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July 2020 Professional Spotlight: Stephanie Joy Lunning (Graham), PT

Posted By Janna Schneider, Monday, July 6, 2020

Stephanie Joy Lunning (Graham), PT

 

Why was she nominated?  

Stephanie has been a valued APTA Minnesota Member for 45 years.  Happy Anniversary Stephanie!

 

 

Q&A with Stephanie

What is your current work/academic setting?

Retired Director of the Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy.

 

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

1974 Graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Physical Therapy.

Staff Therapist at Methodist Hospital St. Louis Park MN, St. Mary's Hospital Duluth MN, Fairview Hospital Minneapolis, Director Peer Review for the MNPTA, 1st Director of the Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy.

 

Why are you a member of APTA Minnesota?

To stay up to date with changes in Physical Therapy, to advocate for the improvement our Physical Therapy Profession.

 

How are you involved professionally?

I'm now retired, I was diagnosed with glioblastoma in May of 2019. I'm focusing on family and health.

 

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place? 

I enjoy running, backpacking and being with family and friends.  During our current period of isolation, I'm happiest talking on the phone with my family and friends.

 

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

I would love to go back to Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my grandsons.

 

What song will make you get up and dance?

I'm not a dancer, but it would have to be the Clancy Brothers and 60’s music.

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April 2020 Professional Spotlight: Carrie DeNiel, PT, DPT

Posted By Janna Schneider, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Carrie DeNiel, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Why was she nominated?
 


Carrie recently achieved her NCS this year.  Carrie is an excellent, passion-inspired teacher in our profession. Her excitement about our field permeates her students and patients. It is uplifting to listen to Carrie have a conversation with her students as she pushes them to learn and consider the whole patient. Carrie continues to grow in our profession and we are lucky to have her in our department.

Carrie has traveled abroad with PT students to promote the service of PT globally. She instills in them a passion for service and advocacy. She has pushed herself to learn and study Spanish to best serve her patients and their families. She is always pushing our department to think forward with our presence in other clinics such as the Emergency Department and Diabetes clinic.


Q&A with Carrie DeNiel, PT, DPT


What is your current work/academic setting?

I currently work as an Outpatient Physical Therapist in Neurological Rehabilitation. I serve a very diverse patient population working for Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis, MN. In addition to my clinic work, I am an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor and love working with students. I have served as a program leader and volunteer faculty for four years to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Program on service trips to Guatemala and Peru.


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

I received my Board-Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in June 2019. I have advocated for the role of Physical Therapy and provided presentations to multiple organizations and departments including the Emergency Department, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Physical Therapy departments at Hennepin Healthcare; as well as a Bariatric Support Group, Living Well with Brain Injury Support Group, and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance.


Why are you a member of APTA Minnesota?

I am a member of APTA Minnesota because I believe it is crucial to support and be involved in our professional organizations. Not only does it support advocacy for our profession, but also it encourages and provides opportunities for all of us to be lifelong learners.  


How are you involved professionally?

I am very involved professionally. Outside of my clinic work, I continue to be involved with universities as a clinical instructor, lab assistant, and/or guest lecturer. I have attended local conferences, and this year I was able to attend CSM in Denver, CO. I am dedicated to learning – both contributing to and receiving - and plan to submit proposals to the state and national conferences this year!


What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?

I enjoy all things that keep me active. I enjoy completing triathlons, and became an Ironman in 2017. I love my bikes, and ride them everywhere from work, around the lakes, and to breweries. I stay active during all the seasons by playing on recreational sports teams for kickball, volleyball, broomball, and soccer. I have also found a love for hiking – especially along the North Shore of Lake Superior.


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

Patagonia in Argentina


What song will make you get up and dance?

Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

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September 2018 Professional Spotlight: Corinne Meisel, PT, DPT, SCS

Posted By Janna Schneider, Monday, September 24, 2018

Corinne Meisel, PT, DPT, SCS

 

What is your current work/academic setting? NovaCare Rehabilitation at St. John’s University

 

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy? I am a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. I completed a residency at St. Francis University. I’ve presented a platform and 2 posters at CSM. I’m on the Executive Board for the Central Minnesota Concussion Collaborative known as Project BrainSafe.

 

Why are you a member of MNPTA?  It is the responsible thing to do. Without the support of members, the MNPTA would not be able to function.  The APTA is always working hard locally and nationally to support the initiatives that I need to be a successful physical therapist.  To make sure that the MNPTA supports the initiatives that I care about, I also choose to be active on the membership committee.

 

How are you involved professionally? I am a member of the membership committee.  Since I live outstate, I try to help with social media and marketing because I know I can’t always be there to show my support in person. 

 

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?  Watching sports – Go Johnnies!, trying the newest craft beers at the local brewery, and traveling when I get the chance.

