Arcadia University News


December 3, 2019

PT Hosts Symposium on Neurophysiology and Rehabilitation

Arcadia’s Physical Therapy Department hosted the fourth annual Fall Faculty Symposium, titled “Body Meets Brain: Applying Neurophysiology to Orthopaedic Rehabilitation,” on Nov. 2. The event welcomed more than 130 practicing clinicians, including several alumni, and was organized by Dr. Ryan...

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November 19, 2019

Clinical Service in Guatemala Impacts Future Health Professionals

In summer 2019, Kirby Edsill ’20M, PA and Daniel McCole ’20DPT helped provide medical services to underserved communities in Guatemala as part of Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs. Edsill’s and McCole’s international journeys not only led to professional growth...

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October 1, 2019

Dr. Craik, Dr. Mangione Publish on PT Intervention for Hip Fractures

Each year, 300,000 Americans suffer a hip fracture and struggle to return to the ambulatory activities they enjoyed prior to it. Dr. Rebecca Craik , dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Kate Mangione , professor of Physical Therapy, recently co-published the study “Effect of a...

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October 1, 2019

Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Craik and Dr. Kate Mangione

To better understand the results of the study, “Effect of a Multicomponent Home-Based Physical Therapy Intervention on Ambulation After Hip Fracture in Older Adults,” Dr. Rebecca Craik, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Mangione, professor of Physical Therapy, addressed the history of...

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September 17, 2019

Change in Sequence for Physical Therapy Dual Degree Cohort

Starting May of 2020, students will work towards their MPH degree during their first year. Years two and three encompass the Physical Therapy program. If offered admission for the dual degree, the MPH program will start in May and will last 4 semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). The DPT...

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June 27, 2019

Physical Therapy Program

The Arcadia University Department of Physical Therapy will offer a 25-month entry-level DPT program beginning with the Fall 2020 cohort. The PTCAS application period begins in July 2019. What remains the same? Our innovative, patient-centered curriculum and our goal of graduating clinicians with...

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June 9, 2019

Academic Affairs Supports Innovative Programming

Last November, an Innovative Programming Group was established by Academic Affairs to strengthen programs, identify areas for growth, and support pioneering opportunities. Its work led to Arcadia’s first Innovative Programming grants, designed to help faculty and staff demonstrate feasibility,...

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June 7, 2019

Dr. Oatis Named Professor Emerita

In recognition of more than 37 years of distinguished teaching, research, and leadership, Dr. Carol Oatis , professor of Physical Therapy, has been named Professor Emerita. Dr. Oatis joined Beaver College as an adjunct professor in 1982, advanced to full-time status in 1991, and earned tenure in...

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May 3, 2019

Physical Therapy Named Among HealthGrad’s Best DPT Programs

Arcadia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program was ranked fifth among the “Best DPT Programs for 2019” in HealthGrad’s northeast region category. Arcadia’s DPT program is recognized as one of the top 20 programs nationally by U.S. News and World Report. In the last year, the department has also...

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March 20, 2019

Dr. Tevald Awarded Grant for Transplant Research

By Lana Valente '19 Dr. Michael Tevald , associate professor of Physical Therapy and director of Post-Professional programs, is the recipient of a $40,000 Acute Care Research Grant. His project, “Early Impact of Lung Transplantation on Skeletal Muscle,” will enable the development of evidence-based...

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February 4, 2019

Stay Fit Program Supported by Parkinson Council

Dr. Janet Readinger ’07DPT , assistant professor of Physical Therapy and associate director of Clinical Education, received a $17,000 grant from the Parkinson Council to support the Dan Aaron Stay Fit Exercise program, designed to help community members with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s...

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January 22, 2019

Dr. Tate Discusses Shoulder Injury Prevention in Swimming World

Dr. Angela Tate , adjunct professor of Physical Therapy, was interviewed by Swimming World Magazine for her research on preventing overuse injuries in swimmers. Dr. Tate discusses her methods for conducting research, as well as what types of physical therapy and exercise may help swimmers avoid...

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January 22, 2019

Arcadia Graduates Largest DPT Class in Its History

Frigid temperatures couldn’t stop the celebration of the 18th annual Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) commencement on Sunday, Jan. 20. With 188 students, the Class of 2019 was the largest DPT class in the University’s history, including graduates of the Orthopaedic Residency and Transitional DPT...

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November 30, 2018

Dr. McClure Contributes to Guidelines for Concussion Treatment

Dr. Phil McClure , professor and chair of Physical Therapy, was featured in Business Wire ’s “MedRisk’s ISAB Creates Guidelines for Treating Concussion Symptoms,” an article analyzing the first vestibular therapy guidelines for workers suffering from concussions. Dr. McClure is an advisor to...

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November 13, 2018

Dr. Kantak Receives Grant to Study Stroke Hand Function Recovery

How often do you use one hand to complete an activity? Not often, according to Dr. Shailesh Kantak , assistant professor of Physical Therapy. The dependency on using both hands to complete most tasks of daily living– from putting on socks in the morning to pulling up the bedsheets at night– is what...

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October 22, 2018

Dr. Oatis Featured in Wiley’s Research Headlines

Dr. Carol Oatis , professor of Physical Therapy, published her research on Total Knee Replacement therapy with Wiley’s Arthritis Care & Research. Dr. Oatis’ research, "Characteristics of Usual Physical Therapy post Total Knee Replacement (TKO) and Their Associations with Functional Outcomes,"...

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September 12, 2018

Dr. Shah Accepted to Selective Grant Mentoring Program

Dr. Kshamata Shah , assistant professor of Physical Therapy and director of Education for International Physical Therapists, was accepted to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative/Bone and Joint Canada Young Investigator Initiative (YII) Grant Mentoring and Career Development Program, a selective...

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July 11, 2018

Arcadia Faculty Honored with APTA Service Awards

This past year, Dr. Martha Eastlack and Dr. Phil McClure , assistant professor and professor and chair of Physical Therapy, respectively, were recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for their outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. McClure received the Paris...

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May 9, 2018

Dr. Craik Presents Keynote Speech on Health Care and Physical Therapy

Dr. Rebecca Craik , dean of the College of Health Sciences, presented the keynote address at the sixth annual Southeast District Combined Sections Meeting on April 14 at Thomas Jefferson University. Her speech, “Still Not Satisfied,” was an update to her 2005 Mary McMillian address that examined...

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March 27, 2018

Business Wire Highlights Dr. McClure for Distinguished Service Award

Business Wire highlighted Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy Dr. Phil McClure on March 20 for receiving the Paris Distinguished Service Award from the orthopaedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The honor is bestowed on APTA members whose contributions are “of...

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February 27, 2018

DPT Students, Alumni, Faculty Present at Combined Sections Meeting

Students, alumni, and faculty from Arcadia’s Department of Physical Therapy presented at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2018 Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, La., from Feb. 21 to 24. Throughout the weekend, DPT representatives held platform presentations, poster and...

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