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Alumni Spotlight

NSU TDPT Class of 2009 Alumni Joan Lorne-Rattray, PT, DPT Awarded for Clinical Excellence

NSU Transitional DPT Class of 2009 Alumni, Joan Lorne-Rattray, PT, DPT was recognized for her clinical excellence. Joan Lorne-Rattray graduated from the University Hospital School of Physical Therapy (Jamaica), in 1979 and was employed at the University Hospital of the West Indies Physiotherapy Department. She upgraded her qualifications at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1984. She re-joined the staff of the University Hospital Physiotherapy Department and became Head of Department in 1985, a post she held for 5 years. While there she also taught at the School of Physical Therapy. After resigning this post, she started a private out-patient service which she still operates. From 1992 – 1994 she coordinated the Health Science Degree program at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, this motivated her to improve on her education. She enrolled in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University, Florida in 2006 and completed the program in January 2009. She was amongst the first alumnae to be inducted into the Alpha Eta Society, Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter in 2011. She is a longstanding member of the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association and the Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine. In addition, she represented the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association at the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (a government regulatory body). In recognition of her many years of service to the profession, mentoring of students and social activities in Physical Therapy, the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association honored her with 2 awards – Excellence in Practice – Clinical Management, and Commitment to Profession Long Term and Continuous Professional and Regulatory Activities. Congratulations Joan! We are so proud of you!


John Benevento, DPT, CSCS, Cert MDT Earns Assistant Professorship at South University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program

John Benevento, DPT, CSCS, Cert MDT is an assistant professor at South University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Dr Benevento is a 2010 graduate from the DPT program here at NSU where he maintains a relationship serving as an adjunct faculty for numerous course including clinical anatomy, exercise physiology, and physical agents. Congratulations on your accomplishments! We are so proud of you!


NSU Alumni Emily Passint, PT, DPT Co-Authors JNPT Publication entitled "The Caregiver Experience After Stroke in a COVID-19 Environment: A Qualitative Study in Inpatient Rehabilitation"

Congratulations to NSU Alumni Emily Passint, PT, DPT, class of 2019, who has co-authored the publication "The Caregiver Experience After Stroke in a COVID-19 Environment: A Qualitative Study in Inpatient Rehabilitation." the project was part of her Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency Mayo Clinic, from which she graduated in 2020. Sutter-Leve, R, Passint, E, Rindflesch, A. The Caregiver Experience After Stroke in a COVID-19 Environment: A Qualitative Study in Inpatient Rehabilitation. JNPT 2021;45: 14–20.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Kolber Awarded the 2021 APTA Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

Congratulations to NSU PT faculty Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS*D, Cert. MDT who was awarded the 2021 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. This award is given to clinical or academic educators who have been actively engaged for a minimum of 5 years in entry and/or advanced levels of formal education for upcoming physical therapist professionals. Recipients exhibit exceptional teaching effectiveness in the academic setting; a distinct expertise in at least 1 subject area to which the academic teaching has been directed; and excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians. Congratulations to Dr. Kolber on this well-deserved award!


Dr. Canbek Awarded Achievement Award from Alma Mater, Maryville University

NSU DPT faculty member and program director, Dr. Canbek was awarded the 2021 Helen May Bradley Achievement Award from her alma mater, Maryville University. This award, in memory of Helen May Bradley, recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement to physical therapy in the areas of expert clinician, professional, reflective practitioner and educator. Helen May Bradley, the first physical therapist from Missouri, demonstrated exceptional dedication to her country and profession during her career. During WWI, she was a reconstruction aide; the pioneers of the physical therapy profession. Dr. Canbek, considered by physical therapy faculty as a trailblazer for the profession, was chosen because of her impact on others to change practice as well as for leaving a legacy on the profession through her mentoring and education of future clinicians and those in academia. Congratulations Dr. Canbek on this well-deserved award.


Dr. Tovin Awarded with PCHCS Faculty Excellence in Service Award

NSU DPT faculty member Dr. Tovin was awarded with Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Faculty Excellence in Service Award at a virtual awards ceremony on August 13, 2021. Dr. Tovin is committed to the PT profession and community at large through the Fit for Friends community initiative and other wellness programs. Congratulations to Dr. Tovin, on this well deserved recognition.


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