baby day lab was held at Children’s Therapies, Inc. in Jupiter Florida. Eight babies ranging from 10 weeks through 11 months provided students with an opportunity in interact with infants and their caregivers while “pulling together” what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in real time. This was the inaugural year for our collaborative inter-professional education pediatric simulation lab with the UM, School of Nursing. See pictures here!

August 24, 2016: Greg Hartley, PT, DPT was elected to the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s of Directors. Dr. Hartley will be the Director of Practice on the Board and begins his term in office in September 2016. Dr. Hartley was also elected as a Delegate from Florida to the American Physical Therapy’s House of Delegates, APTA’s highest policy-making body, for the 5th consecutive time.

August 5, 2016: Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT, Research Health Scientist, led a team of researchers from the Miami VAHS, University of Miami, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Henry Jackson Foundation, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to collect balance and mobility data at the 2016 Amputee Coalition National Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. These research efforts focused on further development of a machine learning classifier which will identify specific gait deviations typically present in individuals with lower limb loss, validate kinematic algorithms used by the Rehabilitative Lower Limb Orthopedic Accommodating-feedback Device system for temporal-spatial-gait assessment; and examine an instrumented timed “up and go” and balance test. The data will be used for implementation of the ReLOAD system during the MDORP’s home walking and exercise program for veterans and service members with lower limb loss. For the span of two days, the research team collected data on over 70 individuals with lower limb loss. See pictures here!

June 9, 2016: Drs. Neva Kirk-Sanchez and Greg Hartley were both recipients of the prestigious Jack Walker Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. In 1978, the Chattanooga Group Inc. of Chattanooga, TN, established the Jack Walker Award to honor Jack Walker (deceased 1987), the corporation’s former president, for his many outstanding contributions to physical therapy. The award recognizes the best article on clinical practice published in Physical Therapy (PTJ) that makes a significant contribution to patient care. Drs. Kirk-Sanchez and Hartley were co-authors of the winning article which was published in PTJ in June of 2015. The full article citation is as follows: Avin KG, Hanke TA, Kirk-Sanchez N, McDonough CM, Shubert TE, Hardage J, Hartley G. Management of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Clinical Guidance Statement from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Physical Therapy (PTJ). 2015;95(6):815-34.

March 14, 2016: The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami began to work alongside our colleagues in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine through the student run non-profit organization Department of Community Service (DOCS) program. Founded in 2000, DOCS brought health screening and educational services to over 1,500 patients in the South Florida community within the past year with the help of more than 250 medical students and 50 physicians. This year, DOCS is expecting to serve at least 2,000 patients over the span of eight health fairs throughout the Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward counties. DOCS provides health screenings for the most prevalent diseases that impact our community, including: hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, vision loss, obesity and depression, as well as colon, breast, cervical and skin cancer. With the recent addition of the physical therapy program, individuals are now also being screened for their risk of falls. FPTA Article link here!

January 26, 2016: UHealth Sports Medicine physicians and physical therapists took their game from the clinic to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami January 15-17 for Wodapalooza, a three-day fitness festival boasting more than 1,500 competing athletes and 20,000-plus spectators. On the sidelines were approximately 50 UHealth – the University of Miami Health System sports medicine physicians, residents, athletic trainers, physical therapists and staff. For the first time, UHealth Sports Medicine was a sponsor at Wodapalooza. Seeing a unique fit with a group of athletes that is often in need of sports medicine services, UHealth joined Wodapalooza to provide medical care to the competitors, and the athletes took full advantage of the treatments being offered. View article here!

November 18, 2015: Dr. Robert Gailey, Dr. Ignacio Gaunaurd and Dr. Luis Feigenbaum — at last Thursday’s meeting of the UM Wellness & Sports Science Institute, gave a presentation to the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, Brian Hainline, about the use of CHAMP-S and ReLOAD sensor system for our UM athletes as they return to play following lower limb injury and concussion.

November 9, 2015: UM 1st and 2nd year PT students participated in APTA’s Flash Action Strategy Nov. 4-5, 2015. The Flash Action Strategy (FAS) is an advocacy campaign led by the Student Assembly Board of Directors in conjunction with APTA. This year, students (and PTs and PTAs) were encouraged to take action November 4 and 5 to support greater access to physical therapy services in rural and underserved areas by allowing PTs to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Student Loan Repayment Program. Learn more:

November 4, 2015: UMPT graduate and ESPN Injury Analyst, Stephania Bell was keynote speaker at the 2015 National Student Conclave. Watch video here!

October 27, 2015: DPT students participated in the APTA’s Global Day of Service. They began their day at 10:00AM handing out care packages to over 24 people experiencing homelessness within downtown Miami. They then went on to volunteer at Camillus House, a homeless shelter, to help the warehouse team make room for future donations. The final event of the day was a beach cleanup along the shore of Key Biscayne. It was a great day and the UMDPT students were proud to demonstrate their commitment to service not just in the clinic but in our communities as well. See pictures here!