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? EVERYWHERE!  I’ve only left the country a few times, but the coolest by far was Iceland.  I got to see glaciers, turf houses, and so many waterfalls.  As much as I love exploring new places, I would definitely go back any chance I get.

 

What song will make you get up and dance? Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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October 2017 New Professional Spotlight: Christine Wellner, MPT, MPH

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christine Wellner, MPT, MPH

What is your current work/academic setting?

Manager of acute care therapy at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute- Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy?
As I worked on my Masters of Public Health I developed a passion for fall prevention. I have helped organize Fall Prevention day activities across CKRI the last several years and serve on multiple fall prevention committees, including the system wide Allina Health committee and the MHA fall prevention committee. I have also worked on expanding the offerings of Stepping On, a community based fall prevention program, throughout Allina and became a leader myself. I am also representing CKRI on Allina Health’s system wide work on improving care of the frail seniors and advocating for the role of physical therapy in the care of this population.

Why are you a member of MNPTA?
I really appreciate the continuing education courses offered by MNPTA. I have attended several over the years and have found them to be very applicable to my practice in the acute care setting. I also appreciate the advocacy they perform for our profession and promote the important role PT’s can play in the care of complex patients. 

How are you involved professionally?
I am a member of the geriatric and acute care sections. I will also be presenting a poster this year at CSM on the effectiveness of our Stepping On program in Allina Health.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?
I love to cook and have friends over for dinner. Traveling and playing tennis are also hobbies of mine.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Machu Picchu- and I get to go later this year!

What song will make you get up and dance?
Pretty much any song by Beyoncé.

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May 2017 Student Spotlight: Haley Monson, SPTA

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Haley Monson, SPTA

What is your current work/academic setting?

A second year PTA student at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN.

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy?
I was awarded a national scholarship through HPA The Catalyst to attend CSM 2017 in San Antonio. The opportunity given to me allowed me to have a mentor as well as attend Health Policy and Administration lectures and the Board of Directors meeting.

I was privileged to present a research poster at CSM with my peers as well. The process of assisting with the research and presenting the information was an excellent opportunity for me to participate in the physical therapy field.

Why are you a member of MNPTA?
I decided to become a member of the MNPTA to network with more people who enjoy working and learning about the physical therapy field as much as I do. It also allows me access to information and research that's new and relevant to what is happening now in the field. It has given me the ability to be involved actively within our profession. 

How are you involved professionally?
I have been an active member of Northland's PTA club and participated in events such as Spin for Kids. I have also attended the HPA The Catalyst's Board of Directors meeting which gave me an inside look on how a national section is conducted.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?
I enjoy reading, playing hockey, and spending time outdoors.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would travel to Washington, D.C. to see all of the memorials and the Smithsonian Museum.

What song will make you get up and dance?
Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.

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April 2017 Student Spotlight: Andrea M. Hendricks, SPT

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Andrea M. Hendricks, SPT

What is your current work/academic setting?

I am a 2nd year DPT student at St. Catherine University.

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy?
I spearheaded the opening of a student-run pro-bono clinic at the People’s Center in the Cedar neighborhood. The development of this clinic has been one of my dreams since the start of my DPT program and I have received amazing support from St. Kate’s faculty, classmates, and those at the People’s Center. I particularly want to thank one of my fellow classmates, Kyle Tasch for jumping on board with me on this project from the start. I couldn’t have pulled this off without him.

Why are you a member of MNPTA?
There are so many reasons, but what I have found most valuable are the continual opportunities to get connected with others in the profession that are as passionate about physical therapy as I am. 

How are you involved professionally?
At St. Kate’s I am an active member of the PT club’s volunteer section, and have had incredible experiences volunteering at MATTER packaging medical supplies, and the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics, among others. 

 

I have been a fortunate attendee at the MNPTA’s committee on Health and Wellness meetings, and Student Conclave in 2016 and 2017. I participated in MNPTA’s 2017 legislative day on the hill, which sparked my love for state and federal advocacy. I am also a member of the APTA’s neurology, oncology, women’s health, and research sections, and the women’s health SSIG.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?
Outside of class and clinical rotations, I enjoy yoga, anything that involves playing in the mountains, and travel.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
New Zealand. DPT graduation trip maybe?

What song will make you get up and dance?
Almost any song with a good beat will move me to dance (sometimes even ones I make up), but I cannot resist Two Step by Dave Matthews.

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January 2017 Student Spotlight: Rose Goren, SPTA

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rose Goren, SPTA

What is your current work/academic setting?

I am a student at St. Kate's with a current clinical rotation at Minnesota Masonic in Bloomington.

What are your professional accomplishments in the field of Physical Therapy?
I was awarded a scholarship through Mapworks in 2016, nominated by my faculty for the Mary McMillan scholarship in 2016, and am a current member of SSIG.

Why are you a member of MNPTA?
It is important to me to be active in our profession to help promote and advance it. MNPTA is a great way for me to stay connected with others and to be involved in our professional community. 

