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Alumni Spotlight

NSU Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Natalia Martinez, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumna, Natalia Martinez, PT, DPT, (Class of 2017), working as a physical therapist at St. Catherine's West Rehabilitation Hospital in Hialeah Gardens, FL during the COVID-19 pandemic. She works in the inpatient rehabilitation department and skilled nursing area. 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 Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Stephanie Costa, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumna, Stefanie Costa, PT, DPT, (Class of 2014), working as a physical therapist at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute in Hollywood, FL during the COVID-19 pandemic. She works with neurologic patients in the inpatient rehabilitation department. 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 Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Chris Wagner, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumni, Chris Wagner (class of 2013), is working at Tampa General Medical Center on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris has been working at Tampa General Hospital since 2014, specifically in the Hospital Based Rehab department. Over the past 5 1/2 years, he has assisted in many department and hospital led projects. He has helped with the integration of Physical Therapy in Observation unit as well creation of the Clinical Decision Unit. This unit is attached to the emergency department in which the therapist has an integral part of the patients plan of care while using our differential diagnosis skills. He has continued to further his education by becoming a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2017. He currently also part of the adjunct faculty at USF School of Physical Therapy assisting students with Hospital Based/Acute Care education in lab demonstrations, and in hospital education. Currently, Chris and his colleagues are now in the early stages of research for modulation/management of non-traumatic acute low back pain in the Emergency Department with the use of TENS vs. Opioids. Most recently Chris returned from CSM which he along with several other staff from TGH presented a poster on Post Operative Day Zero mobility and affects of discharge time. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and healthy as you work toward taking care of all patients during this event!


NSU Alumni on the Front Lines of COVID-19 - Valeria Bruno, PT, DPT and Kyle Magley, PT, DPT

NSU DPT alumni, Valeria Bruno (class of 2017) and Kyle Magley (class of 2017), working as physical therapists at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL during the COVID-19 pandemic. Valeria works in outpatient orthopedics with a specialty in Lymphedema and Kyle works in acute care from ICU to telemetry, including gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and neurological (specifically spine and craniotomy) units. They have also been working in the "Relaxation & Wellness Clinic" within the hospital, which is available to all caregivers. They provide therapeutic massages, active recovery with compression boots, and refreshments. It is a place where all caregivers from environmental staff, administration, and healthcare providers are able to take a moment for themselves. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and healthy as you work toward taking care of all patients and caregivers during this event!


Congratulations to the NSU DPT Class of 2020

The NSU DPT Class of 2020 has met it's share of challenges with Hurricane Irma and now COVID-19. This pandemic has changed the way our students learn and the way they celebrate graduation! The NSU DPT program held it's very first Virtual Graduation Celebration on May 13, 2020 to honor all the graduates and their accomplishments. It wasn't how anyone expected graduation to be, but as Sebastian Gil, class president said best, "If PT school has taught us anything, it's how to be adaptable." A big congratulations to the NSU DPT Class of 2020! Best of luck as you begin your careers as physical therapists!

Virtual Graduation Celebration Program


Faculty Spotlight

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)


Dr. Mary Blackinton Awarded the 2019 Alpha Eta Leadership Award

Dr. Blackinton was awarded the 2019 Alpha Eta Leadership Award at the Professional Excellence (CAPE) awards ceremony on August 16, 2019. Dr. Blackinton has been a long-standing member of the NSU family and has demonstrated great leadership as faculty, Transition DPT Director, and Hybrid DPT Director. She is also on the Board of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). Congratulations to Dr. Blackinton on this distinguished award!


Dr. Olivencia Awarded the 2019 PCHCS Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Ovidio Olivencia was awarded the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award 2019 at the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) awards ceremony on August 16, 2019. Dr. Olivencia teaches a variety of courses in the DPT program at NSU including Clinical Anatomy for PTs, Essentials of Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion and Wellness, and instructs in the Musculoskeletal course series. Congratulations to Dr. Olivencia on this accomplishment! Pictured L to R: Dean Stanley H. Wilson, PT, EdD, CEAS; Olivencia, PT, DPT, OCS


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