Kate McNamara, DPT and Ann O’Neil, DPT, alumnae of the UK College of Health Sciences (CHS) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, are currently completing a competitive residency for physical therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. By doing this, they are able to seek specialization in pediatric physical therapy and neurological physical therapy, respectively.
In the 60s and 70s, private physical therapy practices were primarily owned and established by men, despite PT being a female dominated field during that time. Mary Thomson graduated from the UK College of Health Sciences physical therapy program in 1970 and soon became the first woman to own a private PT practice in the state of Kentucky.
Community outreach and serving others is ingrained in the mission of the UK College of Health Sciences. No one knows this better than Lynn English, PT, DPT, MSEd, associate professor in the department of physical therapy.
Many UK College of Health Sciences alums are among the countless health care heroes working tirelessly to deliver quality care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren Haegele, a 2014 physical therapy graduate, has been diligently serving in New York City since the outbreak’s beginnings.
This article is the first in an ongoing series to highlight UK College of Health Sciences faculty efforts to combat the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Researchers were not immune to COVID-19’s impact as the virus forced labs to rethink and reinvent operations nationwide. UK College of Health Sciences (CHS) faculty pivoted quickly to sustain their current opportunities and joined with investigators around the world to provide solutions in their areas of expertise to fight the pandemic’s effects.
Erin Sieberkrob, a 2015 graduate of the UK College of Health Sciences physical therapy (PT) program, knew she wanted to help children as a health care provider. Now, she serves her community as a PT and has worked to bring adapted tricycles to her patients with disabilities.
Studies show masks and face coverings are essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That’s why physical therapy student Molly Mathistad is lending her creative expertise to sew masks for children who rely on community-based services at Child Development Center of the Bluegrass (CDCB).
Roughly 1 in 7 Americans live with a disability that impacts daily mobility. The average cost of a wheelchair ranges from $500 to $2,000 without insurance, seriously curbing access to this essential equipment for patients who lack proper coverage. The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) in Hazard is working to bridge this gap for Kentucky patients through a project that repairs and redistributes used medical equipment to communities in need.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all University of Kentucky classes have moved online and College of Health Sciences instructors adapted quickly to turn hands-on curriculums into engaging material for remote learning.
While most people use wearable devices for activity tracking, wearable tech is making its debut in health care in many creative ways. Investigators at the UK College of Health Sciences and the University of Michigan Dearborn are on the brink of impacting rehabilitative telehealth using tracking technology.