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Marc Campolo
Marc Campolo, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Greetings to all alumni and friends of the Department of Physical Therapy. The program and faculty continue to flourish. Our 30th anniversary celebration was a special pleasure for reinforcing the strong tradition our program.

The Usciences faculty continues to publish in the leading journals and present at the state, national, and international levels. We are especially proud of our students who have been published and are presenting at the PPTA and CSM meetings as a result of their capstone projects. The Department of Physical Therapy looks forward to maintaining its long tradition of excellence. Our graduates are exceptionally well prepared for their professional roles and practice in diverse settings. As students they are immersed into the culture and practice of our profession. This year we are launching our first international PT Exchange in Sweden and are exploring more opportunities for global learning.

Please stop by our Alumni Event at CSM and help us celebrate our successes! You will find more information about the event inside the newsletter.

Best regards,

Marc Campolo, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy


USciences PT Department 30th Anniversary Celebration

The USciences Department of Physical Therapy celebrated 30 years of physical therapy education with our 30th Anniversary Celebration and Continuing Education Event on Sept. 28, 2013. This event, held in conjunction with Alumni Weekend, included lunch with University president Dr. Helen Giles-Gee and a cocktail reception. The continuing education speakers were USciences alumni who are making an important professional impact in their specialty areas:

Anne MuchaLisa Mackell, PT, MPT'88, the founder and president of Theraplay Inc, a provider of children's physical, occupational, and speech therapy and special education services with six therapy centers. She shared her experiences and presented current research on the "Assessment and Treatment of the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Anne MuchaPatrick Hennessy, PT, MPT'07, NCS, a research physical therapist and clinician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He shared his research and clinical work on neurologic conversion in individuals with sub-acute spinal cord injury and high-intensity locomotor training through his presentation, "High Intensity Locomotor Training: Theories And Application in Neurologic Injury."

Anne Mucha Jeff Rogers, PT, MPT'04, DPT'05, FAAOMPT, a cofounder of Mid Atlantic Manual Therapy Consultants. He taught a hands-on lab course, "High Velocity Low Amplitude Mobilization Of the Lumbar Spine And Pelvis."

PT White Coat Ceremony

PT White Coat Ceremony

Sixty-eight students from USciences' physical therapy program joined the ranks of professionals following the Ninth Annual White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 7, 2013. The ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students in the University’s professional portion of their physical therapy education.

Donning their white coats, the students recited the oath of a physical therapist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing health and well-being, see photos online.

PT White Coat Ceremony
Keith Creagh PT, DPT, GCS (DPT '10)

Keith Creagh PT, DPT, GCS (DPT '10), who was the keynote speaker became a board-certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy in 2013 and is a member of the geriatric and orthopedic sections of the APTA. He currently is a master clinician for Genesis Rehabilitation Services in New Jersey. Since graduating from USciences, Dr. Creagh has contributed significantly to the education of physical therapy students. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at USciences, assisting in the neuromuscular track and geriatric course, and as a clinical instructor.

13th Annual Patricia Leahy Lecture

PT White Coat Ceremony

The Patricia Leahy Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of an outstanding physical therapist, Ms. Leahy, who served as an assistant professor from 1987 until her untimely death in 1995 from breast cancer at the age of 39. Ms. Leahy was one of the first board certified neurologic clinical specialists and played an important role in the development of the Specialization Council. Shortly before she died she made a bequest in her will “to establish a fund for assisting physical therapy students with costs associated with clinical education.” It was Ms. Leahy’s wish that students would broaden their horizons by choosing clinical sites outside of the Philadelphia area.

Anne Mucha
Pamela K. Levangie, DPT, DSc, FAPTA

Fulfilling that commitment, Dr. Pamela Levangie was the invited speaker for the Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture on Oct. 3, 2013. Dr. Levangie, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, spoke on "Shoulder Dysfunction in the Woman with Breast Cancer." Dr. Levangie shared her expertise in kinesiology with attendees who were taught how to apply this knowledge to the shoulder mechanics of the woman treated for breast cancer. This lecture helped us celebrate the life of a former USciences faculty member, highlighted breast cancer awareness month, and showcased the expertise of physical therapists in treating this population during PT month.

