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Doctoral Students’ Poster Awarded 

Doctoral students in the Department of Physical Therapy, Danielle Mckinnis and Rachel L. Webb were awarded for their poster “Body Mass and Motor Skill Performance in Children 7-10 Years” as part of ECU’s Research & Creative Achievement Week. The students were mentored by faculty member Dr. Amy Gross McMillan.







Thorp Receives Clinical Specialist Certification 

Dr. Jacob Thorp, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy received his Clinical Specialist Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Congratulations Dr. Thorp!




 


DPT Faculty & Staff Presenting at National Meeting

The Department of Physical Therapy faculty and students presented at the national meeting (Combined Sections Meeting) in Las Vegas in February. Dr. Sonja Bareiss, assistant professor, was awarded the 2014 Best Poster Award for her poster entitled, "Effects of Exercise Frequency on Blood Biomarker Profiles in a Triple-Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease".  See below for photos and a complete list of summit participants from the department. 

Dr. Durland

Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 pm Sands Expo Center Hall G

TITLE: "The Effects of Ankle Mobilizations on Hip Abduction Strength"

AUTHORS: Alex Durland (1); Zachary Long (1)

PRESENTER: Dr. Alex Durland


Dr. Meardon

TITLE: Bone Stress in Runners with Tibial Stress Fracture

PRESENTER: Dr. Stacey Meardon

AUTHORS: Stacey Meardon (1); Samantha Gries (1); Thomas Kernozek (1); Timothy Derrick (2)

 

TITLE: "In-shoe Plantar Loading Differences between Rearfoot and Non-rearfoot Strike Runners after a 4 week Transition to Minimalist Footwear"

AUTHORS: Thomas Kernozek (1); Stacey Meardon (1); Charles Vannatta (1)

PRESENTER: Dr. Stacey Meardon

 

TITLE: "Interventions to Improve Balance and Gait Deficits in a Patient with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Case Report"

AUTHORS: Rachel DeGrood (1); Stacey Meardon(1)

PRESENTER: Ms. Rachel DeGrood

 

Dr. Willson

Platform presentations:

TITLE: Effects of running to exertion on patellofemoral joint loads, loading rate, and hip kinematics

AUTHORS: Justin Loss, Olivia Ratcliff, Jennifer Warren, John Willson

WHEN: Thursday: session runs 3-5.  Justin presents at 4:00

WHERE: Titian 2303

 

TITLE: Modifications of foot strike pattern and step length to decrease patellofemoral joint loads during running

AUTHORS: Olivia Ratcliff, Justin Loss, Jennifer Warren, Thomas Kernozek, John Willson

WHEN:  Wednesday: session runs 3-5.  Olivia presents at 3:25

WHERE:  Titian 2303

 

Poster presentations:

TITLE: The association of knee extension power with chair rise performance at varied knee angles

AUTHORS: Kathryn Vick, John Willson, Leslie Allison, Brittany Greenwell, Ali Omahen

WHEN: Tuesday 1-3. 

WHERE: poster #1060

 

Dr. Willy

Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Venetian Titian 2303 Platform presentation

TITLE: The effects of a gait retraining program using mobile biofeedback in high risk runners

PRESENTER: Dr. Richard Willy

AUTHORS: Richard Willy (1); Lindsay Buchenic (1); Kristin Rogacki (1); Jerrod Ackerman (1); Andre Schmidt (2) :


Tuesday 1:00 to 3:00 pm – poster hall - Poster presentation

TITLE: "WITHIN SESSION EFFECTS IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED STEP RATE IN RUNNERS AT HIGH RISK FOR TIBIAL STRESS FRACTURES"

AUTHORS: Lindsay Buchenic (1); Kristin Rogacki (1); Jerrod Ackerman (1); Andre Schmidt (2); Richard Willy (1)

PRESENTER: Lindsay Buchenic


Symposium

Title: Return to Play: Overview of Clearance Criteria for Specific Populations Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Start/End time: 3:00pm ‐ 5:00pm – Venetian A

PRESENTERS: Joseph Zeni, David Logerstedt, Michael Reinold, Richard Willy

 

Dr. Bareiss and Dr. Jones

Tuesday 1:00 to 3 pm (Research Section)

TITLE: "Effects of Exercise Frequency on Blood Biomarker Profiles in a Triple-Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease"

