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Students in UE’s Department of Physical Therapy work in the state-of-the-art Dunigan Movement Analysis Lab.

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Professor of Physical Therapy Tink Martin Completes Requirements for PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Posted: August 13, 2014

Tink Martin, professor of physical therapy, has successfully defended her dissertation "Play in Children with Motor Disabilities" and completed the requirements for her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Cody Blue, 2014 PTA Program Graduate, Presents at the World Congress of Biomechanics

Posted: July 29, 2014

Cody Blue presented his work titled: Do Asymmetric Gait Kinematics Result From Inter-Limb Temporal Differences. This research is beneficial to define pathological gait patterns due to injuries. Dr. Yuri Yoshida and Dr. Robert Catena are co-authors.

Dr. Tzurei Chen presents research at the 7th World Congress in Biomechanics in Boston

Posted: July 29, 2014

Dr. Tzurei Chen, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, presented her research at the 7th World Congress in Biomechanics in Boston, MA. Her research is titled: Effect of Age and Fall Histories on Center of Mass Control during the Turning Phase of the Timed Up And Go Test.

Physical Therapy Department Faculty Position

Posted: May 21, 2014

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana invites applications for a new, full-time, 10-month open track position for our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Requirements for the position include an academic doctorate or a clinical doctorate with clinical specialist certification, at least three years of clinical experience, and eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist in Indiana.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in adult neuromuscular physical therapy or experience in the acute care setting.  Responsibilities include teaching, advising, scholarly activity, and service to the university, community, and profession.

The Department of Physical Therapy has a long history at the university and has an outstanding reputation for educating high-quality physical therapy professionals for more than 35 years.  Currently there are 10 full-time faculty members.  The department houses the Dunigan Movement Analysis Laboratory.  This 1250-square-foot space is one of the most well equipped labs in the region and anchors the department’s commitment to active engagement in scholarly activity.  The supportive nature of the region’s medical community provides ample opportunities for clinical practice and research collaboration.

The position is available immediately.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Send letter of application, a current cv, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Joni McFelea, Search Committee Chair, jm476@evansville.edu, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville IN 47722.  Additional information about our department can be found at http://www.evansville.edu/majors/physicaltherapy/.

The University of Evansville is an independent, comprehensive, selective-admissions institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and is recognized for excellence in its core liberal arts and sciences curriculum as well as professional programs.  International education is a strength of the university and is facilitated by the university’s Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.  The University of Evansville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to educational excellence through diversity.

Dr. Yuri Yoshida-Most Cited Research Article

Posted: October 30, 2013

A research article written by Dr. Yuri Yoshida, UE assistant professor of physical therapy, has been ranked one of the most cited articles published since 2008 (Journal of Clinical Biomechanics).  The article has been ranked one of the top five from February 2011 through October 2013.

Dr. Phil Plisky is named 2013 Outstanding Alumnus

Posted: October 28, 2013

Dr. Phil Plisky, UE assistant professor of physical therapy, was named Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ 2013 Outstanding Alumnus.

In addition to serving as an assistant professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Dr. Plisky is the Residency Program Director for the University of Evansville & ProRehab Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Dr. Plisky has a master’s in physical therapy from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in orthopedic physical therapy from RMUoHP. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Plisky’s research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel and school-aged children. Dr. Plisky’s fieldwork, moreover, has garnered research grants in collaboration with multiple universities totaling over $2 million dollars.
“Time and time again, Dr. Plisky has demonstrated his dedication to the protection of human subjects by drawing on his personal experience as a clinician and devoted parent,” said Darcy L. Hammer, IRB manager at RMUoHP. “He brings a sophisticated level of both clinical and research expertise to the injury prevention discussion.”

UE Students Win the Innovative Design Competition

Posted: October 23, 2013

Physical therapy student Annie Wooten, one of five UE students, brings home first place honors in the LTU “Innovation Encounter” competition.

