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Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty Updates

June 2014

Jennifer Baird, PT, PhD
Jen Baird gave a presentation at the IPTA meeting in September on Barefoot Running, and presented a continuing education course to Genesis employees on the topic as well. She has also completed a study looking at the effectiveness of yoga on improving balance in older adults. In July, Jen will attend the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, where she is presenting a poster on arm swing and angular momentum regulation.

Bryon Ballantyne, PT, PhD
Following renovations to the gross anatomy laboratory in Lewis Hall and a major technology upgrade, Dr. Ballantyne led the DPT Class of 2015 through a new paperless anatomy lab last fall. In February, he attended the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas. In the motion analysis lab, data collection was completed on a study examining the relationships among balance confidence, balance performance, and postural control. He is set to begin a new study this year, in collaboration with Kristin Ryan, looking at the effects of a task-specific training program on sit-to-stand performance in mobility-impaired elderly persons.

John O. Barr, PT, PhD, FAPTA
In January, John Barr was appointed as the SAU representative on the Board of Directors of the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. In May, a special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education focused on improving geriatric education in PT and PTA education programs was published, for which he was the co-editor and a co-author on two articles. Currently he's in the process of wrapping up publication of A Comprehensive Guide to Geriatric Rehabilitation, 3rd edition, for which he is a co-editor and an author/co-author on four chapters. This fall Dr. Barr will work with our Student Physical Therapy Organization on yet another All-Iowa Wheels for the World mobility device collection to be held mid-spring 2015.

Barbara Ehrmann, PT, DPT, MBA, CEEAA
Barb Ehrmann received her certification, "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy in September 2013. She also completed a chapter on Diabetes for the third edition of the Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual. Barb was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor at St. Ambrose University. A new life chapter begins in December as Barb looks forward to the birth of her first grandchild.

Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Kevin continues his work focusing on the residency program which includes offering five continuing education courses throughout the year with Mark Levsen. He has been collaborating with former resident Jessie Murphy on a publication and working on another manuscript with Kathie Lampe. Kevin and Kathie just finished data collection for another study. In addition to this, he is working with Mark Levsen and Jennifer Baird on a new study. This summer Kevin will be traveling with his family to Ireland and Colorado.

Lynn Frank, PT, MPT, NCS
Lynn Frank continues to be active as a Trainer for both the Basic (CCIP) and Advanced (ACCIP) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs. She has been serving on the APTA Education Department's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Workgroup that oversees both programs, and is part of the subgroup that is currently revising and updating the ACCIP.

Kathie Lampe, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS
Kathie taught the integument portion of the "Using Outcome Measures to Guide the Physical Therapist's Clinical Reasoning Process" during the continuing education event presented by faculty during Homecoming weekend. She also presented the continuing education program "Therapeutic Ultrasound Updates" to the physical therapy department of Mercy Rehabilitation in Dubuque in February and "Electrotherapy and Chronic Wound Healing" at the Unity Point Health/Trinity Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Grand Rounds on June 10.

Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD, GCS
In October 2013, Mike Puthoff presented two research posters at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation national conference in Nashville, Tenn., about a cardiac rehabilitation study done in conjunction with the Genesis Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation. He also gave a talk on functionally-based exercises in cardiac rehabilitation at the conference. In April 2014 Mike was named the Marquette University College of Health Sciences Young Alumnus of the Year.

Kristin Ryan, PT, DPT, CLT
Kristin Ryan implemented the internationalization of our DPT students by confirming clinical internships in Italy for 2015 for the first time in our program's history. In collaboration with Bryon Ballantyne she is a co-investigator on a pilot study using partial body-weight support to improve sit-to-stand performance in mobility impaired elderly persons.

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