University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Faculty to Present Research at American Physical Therapy Association Conference in New Orleans

USAHS faculty will present research at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in New OrleansFaculty will share their expertise on service-learning abroad, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome interventions, and more at the Combined Sections Meeting, the largest U.S. physical therapy conference.

New Orleans – January 29, 2018 – The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative education, will have several faculty presenting research at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Feb. 21-24 in New Orleans. CSM brings together more than 12,000 rehabilitation professionals from each specialty area for the largest conference on physical therapy in the United States. The university will also have a booth (#1405) with information about its graduate degree and continuing education programs.

Alumni and faculty are invited to the annual university social on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Canal Room. 

Faculty members at USAHS focus attention on student success through innovative educational practices, in addition to contributing knowledge to their professions through active research agendas. The following are presentations by USAHS faculty, including a few with graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program:


Feb. 22, 3 to 5 p.m.
Effect of Stable and Unstable Surfaces on the Serratus Anterior Muscle Activation in a Kinetic Chain Exercise Among Healthy Adults – Navpreet Kaur, PT, DPT, PhD, MTC; Kunal Bhanot, PT, PhD, MTC, CMTPT; and Germaine Ferreira, PT, MSPT, DPT

Feb. 23, 3 to 5 p.m.
Beyond Positioning: Addressing Truncal Hypotonia in the Pediatric Population – Elizabeth Ardolino, PT, MPT, MS, PhD; Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS; and Kathleen Manella, PT, PhD

Poster Presentations

Feb. 22, Poster 1013
Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mental Practice-based Interventions for the Treatment of Tremor After Traumatic Brain Injury – Graduate Ashley Hall, DPT, (presenter); Kristen Barta, DPT; and Michelle Sawtelle, PT, MPT, NCS

 Feb. 22, Poster 1071
Burst Mode Alternating Electrical Current in the Management of Parsonage-Turner Syndrome: A Case Report – Kimberly Haven, PT, DPT, MTC, (presenter) and Melanie Lomaglio, PT, MSC, DPT, NCS

 Feb. 22, Poster 1074
Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes of a Standardized Exercise Program in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Pilot Study – Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS (presenter); Kristen Barta, DPT; Elizabeth Ardolino, PT, MPT, MS, PhD; Germaine Ferreira, PT, MSPT, DPT; and Martha Sneary, PT, DPT, MS

 Feb. 22, Poster 1221
Blood Flow Restriction Training for Chronic Quadriceps Weakness and Atrophy: A Case Report – Tobi Baldwin, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT (presenter)

Feb. 22, Poster 1272
Physical Therapy Interventions for Anxiety Induced Functional Gait Abnormality in a 43 Year-old Woman with Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder – Nicole Borman, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (presenter) and graduate Annie Bates, PT, DPT

Feb. 22, Poster 1321
The Use of Sensory Integration to Enhance Motor Planning During Physical Therapy in a Child with Cerebral Palsy – Elizabeth Ardolino, PT, MPT, MS, PhD (presenter)

Feb. 22, Poster 1359
The Impact of Body-Weight Supported Locomotor Training in a Toddler with GMFCS Level V Cerebral Palsy: A Case Study – Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS (presenter)

Feb. 23, Poster 2033
Diaphragmatic Neuromuscular Re-education for Increased Chest Wall Excursion in a 21 Year Old Female Diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia: A Case Report – Michelle Sawtelle, PT, MPT, NCS, and Germaine Ferreira, PT, MSPT, DPT (presenter)

Feb. 24, Poster 3129
Peer Teaching and Learning: Benefits of Two-way Reciprocal Learning Activities to Increase Student Learning Outcomes in the Mock Clinic – Nicole Borman, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (presenter) and Thomas P. Werner, PT, MA, PhD

Feb. 24, Poster 3157
An Exploration of Shared Decision-making Among Rehabilitation Students on a Service Learning Trip: A Phenomenological Investigation – Mary Zadnik, SCD, MED, OTR/L; Suzanne Trotter, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT; Thomas P. Werner, PT, MA, PhD; and graduate Andrea Dantin, DPT (presenter)

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