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2014 Graduate Recognized as Emerging Leader in Physical Therapy

Sarah Steinman (Hobbs), DPT class of 2014 received the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2017 Emerging Leader award. This Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. 


Sarah SteinmanHere's an excerpt of what component leadership had to say about Sarah's abilities and accomplishments:


"Sarah possesses the organizational and interpersonal skills of a true leader. She is known for her intelligence, dedication, passion and professionalism. She possesses a calm, confident demeanor and is admired by her colleagues on our board."


Class of 2017 Excels


Avelene Chan and Wendee Gardner, Class of 2017, have both received the American Physical Therapy Association Minority Scholarship Award.


Avelene ChanThis award is offered to minority physical therapy students, in their final year of their degree, for professional character and academic excellence. This year scholarships were awarded to eight students across the county.


Both Avelene and Wendee were instrumental in creating the student organization Advancing Diversity and Excellence in Physical Therapy. The organization was developed to support pathways to excellence for young people from groups currently underrepresented in the physical therapy profession, and to foster a strong community for physical therapy students who are knowledgeable about the experiences of underrepresented people and equipped to address health disparities.


Karen Lovely Receives Two Awards


Karen Lovely, Class of 2016, was one of three Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students in the U.S. to be awarded the American Physical Therapy Association Mary McMillan Scholarship award! Christa Will, Class of 2015, was one of five students to receive this award in 2015.


Wendee Gardner

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “The intent of the award is to recognize those students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy, and service to the American Physical Therapy Association.”


In addition, Karen also received the 2016 Wisconsin Physical Therapy (WPTA) Student Emerging Leader Award. She was selected for her extensive list of achievements including presentations to the WPTA Board of Directors, and her involvement with Legislative Day and the Student Special Interest Group. Karen's impressive leadership skills were also noted in her letters of recommendation to receive this prestigious award.


Congratulations Karen and Christa!


2014 Graduate Recognized as Emerging Leader in Physical Therapy

Last updated: 08/08/2017
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