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December Professional Spotlight: John Borstad, PT, PhD

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

John Borstad, PT, PhD

What is your current work/academic setting?

Chair of the physical therapy department at the College of St Scholastica.

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy?

Earning my PhD with Dr. Paula Ludewig at the University of Minnesota; Becoming a tenured faculty member at The Ohio State University and helping move that program into a top 10 ranking; Authoring three chapters in physical therapist education textbooks; Becoming a new editor of Therapeutic Exercise by Kisner and Colby, (and Borstad for edition 7); Training several PhD and MS students as a research advisor; Collaborating with Brazilian physical therapy colleagues on research projects.

Why are you a member of MNPTA?  

The physical therapy profession is incredible in its scope and purpose and I don't know of any PTs that do not believe our skills are vital to society's health and well-being. But there are many external forces resisting our ability to carry out our vision and we need our professional associations to be strong to protect and advocate for us and the patients we treat. Our associations do so much behind the scenes work on our behalf that I see it as a professional responsibility to be a member at the state and national levels.     


How are you involved professionally?

I do many manuscript and grant reviews as a big part of my service to the profession, as well as abstract reviews for our professional meetings like CSM. I currently chair the awards committee for the Biomechanics SIG of the Research Section and am on the Clinical Education Terminology Task Force. Prior to leaving Ohio, I was serving on the Continuing Education committee for the Ohio PTA and also doing pro bono physical therapy for under- and uninsured individuals.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?

Running, Cooking, Reading, Puzzles, Travel, and Brewing.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?  

Definitely Scandinavia - specifically Norway and Finland.

What song will make you get up and dance?

There is no song that has that kind of power, but my wife Alex can persuade me in moments of weakness.

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