How are you involved professionally?
I hold the position of secretary in the MNPTA SSIG and am helping plan the 2017 student conclave. I enjoy being a liaison for PTA students at St. Kate's and Anoka Ramsey for various events. Currently, I am coordinating our PTA licensure exam prep course. I am also excited to begin taking part in the MNPTA health and wellness committee. 

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the work place?
I enjoy being outdoors and my favorite activities include hiking, camping, and cross country skiing. I am an avid cook and love the creativity of making a meal with whatever I can find in my fridge. I recently taught myself how to knit and have found it makes a great pastime for long class lectures!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have always had a fascination with Venice, so that will be my next travel destination.

What song will make you get up and dance?
Depending on my mood, either "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra or "Mouthful of Diamonds" by Phantogram.

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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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May Student Spotlight: Ryan Buus, SPT

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Monday, May 12, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
1. What is your current setting?
I am in the final stretches of my DPT program at the moment. My passion is in orthopaedics, however my most recent clinical was in acute care working mostly with cancer survivors and patients after planned orthopaedic surgeries. It was great to see this setting to gain a full perspective of the continuum of care. More importantly it was nice to experience how we as physical therapists approach patient care compared to other members of the health care team. 

2. What are some special interests/special accomplishments in your career?
I am very fortunate in the opportunities I have had in the beginnings of my career in physical therapy. My APTA involvement started by just raising my hand to volunteer for a class leadership position in 2011. Since then I ran for the Vice President of the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, recently was selected as a recipient of the MNPTA’s Outstanding Student Physical Therapists award, and currently serve as the chair the Student Assembly Professional Advocacy Project Committee. Through these opportunities I have interacted with current and future leaders of our profession and fully realized my passion for advancing the profession. Specifically I enjoy enlightening physical therapists on the many ways they are already advocates for the profession. 

3. How are you involved with MNPTA?
This is my biggest area for improvement! Over the past three years I took every opportunity I had to be involved as a student at the national level. As graduation approaches I hope to move from a MNPTA conference attendee to being an active member in a committee, a delegate or finding some other way to become involved in the MNPTA. 

4. Why are you a member of APTA? 
Initially I was a member for the tangible rewards our school and the APTA offered. These benefits are still appreciated, but my primary motivation for APTA membership has changed. Professional duty, being part of the whole, and supporting the advancement of physical therapy are now the "why" behind my APTA membership.

5. What other hobbies or special interests do you have?
My interests are all over the place. When I get free time I enjoy sitting on our porch or taking a walk with my wife and dog. Professional cycling is my favorite sport to follow and I do like riding my own bicycle. I also like cooking/baking, golf and fishing. I aspire to read more books, but the information I have been able to gather via twitter is pretty astounding.

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April Student Spotlight: Alison Nicastro, SPTA

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
1. What is your current setting?
Currently, I am a first year PTA student at St. Catherine University. I am about to begin my first long clinical with Golden Living in St. Louis Park. 

2. What are some special interests/special accomplishments in you career?
I graduated with a B.S. in Education and Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught 5th grade, and coached basketball in Wisconsin and Minnesota before entering PTA school. I have a great passion for education, and the teaching component within in physical therapy is one of the many reasons I am so excited to be a part of the profession. I have been involved in athletics throughout my life and was a member of the women’s basketball and golf teams while attending UWSP. Because of my teaching experience and involvement in athletics, I have a deep interest in pediatrics and sports medicine. Recently, I began working with the Alzheimer’s Association through the Young Champions advocacy group and with Health Commons, working with the East African community, promoting and teaching wellness and exercise. My involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association piqued my interest in memory care and neurology. Both experiences have allowed me to connect health and social issues to my education as a physical therapist assistant. These and similar experiences are ones I plan on continuing throughout my education and career.

3. How are you involved with MNPTA?
I became involved in the MNPTA through the encouragement of my professors. I began by attending SSIG meetings and was also a part of the Student Conclave and Legislative day. I am looking forward to attending future conferences and events to remain active and engaged. 

4. Why are you a member of APTA? 
Being a member of the APTA is important to me for many reasons. As a student, the APTA provides ample opportunities to form connections with current professionals and other students. This allows me to stay up to date with current events, emerging trends, and will help me to become the best professional I can be. The APTA offers members the ability to grow professionally and advance their learning, which is essential for success and enjoyment in any career.

5. What other hobbies or special interests do you have?
Aside from school, I work part-time as a PCA. I love spending time with my family and friends while staying active. I have always been involved in athletics and I cannot imagine my life without a little healthy competition. I currently get my competition fill in a weekly basketball league, and I play football for the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes fundraising event. I also enjoy running, golfing, and downhill skiing, but I’ll do just about anything to stay active! My work with the Alzheimer’s Association and Health Commons has given me to the chance to give back to the community through advocacy and education.

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