A UE inter-disciplinary team of five students brought home first place honors in the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) “Innovation Encounter” competition held on October 18-19 in Southfield, Michigan. The UE team included students from engineering, business and physical therapy.
This is the second year in a row that UE multi-disciplinary students have brought home first place in this contest
Students on the UE team included Vaughn Ahlf (Mechanical Engineering), Jawad AlDhalemi (Computer Engineering), Laura Best (Mechanical Engineering), Andrey Biryuchinskiy (Finance and Economics), and Annie Wooten (Physical Therapy). The UE team was coached by Dr. Immanuel Selvaraj, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
In this competition, teams were challenged with creating a business level solution for a real-world client (Reverie) problem statement in a two day event. The event engaged students from eight universities in both competition and the appreciation of the skills learned during their academic careers. The competition included educational components, networking opportunities, and valuable feedback. The LTU “Innovation Encounter” provided students the opportunity to work on a real-world problem that required teamwork, business planning, critical thinking, and innovation.
The eight universities that competed in this competition are Gonzaga University, Ohio Northern University, Lawrence Technological University, Villanova University, Saint Louis University, Kettering University, Widener University and University of Evansville.

Ace CARE – Community Action through Rehabilitation and Education

Posted: October 22, 2013

After a year of planning, Ace CARE has officially begun operations on the University of Evansville campus.

 Ace CARE is a pro-bono physical therapy clinic run by Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Previously established at ECHO Community Health Care, Ace CARE provides physical therapy services to uninsured and underinsured patients of the Tri-state.  While ECHO is no longer able to accommodate physical therapy services at their downtown facility, they have continued their partnership with UE by providing physician referrals to the on-campus facility. 
Ace CARE is a collaborative effort among first, second, and third year DPT students who work as a treatment team to establish a diagnosis and appropriate plan of care for each patient.  Students also have the opportunity to seek guidance from a volunteer, licensed physical therapist, who oversees the daily operations.  Ace CARE provides a unique opportunity for DPT students to expand their cultural awareness and professional skills while providing critical healthcare services to a vulnerable population.  Ace CARE also helps to further develop interpersonal relationships between students and local physical therapy providers. 
Ace CARE is currently operating out of Wallace Graves Hall, room 104 from 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday afternoons. Students are able to accommodate four patients during this time.  Each patient undergoes an initial evaluation and is then scheduled for follow-up appointments as necessary.  After each visit, patients are provided with a new home exercise program to further enhance their progress.
The need for physical therapy services is extremely evident, as Ace CARE has a waiting list of eighteen patients.  In the future, Ace CARE hopes to expand its services to two days a week in an attempt to accommodate a higher volume of patients.  With the help of faculty, students, local physical therapists, and ECHO Community Health Care, Ace CARE aims to provide quality pro bono physical therapy services to as many patients as possible within the Tri-state area.

UE to Host Manual Physical Therapy Residency Program

Posted: April 25, 2013

In partnership with the Ola Grimsby Institute, the University of Evansville is proud to announce that it will host an orthopedic manual physical therapy residency program, beginning this fall.

The 15-month program, credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association, is geared toward licensed physical therapists who work in outpatient facilities. Participants will meet one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) per month for classroom instruction and lab experiences.

“We’re very excited to offer this opportunity for physical therapists in our area to expand their skills and integrate orthopedic manual physical therapy into their clinical practice,” said Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy at UE, coordinator of the residency program, and an instructor with the Ola Grimsby Institute. “This program is based on current research, thorough clinical education, and extensive teaching experience, all in light of current healthcare reforms and evidence-based procedures.”

Enrollment opens in May, and applications are due August 1; classes begin in September. To obtain an application, e-mail info@olagrimsby.com.

For questions about the residency at the University of Evansville, please contact Shala Cunningham at sc23@evansville.edu.

The Ola Grimsby Institute, based in Taylorsville, Utah, is a world-class consortium of physical therapists and physicians providing continuing education, certification programs, and doctoral degrees to physical therapists, manual therapists, and practitioners in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

UE's Phil Plisky Featured in National Healthcare Magazine

Posted: March 22, 2013

Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy, is featured in the March 2013 issue of NEWS-Line, a publication that reaches thousands of healthcare professionals and students nationwide.

In the magazine's interview, published in a question-and-answer format, Plisky discusses his research on injury prevention, the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and current topics of importance in the field of physical therapy. Read the full interview online here.

NEWS-Line publishes print and online news magazines, as well as weekly e-mail newsletters, providing news, information and career opportunities for health care professionals in an easy-to-read, non-clinical format. The company reaches thousands of licensed professionals and students at their homes, schools, or healthcare facilities around the country.