Leahy Scholarship

There were multiple, well-deserving applicants this year and therefore, two students, Regina Scarselletti DPT ‘14 and Shannon Elbrecht DPT’14, were awarded the 2013 Leahy Scholarship. Regina will be the second USciences student to have the unique opportunity to spend 16 weeks at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital on the Navajo Indian reservation. Fort Defiance Indian Hospital boasts a 24/7 Level 2 Emergency Room and is licensed for 56 inpatient beds including, an intensive care unit; a medical-surgical unit; a pediatric ward; an OB/GYN ward; and an inpatient adolescent psychiatric care unit. This will be an excellent cultural experience. Shannon has travelled to North Carolina and Pittsburgh on previous affiliations and will return to the Pittsburgh area for her final internship. She will provide physical therapy services in a pediatric setting at Positive Steps Therapy in Pittsburgh. Both Regina and Shannon have demonstrated commitment and dedication to obtain excellent and diverse clinical education experiences.

Students and Faculty Participate in Philadelphia Science Festival 2013

PT White Coat Ceremony

The USciences Physical Therapy Department continued their support of the community by being well represented again at this year’s 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival. Sixty-eight DPT students and five faculty participated in the Philadelphia Science Festival over the course of the weeklong event. At the Science Festival on the Parkway, Dr. Greg Thielman and students tested children and adults on their knowledge of the role of physical activity in stroke and heart disease prevention. At the Clark Park Discovery Day, Dr. Lisa Hoglund, Dr. Eric Folkins, and DPT students performed strength, endurance, and fitness tests and taught community members about arthritis and ACL injuries. During the Phillies game that week, Dr. Karin Silbernagel, Dr. Thielman, and DPT students analyzed the throwing motion of many Phillies fans. The students did an excellent job in educating the public about wellness and the profession of physical therapy.


Student and Faculty Capstone Projects

As a requirement for graduation, DPT students at USciences completed capstone projects. The capstone includes teaching practicums, systematic literature reviews case studies or research projects in collaboration with academic and clinical faculty. Students begin working on their project as early as the first year of their physical therapy education. All of the students develop poster presentations as part of the annual USciences Research Day. Eleven of the capstones were accepted and presented at the first annual Mini CSM sponsored by the Southeast District of the PPTA. In addition, USciences DPT students, in collaboration with faculty, had publications in peer reviewed journals and/or presented their research at both state and national conferences. Below are examples of the outstanding work of USciences DPT students. If you are interested in becoming involved with clinical research, please email Eric Folkins at


Campolo M, Babu J, Dmochowska K, Scariah S, Varughese J. A comparison of two taping techniques (Kinesio and McConnell) and their effect on anterior knee pain during functional activities. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013 Apr;8(2):105-10

Maritz CA, Patel N, Varughese L, Yecco A. The Effects of a 10-Week Group-Based Exercise Program on Lower Extremity Strength, Balance and Functional Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study. Int J Phys Med Rehabil, In press

Maritz CA, McCray S, Bell J. Comparison of Functional Walking Training Using Concentric-Eccentric Resistance on Hip Muscle Strength, Balance, and Functional Mobility in Working and Retired Older Adults. J Geront Geriat Res, 2013, 2(3) 10.4172/2167-7182.1000126

Platform Presentations

Campolo M, Babu J, Dmochowska K, Scariah S, Varughese J. A comparison of two taping techniques (Kinesio and McConnell) and their effect on anterior knee pain during functional activities. Poster presentation: International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine Annual Conference. Presented May 2013

Poster Presentations

Folkins E, Fernebok S, Lewis J. Near Peer Teaching of Therapeutic Exercise to First year Physical Therapy Students. APTA Combined Sections February 2013 Poster presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2013

Rosemary O’Mara, Asif Clegg, Allen Stepney, and Lisa Hoglund, “Hip muscle weakness and reduced function in young adult males with patellofemoral pain: a pilot study” APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2013.

Hoglund LT, O’Mara R, Clegg A, Stepney A, Nagle J, Shah N, Tran D. Males with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Have Hip External Rotator Muscle Weakness. Poster Presentation at the 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Vancouver, Canada, September 18, 2013.

