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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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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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