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Alumni Spotlight

NSU Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Megan Conners, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumna, Megan Conners, PT, DPT, (MPT Class of 2005 and tDPT Class of 2008) working as a physical therapist at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Through the years at St Mary's she has worked with patients from 4 hours old to 104 years. St. Mary's is a Level 1 Trauma facility, comprehensive stroke Center and limb lengthening / Deformity correction Center. Megan works most often with pediatric limb lengthening/ deformity correction patients and adult trauma/ stroke in the critical care units. She states that going back and forth keeps her on her toes and she continue to learn new things everyday. She is a Clinical Instructor (CI) and has taken numerous students from NSU over the years. Megan states, "It’s always nice to give back to the program that gave me so much." We appreciate your dedication and commitment to your patients and the community. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and healthy as you work toward taking care of all patients during this pandemic!

Behind the mask video - Megan Conners


NSU Alumni Benjamin Melech Freezman, PT, DPT promoted to Chief Physical Therapist of the Soldier Recovery Unit

Congratulations to Benjamin Melech Freezman, PT, DPT (Class of 2016) who was promoted to Chief Physical Therapist of the Soldier Recovery Unit of the United States Army at Fort Sam Houston. After graduating from NSU's DPT program in 2016 he worked at Memorial Regional Hospital in the Acute Care department and rotated through Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital. Through a partnership with fellow PT's working in the trauma and cardiac ICU's, he was involved in development of the Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department program at Memorial Regional. It has always been his goal to give back to the men and women who bravely serve this country. His role role includes serving as the subject matter expert on physical fitness, performance optimization, physical rehabilitation, and Adaptive Reconditioning to the Soldier Recovery Unit (SRU) commander, Military Treatment Facility (Brooke Army Medical Center), and outside entities. Additionally, he will provide feedback on functional performance; ability of Soldier to successfully Return to Duty (RTD); issues related to medical care plans and medical/physical evaluation board actions. He will also oversee comprehensive physical therapy and transition services for military members receiving care through the SRU. Congratulations, Melech! We are so proud of you!


NSU Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Memorial Regional Hospital South

NSU DPT alumni, Marie Ambrogio-Correa, MPT (Class of 2003), Daniel Thomas, PT, DPT (Class of 2019), Jamie Simanek, PT, DPT (Class of 2019), Karen Lanier, PT, DPT (Class of 2016), Madeleine Morel, PT, DPT (Class of 2019), Dawn Broksch, PT, DPT (Class of 2010), Anna Castañeda, PT, DPT (Class of 2016) working as a physical therapists at Memorial Regional Hospital South in Hollywood, FL. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to your patients and the community. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and healthy as you work toward taking care of all patients during this event!


NSU PDPT Alumni Chris Nelson, PT, DPT Focuses on Rehab of Athletes During Pandemic

NSU Professional DPT alumni Chris Nelson is taking care of patients with sports related injuries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Chris is currently working as a physical therapist at MedStar National Rehab Hospital in the outpatient orthopedics clinic. MedStar Health is the medical provider for local professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards, Capitals and defending champion Mystics. The clinic has remainedopen during COVID using telehealth rehab for about half it's patient visits. Medstar is developing a protocol for peopel with Covid-19 who need physical therapy for strengthen and conditioning after hospitalization. Chris has also been working with two medical students and one surgeon for the past 14 months on developing a systematic review on ACL reconstruction in order to develop a network wide protocol for rehabilitation of ACL patients after surgery. They are hoping to have their manuscript sent for publication in August. Chris is also certified in dry needling and plans to begin a sports medicine residency program. Chris was also a participant on the Wheel of Fortune show. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! We applaud your commitment to lifelong learning and we are so proud of you!


NSU Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Rachel Lopez, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumna, Rachel Lopez, PT, DPT, (Class of 2019), working as a physical therapist at the Miami Jewish, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) center in South Florida. Rachel has been working with the geriatric population of PACE prioritizing the most frail individuals who are at risk of significant functional decline due to quarantine and inability to attend PT clinic in the daycare. This includes visiting Patients at home and ALFs. Many times ALFs do not allow access to the houses and therapy is delivered on patio/outside under less than desirable conditions. In addition to therapy being delivered at home, Rachel has been active in the nursing home floor and in providing therapy for PACE participants in subacute rooms/floor. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to your patients and the community. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and healthy as you work toward taking care of all patients during this event!


Faculty Spotlight

Morey J. Kolber Awarded the 2020 Florida Physical Therapy Association: Scholarly Impact Award

Congratulations to Dr. Morey J. Kolber who was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Florida Physical Therapy Association: Scholarly Impact award. This esteemed award acknowledges and honors an individual whose individual and/or collaborative scholarly activity has made a meaningful difference to clinical practice in physical therapy within the state of Florida. Since Dr Kolber began his career at NSU in 2006 he has been prolific in his research endeavors in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. To date, Dr. Kolber has had over 150 refereed publications and his research has been cited in the literature over 3100 times. He has been the recipient of numerous grants including the Linda Crane Research Grant and the Young Investigator grants from both the NSCA and Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. Dr. Kolber maintains an active research agenda in the area of orthopaedics with a more recent focus on orthopaedic regenerative medicine.

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Dr. Heather Hettrick Awarded the 2020 Alpha Eta Scholarship Award

The Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society awarded Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE the Richard E. Davis Scholarship Award on August 13, 2020 at the annual CAPE Awards Ceremony. Dr. Hettrick has published multiple peer reviewed projects and is involved in multiple ongoing scholarly projects. educational research interests reside in game-based education and experiential learning for pedagogy, as well as creating and utilizing technology to enhance teaching and learning. Her clinical research interests center on integumentary related dysfunction, including lymphedema and chronic wounds. She is exploring the application of forensic science to wound management as well as conducting comparative pathology research between sea turtles and humans exhibiting papillomatosis. Congratulations to Dr. Hettrick on this wonderful accomplishment!


Dr. Morey Kolber Awarded the 2019 James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award

Congratulations to Dr. Morey Kolber on receiving the 2019 James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award from the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This award is given to a teaching faculty member who is a current member of the AOPT and who demonstrates excellence in teaching such as excellence in instructional methods, presentation techniques, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to motivate students; Instructional techniques are intellectually challenging and promote retention of necessary knowledge and skills; demonstrates an ability to relate academic knowledge to clinical practice; and devotes the majority of his professional career to student education. Dr. Kolber accepted the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, Colorado in February 2020. (Pictured Left to Right: Paul Salamh, PT, DPT, PhD; Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS*D; William Hanney, PT, DPT, PhD, ATC)


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