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Message From The Chair
Marc Campolo
Marc Campolo, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Greetings from the Department of Physical Therapy at University of the Sciences! It’s hard to believe another year has passed. And things continue to go well. Our admissions are up, we have new facilities for teaching and lab classes, and our faculty remain productive with their scholarship.

We also have some interesting events in development. The 10th anniversary of our Doctor of Physical Therapy program occurs in 2016, as well as the 33rd anniversary of the Department of Physical Therapy. We are planning an alumni event to celebrate these milestones next spring and would like to invite all alumni to attend. Details will be coming via a separate communication, so be on the lookout. We will also have our annul alumni event at CSM in Anaheim, so please join us.

I hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting things that are happening in our department. We look forward to continued success!

Best regards,

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


PT White Coat Ceremony

PT White Coat Ceremony

Seventy-eight students in the doctor of physical therapy program at USciences earned their white coats during the 10th annual white coat ceremony. The ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students in the 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.

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Colleen Chancler, PT, MHS
Colleen Chancler, PT, MHS

The keynote speaker for this year’s white coat ceremony was Colleen Chancler, PT, MHS. Colleen received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Scranton in 1986, her master’s degree from Drexel University in 2005, and is currently matriculated at Seton Hall University in the PhD program. She currently works for Good Shepherd Penn Partners at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as the site manager for therapy services. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she teaches at local universities in various areas of physical therapy practice. Colleen received the APTA Kendall practice award in 2011 and the outstanding service award from Widener University in 2011. She is involved in the association at the state and national level, has served as a PA delegate in the APTA house of delegates and is interested in continuing with research and clinical endeavors involving quality and outcomes in clinical care.

New Faculty

David Logerstedt
David S. Logerstedt, PT, PhD, MPT, MA, SCS

David S. Logerstedt, PT, PhD, MPT, MA, SCS, comes to USciences as an assistant professor. Dr. Logerstedt has been a practicing rehabilitation specialist for more than 15 years and is board-certified in sports PT. The focus of his clinical research is the development and implementation of clinical and translational novel treatment interventions to successfully improve long-term joint health and knee function, and reduce the incidence of post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis.

Dave has had a productive year at USciences. He has had publications on the importance of limb symmetry and return to activity criteria for a special Rio Olympics 2016 issue for Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy and a two-part publication with experts in the area of early sports specialization in young athletes for Sports Health. Dave also recently spoke at the International Cartilage Repair Society meeting in Chicago on joint loading after knee cartilage repair. He is the APTA representative for the AAOS osteoarthritis function and pain assessment in-person work group meeting. Dave received a grant from the Milton Lev memorial faculty research fund for a pilot study to evaluate performance-based and biomechanical measures early after microfracture surgery of the knee.

Alumni Spotlight

Pia Leone
Pia Leone PT, DPT, WCS (DPT’12) Becomes one of four women’s health certified specialist (WCS) in Pennsylvania.

Pia completed the women’s health residency at Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) and spent the following few years working on didactic and clinical modules for the residency program. Pia felt the next logical step to advance her career was to take (and pass) the specialty exam for women’s health. Pia states the GSPP residency was vital in providing mentors and fostering good clinical practice to prepare her for this exam. This, and any other clinical specialty, demonstrates a clinicians dedication to the PT profession and clinical expertise to patients and other health care practitioners. Pia stated that her “experience at University of the Sciences helped teach me to be an adult learner due to the rigor of the physical therapy program. This skill allowed me to complete my residency program successfully and to be able to focus and study for my specialty exam, while still working a full work week, which is challenging”

Pia believes that specializing early in her career was an opportunity that she couldn’t let pass and it helped jumpstart her career and focus on her personal goals. She recommends that if you have a strong interest in a certain area, specializing and attending a residency program is essential. The residency program at GSPP helped her prepare her for the specialty exam and brought her closer to quality mentors, that had taken the exam previously. Great job Pia!

