Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy invites community to White Coat Ceremony

The Marshall University School of Physical Therapy will hold its 5th annual White Coat Ceremony and Presentation Day at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the St. Mary’s Center for Education. The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that marks the student’s transition into a clinical environment, according to Program Director Dr. Scott Davis.


“The white coat is a symbol of knowledge, training and trust,” Davis said. “It is the responsibility of all physical therapists to meet or exceed that standard by providing compassionate and skilled care,” Davis said. “During the ceremony, students will pledge to follow the American Physical Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics for Physical Therapists, affirming their commitment to the profession and their future patients.”

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said he hopes members of the university community will attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony as it exemplifies the continued growth and development of Marshall University.

“Five years ago, we established a program that would serve the growing need for more physical therapists in our region,” Prewitt said. “Today, with the help of amazing faculty and staff, we can successfully say we have contributed to one of the fastest growing professions in the country. We feel very privileged to be a part of this growth and change at Marshall and believe me, it doesn’t stop here.”

Thirty-seven students will receive their white coats during the ceremony. It will take place in the School of Physical Therapy at St. Mary’s Community Conference Room located at 2847 5th Avenue in Huntington.

To learn more about Marshall’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, contact Davis at or visit

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San Pedro High School Baseball Player Begins Physical Therapy After Brutal Assault in Alley

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A San Pedro High School baseball player is speaking and set to begin physical rehabilitation on Thursday after a brutal beating left him in the the intensive care unit.

Evan Jimenez, 15, suffered brain swelling and was placed on a ventilator after two suspected gang members attacked him on March 30 around 10 p.m. in the 900 block of West Second Street, in an unincorporated part of San Pedro, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Family members told KTLA Jimenez has just begun learning to walk again after the attack.

“He’s having to really learn to walk and remember things,” said Cortney Steinhoff, Jimenez’ aunt. “He’s really confused. He doesn’t really know what’s going on, what’s happened.”

Jimenez was hit over the head with a Jack Daniels bottle, stepped on and “beaten beyond recognition,” according to family and friends. He was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson for initial treatment and is now in a Long Beach hospital for physical therapy, family said.

“Walking is a big challenge just because he’s been laying down for two weeks, and again, his mind just has to catch up,” said Steinhoff.

The attackers, who deputies said could have been trying to join the Rancho San Pedro street gang, asked Jimenez about his gang involvement before assaulting him and leaving him to die.

Jimenez is not in a gang and has never been involved with gang activity, according to family. Deputies are still searching for the suspected attackers, the family said.

“We’re just letting them do their thing and focusing on Evan,” said Steinhoff. “It’s still really difficult. He’s an athlete, he’s a baseball player and he’s not out there playing baseball, he’s in a hospital bed.”

Family told KTLA that Jimenez still has a long road to recovery and doctors are not certain when he will be able to leave the hospital and return home.

“Doctors can’t tell us 100 percent he’s going to go home and be the Evan that he was,” said Jimenez. “It’s a really long road to recovery but he’s making all the steps the doctors are wanting him to make.”

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Lomita station at 310-539-1661.


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The School of Physical Therapy presents at the OPTA Annual Conference

On March 11, the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) had its Annual Conference in Clackamas and our program was well represented by core and adjunct faculty, students from all three classes, and alumni. After the opening keynote by the CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association, Dr. Justin Moore, PT, DPT, attendees were able to choose from a variety of breakout sessions. All program proposals were selected using a peer-reviewed process.   

Core faculty member, Dr. Jeremy Hilliard, PT, DPT, presented on “Shaping Clinical Learning: Beginning at the End”. His presentation provided a framework within which clinical instructors and center coordinators of clinical education can structure clinical learning experiences for students to optimize the learning experience and reduce frustrations due to miscommunication or unknown expectations. Dr. Hilliard is our Director of Clinical Education, coordinates clinical internships, and teaches the Foundations of Physical Therapy Professions courses. 

Core faculty member, Dr. Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS presented on “Mommy Wellness: Pilot study on an inter-professional community-based program for improving maternal health” with alumna Dr. Gina Clark, PT, DPT (‘13), Doctor of Occupational Therapy Student Nancy Wong (‘17), and other colleagues. Their poster presents promising pilot work on Mommy Wellness, which is an inter-disciplinary program started by Mid-Columbia Medical Center to improve community access to maternal health education. Dr. Clark currently works at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Dr. Reisch leads the evidence-based practice and applied statistics curriculum in our program. 

Adjunct faculty member, Dr. Sukhee So, PT, DPT, presented on “Millennials – Working as One, Working with One, and Working for One” with several of her fellow millennial colleagues including alumna Dr. Leigh Reece (‘10).  Their presentation discussed the key characteristics of millennials, interactions with millennials, and career and leadership aspirations of millennials. Dr. So assists in laboratories for Neuromuscular System: Examination and Intervention (DPT-612) in the fall and Adult Neuromuscular System: Examination and Intervention (DPT-613) in the spring. Dr. Reece currently works at The Portland Clinic. 

Adjunct faculty members, Dr. Erin Bompiani, PT, DPT, PCS, and Katie Stribling, PT, DPT presented on Knowledge Translation: Part I – Prevention & Prediction and Part II – Plasticity & Participation.  Their presentations summarized meetings between the Academies of Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy (STEP Conferences) where the theme was collaboration from a lifespan perspective. They both assist in laboratories for Pediatric Neuromuscular System: Examination & Interventions (DPT-685) in the fall.

Alumnus Dr. Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD (‘92) presented on “Medical Home: Experiences Integrating a Collaborative MD/PT Primary Care Model” with his colleagues. They discussed a novel MD/PT primary care model and evidence to support its efficacy. Dr. Cuddeford is the Director of the Physical Therapy Program at George Fox University.

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New classes a possibility for high school | Derby News

Two new classes, Marketing Application and Physical Therapy, may be offered at Derby High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Marketing Applications would be added to the Business and Marketing career pathway and Physical Therapy would be added to the health science pathway if approved by the school board.

Both classes would be available to juniors and seniors who have completed the necessary prerequisite courses.

Marketing Applications is a one-year elective class required by the Kansas State Department of Education to maintain the Business and Marketing pathway.

“Students coordinate channel management with other marketing activities, discuss the nature of marketing plans, generate product ideas, coordinate activities in the promotional mix and demonstrate specialized sales processes and techniques,” the proposal said.

Physical Therapy is a semester elective for juniors and seniors in the Health Science Pathway.

The proposed budget to start the class is $5,000.

“Students currently taking courses within [the] pathway have shown a great deal of interest for physical therapy and have requested to have a course that focuses on these practices,” the proposal said.

The class will teach students about the career, therapeutic exercises and activities, training patients, how to evaluate a patient’s progress and more.

Charlene Laramore, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the proposal during the school board meeting March 27.

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1st Choice Physical Therapy goes to school on succession

February 05, 2017 12:01 a.m.

By Rachelle Damico
Special to Crain’s Detroit Business

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