Academia can be a daunting place. However, at GSU the atmosphere is supportive and collegial. I enjoy working with faculty within the Physical Therapy program and across the University to present the students with current, relevant information. At GSU I have the support to create a meaningful research agenda that may impact and improve the lives of individuals with neuromuscular impairments.
The most rewarding aspect of teaching is hearing about the success of PT alumni. Another rewarding teaching moment is watching a student finally understand a concept or intervention and realize how they might be able to use that concept or intervention with a future client to improve the client’s quality of life.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, but wanted to be able to treat clients and families with a holistic approach. Thus, I earned a Master’s in Public Service and a Ph.D. in Education/Special Education. Coming full circle, I completed the GSU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This advanced training allowed me to hone my clinical practice and bring my teaching and research to a higher level.
I value service to the community. One day a week, I treat 0-3 year-olds and teach caregivers how to address their child’s motor delays within their everyday routines. I also sit on the Board of Directors of the Center for Independence through Conductive Education (CFI). CFI is a program for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.