Rosemary (Rory) O’Mara DPT’12—now Rory Burns—previous recipient of the Packman family award for PT in 2012, was accepted for the orthopaedic residency at MGH IHP in Boston starting in fall '15. This residency is very competitive: a 28% acceptance rate. “I am so excited to have been selected as one of four new residents.” Her clinical placement will be through Spaulding and she will be able to get involved as a teaching assistant and she is hoping to assist in a research project over the next year. Rory is very thrilled and excited for this opportunity and to take time to focus on her practice in an area that she loves. Congratulations Rory!

Ross Fargnoli DPT’15 was accepted to the Good Shepherd Penn Partners orthopedic residency in Philadelphia. Ross is the second student from USciences to be accepted to this orthopedic residency program. Good luck Ross!

William (Billy) Moore DPT’14 successfully completed the Good Shepherd Penn Partners orthopedic residency and passed the orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) exam. Well deserved Billy!

15th Annual Patricia Leahy Lecture

15th Annual Patricia Leahy Lecture

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.

There were multiple, well-deserving applicants this year and therefore, students Christine Kettle DPT ’16 and Tara Farnitanl DPT ‘16 were awarded the 2015 Leahy Scholarship. Christine completed her internships at University of the Chicago medical center and currently is at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown, PA working in pediatrics. Tara travelled to Rock Hill, SC to complete a rehab internship at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Rock Hill, SC, Las Vegas, NV for outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics and her final internship is at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ. The Leahy scholarship helped support both Christine and Tara to experience excellent internships in a variety of cultural settings.

The Patricia Leahy Lab continues to grow. We have installed an eight-camera Vicon Bonita 10 motion capture system that will allow us to measure and evaluate biomechanics in the upper and lower extremities.

Susan L. Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA
Susan L. Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

Susan L. Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, Professor, University of Pittsburgh presents at the 15th Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture more than 150 physical therapists, faculty and students attended the 15th annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture at University of the Sciences. We were honored to have Susan Whitney PT, DPT, PhD, NC, ATC, FAPTA accept to be the speaker for the Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture on October 15th, 2015. This year’s topic: “New Advances in the Management of Persons with Balance and vestibular Disorders.” Susan Whitney is a Philadelphia born and raised physical therapist who is now a world-renowned researcher and specialty clinician in the area of Vestibular rehabilitation.

Upcoming Events

APTA Combined Section Meeting

USciences DPT students, alumni and faculty will present six posters at APTA Combined Section Meeting (CSM) 2016 in Anaheim California., from February 17-19, 2016.

USciences will hold an alumni reception, tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening Feb. 17 at CSM for alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, and friends. Come to the alumni and friends reception for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and visit with colleagues of the USciences community.

CSM 2016 Presentations

TITLE: "Comparison of Functional Walking Training Using Concentric-Eccentric Resistance with Sport Cord on Hip Muscle Strength, Balance, and Functional Mobility in Younger and Older Adults"
AUTHORS: Jennifer Grau DPT’15; Kassidy McLean DPT’15; Brenna Reilly DPT’15; Carol Maritz

TITLE: "A Qualitative Study on the Outcomes of Hippotherapy and Adaptive Riding from the Parent and Staff Perspective"
AUTHORS: Fatima Khan DPT’15 ; Mehreen Akhtar DPT’15 ; Kevin Mathew DPT’15; Parthan Patel DPT’15; Richa Shah DPT’15; Kimberly Ward

TITLE: "The Effect of Kinesio Tape on Sitting Posture "
AUTHORS: Marc Campolo; Ross Fargnoli DPT’15; Lauren Giannetti DPT’15; David Gilio DPT’15; Joseph Kenny DPT’15; Eliza Woodward DPT’15

TITLE: "Change in Students' Prioritized Professional Values After an 8-Week Clinical Experience"
AUTHORS: Michele Lewis; Eric Folkins; Kimberly Ward

