TSU DPT Program News
The TSU Physical Therapy Department Wishes to Welcome the Class of 2016!
... And the department also wishes to thank the Illustrious Class Officers!
Whoops, He Did it Again ...
Our Illustrious Department Head Receives FSBPT Service Award
for the Second Time!
You Heard it right! Dr. Ronald
has received the Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for the second time!
He received the prestigious award for the first time in 2010, and again in 2012!
Way to go, Dr.
For the full story see:
TSU DPT Department Celebrates the Life of Zachary Miller, DPT
By N. Housel
Dr. Miller was a graduate of the TSU DPT Class of 2012, who focused his work in skilled nursing facilities and home health. He was a motivated and dedicated student who was well liked by his clinical instructors, patients, teachers, and peers. Dr. Miller had a quiet intelligence underneath his
persona that often took his colleagues by surprise. His platform presentation with Tyler Workman, Bryon
, Dominique Player, and Dr. Natalie Housel, on "The Efficacy of Exercise for Minor Curvature Associated with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis," won the respect of his peers, and an article was published on this research in International Journal of Social Health Information in 2012. Dr. Miller participated in the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk two years in a row, and was loved by those in attendance.
While at Lipscomb University and the University of Arkansas, Dr. Miller played Division I baseball. He also played on the SEC Academic All Conference team in 2007. He also played softball, and guitar.
He will be remembered for his happy, carefree attitude, and compassionate spirit. He was forgetful in a funny way, and he always kept his classmates feeling relaxed. He often came into my office to discuss his grades and research, but the conversation always migrated to his thoughts about his fellow students, his family, and his
. He loved them so much.
He will be deeply missed.
TSU DPT Department Welcomes the Newest Member of the Faculty, Dr. Derek Charles!
The Department of Physical Therapy is pleased to welcome our newest
member, Dr. Derek Charles to the rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Charles earned his DPT from Belmont University in 2005 and is currently working towards a PhD from Nova Southeastern University. In 2011 Dr. Charles earned his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation from the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Dr. Charles’ clinical background is in general orthopedics and he currently specializes in the treatment of endurance athletes. Dr. Charles’ teaching responsibilities will include a variety of
-related courses and his research interests include the effects of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise in
conditions. When not working, Dr. Charles enjoys spending time with his wife and their 6 month old son. He also enjoys training for triathlons and playing with his dog, Blue. We are so lucky to have this scholar on our team!
Congratulations to the 2013 Graduates!
Kudos to the Graduating Class of 2013! You did it! We are so proud of you!
Received Award for Exemplary Service Learning.
received the prestigious Exemplary Service Award for 2013 for
awesome work with Siloam Family Health Center! Way to go, Dr.
TSU Intramural Flag Football Team Reigns Supreme
Congratulations to the TSU DPT Intramural Flag Football Team! Sixteen games were played with 14 wins, taking the trophy!
Way to go, Guys!
Doctoral Students from the Department of Physical Therapy, led by Dr.
Present at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts
Using Oxford Evidenced-based Medicine, Dr.
, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy together with his research team: (Seated left to right in the above picture: Whitney Thompson, Audrey
, and Tara Walter; standing left to right: Dr.
, Brad Robbins, and Josh Vaughn) will present a poster on Task-specific motor training in children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at the Experimental Biology 2013 Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2013.
Doctoral Students, Alexandra Stover, Crystal Smith, Joshua Maloney, and Carmen Mitchell from the Department of Physical Therapy, led by Dr. Natalie Housel Present at the 2013 Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Conference in Nashville, TN
Using a Quasi-experimental approach , TSU DPT Students, Carmen Mitchell, Alexandra Stover, Crystal Smith, Joshua Maloney, and their
, Professor Natalie Housel presented a poster on Aquatic exercise for pain reduction in the adult with arthritis at the 2013 TPTA Conference in Nashville, TN. their study showed that a well organized aquatic exercise program can produce a statistically significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis.
Dr. Kevin Lawrence Speaks at Not One...But Two Conferences!!!
This past January, Dr. Kevin Lawrence gave a lecture on Athletic Injuries of the Forearm, Wrist and Hand at the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, CA. This presentation which was done jointly for the Hand Therapy Section and the Sports Section focused on injuries often incurred by athletes during sports competition or practice. Injuries covered included injury to bone, ligaments, tendons, vascular supply and nerves.
As if this wasn't enough, he then gave a talk on The Effects of Diabetes
and Peripheral Nervous Systems at the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference in Nashville, TN in April. This presentation focused on changes that occur in connective tissue of individuals with Diabetes
and how it can effect joint
and result in nerve entrapment. The presentation also covered a discussion of diabetic neuropathy and the resultant changes in function due to diminished motor and sensory effect on the peripheral nervous system.
