Rachel Buriani DPT’13 was one of four recipients of the prestigious Student Leadership Award presented by the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) at the PPTA’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting on Oct. 15. In addition to a framed certificate, she received a monetary award of $150.00 to be used towards her professional membership dues.
Buriani has been active in the Physical Therapy Club since 2007, has increased her involvement each year and has served as president. She has organized numerous events, helped increase attendance in PT Club activities, and raised money to help other students attend the APTA National Student Enclave this past October.
“I was very pleased to nominate Rachel for this award as I have known her since her U1 year as her advisor and now as her professor in the professional phase of the PT major,” said PT Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa T. Hoglund.
In her nominating letter, Dr. Hoglund wrote: “Rachel demonstrates the qualities of organization, perseverance, dedication, commitment, passion, patience, encouragement and a calm demeanor that are all important in a leadership role.”
Following graduation, Buriani plans to work in sports physical therapy or in a pediatric setting.
USciences Physical Therapy Department had a strong presence at PPTA’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting in Valley Forge, Pa. (Oct. 14-16). Twenty-six students and seven faculty were in attendance. The Department also had graduates presenting five out of the 15 posters. The students were easy to spot in their distinctive blue shirts.
Photo 1: Rachel Buriani DPT’13 a Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) Student Leadership award recipient.
Photo 2: USciences representatives at the PPTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting on Oct. 15.
Photo 3: PT Vice Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Carol Maritz with Capri Comer DPT’11.
Photo 4: (left to right) Shiju Scariah DPT’12, Jincy Varughese DPT’12, PT Chair Dr. Marc Campolo, Jenie Babu DPT’12, and Kasia Dmochowska DPT’12.
Photo 5: Lyndsay Gadley DPT’11 with her poster.