Greenberg Benefits From PT Department’s Knowledge

By Purnell T. Cropper | September 3, 2010

While a student at Arcadia, Dr. Elliot Greenberg ’03D.P.T. was impressed by the University’s classroom and lab facilities and the knowledge and approachability of the faculty. The skills he gained in those classrooms and the information he learned from Arcadia’s professors have allowed him to excel. He currently practices at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2009 received he recognition from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties for attaining clinical specialist certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

“I wanted to come into my career on the leading edge,” he says. “And the relationship that existed between the current students and faculty made me feel that this would be a good, collaborative and low-stress learning environment. This proved to be true.”

Greenberg specifically notes the helpfulness of the adjunct professors with clinical expertise in the specific areas of students. “These professionals who were utilizing the tools/techniques we were learning about every day were able to come in and help us bridge the gap between the classroom and real life practice,” he says. “This helped dramatically during clinical rotations and when I got a job I had an easier time translating theory into practice.”

Though Arcadia prepared him well to begin his professional career, Greenberg observes the importance of having excellent mentors to help guide clinical development in the work setting. In the field of health care, it is impossible to learn everything in school—every professional is going to be confronted with something unfamiliar at some point.

“To be a responsible and dedicated professional you need to continue to expand your knowledge base and become a better therapist in your chosen area of practice,” says Greenberg. “That is part of what motivated me to get my orthopedic specialization.”

Greenberg has been married to fellow Arcadia PT alum, Jeannine Downey Greenberg ’05D.P.T., since October 2007. At SMPC he treats sports injuries for pediatric and adolescent athletes. He hopes to continue to expand his role as sports/orthopedic specialist at CHOP and contribute to Arcadia as an adjunct professor and clinical expert in the PT program.