Wow! Great job, Dr. Lawrence!____________________________________________________________________________
Dr. David Lehman leads the Class of 2015 Who Volunteered to help put on Petey’s Face-Off 5K and Fun to raise money to benefit the Peterson for Parkinson’s Foundation
The class of 2015 went over and above the call of duty with Dr. Lehman at the helm. Students ran a fund raiser for Parkinson's Disease, and one of our own students, Ashley Spear won the women's division of the 5K.
Speaks at 2013 Graduation Gala!
- N Housel
Another class has graduated, but the fun memories will always remain. The graduates of the Doctoral Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Tennessee State University (TSU) Class of 2013 were honored during their Graduation Gala in May, 2013. They also had the privilege of hearing an inspirational speaker, Dr. Ronald
. The evening was MC-ed by Dr. Natalie Housel.
has been a physical therapist since 1990. He has worked in a number of clinical settings, and is a Diplomat with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Trainer of the Clinical Instructor and Advanced Clinical Instructor Education Program. Dr.
also serves as Chair of the Geriatric Specialty Council of theAmerican Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and writes items for the geriatric specialist examination. He also writes items for the National Physical Therapy Examination, and is one of the first inductees into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. He has received numerous awards from the Federation, including the President’s Award and the Outstanding Service Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Credentialing Commission in Physical Therapy. Dr.
served as Assistant Dean in the College of Health Sciences for five years, and currently serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Following the speech, Dr. David Lehman gave an impressive account of the student research synthesized by the students from the Class of 2013. Sara
, President of the Graduating Class of 2012 gave inspirational words of wisdom to his classmates. Dr. Ronald
announced those giving out the awards: Dr.
presented the CI of the Year Award, and the Clinical Excellence Award to Jason Rath. Dr.
presented the Academic Excellence Award to Clay McClain.
Volunteers from Metro Parks and Recreation Assist with
- N Housel
Volunteers from the Adult Day Program at Metro Parks and recreation volunteered to assist with the Midterm examination Practical for the pediatric portion of
II taught by Dr. Natalie Housel.
The volunteers, led by Glen Atkins and Charles
, acted out various conditions related to physical therapy while explaining their own personal
conditions. This task required good reflective critical thinking strategies on the part of the students, as well as great interpersonal skills. The students performed brilliantly!
Special thanks to Glen Atkins, Charles
, and the gang from Metro Parks and Recreation!
and Tina Smith Serve as Grant Participants in Alabama State University’s (ASU) Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health and Education (CARE)
Dr. Tina T. Smith, Chair, Department of Speech and Audiology (first picture from left) and Dr.
, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy were the two grant participants in Alabama State University’s (ASU) Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health and Education (CARE). They attended the National Conference on Health Disparities in Rehabilitation where Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Secretary of Department of Health and Human Resources was the keynote speaker. Additionally, they both attended the
-Woodruff Endowed lectureship in Health Disparities in ASU. In the picture, they were joined by other faculty from other institutions: Dr. Corine Myers-Jennings, (next to Dr. Smith), Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,
State University and Dr. Regina Lemon, President of South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
TSU DPT Students Develop Aquatic Exercise Program for Older Adults to Decrease Falls
- N Housel
Lindsay Carlson, Brad Ellis, Aaron
, and Allison Lamb under the direction of Dr. Natalie Housel developed an aquatic exercise program hoping to reduce falls in the older adult program. Dr. Tim Jones also joined the group as a consultant. This 6-week program was implemented at Del Webb at Lake Providence during this past Spring semester. Students collected data on functional reach and are still collecting data from participants related to the number of falls before and after the program. Participants reported that the program was effective and enjoyable, and the students have been invited to return to do this again! One participant stated, "This was a blast!", while another stated, "The TSU students are wonderful." Special thanks to the people at Dell Webb, and kudos to these four students who found a way to link thinking and working, with research and service!
TSU DPT Students Present at the Experimental Biology 2012 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA
and his research team from Physical Therapy Class 2013 (L-R: Amber Brown, Renee’
, Kim McNair, and Turner Sibley) attended the Experimental Biology 2012 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA on April 21-25, 2012 to present their paper on
Does estrogen have
effects on pregnant women diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?
Additionally, Ms. Brown is one of the recipients of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Minority Travel Fellowship Awards. Way to go, Team!
TSU DPT Students Show Support for the Profession at the 2013 Day on the Hill!
- N Housel
TSU DPT students visited the Capitol during the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, 2013 Day on the Hill. Led by the faculty, these students went to the Hill to think, learn, and serve!