Nominated for Position: EPSIG – President-Elect
B.A. in Individualized: Culture and Philosophy of Healing New York University 2012 D.P.T. Columbia University 2017 Clinical Orthopedic Residency New York University 2018
OCS – anticipated 2019
I completed an Orthopedic Clinical Residency at NYU, during which I worked as a staff physical therapist at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and developed a specialization in Dance Medicine. My residency ended in August 2018. This September 2018, I will be starting a new position as a physical therapist at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC, where I will be providing both orthopedic and pelvic rehabilitation services.
Professional Awards & Contributions: Awards:
- Mary E. Callahan Award, Columbia University Columbia’s highest award, honoring a student who has shown academic achievement, outstanding clinical skills, sensitivity, and leadership ability
- Award for Excellence in Orthopedics, Columbia University Recognizes a student who has shown academic and clinical excellence in orthopedics, and an affinity for clinical teaching.
- Promising Future Alumni Award, Columbia University Recognizes a student who has shown commitment to enhancing Columbia’s tradition of excellence in education and service.
- NYPTA Student Participation Award Recognizes a student who has participated in APTA activities and extracurricular activities relating to the profession, has demonstrated academic accomplishments and clinical competencies, and has demonstrated humanitarian concerns.
Teaching Assistant Positions:
Manual Techniques, New York University, 2018
Foot and Ankle Elective, Touro College Manhattan, 2018
Orthopedics, Columbia University, 2016
Gross Anatomy (Lecture and Laboratory), Columbia University, 2015-2016
Lang Youth Mentor Foundation, 2015-2016
Previous Involvement in SoWH:
Assistant Director of Membership in the APTA Section on Women’s Health Student Special Interest Group 2017 – 2018. My primary contributions included coordinating fundraising efforts for the Global Women’s Health Initiative, as well as outreach to students interested in becoming members of and volunteering for the section
Previous Involvement in APTA or State Chapter/Other Sections:
APTA Orthopedic Section Member: – Member of the associated performing arts special interest group (PASIG). Wrote a citation blast for publication in the PASIG newsletter describing the pelvic floor as part of the core musculature and the importance of addressing this group of muscles in the dance population.
NYPTA Chapter Member – Winner of the 2017 Student Participation Award
– Speaker at the 2018 NYPTA Student SIG Conference
I graduated from PT school unsure of how to best set myself up for continued clinical growth. Serving as the president-elect on the inaugural board of the EPSIG will give me the opportunity to help early professionals in similar positions navigate their first years as clinicians. When searching for my first job, I sought positions with structured mentorship to ensure that I would continue developing my knowledge base. This led me to the NYU orthopedic residency program, through which I received excellent mentorship, but limited exposure to senior pelvic rehabilitation specialists. As president-elect of the EPSIG, I hope to develop mentorship forums connecting new practitioners to
peers and senior therapists. Facilitating these connections will promote the growth of not only the participating early professional therapists but also the area of specialty practice to which we are all dedicated.
Having served as assistant director of membership in the SSIG, I witnessed first-hand the growing passion for pelvic rehabilitation among emerging practitioners. Harnessing this enthusiasm is a critical way to grow the section, and the creation of the EPSIG shows that supporting this community is a priority for the section as well. With the upcoming name change and updates to the description of specialty
practice, it is clear that inclusivity is a vital part of the section’s strategic plan. Encouraging early professionals to be engaged in the ongoing conversation about how to promote inclusion without compromising the section’s foundational values is a key way to introduce a diversity of opinions and promote volunteerism in this
enthusiastic community. As a member of the EPSIG board, I will empower my peers by providing resources to keep themselves apprised of the research, learn new clinical skills, and spread awareness about their specialty among their colleagues.