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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.


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!


Faculty Spotlight

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.


Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez Awarded with PCHCS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

NSU DPT faculty member Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez was awarded with Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at a virtual awards ceremony on August 13, 2021. Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez demonstrates innovative strategies to promote student learning both online and in the classroom. She continues to promote her own lifelong learning through scholarship and service to the Physical Therapy profession. Congratulations, Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez, on this well deserved recognition.


Dr. Rania Massad Winner of the 2021 FPTA Neurology SIG Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Rania Massad, winner of the 2021 FPTA Neurology SIG Outstanding Educator Award. This award recognizes a physical therapist who has devoted their time, knowledge, and expertise to developing and guiding current and future clinicians in the specialty of neurologic physical therapy. This is accomplished by demonstrating a positive impact in the professional development of physical therapists toward neurologic physical therapy and exhibiting a desire to further neurologic physical therapy through advocation of evidence-based research, effective inter-professional communication, development of educational courses/opportunities, and personal/professional development. Dr. Massad teaches in the neurological curriculum of the professional DPT program, mentors entry-level students during Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) experiences with patients who have neurological disorders, and is the coordinator of the NSU Neurological Residency Program. Congratulations, Dr. Massad!


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