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Division of Physical Therapy celebrates partnerships

Division of Physical Therapy celebrates partnerships

The Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy values the learning experiences our students receive throughout their clinical education curriculum. We currently partner with ~225 clinic sites around the country and have developed a system for enhancing our partnerships.

During the 2018-2019 academic year,  40 clinicians representing 30 clinic partners received an award!


This conference, co-sponsored by APTA’s Academy of PT Education and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, is geared towards PTs and PTAs interested in academic and clinical education. Outstanding clinical partners are offered an opportunity to apply for this scholarship. Six clinical faculty were awarded a $1500 scholarship to attend ELC 2019 (number of scholarships and amount of award varies annually depending on conference location).


The program sponsored six clinical partners – Jen Lane (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Ashley Bloch (The Recovery Project), Julie Gruden (Cleveland Clinic Sports Med), Kristen Dersch (Carle Foundation), Tara Legar (Ohio University Therapy Associates) and Melissa Lippencott (Summa Health, not pictured). Faculty participating in the conference included Janice Howman (DCE), Paula DeLorm (Assistant DCE), Gary Chleboun (School Director), Betty Sindelar (Program Director, not pictured) and James Odenthal (Residency Director, not pictured).


Top achieving clinical education partners are invited to enter a drawing for our program’s elective coursework in Fall semester.


Dry Needling, I/II


Course offered by Optimal Dry Needling Solutions (ODNS).  Registration costs are paid for by Ohio University’s PT program (a $1,095 value).

Dry Needling I winners in Fall 2019: Sean Meers, PT (Ohio State University Comprehensive Spine Center) and Marissa Lasky, PT (Promedica Total Rehab, Fremont) with School Director Gary Chleboun, PT, PhD.

Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Part A


Course taught by a certified MDT instructor. Registration costs are paid for by Ohio University’s PT program (a $650 value).

Part A course winners in Fall 2019: Alexander Rospert, PT (Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports and Orthopedic Therapies) and Mariah Balinski, PT (University of Illinois Hospital) with course instructor Hugh Murray, PT, Dip. MDT.

Women’s Health


Physical Therapy Management of Women’s Health.  Winners receive two nights of lodging to attend the weekend component of this course (Approximately a $250 value).

Women’s Health course winners: Sarah Harrigal, PT (Cleveland Clinic Sports Med), Laura Vielbig, PT (Kettering Medical Center) and Kerri Galloway, PT (Southern Ohio Medical Center) with course instructors Cathy Konkler, PT and Natalie Metzger, PT


Throughout the year, clinical partners are offered scholarships to attend webinars related to clinical education. Past webinars include OPTA’s Clinical Decision Making and Reflection are Imperative to Student’ and Resident’s Clinical Development: Tips for Clinical Instructors/Residency Faculty (6 clinicians from 3 clinic sites attended) and OPTA’s Criteria for Determining Student Readiness in a Full-Time Clinical Experience (22 clinicians from 18 clinical sites attended)

Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs CEU Workshop:


Annual CEU Workshop of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs for Clinical Education. The 2019 winner attended the course “Dual Roles in Assessment and Mentoring in Physical Therapy: A Contemporary View” in November ($50 value, 6.75 CEUs awarded).

Ohio Kentucky Consortium CEU Winner: Miljan Cecez PT, DPT, CFCE (Cleveland Clinic at the W.O Walker Center) with Assistant DCE Paula DeLorm, PT, DPT.


The Clinical Instructor of the Year Award is intended to acknowledge clinical instructors who have made significant contributions to physical therapy education through excellence in clinical teaching. In spring, students from the graduating class nominate an exceptional mentor from any of their clinical education experiences. Faculty review nominations and select the winner who is awarded a plaque and their choice of ELC scholarship or elective course.

In Spring 2019, Jason A. Hugentobler PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Orthopedic and Sports Medicine received this award. He was nominated by Emma Fish, DPT class of 2019, because “he is the best model of what a physical therapist should strive to be... Jason cares so much about education and I feel elevated every day when I am around him.”


Mark Paterno, PT, PhD (Scientific Director for Cincinnati Children’s Division of Occupational and Physical Therapy), Janice Howman, PT, DPT (DCE for Ohio University PT program); Jason Hugentobler, PT, DPT (CI of the Year) and Gary Chleboun, PT, PhD (Ohio University School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences Director).