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Where Are They Now?

June 25, 2015

Patricia Birchall, RN, BSN, CDE ’11, has been appointed clinical manager of the Diabetes Center at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Ms. Birchall has worked for the Cape Regional Medical Center Team since 1987. She is currently pursuing an MS in nursing and is enrolled in the Nursing Practitioner Program-Family Practice at Drexel.

Victoria Bradlee, EMT-B, BS, MHS, PA-C ’15, wrote an article, "Pediatric Deficiencies: How Can We Improve Proficiency in Pediatric Patient Care?" in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) magazine in which she addresses the potential inadequacies in EMS and other pre-hospital care for treating children. Ms. Bradlee is a member of the Good Fellow Ambulance Club and Minquas Fire Company. She was awarded EMS Rookie of the Year by Minquas Fire Company in 2011.

Virginia Clementson, CNP  ‘09, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner, brought women's health and obstetrics and gynecology services to the Le Sueur, Minnesota area.  Previously, patients had to travel to Mankato. She practices at the Mayo Clinic in Le Sueur on Fridays.

Rosemary Dunn, DrNP, MBA, RN ‘95/’11, chief nursing officer of Hahnemann University Hospital, was a finalist in the "Advancing and Leading the Profession" category of the 2015 Philadelphia Tri- State Gem Awards for nursing excellence. Dr. Dunn oversees multiple departments and services at Hahnemann, as well as professional development and the Magnet recognition program. One of her accomplishments was the implementation of an all-RN care delivery model.

Kerri Link Heckert, RD ‘11, a registered dietitian with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, wrote an article, "Fueling Up Before and After Your Workout" in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Heckert has been in the fitness and nutrition industry for the past seven years. She is a yoga instructor, ACSM certified "Health Fitness Specialist," and a certified personal trainer.

Jennifer Hixon, DHSc, PA-C ’85, was hired by Westfield State University to develop a new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program; her new title is associate dean and founding program director. If approved, the program will be the first and only public graduate PA program in New England. Previously, Dr. Hixon served as the founding program director of the Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program and as the dean of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Physician Assistant Studies.

Sara Lea Jacobovici  MCAT, ’85, was featured in an article in The Jerusalem Post, in which she discussed her unconventional approach to helping people who come to her with their problems. Instead of having her subjects talk, Ms. Jacobovici has them paint, build, and create in order to help them through their problems. She moved to Israel from Montreal in 2009.

Christos Karagiannopoulos, PT, PhD, ATC, CHT ’99, has joined the faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at DeSales University. Dr. Karagiannopoulos has been practicing physical therapy in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation for more than 15 years, and he has spoken locally and nationally on various physical therapy related topics. He is also a part-time certified hand therapist with ATI Physical Therapy.

Laura A. Lapolla, MPT ‘00, a clinician physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Spaulding Outpatient Center Framingham in Framingham, Massachusetts, wrote an article "Easy Tips for Taking Care of Your Spine While Spending Time with Your Child," about ways in which new parents can perform tasks to care for their child that are more conducive to spine health.

Sandra "Sandy" Lee Sheller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC ‘04/’05, received Women Against Abuse's 2nd Annual Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding work to support survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Ms. Sheller is a licensed professional counselor, art therapist, and family therapist currently working as clinical director of independent projects for The Salvation Army of the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Natalie Webb, RDN, LD, FAND ‘10, the chair of the Department of Health, Nutrition and Physical Education at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The distinction of "Fellow" signifies that a member has lived up to the Academy's values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, and social responsibility. Ms. Webb has 25 years of experience as a nutritional professional.