TITLE: "Evaluating Utility of Muscle Architectural Parameters with Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging of Spastic Musculature in individuals Post Stroke"
AUTHORS: Gregory Thielman; Lucas Yourney DPT’15

TITLE: "Users’ experiences with the Student Assessment and Feedback Tool (SAF-T): A novel clinical experiential evaluation instrument"
AUTHORS: David Levison; Eric Folkins

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Student physical therapist Katharine Wilchek DPT’17 earned the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions’ Scholarship of Excellence. Read More >

Victoria Cloud was presented with the USciences adjunct instructor of the year award.

Greg Thielman was inducted into the Alpha Eta National Honor Society, USciences Gamma Kappa Theta Chapter

Jessica Clausen DPT '15 received the ATF Magee scholarship award sponsored by the Adam Taliaferro Foundation

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USciences Professor presents at Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat in Manchester, England

Lisa Hoglund
Lisa Hoglund LT

Hoglund LT, Kelly JD, Pontiggia L, Carey JL. Biomechanics of sit-to-stand and step down tasks and proximal lower extremity strength in persons with patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Platform presentation at the International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat in Manchester, England, September 3, 2015.

Hoglund LT, Kelly JD, Pontiggia L, Carey JL. Changes in lower extremity kinematics, symptoms, and function from a hip and trunk strengthening program for persons with patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Platform presentation at the International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat in Manchester, England, September 3, 2015.


  • Greg Thielman Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb Post Stroke: MRI results of a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. We are pleased to inform you that the 2015 ACRM Program Committee has accepted your proposal to present a poster at the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) to be held 25-30 October 2015 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Greg Thielman presented “Structuring practice to facilitate use of the upper extremity post stroke” as a continuing education session at Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; presented also at the Fall 2015 PPTA conference
  • Kim Ward and Eric Pelletier presented “Academic-community partnerships for experiential learning, evidence-based practice, and knowledge translation,” a concurrent session presentation at The Teaching Professor Conference, May 2015.
  • Shelly Lewis presented “Fostering Professionalism During Experiential Learning” at The Lily Conference on Teaching and Learning in Bethesda, MD.


  • Hoglund LT. Mobile devices and software applications to promote learning in a musculoskeletal physical therapy class: a case report. J Phys Ther Educ. 2015; 29(2): 54-61. (peer-reviewed)
  • Hoglund LT, Lockard MA, Barbe MF, Hillstrom HJ, Song J, Reinus WR, Barr-Gillespie AE. Physical performance measurement in persons with patellofemoral osteoarthritis; a pilot study. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015; 28: 335-342. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140525. Epub 2014 Aug 5. (peer-reviewed)
  • Logerstedt D, Di Stasi SL, Lynch A, Grindem H, Eitzen I, Axe MJ, Engebretsen L, Risberg MA, Snyder-Mackler L. Self-reported knee function can identify athletes who fail return to activity criteria up to one year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 44:914-923, 2014. Epub 27 October 2014. doi:10.2519/jospt.2014.4852. PMID: 25347228.
  • Akinbula M, Logerstedt D, Hunter-Giordano A, Snyder-Mackler L. Ultimate Frisbee Injuries in a Collegiate Setting. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 10(1):75-84, 2015. PMID:25709866; PMCID: PMC4325291
  • Arundale AJH, Silvers H, Rojas J, Logerstedt D, Snyder-Mackler L. An interval kicking progression for return to soccer following lower extremity injury. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 10(1):114-127, 2015. PMID: 25709870; PMCID: PMC4325295
  • Failla M, Arundale A, Logerstedt D, Snyder-Mackler L. Controversies in Knee Rehabilitation: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Clinics in Sports Med. 34(2):301-312. doi: 110.1016/j.csm.2014.12.008. Epub 2015 Feb 27. PMID: 25818715. PMCID: PMC4379426
  • Myer GD, Jayanthi N, Difiori JP, Faigebaum AD, Kiefer AW, Logerstedt D, Micheli LJ. Does Early Sports Specialization Increase Negative Outcomes and Reduce the Opportunity for Success in Young Athletes? Sports Health. 7:437-442, 2015. Epub 2015 Aug 6. doi:10.1177/1941738115598747. PMID:26502420
  • Logerstedt D, Arundale A, Lynch A, Snyder-Mackler L. A Conceptual framework for a Sports Knee Injury Performance Profile (SKIPP) and Return to Activity Criteria (RTAC). Brazilian J Phys Ther (special edition for Rio Summer Olympics), 2015 Oct 6. pii: S1413-35552015005040116. PMID: 26445422
  • Logerstedt D, White K, Axe MJ, Snyder-Mackler L. Nonsurgical and preoperative rehabilitation of ACL injuries. Getting Back in the Game: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Athlete. Reider B, Davies G, Provencher MT, editors. Saunders; 1 Har/Psc edition. January 1, 2015.

