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Summary

Highly skilled & dedicated physical therapist with demonstrated success in providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatment plans for patients with varying movement impairments. Exemplary understanding of the nature of both orthopedic and neurological disorders. Compassionate professional with expertise in effective communication, building client relationships and maintaining strict confidentiality. Demonstrated success working with diverse populations one-on-one and in group settings. Effective motivator, communicator and advocate with inherent ability to manage many types of personalities, diffuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues and achieve challenging goals.  

Education

Bellarmine University

May 2007Dec 2010

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Capstone: Dance: A Community Partner Approach to Balance Issues in Parkinson's Disease

Bellarmine University

Aug 2004May 2007

Bachelor of Health Science

Cum Laude

Work History

Fusion Medical Staffing

Jan 2016July 2016

Physical Therapist

  • Provided full time physical therapy services to residents at two skilled rehab facilities in Kentucky: Northpoint Lexington Rehab Center and  Golden Living Center Mount Holly in Louisville
  • Evaluated & treated a diverse and challenging patient population including people with Alzheimer's, CHF, COPD, post CVA, TBI and Parkinson's Disease
  • Became proficient with both Casamba and Rehab Optima software for documentation
  • Supervised physical therapy assistants
  • Acquired skill in the use of modalities for wound care

Gentiva Home Healthcare

Aug 2013Oct 2015

Physical Therapist

  • Provided full time home health physical therapy services
  • Performed home safety evaluation & caregiver training
  • Balance training for people with high fall risk
  • Supervised physical therapy assistants

Nightingale Home Healthcare

Dec 2012Jan 2013

Physical Therapist

  • Provided PRN home health physical therapy services
  • Performed home safety evaluation & caregiver training

Health Fitness Corporation - Park Athletic Club

Sep 2011Nov 2012

Physical Therapist

  • Provided full time outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services to employees at GE Appliance Park with both personal & work related injuries
  • Performed workstation ergonomic assessments
  • Completed functional job descriptions
  • Helped to develop & administer fit for duty exam for new hires
  • Developed group exercise programs to address posture & back pain
  • Instructed group Pilates & Zumba classes weekly in fitness center

Radical Rehab Solutions

Apr 2011Sep 2011

Physical Therapist

  •  Provided skilled orthopedic & neurological based rehab to people with acquired brain injury in day center & residential setting
  • Performed evaluation & ongoing assessment of complicated patients
  •  Performed home assessments and caregiver training
  • Supervised physical therapy assistant
  • Provided instruction to life skills trainers to improve health, fitness and safety of clients

Partners in Communication

Oct 2015Present

Physical Therapist

  • Provided part-time physical therapy services to adults with disabilities in day center setting
  • Effectively served clients with autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and ABI of various ages in day centers throughout the Louisville area

U of L Medical School Standardized Patient Program

Jun 2004Feb 2006

Standardized Patient Instructor

  •  Highly Trained Educator
  • Instructed & evaluated medical students in performance of complete physical exam
  • Portrayed patients with a wide variety of symptoms & illnesses
  • Improved the patient care skills of future clinicians 

Clinical Experience

Jewish Hospital - Louisville, KY                                                                                                                                Oct. 2010-Nov.2010

  • Provided physical therapy services in the acute care setting under supervision of a clinical instructor
  • Developed home exercise & education packets for patients following THA and spinal surgery
  • Presented in-service on creating appropriate heath documents for the geriatric population

Green Hill Therapy - Louisville, KY                                                                                                                         Aug. 2010-Oct. 2010

  • Provided pediatric physical therapy services to diverse patient population from ages six months to fourteen years under supervision of a clinical instructor
  • Evaluated & treated children with Rett Syndrome, CP, Spina Bifida, brainstem hypoplasia, Prader-Willi, torticollis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, SMA II  and arthrogryposis
  • Directed hippotherapy treatment
  • Participated in aquatic therapy services
  • Administered outcome measure including PDMS-2, Bot-2, and GMFM

Golden Living Center - Louisville, KY                                                                                                                   June 2010-July 2010

  • Provided physical therapy services to skilled nursing residents under supervision of a clinical instructor
  • Evaluated & treated people with Alzheimer's, CHF, COPD, post CVA, and Parkinson's Disease
  • Provided in-service on LSVT Big to therapy staff

Berea Independent School - Berea, KY                                                                                                   Jan.4, 20110-Jan. 29, 2010

  • Provided pediatric physical therapy services in a school setting once per week under supervision of a clinical instructor.

KORT Bardstown - Bardstown, KY                                                                                                                 Jan.4 2010-Jan. 29 2010

  • Provided outpatient orthopedic services to a diverse population in a rural setting under supervision of a clinical instructor
  • Implemented unique treatment approach utilizing Wii for patients with brain and spinal cord injury
  • Provided in-service on the use of Wii to facilitate rehabilitation

KORT Shively - Louisville, KY                                                                                                                                    July 2009-Aug. 2009

  • Provided outpatient orthopedic services under supervision of a clinical instructor
  • Provided in-service on Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

Bellarmine University Service Learning Clinic  - Louisville, KY                                                                 Aug 2008 - May 2010

  • Completed patient evaluations and developed exercise programs to increase strength & improve function under the supervision of professors
  • Helped develop and teach a specialized small group therapy class for people with Parkinson's

Certifications

Gentiva Home Healthcare

Nov 2008Present

Safe Strides: A Comprehensive Balance & Vestibular Program

A customized, home-based intervention program for evaluation & treatment of balance dysfunction developed by a skilled and specially trained team of physicians, physical therapists, nurses and home care administrators. 

