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 Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Developing Industry Leaders

Through technology-enhanced practice facilities and cutting-edge research labs, Drexel’s PT programs allow students to develop advanced skills through evidence-based clinical practice, teaching and research.

Physical Therapy Department

For over 30 years, Drexel’s nationally ranked Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Programs have provided a rich, technology-infused environment for students to develop skills in evidence-based clinical practice, teaching, and research. Drexel’s faculty, through structured instruction and mentorship, strives to develop leaders who excel in health care settings, classrooms and research labs.

Drexel’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are among the most highly respected and productive academicians, researchers and clinicians in the country with expertise in a variety of specialty areas. Through their work, they have developed numerous local, national and international clinical teaching and research collaborations and garnered funding from a variety of different agencies. Drexel’s research laboratories and funded researchers provide students with the opportunity to pursue exciting initiatives in multiple areas. 

Many of our faculty have won numerous teaching awards and over half of the faculty members continue clinical practice. The department’s faculty practice, Drexel University Physical Therapy Services, has sites at the 11th Street Family Health Services, in the Drexel University Recreation Center on Drexel’s University City Campus and in the Parkway Building on Drexel’s Center City Campus. Students in the department’s programs get the opportunity to work with faculty in these clinical settings to help refine their patient care skills.  The faculty believe that co-treating patients with developing clinicians helps to foster strong, innovative clinical decision making skills in its graduating clinicians.

Additionally, Drexel’s clinical practice facilities are closely aligned with its research labs and other disciplines within the college so that faculty and students have the opportunity to make connections between patient care and discoveries in the lab as well as appreciate the interaction amongst the entire healthcare team.  The College of Nursing and Health Professions includes Nurses, Physician Assistants, Couple and Family Therapists, Nutritionists, and Creative Art Therapists.  A 37,000 square foot multidisciplinary clinical and research facility on the center city campus helps facilitate interaction amongst these groups and provides opportunities for each discipline to contribute to optimal patient care.

Programs

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Become a competent, compassionate and innovative physical therapist.

Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc)
Take a leadership role as an educator and master clinician in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Prepare for a leadership role as a researcher and educator in rehabilitation sciences.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation
If you are a PT or an OT, participate in advanced study of the hand and upper quarter rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Participate in advanced study of pediatric rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Participate in a comprehensive curriculum of didactic and structured mentorship to develop into evidence-based practitioners ready and able to advance the profession and patient care in the community.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Faculty

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News & Events

 

05/28/15

Sara Bunyaratapan, MHS, Physician Assistant, was hired at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services as a certified physician assistant.

Chad Gavitt, BS, Physician Assistant ’99 joined IMPRES Technology Solutions Inc. where he leads IMPRES' Civilian Agency Team, including DHS and their FirstSource II contract. Mr. Gavitt previously worked for various federal contractors and consultants.

Susan M. Kammerle, PT, MPT, Physical Therapy ‘88 was named director of the Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise includes manual techniques/mobilization for the treatment of general orthopedic conditions, including low back and neck pain, sprains/strains/tears, balance issues, post-operative care as well as sports-related and workers' compensation injuries.

04/22/15

Shannon Brown MCAT, ‘92, director of counseling and advisement at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, North Carolina, illustrated his first published children's book called Queenie and Little Joe: A True Story about a Young Boy and His Pet Chicken.

Rhianna Cenci, RD, BS, Nutrition & Foods ‘13 was hired as the retail dietitian at ShopRite in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cenci is one of more than 90 registered dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland.

Jeff Conforti, DPT,’06, the owner and director of Conforti Physical Therapy in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, was appointed to the board of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania.

Darcie Goldberg’s MCAT ‘96 photography collection, the 24/7 Project, is on display at a gallery at West Chester University’s E.O. Bull Center for the Arts.  Ms. Goldberg is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. She is also executive director of the Chester County Art Association.

Linda Lowes, PT, PhD ‘97 was awarded an $80,000 research grant from Cure SMA for her project, “Development of An Innovative Outcome Measure to Define Disease Progression in SMA Type I for Use in the Home or Clinic.” Dr. Lowes is a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Angela Luciani BS, Nutrition & Food ’13, a registered dietitian at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, was interviewed for an article, "What is Clean Eating? 3 Registered Dietitians Weigh in" on Philly.com.

Brian T. Maurer, PA-C ‘79 was one of only 240 certified physician assistants nationally to earn a specialty credential known as a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Mr. Maurer is employed at Pediatric Walk-in Care in Enfield, Connecticut.

Graham Robbins, PT, MPT ‘95, the director of Rehab Services for Beebe Healthcare in Dover, Delaware, offered his advice in an article, "Exercise Precaution When Exercising in Cold" for the Salisbury, Maryland local newspaper, Daily Times.

Rodney Rothwell BS, Medical Technology, HU ‘98 was appointed as counsel at the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP in the firm's Washington, DC office. 

04/16/15

Established over 225 years ago, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is the oldest professional medical organization in the US.  It began in 1787 as 24 physicians gathered in Philadelphia “to advance the science of medicine and thereby lessen human misery.”  As of 2015, there are nearly 1,500 Fellows who continue to meet at the College to carry on the mission of its founders. 

One of the newest Fellows is Maria Benedetto, DPT, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.  However, Benedetto is not new to the College of Physicians.  For the past four years, she has been a mentor with their Karabots Junior Fellows Program which works with high school students from communities under-represented in current health care professions.  It is one of her passions, and she enjoys bringing students on campus for interactive activities. 

As a Fellow, Benedetto will not only continue to work with Karabots, but she will also participate in a second educational program, the Teva Summer Internships.  She’d also like to explore other possible mentorship opportunities dealing with physical activity and obesity in children. 

Benedetto was nominated by  Stanley Goldfarb, MD, FCPP, MACP, the President of the College of Physicians, and will be inducted as a Fellow on May 8, 2015 when she will sign her name in the same book the founding members used in 1787. 

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