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NSU TDPT Graduate, Dr. Savionne Gayle,Elected President of Jamaica Physiotherapy Association

Dr. Savionne Gayle, NSU TDPT Class of 2018, joined the executive board of the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association as Secretary in 2012 with a mandate to serve her beloved profession. She served as Secretary from October 2012 until September 2015. She then went on to serve as Public Relations Officer from September 2015-March 2018. In March 2018, she ran for and was elected as the President, with the vision to apply her passion and leadership skills to move the profession of Physiotherapy to the forefront of the Jamaican medical fraternity. Since then the mandate of the executive board has been to engage and unite all Jamaican physiotherapists and lay the foundation for critical initiatives for the profession. Examples of these initiatives include, legislation for direct access and being a self-governing body. In addition, Dr. Gayle has been invited to teach in the Masters’in Physical Therapy Program at the University of West Indies. Dr. Gayle was also the TDPT class president during her time in the program and was instrumental in the development of a student mentor-mentee system for the TDPT program. Congratulations to Dr. Savionne Gayle!

NSU DPT Alumni Jeremy Hall, Class of 2011, Authors Book

After graduating from NSU's Fort Lauderdale DPT program in 2011, alumni Jeremy Hall, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW worked in various outpatient sports medicine settings in Florida and Massachusetts before moving to Tampa, FL in 2014. While in Tampa, Jeremy managed two outpatient physical therapy practices while working as a teaching assistant in NSU's Tampa DPT program. During that time he was lucky enough to be mentored by retired NFL Strength Coach Johnny Parker and began work on a book chronicling Coach Parker's unique strength training program that had resulted in five Super Bowl appearances and three championships over his Hall of Fame career. After two years of work, The System: Soviet Periodization Adapted for the American Strength Coach was released in October 2017 and has met with strong reviews from the strength and conditioning community. Jeremy has since relocated to Jersey City, NJ and continues to work with athletes and high-performing clients in a hybrid physical therapy/strength and conditioning model. He is most excited to continue writing to help educate and integrate the worlds of rehab and performance training.


NSU Alumni Opening Private PT Practice

NSU DPT alumni Eric Otero, PT, DPT and Kyle Moran, PT, DPT have established their own private practice serving active youth and middle aged adults in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The new facility will focus on sports performance. The pair plan to focus on individualized, high quality of care through promotion of the diversity of their physical therapy skills and knowledge. Eric and Kyle feel that is important to showcase all aspects of how physical therapists can address movement dysfunction and optimize patient performance. Eric states, "The only way things will change is if we challenge the system itself, and market ourselves with the different skill sets we provide." Pinnacle Movement and Performance's mission is to provide quality, safe, and cost-effective services to athletes and patients of all levels. By bringing together leaders and experts in physical therapy and performance training, we offer cutting edge services in the community to aid individuals in achieving their maximum potential. Our goal at Pinnacle Movement and Performance is to provide a long term solution to what is keeping you from the things patients enjoy the most. We enter into a commitment to the patient. By providing care in this manner, we can thoroughly determine the best approach to help fulfill patient needs and get people moving better and feeling better.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Melissa Tovin Awarded the 2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year by CARD

In November, Dr. Tovin received the 2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award from the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). This award is given to professionals throughout South Florida for their community service and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. UM-NSU CARD is a comprehensive outreach and support program serving people with autism and related disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. UM-NSU CARD operates in three Florida counties under the supervision of a constituency board comprised of family members who help guide program policy priorities and activities.

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Drs. Hill and Kolber Awarded for Excellence at Fall FPTA Conference 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Hill and Kolber for their recognition at the annual Fall Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) conference on September 29th 2018. Dr. Cheryl Hill was awarded the FPTA Legacy Award. This award is bestowed on a PT nominated by peers to acknowledge and honor a lasting and meaningful impact to the FPTA. Dr Hill has been an active member of and l ead in the FPTA for 30 years. Dr. Morey Kolber was honored with the FPTA Excellence in Academic Teaching Award. Dr. Kolber was recognized for his exceptional teaching effectiveness in an academic setting; excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians and his expertise in musculoskeletal PT. Congratulations!

Dr.Morey Kolber Serves as Grand Marshall at 2018 NSU Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to Dr. Morey Kolber, who served as Grand Marshal and Mace bearer for the August 17 Nova Southeastern University Graduation ceremony. Dr. Kolber (pictured on left) was invited by Dr. Hanbury (pictured on right), President of Nova Southeastern University, to serve this role as a result of receiving the Distinguished Faculty of Excellence award for 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Kolber for this prestigious honor!

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