Rachel McKelvey - Ergonomist GE Appliance Park

May 2012Present

Ergonomic Expert Certification

14 Day intensive training 

Work Well

Oct 2011Present

Functional Capacity Evaulation

WorkWell’s FCE is a comprehensive functional test designed to objectively measure the maximum safe functional abilities of a client across a broad range of physical capabilities for recommendations for return to work/other activities and activities of daily living. 

Fletcher Pilates

Jun 2011Present

Pilates Towel Work Licensed Provider

This is a program of coordinated movement and breath that was originally done with a rolled towel. It helps teach shoulder stabilization and use of the arms. Today, Fletcher Pilates has a signature red braided towel developed specifically for this work.

LSVT Global

Jun 2010Present

LSVT Big 

The LSVT BIG® Training and Certification Workshop is a two-day program designed to train physical and occupational therapists in an intensive whole body amplitude-based training protocol for individuals with Parkinson disease.

Activities/Affiliations

APTA - Member of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section                                                                                             May 2008-Present

KPTA Member                                                                                                                                                                                May 2008-Present

Terpsichore Dance Company                                                                                                                                            August 2014-Present

Continuing Education

11/20/2015

Aquatic Physical Therapy Competency Course: Historical Perspective of Aquatic Physical Therapy - APTA

09/11/2015

Crisis Prevention & Intervention Planning - Partners in Communication, INC

02/17/2014

Geriatric Assessment Course - Gentiva Home Health

10/17/2014

Assessment Strategies for Oasis Completion: Part 1-3 - Gentiva Home Health

08/21/2013

Gentiva Orthopedics: Comprehensive Assessment and Condition Management

05/11/2013

Lumbar Spine Stabilization & Rehabilitation Technique - Care 2 Learn

05/16/2013

Cervical Spine Stabilization & Rehabilitation Technique - Care 2 Learn

05/18/2013

Thoracic Spine Stabilization & Rehabilitation Technique - Care 2 Learn

02/25/2013

Understanding Parkinson's Disease and the Growth of Physical Therapy as a Viable Treatment Option

12/26/2012

Back Care with Brent Anderson - Polestar Pilates

10/21-10/22/2012

R6: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level VI

09/22-09/23/2012

R5: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level V - Boulder, CO

04/21-04/22/2012

R4: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level IV - Peachtree, GA

03/17-03/18/2012

R3: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level III - Peachtree, GA

06/11-06/12/2011

R2: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level II - East Lansing, MI

05/14-05/15/2011

R1: Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation Level I - East Lansing, MI

04/09-04/10/2011

Polestar Pilates Principles of Movement - East Lansing, MI

06/20/2012

A Biomechanical Approach to Restoring Function in Knee Osteoarthritis: Incorporating Evidence into Practice - APTA

06/04/2012

Leading the A Team - A Practical Guide to Working with PTAs - APTA

09/2011

Dance Medicine: Strategies for the Prevention and Care of Injuries to Dancers - APTA - Orthopedic Section Course

02/09/2011

Physical Therapists as Exercise Experts for Aging Adults: Functional Examination and Exercise Prescription - CSM - New Orleans

01/29/2011

Evidence Based Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy - APTA

12/19/2010

Osteopenia: Implications for the Physical Therapist Managing Patient's of All Ages - APTA

Presentations

Louisville Nimble Thimbles                                                                                                                                                October 4, 2012

  • Presentation to Louisville quilters group titled: Ergonomics for Quilting    

Bellarmine University                                                                                                                                                       December 7, 2010

  • Capstone presentation to DPT class of 2010 and faculty of pilot study titled  Dance: A Community Partner Approach to Balance Issues in Parkinsonism

Gerontological Society of America 63rd Annual Meeting                                                                              November 21, 2010

  • Poster presentation of pilot study titled  Dance: A Community Partner Approach to Balance Issues in Parkinsonism

Jewish Hospital Acute Care - Louisville, KY                                                                                                         November 29, 2010

  • Presented in-service on creating appropriate health care documents for the geriatric population

Golden Living Center- Louisville, KY                                                                                                                                          July, 2010

  • Presented in-service on LSVT Big to Therapy Staff

KORT - Bardstown, KY                                                                                                                                                              January, 2010

  • Presented in-service on evidence for using Wii in rehabilitation to therapy staff

Bellarmine University                                                                                                                                                            December 2009

  • Presented case study on the article  llial Anterior Rotation Hypermobility in a Female Collegiate Tennis Player  by H Todd Vaughn and Wanda Nitsch to physical therapists in the Louisville area

KORT Shively - Louisville, KY                                                                                                                                                     August 2009

  • Presented in-service on chronic regional pain syndrome to therapy staff

References

Joe Kunes

Manager Fusion Medical Staffing

877-230-3885 ext 113

April Buchanon, PT

Director Gentiva Home Health/Affiliate of Kindred at Home

502-895-4213

 Dr. Mark R. Wiegand , PT, Ph.D.

Bellarmine University DPT Program Director

502-452-8356