Tracey Estok: I work at a hospitalbased outpatient clinic where I run the amputee rehab program. Fred and I are also running an Amputee Support Group at the hospital. In March I became a Certified Trainer for the Amputee Coalition and I train amputees to be peer visitors.
William Hanney: I successfully defended my dissertation in November 2011 and was officially awarded a PhD in February. I’ll assume an assistant professor faculty position at the University of Central Florida this fall. My family, Lisa, Bella and Liam continue to be the most amazing support system I could ask for.
Lauren Janusz: In February 2012, I became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Hippotherapy (HPCS). Currently there are 77 therapists (OT, PT, SLP) who have achieved this. Hippotherapy utilizes the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy within a comprehensive plan of care. Brandywine Occupational Therapy is located in Wilmington, DE.
Betty McNeff: I received my DPT from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2008. I founded and managed a pediatric therapy agency in Gilbert, AZ from 2002-2009. I am also a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics since 2009. I currently work as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine School of PT and Rehabilitation Services. I am a APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialed in 2012, Kinisiotaping Certified in 2011 and Hippotherapy Certified.
Kristie Culpepper: My husband, Brett, and I welcomed our second son, Harris Davidson Culpepper on May 20, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. He joins big brother, Reid, who is 2 years old.
My doctoral thesis in 2000 centered around the development of an electronic posture trainer (www.posture-trainer.com). I got a US-Patent for it this year and am looking for a distributer in the US.
Shaun Moore: Owner of Moore Physical Therapy in Wilmington, DE. An outpatient therapy center focused on manual therapy of the spine and extremities.
Bonnie S Carr: I moved to Memphis, TN to be close to family and am working two days a week. I am certified in Gyrotonic and Pilates, as well as work in a physician’s office treating wellness clients before major structural faults. So much fun. I am 65 and doing somersaults, backbends and hiking mountains in the Smokeys. Visited Oslo Norway last year and will cruise to Alaska this August.
Jeff Haynes: I joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Captain in March 2012. My family and I are currently stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX and started the Army-Baylor DScOT program at the beginning of July.
Marie Beirne: After almost 9 years I left Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains NY, and moved to Houston, TX to work at TIRR Memorial Hospital on their Spinal Cord Team. It has been a great learning experience.
Kristy Boley: I married Brad Boley in Jacksonville Beach with a few close friends and family. I am continuing to work at a diverse and busy outpatient orthopedic clinic along side experienced PTAs and PTs. I have had the opportunity to have several students from Tennessee, WVU, and Marshall this last year. It is interesting to see how programs are evolving elsewhere compared to USA’s program. Marshall University in Huntington just started their DPT program and I am anxious to have students from there as well next year. My two sons, ages 6 and 4, are enjoying this HOT summer up here. It is a good life!
Sharon Burgess: I’m working in home health as a traveler April through October at Sidney Regional Medical Center in Nebraska, while enjoying weekend trips to Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Heidi Cowee: Mark and I have recently moved from Las Vegas, NV to the suburbs of Kansas City, MO.
Chris Juneau: I was recently promoted to Regional Therapy Director with Concentra, overseeing nine centers in New Mexico and West Texas. Married with 2 beautiful kids and one on the way. God Bless USA alumni, students and faculty!
Christopher Roosa: This year has brought me good fortune. I was selected to be a volunteer for the US Sports Medicine Committee at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center this July. The experience should be amazing. Also, I am looking to develop Maryland’s First Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program by the end of 2012.
David Graziano: I completed my Fellowship with the Manual Therapy Institute on March 24, 2012. I have been accepted as a fellow by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Wendy Smith: I am still working part-time in an outpatient facility, but I am contemplating going back into home health. I may even broaden my horizons by looking into teaching!
Alayna Brewer: David and I welcomed our second daughter, Marleigh, on June 21. We both currently work in the nursing homes in Central Louisiana. We also recently moved to Marksville, LA.
Shauna Russell: I have moved back to Hawaii and started my own outpatient business, Pakolea Rehab (“pakolea” is the Hawaiian word for therapy which literally means: to train to grow straight). I started outpatient PT in the home on the island of Maui and in 2010 had the opportunity to open the first independently owned outpatient therapy clinic on the remote island of Molokai. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapy. We have enjoyed great success and just opened a clinic on Maui last August.
Alisha Jarreau: I am currently working as a clinic manager for an outpatient facility in New Roads, LA. My husband and I have two beautiful children, a four year old girl and one and a half year old boy who keep us busy.
Sue Machtley: We welcomed the birth of our son, Zade, in March! He is such a delightful addition to our lives! I will re-open my private PT practice starting next month.
Brandy Weflen: I am currently the Regional Director of Outpatient Rehab for SunCrest Rehab in Florida. Mike and I had a little girl, Ella, on December 31, 2011 and she takes up most of my free time these days.
Lindsey Davison: I gave birth to my son, Robert Martin VI, on April 26 and love being a mom. After completion of maternity leave, I will begin working as a civilian PT at 5th Special Forces Group at Ft Campbell, KY.
