Welcome from Dr. Priscilla Weaver


Dear Alumni and Supporters of St. Ambrose's Physical Therapy Department,
It is my honor to be awarded the position of Director of the Physical Therapy Department. What led me to St. Ambrose are the dedicated faculty, committed students, innovative opportunities, and interprofessional collaborations. I have large shoes to fill with the leadership from Dr. Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD the past 7 years and Dr. Nora Riley, PT, PhD serving as interim director last spring. Dr. Puthoff continues to be on faculty in the department but has the additional responsibility of Dean of Graduate Programs. I am appreciative of all the support from the administrators, faculty and staff during my transition into the department.

I want to share a little of my background, yet look forward to meeting our alumni and supporters at future events to learn more about each of you. I come to St. Ambrose University from Bradley University in my hometown of Peoria, IL. I am a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the APTA's Education Leadership Institute. My current clinical and research practice is in the area of pediatrics. I spend my free time with my husband, John, and my two sons, Carter (10) and Chase (6).

This is an exciting year for our Physical Therapy Department!

We now have a fully-staffed department with the additions of Dr. Kari Lyphout and Dr. Dana Daily. Please allow me to introduce them:

  • Dr. Kari Lyphout, PT, DPT is an alumni and is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and pursuing an EdD in Interdisciplinary Leadership. She was a traveling physical therapist and continues to practice in skilled nursing facilities.
  • Dr. Dana Dailey, PT, PhD has extensive clinical practice experience in outpatient orthopedics with a focus on fibromyalgia and rheumatologic disorders. She currently serves as research chair for the Pain Management SIG in the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. Dr. Dailey's current research focus is in chronic pain and fatigue, pain education, and non-pharmaceutical strategies for chronic pain treatment.

We are also excited to congratulate Jeff Zimmerman '96 MPT, '12 DPT for being selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the SAU College of Health and Human Services.

Jeff is a graduate of the first Master of Physical Therapy class in 1996 and returned to earn his post-professional DPT in 2012. He is the owner of Specialized Physical Therapy in Omaha, Nebraska. Jeff exemplifies the mission of SAU through outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community service. He will receive the award during Homecoming weekend. See below for more information on SAU Homecoming events including the Physical Therapy Affinity Reunion on Friday, September 21!

My belief is that our program is only as strong as our alumni and supporters. We appreciate your efforts to stay connected to our program and help us graduate the next generation of physical therapists.

Priscilla Weaver, PT, DPT, PhD


Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 15,  SAU DPT Program Open House
Each fall, the DPT program hosts an Open House for interested college and high school students, parents and advisors. At this event attendees learn about career options, advanced education and how to get ready for physical therapy school. Faculty, practitioners, alumni and current students will be on-hand to answer questions and give you valuable insights. Interested individuals can learn more about the event by visiting the Open House website. The event starts at 9 a.m. Lunch, a campus tour, and a Center for Health Sciences Education tour are included as part of the day. Registration is $10 per people.

Friday, September 21, SAU Homecoming Weekend: Physical Therapy Affinity Reunion
The faculty and staff of the SAU Physical Therapy Department would like to invite you to our Physical Therapy Homecoming Affinity Reunion! It is scheduled on Friday, September 21st at the Center for Health Sciences Education commons area from 5:00 - 7:00 PM to interact with faculty, staff and former classmates. To RSVP or for more information, call 563-333-6403 or email pt@sau.edu.

Friday, January 11, 2019, Manual Therapy IV: Technique Review and Examination
This course provides 8 hours of case-based review related to patients with supposed musculoskeletal conditions. Psychomotor skill review and practice will be included in the 8 hours. Attendees will complete a written examination and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination at the end of this course to demonstrate their comprehension of materials for all the courses in the sequence.

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