Occupational and Physical Therapy Students Participate in Aquifit Program

Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy Natalie Michaels started the Aquifit program seven years ago with students from Tennessee State University. The program provides aquatic exercise for older adults and promotes wellness, socialization and enjoyment. The program has demonstrated improved balance, weight loss and decreased pain in individuals with arthritis as the buoyancy in chest deep water provides assistive movement to antigravity muscles, as well as resistance to muscles that are gravity assisted on land.

Aquifit 3Michaels is now including Belmont’s occupational and physical therapy students in the program. Students recently participated in the program at Del Webb Retirement Community and will do so again in April. The program is currently targeted to the older adult population, but the group plans to work with young adults with neuromuscular disabilities in the Metro Parks system next month and to eventually work with children with Down Syndrome.

Michaels said the community was impressed with the professionalism and intelligence of the Belmont students. “It’s been wonderful including students from two different disciplines in the activity. Having students from more than one perspective has made it a much more holistic experience both for the students and the participants,” she said. “There have also been community therapists from multiple disciplines assisting and a few faculty from other universities. I am extremely proud to work on this service activity with the OT and PT students from Belmont.”

Aquifit at Del WebbStudents who participated included occupational therapy students Alyssa Burlage, Amanda LaBonte, Jordyn Perry, Joseph Straatman, Jenae Stevens and Nicole Kmieciek and physical therapy students Brittany Ryan, Emmy Rice, Kelsey Marie Otten, Lindsey Schiller, Megan Rolfe and Shelly Witt.

PT students present research poster at APTA Combined Sections Meeting

2016APTAPosterPresentationThree doctoral students in the School of Physical Therapy, Casie House, Kelly Weaver Richardson, and Lisa Farrar, presented their research poster at the Combined Sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Anaheim, CA last week.  Their study was entitled ”The Impact of Kinesiotaping on Gait Parameters and Pain in Individuals with Charcot Marie Tooth” and was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Renee Brown, PT, PhD and Penny J Powers, PT, MS, APT from Vanderbilt Adult Seating and Mobility clinic.

Colleges of Health Sciences and Pharmacy to host Health Academy in June for 5th-8th graders

HealthAcademyThe College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy will host a week-long day camp from June 6 through June 10 that will allow students in grades 5 through 8 to explore the different careers available in the health sciences fields and expose them to issues healthcare professionals deal with on a daily basis. Students will explore a real-world example of how different health professionals (pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, social work) collaborate and work inter-professionally to take care of a patient.  Click here to register.

School of Physical Therapy presents Student Research

IMG_4301Belmont School of Physical Therapy recently held its annual research symposium and poster session.  Ten groups presented the results of their research projects which they began in the first year of the program.  The projects presented were very diverse from pediatrics through geriatrics, from normal healthy subject to individuals with dementia and pathology such as Charcot Marie Tooth to athletes such as the swimmers, football players, golfers and professional dancers.  IMG_4307Research projects examined screening, diagnostics, and intervention. Data were presented on over 930 subjects.  Below are the presentations:  Congratulations to the third year Physical Therapy students on this significant accomplishment!
1. The impact of Kinesio taping® on gait parameters and pain in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
2. Distance between femoral head and acetabular rim in the Core-Assisted modification of the FABER test.
IMG_42993. The Effect of Thigh Angle on Ground Reaction Force and Vertical Jump Height during a Drop Vertical Jump
4. The Effect of Dual-Task on Gait Velocity in Geriatric Subjects with Mild to Moderate Cognitive Decline.
5.  A Retrospective Analysis of the Pre-Season Screen Used in a Professional Ballet Company with Recommendations for Improvements in the Screen
IMG_42886. The Impact of Age and Gender on Forward Reach Measures in Typically Developing Children
7. Impact of Time on Post Warm Up Club Head Speed in Low Handicap Golfers
8. Spinal Accessory Nerve Conduction Recording from Upper and Middle Trapezius
9.  Pre and Post-Season Child-SCAT3 Test Results Based on Contact Versus Non-Contact Sports Participation
IMG_429010. A Comparison of the Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical   Stimulation and Stretching on Hamstring Extensibility


Belmont PT Professor and Alumni Present at World Congress

VoightSwissCong2015Dr. Mike Voight, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, recently presented at the 2015 First World Congress in Sports Physical Therapy on Return to Play (RTP) which was held in Bern, Switzerland.  Over 900 physical therapists from 37 countries attended the Congress which was a cooperative effort between the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (SSPA), the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT), and the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM).

The purpose of the conference was to present the current evidence on RTP criteria and guidelines in different areas, where the sports physical therapist plays a major role in helping athletes to return to the highest level after injury or surgery.  Dr. Voight’s presentation was the assessment of movement as a return to play criteria.