Karen Arn: I am expecting baby number two this December! This year I received my GCS credential from the ABPTS. I am continuing to work in home health in Huntington, WV and loving it! Kacee Caryer: I just relocated from TX back to my hometown to marry the love of my life and raise our baby boy, Liam Owen. Working with Kindred in a skilled nursing facility in Fort Wayne, IN. Scott Robbins: In April of this year I opened a private practice, Scott Robbins Physical Therapy-Orthopedics, Spine and Sports. The practice is located in Vicksburg, MS.
Stephan Baber: Utilizing the skills acquired at USA and running the world of physical therapy here.
Sarah Duffy: I still live in St. Augustine with my fiancee, Dan Smith. We are getting hitched this year on New Years Eve, downtown at the Lightner Museum! I am currently working outpatient with the VA and part-time home health with Brooks Rehab.
David Dunham: I am in Indianapolis practicing as a PT and DC. I will be finishing my nurse practitioner license in 2013 with hopes of providing expanded pain management at my clinics. My family life remains the same with my wife, Monica, and five kids.
Thomas Gray: I am an owner of an Outpatient Physical Therapy clinic in Ballenisles Country Club, located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. My family (Lizet, Alexander and Max) are all healthy and happy. We are excited about what the future holds and loving every minute of life!
Brittany Hoffer: I currently live in Memphis, TN and am working in an orthopedic setting. Last November I passed the MTC exam and love utilizing my manual skills. This summer I will be teaching for the University of Tennessee in their OT department as an adjunct professor.
Ryan Hughes: Paula and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Sienna in September 2011. I am enjoying being a Dad and I am still working for Brooks Home Care in St. Augustine.
Cristine Johnson: I completed my MTC in April 2010 and I am currently the clinic manager for PT Solutions of Navarre, FL. Jacob and I welcomed our son, Liam, into the world in December 2011. Life is good at the beach!
Frank Layman: I recently made a switch from outpatient to extended care to augment my twenty years in the field and round out my experiences and diversity in patient care.
Luke Retherford: I am currently working as part of the South Region Team for Gentiva Health Services as Director of Clinical Operations for Therapy. I will soon be celebrating 6 months of marriage to my wife, Megan, at our home in Perdido Key, FL.
Mark Scharich: I am a self-employed physical therapist with practice privileges at an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. I evaluate and treat predominantly spine related diagnoses which comprise roughly 80-90% of my business. I love being a physical therapist!
Rashad Smith: My wife and I recently gave birth to our first child, Braylen Rashad Smith, on February 13, 2012. We currently reside in Brandon, MS. I currently manage the swing-bed program and also practice in the outpatient setting at Laird Hospital in Union, MS.
Emily Bonvillain: I am currently living in Greenwell Springs, LA with my husband, Derek, and our dog, Lola. We are expecting our first child in November 2012. I am currently working at Kleinpeter Physical Therapy (outpatient orthopedics) in Zachary, LA primarily as a PT with occasional OT clients. Life is good!
Kaitlyn Cremer: I am currently working for a low vision rehabilitation company in southwest Florida. I also work part time in the industrial setting. Both opportunities are unique and rewarding. Also, I am getting married in January 2013 in St. Augustine to Barlow Smith!
Noelle Teemant: Since graduation, I have gotten married and moved to Germany. I currently work in an outpatient clinic serving military members stationed here and enjoying the special challenges of treating soldiers. We are expecting our first child in October
Jonathan Amansec: Graduated December 2011 and am currently working at Downey Care Center in the city of Downey. I passed the board exam in my first try and as soon as I posted my resume online, I was able to land a job in 2 days.
Stephanie Batz: Since graduating, I moved to beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. I work at IDEAL Physical Therapy which is an outpatient clinic.
Adam Groves: I am back the great state of Tennessee, working hard to progress our amazing profession by promoting the much deserved autonomy that our field and our patients deserve. Get it done Orange Class!
Brittney Jones: I am currently an Occupational Therapist for The Therapy Center out of Jennings, LA. I work in two skilled nursing facilities and am currently a part of the LOTA-Acadiana Chapter advocating for our field of Occupational Therapy. It has become a mission of mine to increase membership in the LOTA.
Jen Paulus: I am currently employed by Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Out-Patient Rehab. I am able to work with both orthopaedics and neurology cases. It’s the perfect first job!
Eric Striegel: I graduated from USA in December of 2011 and began working at a private outpatient physical therapy clinic in Melbourne, FL called Beachside Physical Therapy. I truly love working here and have always felt prepared from my education from USA.
Kelly Uanino: The last few months since graduation have been very exciting. I recently got married and started a job at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL. I have also recently become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and treat primarily lymphedema patients. Such a great learning experience!
Michael Hyland: I have just begun working as an acute care therapist at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. I am enjoying my first weeks as a practicing clinician! My fiance Julie and I are getting married in September and can’t wait to begin our new life together!
Alisha Lodhia: I graduated in April 2012 and I currently work at a manual therapy-based clinic called Focus Physical Therapy in Rancho Santa Margarita. Transitioning from student to clinician is challenging and fun all at the same time. I think I’ll always be a combination of both. All things considered, I love my job!
Morgan White: I moved back home to Mississippi after graduation. We bought a beautiful home in Brandon, MS. I am working for the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the adult hospital. My husband will begin medical school at UMMC in August! So blessed!