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St. Kate’s DPT faculty and graduates honored

DPT Professor Laura Gilchrist (left) with APTA Oncology Section President Lisa VanHoose.
DPT Professor Laura Gilchrist (left) with APTA Oncology Section President Lisa VanHoose.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program faculty and graduates were recognized with two national awards at the recent American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

DPT Professor Laura Gilchrist received the Oncology Section Research Award which recognizes an individual’s “notable contribution” to research in the profession of physical therapy in oncology and/or HIV physical therapy practice.

Gilchrist's scholarly body of work includes presentations on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and oncology rehabilitation. She is also a clinical research scientist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics. 

Also at the APTA meeting, the APTA’s Orthopedic Section Outstanding Research Poster Award was presented to DPT faculty members John Schmitt and Kristen Gerlach along with class of 2012 DPT graduates Scott Darling, Hannah Darabi, Andrea Mierau, Ashley Takekawa, and Elizabeth Wallner.

Selected from a field of 211 posters, their winning poster presentation was, “Examination of Core Endurance, Hip Strength, and Arch Structure as Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

“These colleagues are an excellent example of how our faculty and students engage in research together as part of their professional education. This is stellar work and much deserved recognition,” said Penelope Moyers, dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and the Graduate College at St. Catherine University.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), St. Kate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program has a 97.6 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent employment rate. The program will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September.

Feb. 17, 2014 by Julie Michener

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