Faculty Scholarly Activity


Campolo M, Maritz C, Thielman G, Packel L. An evaluation of peer teaching across the curriculum: student perspectives. International Journal of Therapies and Rehabilatation Research. 2013, 2:1

Carmont MR, Silbernagel KG, Edge A, Mei-Dan O, Karlsson J, Maffulli N. Functional Outcome of Percutaneous Achilles Repair: Improvements in Achilles tendon Total Rupture Score During the First Year. Ortho J Sports Med. January-June 2013 (1).

Macleod TD, Manal K, Silbernagel KG, Snyder-Mackler L, Buchanan TS. Characteristics of human knee muscle coordination during isometric contractions in a standing posture: The effect of limb task. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013 Jun 19. doi:pii: S1050-6411(13)00118-1. 10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.05.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Bøymo-Having L, Grävare M, Silbernagel KG. A prospective study on dinghy sailors' training habits and injury incidence with a comparison between elite sailor and club sailor during a 12-month period. Br J Sports Med. 2013 May 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Suydam SM, Buchanan TS, Manal K, Silbernagel KG. Compensatory muscle activation caused by tendo lengthening post-Achilles tendo rupture. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthros. 2013 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Carmont MR, Heaver C, Pradhan A, Mei-Dan O, Silbernagel KG. Surgical repair of the ruptured Achilles tendon: the cost-effectiveness of open versus percutaneous repair. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Jun;21(6):1361-8.

Carmont MR, Silbernagel KG, Nilsson-Helander K, Mei-Dan O, Karlsson J, Maffulli N. Cross cultural adaptation of the Achilles tendon Total Rupture Score with reliability, validity and responsiveness evaluation. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Jun;21(6):1356-60.

G Thielman, Insights into upper limb kinematics and trunk control one year after Task Related Training in chronic post-stroke individuals Journal of Hand Therapy, J Hand Ther. 2013 Apr-Jun; 26(2):156-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2012.12.003

G Thielman and P Bonsall. Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity after Stroke: A Case Series Evaluating REO Therapy and an Auditory Sensor Feedback for Trunk Control, .Stroke Res Treat;2012:348631. doi: 10.1155/2012/348631. Epub 2012 Aug 8.

Hoglund LT, Scott BW. Automobilization intervention and exercise for temporomandibular joint open lock. J Man Manip Ther. 2012; 20(4):182-191.

Hoglund LT, Hillstom HJ, Barr-Gillespie AE, Lockard MA, Barbe MF, Song J. Frontal Plane Knee and Hip Kinematics During Sit-to-Stand and Proximal Lower Extremity Strength in Persons with Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study. J Appl Biomech. 2013 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Book Chapters

Silbernagel KG, Karlsson J. Treatment of Achilles tendo injuries (in Swedish) Allmänläkarpraktikan: ortopedi. Studentlitteratur. ISBN10:9144059213

Platform Presentations

Maritz C, Thielman GT, Campolo, M. "How to Prepare Students to Become Evidence Based Practitioners:" Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Bethesda, MD, May, 2013.

Hoglund L, Folkins E. Using iPads to Promote Learning, Psychomotor Skill Development and Experiential Learning, Campus Technology August 2013 Presentation. Boston, MA.

McGinty MK, Green S, Jessop A, Maritz C, What Role do Accreditation Standards Play in Community Engagement? 3rd Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference, October 2013.

Folkins E, Dugan N, Prince T, Varrecchia S. Integrating Management Pinciples and Skills Into a Final Clinical Education Experience. Educational Leadership Conference, October 2013. Portland, OR.

Poster Presentations

Hoglund LT. “App”-lied Use of Technology in Teaching: Using iPads and  “apps” to Promote Learning and Psychomotor Skill Development in a Face-to-Face Course. Poster Presentation at the Educational Innovations Poster Session, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 2013.

Hoglund LT, O’Mara R, Clegg A, Stepney A, Nagle J, Shah N, Tran D. Males with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Have Hip External Rotator Muscle Weakness. Poster Presentation at the 3rd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Vancouver, Canada, September 18, 2013.

Silbernagel KG, Olsson N, Eriksson BI, Brorsson A, Lundberg M, Karlsson J. Only half of the patients with an Achilles tendon rupture can perform a single leg heel-rise 12 weeks after injury, with no difference between surgically and non-surgically treated patient

Kimberly D. Ward. “Physical therapy intervention for students with spinal muscular atrophy type II and III in the educational setting” APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2013.

