Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Neuro-IFRAH Certification for the treatment and management of adults with hemiplegia resulting from brain injury or stroke
APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
Physical TherapistMar 2014 to Current Lexington Medical Center － Lexington, SC
Acute care setting.
Evaluate and treat acute care patients with a variety of neurologic, cancer and orthopedic diagnoses on general medical wards and in the ICU.
Physical TherapistMar 2008 to Mar 2014 Dorn VAMC － SC
Acute care/SNF/Outpatient rehab setting Evaluated and treated acute care and outpatients with a focus on the neurological, Lymphedema and amputee populations Managed patients in the ICU, on ventilators, telemetry, and with multiple peripheral and central lines Gained experience with multiple prosthetic and orthotic devices, Bioness, Walk-aide, Neuro-com Balance Master, Zero-G Treadmill, Body weight support tract system and observed EMGs performed Served as TBI/Polytrauma team therapist treating patients returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with mild TBI and various other neuromuscular disorders; participated in interdisciplinary polytrauma team meetings to develop treatment plans for individual patients.
Assisted with developing Sub-acute Rehab program to treat veterans requiring post-acute care; wrote the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlining the rehab goals and policies for the program Restructured Rehab templates to assist with streamlining documentation Served as Assistant Clinical Education Site Coordinator assisting with defining goals for clinical rotations, assigning student slots and serving as a clinical instructor and mentor Developed Stroke Education and Prevention Group to educate veterans and family members on the risk factors and signs and symptoms of stroke and methods for prevention Provided In-services to staff on balance outcome measures and Lymphedema treatment Presented patient Case studies and critically reviewed research articles to staff on various neurological disorders and outcome measures.
Physical TherapistOct 2005 to Mar 2008 HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Inpatient Acute Rehab Setting － SC
Evaluated and treated inpatients with a variety of diagnoses, including CVA, General Deconditioning, cardiovascular and post-operative orthopedic patients.
Served as clinical instructor for PT students.
Communicated with interdisciplinary health care team regarding patient status, discharge planning, and physical therapy recommendations.
Adjunct ProfessorJan 2008 to Jan 2009 University of South Carolina Fall Semester － SC
Instructed students in wheelchair seating and positioning labs.
Education and Training
Doctorate of Physical Therapy5 2008Medical University of South Carolina － Charleston, SC
Master of Science, Rehabilitation Sciences - Physical Therapy5 2005Medical University of South Carolina － Charleston, SCRehabilitation Sciences - Physical Therapy REASEARCH STUDY completed during t-DPT work
Outcomes of Lower Extremity Functional Motor Return in CVA patients using Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (NEURO-IFRAH) techniques in an acute rehab setting
Medical University of South Carolina PTAPTA Combined Sections Meeting - Las Vegas, NV -19 contact hours Maximizing Gait Efficiency through Biomechanical, Motor Control & Motivational Interventions Core Outcome Measure Recommendations in Individuals with Parkinson Disease Individualizing Balance Programs for Individuals With Degenerative Diseases The Fundamentals of Lower Extremity Amputee Rehab Maximizing Gait Efficiency Falls: Screenings vs Assessments Versus Outcome Measures Enhancing Motor Performance and Learning Walking Speed in Clinical Practice Neurologic Gait Dysfunction - 11 contact hours Intensive Mobility Training and Functional Assessment Post-Stroke - 9.5 contact hours APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program - 15 contact hours Balance Through the Ages - 10 contact hours Neurological Clinical Decision Making - 15 contact hours Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management - 7 contact hours Assessing and Treating Progressive Neurological Disorders - 6 contact hours Gait Training for patients with Stroke - 5.5 contact hours Prosthetics and Orthotics Symposium - 13 contact hours Neuro-IFRAH Certification -98 contact hours Advanced Gait Clinic - 4 contact hours Falls and Balance: A Transdisciplinary Approach - 6 contact hours Interactive Metronome Certification - 8 contact hours Gait Biomechanics and Orthotics - 4 contact hours Neurologic Practice Essentials: A Measurement Toolbox - 16 contact hours Clinical Neuroanatomy for Rehab Therapist - 6 contact hours Evaluation and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacroiliac Spine - 16 contact hours Functional Anatomy of the Upper Limb and Prehensile System - 3contact hours Bioness FES Foot Drop Stimulation System Training - 7 contact hours Wound Care Challenges - 6 contact hours Multiple Sclerosis: The Whole person Approach to Treatment - 6 contact hours Focus on Rehabilitation: Advances in Spasticity Management - 4 contact hours Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation for the Dizzy and Unbalanced Patient - 15 contact hours Dynamic Seating and Positioning- 15 contact hours Is it all about Pressure? An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Assessment and Management of Pressure Ulcers - 7.5 contact hours Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Core Competencies- 8 contact hours Core Stabilization Exercises for patients with Neurological Disorders - 9 contact hours Complete Lymphedema Certification Course - 135 contact hours Keys to Progressing the ICU patient - 8 contact hours
Advancing Neurologic Practice 2014 June-Dec.
2014 USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Series of webinars and modules to assist with preparing to take the APTA Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) Exam - approved to sit for NCS exam February 2015 Dorn VAMC LEAD Program Jan-June 2013 Leadership Development program Dorn VAMC, Columbia SC Series of projects and Franklin Covey based seminars designed to enhance leadership, Mentoring, interpersonal, organizational and project management skills.