VoightCampbellGrindstaffAlso presenting their research at the Congress were two graduates from Belmont’s School of Physical Therapy, Dr. Terry Grindstaff (G04) and Dr. Ashley Campbell (G11).


PT Students Again Help Coordinate Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Komen2-2015Once again this fall, students from Belmont University School of Physical Therapy provided logistical support for the annual Race for the Cure in Nashville, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen organization. Over 100 student volunteers assisted with course setup and takedown and served as course marshals at the start and finish lines and throughout the course to help manage a crowd of over 20,000 participants and spectators.

Dr. Michael Voight, professor of physical therapy at Belmont, serves on the Komen Board of Directors and was co-chair for this year’s race. “Komen Greater Nashville has provided more that $3 million for screening, treatment and educational services to the women of Middle Tennessee,” said Voight, “and our students graciously support this endeavor each year.” It was just over a year ago that Susan G. Komen International recognized Belmont PT students as their volunteer organization of the year. Also serving as co-chair for this year’s race was Dr. Ashley Campbell, an alumnus of Belmont’s School of Physical Therapy who currently serves as an adjunct professor. “I began my involvement with the SGK Race for the Cure six years ago as a 3rd year PT student,” said Campbell, “but had no idea at the time that this would become a passion for me. We could not have had the success that we’ve had without the continued support of our Belmont students.” Continue reading

Physical Therapy students support Miles and Music for Kids

The annual event raised $636K for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy partnered with the annual Dierks Bentley Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert to benefit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on Nov, 1. The event is the unofficial kick-off to the biggest week of the year in Nashville–CMA week. This year marked the 10th year of the annual event, with Belmont’s PT program assisting as volunteer staff since its inception in 2006.

In the past decade, the ride and concert has raised more than three million dollars to help Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and has gone to support the hospital’s pediatric palliative care program. The program supports the hospital’s sickest patients, many of whom are facing the end of life. This money enables families to focus on their kids. “Money raised goes to families so they can focus their prayers on their kids getting well and not have to worry and pray about money. There is so much positive energy there and so many great doctors,” Bentley said.

Sells, Bentley, VoightThe event is one Bentley said he looks forward to year round. “I look forward to this show more than any other show of the entire year. We get to do something for the community, give back to the community,” Bentley said before the event. “We could not have taken this event to the level it now is without the help of my friend Mike Voight and his students at Belmont University. The Belmont students have been integral to the success of this event from the inaugural ride ten years ago to its current size.  I always look forward to working with them.” Continue reading

Belmont Health Science Students attend Global Missions Conference

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Students and faculty from Belmont University’s health science programs recently attended the 2015 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Over 3000 health professionals and health professions students gathered for the world’s largest such gathering for medical missions.

Dr. Ruby Dunlap, Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Tracy Frame, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, coordinated participation of 16 students from Belmont’s programs in nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy.  Student involvement was spearheaded by Derek Neice, a senior nursing major, and facilitated by a gift from the Gabhart Fund to help pay registration fees. Continue reading

School of Physical Therapy joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center in adding PT residencies

Elise Shepart, P.T., DPT, left, David Jennings, P.T., DPT, and Natalie Berra, P.T., are taking part in Vanderbilt’s new specialized Physical Therapy residency programs. Shepart and Jennings are graduates of Belmont's DPT program. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Elise Shepart, PT, DPT, left, David Jennings, PT, DPT, and Natalie Berra, PT, are taking part in Vanderbilt’s new specialized Physical Therapy residency programs. Shepart and Jennings are graduates of Belmont’s DPT program. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Story courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center edited for Belmont University

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in conjunction with the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, has launched specialized Physical Therapy (PT) residency programs in Orthopaedics (Sports) and Pediatrics in addition to an existing Neurological program.

“We are excited to partner with Vanderbilt for these residency programs,” said Dr. Renee Brown, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont. “This provides an opportunity for our graduates to advance their practice after graduation and  pursue specialty certification. The Neurologic residency is in its 4th year and has a 100% first time pass rate on the ABPTS board certification examination. This year the neurologic and sports residents are graduates of Belmont’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program.” Continue reading

School of Physical Therapy Celebrates 15 Years of ‘Family’

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More than 100 alumni return for reunion

Belmont’s School of Physical Therapy celebrated its 15-year anniversary of DPT graduates this month with a first-ever reunion for the three-year doctoral program. In addition to networking with one another and PT faculty and staff, the event allowed alumni to earn Continuing Education course credit and to provide support for a few special members. Continue reading