Kimberly D. Ward presented "Educational Collaboration and Initial Development of Field Trip Accommodations Checklists: A Case Report" at APTA's Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

Invited Speaker

Silbernagel KG. ISB 2013, Satellite Symposium of the VII World Congress of Biomechanics VII WCB 2014. Natal, Brazil, August 4-9, 2013. Eccentric training for the rehabilitation of Achilles tendon injuries.

Silbernagel KG. ISAKOS Sports Rehabilitation Course: Global Perspectives for the Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer. This Course was held concurrently with the ISAKOS Congress, Toronto, Canada. May 12-14, 2013. Three different lectures regarding treatment for tendinopathy and tendon rupture.

Silbernagel KG. 65th Annual Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Buffalo, NY, January 4-7, 2013. To be or not to be active with painful tendinopathy? Practical clinical applications based on current research sing the Achilles tendon as a model. Research to Reality presentation.


APTA Combined Sections Meeting

USciences 2014 DPT graduates and faculty are scheduled to present at APTA Combined Section Meeting (CSM) 2014 in Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 3-6, 2014.

Stop by and attend the lectures and posters by USciences at CSM2014. See list of multiple presentations and posters by USciences graduates faculty and adjunct faculty that will be attending CSM. Many of our current 3rd year DPT students and 2013 graduates will be attending.

USciences will hold an alumni reception, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening Feb. 5, at CSM for alumni, faculty and clinical faculty. Come to the alumni reception for hors d'oeuvres and refreshment, and visit with colleagues of the USciences community.

Educational Sessions at CSM

McArdle KD, Joshi RK, Klappa S, Hoglund LT. Compassion Fatigue: Moving from Fatigued to Resilient - Be a Catalyst for Healing in Today's Healthcare Environment! To be presented as an Educational Session at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 4, 2014.

Presentations at CSM

"A Comparison of two taping techniques (kinesio and mcconnell) and their effect on shoulder pain in high school athletes during functional activities" Authors: Marc Campolo(1); John Thomas(1); Michael Pomykala(1); John Jemison(1); Marco Salinas(1). Presenter: Dr. Marc Campolo

"Evaluating Health Related Physical Activity Amongst Physical Therapy Students, an International Perspective" Authors: Rachel Buriani(1); Marissa Handwerk(1); Jennifer Nicklasson(2); Johanna Zetterlund(2); Mari Lundberg(2); Karin Silbernagel(1) Presenter: Rachel Buriani

"Electromyographic activity of the calf musculature comparing seated and standing heel rises: A pilot study" Authors: Ginger Galade(1); Megan Kapuschinsky(1); Karin Silbernagel(1) Presenter: Ginger Galade

"What is the Proper Dosing and Prescription for Therapeutic Exercise in Neurological Populations: A Systematic Review of the Literature." Authors: Stacey Abraham DPT , Jaimie Thomas DPT Eric Folkins PT, DPT, OCS and Gregory Thielman MSPT, EdD, ATC.

"The Effects of a Group-Based Exercise Program on Improving Strength, Mobility and Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults." Authors: Patel N, Varughese L, Yecco A, Maritz CA.

Poster Presentations at CSM

Wong AL, Rickards C, Hoglund LT. Hip External and Internal Rotator Peak Isometric Force Tested at 90° Hip Flexion is Greater Than Results at 0° Hip Flexion. To be presented as a Poster Presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 6, 2014.

Hoglund LT, Kelly JD, Carey JL, Hand R, Linton S, Pontiggia L. A Hip and Trunk Strengthening Program Improves Pain, Function, and Quality of Life in a Person With Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis: A Case Report. To be presented as a Poster Presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 6, 2014.

Kimberly D. Ward PT, DPT, MPH, Katelyn Citrino, SPT, Ashley Cleaver, SPT, Christine Weber, SPT.  "Participation in school trips for students with disability: school professional perspective on the School Trip Accommodations Checklist"

International Independent Study

Dr. Karin Silbernagel
Karin Silbernagel PT, ATC, PhD

Dr. Karin Silbernagel and four students (P2) have been involved in ongoing research in collaboration with University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our students will have the opportunity to visit the research lab in Sweden during the 2014 spring break. They will spend one week in Gothenburg together with Dr. Silbernagel. Two days will be spent visiting with the research group and the research lab at the Gothenburg University Department of Orthopaedics. They will spend time with PhD students and other researchers. Also during the trip, two days will be spent visiting an outpatient sports medicine physical therapy clinic and an orthopaedic outpatient surgical center and one day will be spent at the Department of Physical Therapy (physical therapy education) visiting with Swedish physical therapy students.