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Faculty Highlights

Multiple PT faculty receive promotions:

  • Lisa Hoglund was promoted to associate professor with tenure.
  • Carol Maritz was promoted to full professor with tenure
  • Lora Packel was promoted to associate professor
  • Marc Campolo was promoted to associate dean for interprofessional education for Samson College. Read More >

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Career Opportunities

If you would like to post career opportunities in this annual newsletter contact Eric Folkins, PT, DPT, OCS at in September for November Newsletter.

NovaCare Rehabilitation - ( has openings in our outpatient orthopedic centers in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, including South Jersey. We're an evidence based practice company run by licensed physical therapists. If interested you can contact Dan Meyers at 610-992-7161 or

Excel Physical Therapy and Apex Physical Therapy - ( and 23 locations in Southeastern PA. Manual therapy and functional exercise emphasis. PTs treat 10 patients per day. We do not use PT Aides. Orthopedic residency program and generous continuing education benefit. Many experienced PTs to learn from. Contact: Jeff Ostrowski, PT Managing Partner E & A Therapy, Inc., 120 W. Germantown Pike Suite 100 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, Office: 610-270-0370 Fax: 610-270-0374

Concentra – Our reach, our expertise and our level of patient care focus on dynamic early intervention – typically seeing patient within three days of their injury. When you join our team, you’ll benefit from:

  • Pain Manual Therapy Certification
  • Career advancement pathways, including transitional DPT assistance
  • Monday-Friday schedule that supports excellent work/life balance
  • $1,000 CME allowance annually, plus 3 CME days

Learn more about our Physical Therapist role and apply to join the team at Concentra. Contact Sharmeen_ or 469-260-5627

Professional PT - ( Be part of one of the fastest growing companies in the industry and the largest physical therapy provider in the Northeast. We are currently seeking experienced PT's as well as new graduates.. We treat patients referred by the best physicians in the country. We have unsurpassed educational opportunities: in-house continuing education by industry leaders, CEU allotments, mentoring for new grads. Exciting career ladder for PTs: clinical specialists, clinic directors, regional managers. If you are passionate about your career, we want to hear from you! There is opportunity available in our Westchester, CT, NYC, and NJ regions. For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to or apply directly through our website.

Ivy Rehab Network – Ivy Rehab has the following open positions. Contact David Diehr for more information

  • Physical Therapist Director, Plainsboro, NJ: 2-3 years min of outpatient experience.
  • Temporary Physical Therapist, Somers Point, NJ: outpatient/sports setting Feb 1 - May 1

Pivot Physical Therapy - ( Pivot Physical Therapy is now hiring passionate and dedicated physical therapists! We now offer OCS Residency and Fast Track programs through our partnership with Nxt Gen, a subscription to Medbridge which includes unlimited online CEUs, advanced dry needling certification, career advancement and more. We would love to hear from you. Please send us your resume:

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