Alex Rella awarded outstanding adjunct USciences faculty award

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award was issued to Alex Rella, PT, DPT, of the physical therapy department. Alex has been an adjunct faculty member and clinical educator for USciences for 13 years. She started as a lab instructor in 2002 and now is an instructor for PT Exam and PT interventions. In addition, she created one of our "specialty internships" in Safe-Patient Handling. Thank you Alex for your excellent contribution to so many USciences graduates.

Five students receive awards at Commencement

We were proud to have 45 DPT graduates this year at commencement on May 22, 2013. Congratulations to all graduates and to the five students who received the following university awards:

  • Megan Marie Kapuschinsky DPT'13—Packman Family Award in Physical Therapy: An award, given by Dr. Elias Packman, Professor of Pharmacology, Class of 1951, and his family, to a Physical Therapy graduate with the highest grade point average in the professional curriculum.
  • Rachel Alexandra Buriani DPT’13 and Colleen Morse DPT’13—Physical Therapy Faculty Award: An award, given by the physical therapy faculty to a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in all aspects of physical therapy.
  • Stacey Abraham DPT’13 and Jamie Marie Thomas DPT’13— William B. Inverso, Jr. Award, an award and plaque, given to a physical therapy graduate for excellence in physical therapy research.


Tiffany Prince, PT, DPT, OCS

Tiffany Prince , PT, DPT, OCS graduated from USciences in 2002 with her MPT, earned a DPT in 2009, and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in 2009. Tiffany is involved with USciences students in the first professional year, third year, and post graduation. During the P1 year, she contributes significantly as a lab instructor in the kinesiology curriculum, and has been since 2003. Currently, her primary employment is lead therapist at Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) on Market Street and serves as the clinical coordinator of clinical education and a clinical instructor for USciences students and numerous other students during their final internship. Lastly, she is an integral part of the orthopedic residency spine curriculum as a mentor and educator for PT students following graduation. In addition to all her education she provides for USciences, she has presented at national meetings and most recently was involved in the development and implementation of an "Administrative Specialty Affiliation," specifically for USciences students. This is a unique clinical education experience and opportunity for USciences students. The student chosen is not only mentored by Tiffany in the clinic, but also becomes involved in the administrative process of operating a large outpatient clinic. We greatly appreciate Tiffany's many years of service, dedication to the physical therapy profession, and demonstrated excellence to USciences graduates.


Brian Chan DPT'15 accepted to Rancho Los Amigos LEIP program

For the second consecutive year a PT student from USciences was accepted into Rancho Los Amigos’ Leadership for Effective Intercultural Practice Student affiliation program for 2014-15. Brian Chan DPT'15 will begin this 16-week affiliation in October of 2014. “The Leadership for Effective Intercultural Practice student affiliation program is designed to offer clinical education slots at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center to select students with demonstrated appreciation, skills, and leadership for intercultural practice.” This clinical affiliation is a highly sought after opportunity by PT students across the country. Brian will have the opportunity to work closely with physical therapy leaders in the area of neurology. Congratulations!

Kiara Johnson DPT'14 accepted to CHOP Internship

Kiara Johnson DPT'14 was accepted to complete her final internship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP only accepts 10-12 interns per year and the application process is very competitive. She will have the opportunity to interact with over 30 ABPTS certified clinical specialists in all areas of paediatrics. Congratulations!

Payal Gaglani DPT'13 and Billy Moore DPT'13 are accepted to post professional Residency Programs

Payal Gaglani DPT'13 is currently in the orthopaedic residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. This residency is in collaboration with University of Southern California. She will complete her clinical hours at Johns Hopkins and the didactic portions both at Johns Hopkins and in southern California with top clinicians/researchers from University of Southern California. Payal said, "this residency is really kicking my butt, but I am learning so much and wouldn't change a thing." Billy Moore DPT'13 is completing his residency locally at Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP). He has the opportunity to further his education and work with a variety of excellent orthopaedic specialists within GSPP. Both programs are approximately one year and both Payal and Billy will be eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) upon successful completion.


Available Therapist Opportunities with Functional Pathways

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