AUTHORS: Sonja Bareiss (1); Qun Lu (2); Terry Jones (1); Tuan Tran (3)

PRESENTER: Dr. Sonja Bareiss

 

Dr. Gross McMillan

Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 pm

TITLE: "Relationship of plantarflexion strength to walking gait kinetics in adolescents who are overweight/obese"

AUTHORS: Amy McMillan (1); Kathryn DeJesus (1); Wayne Scott (2); D. S. Blaise Williams (3)

PRESENTER: Dr. Amy McMillan

 

Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 pm

TITLE: "Absolute and Relative Strength in Adolescents who are Overweight/Obese"

AUTHORS: Amy McMillan (1); Kristen Reinhard (1); Wayne Scott (2); D. S. Blaise Williams (3)

PRESENTER: Dr. Amy McMillan

 

Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 pm

TITLE: "Effects of BMI on Balance Measures in Adolescent Females"

AUTHORS: Melissa DeCarlo (1); Jennifer Edwards (1); John Willson (1); Amy McMillan (1)

PRESENTER: Melissa DeCarlo

 

Dr. Jenkins

Platform

Thursday 11:45

TITLE "Normative Data for Lower Extremity Functional Performance Tests in Competitive Soccer and Basketball Players"

AUTHORS: Peter Rundquist, Clyde Killian, Walter L. Jenkins

PRESENTER: Betsy Myers

 

Symposium

Title: Pearls for the Tough Ones: Manual and Exercise Techniques

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Start/End Time: 3:00pm ‐ 5:00pm

PRESENTERS: Walter L. Jenkins, Rob Manske, Terry Malone, Tim Tyler, John DeWitt, Dan Loren

Stacey Meardon with poster

McMillan DeCarlo Edwards with poster

Bareiss with poster

Gross Mcmillan with poster

ECU DPT faculty students alum

Walt Jenkins presentation

Justin Loss presentation






Department of Physical Therapy Releases January NewsletterJan DPT Newsletter

Click here to view the latest edition of the ECU Department of Physical Therapy Newsletter and learn about a group of DPT students' mission trip to Costa Rica over winter break.























PT Department Helps Provide Mobility for Everyone

Members of the physical therapy department gave away 17 adapted bikes to kids specially chosen by the Eastern North Carolina Ambucs Chapter. Read more about the chapter and the event on their webpage and view more photos from the event on their Facebook page.







 

 PT Students Participate in Stand Down Event

Read the latest post on the Health Beat blog to learn more about how first year physical therapy students gave back to the community through the Pitt County Stand Down event. Read more...

 

 



2013 NCPTA Fall Conference Abstract

The students and faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy had numerous presentations at the 2013 North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference in Asheville, NC held on October 10 – 12, 2013.

There were over 320 attendees, approximately 75 hours of education, 30+ speakers, and 27 poster presentations at this conference.Link to abstracts: https://m360.ncpt.org/event.aspx?eventID=41384

1.A THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT OF SPINAL CORD INJURY PAIN
Authors: Lindsey Cannon SPT, Heather Lauth, Kori Brewer Ph.D. , Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Therapy and Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

2.EFFECTS OF INDIVIDUAL FACTORS ON LOWER EXTREMITY STRENGTH CHANGES IN ADOLESCENTS WHO ARE OBESE
Authors: Julie Jones SPT, Hallie Jo Strickland SPT, DS Blaise Williams, Amy Gross McMillan,PhD, PT
Department of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

3.THE INFLUENCE OF FOOT TYPE AND GENDER ON FRONTAL PLANE MOTION AT THE HIP DURING A SINGLE LEG LANDING
Authors: Courtney Ross SPT, Izzat Chabaan SPT, Elizabeth Kitchens SPT, Emily Martin SPT, Walter Jenkins, DHS,PT, ATC-L ,John Willson PT, PhD

4.COMPARISON OF STRENGTH, RANGE OF MOTION, AND PAIN BETWEEN ACTIVE AND SEDENTARY FEMALE WORKERS
Authors: Erin Bostic SPT, Anthony Moss SPT, Sue Leach
East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy

Erin Bostic & Anthony Moss

5.COMPARING ACTIVE AND SEDENTARY FEMALE WORKERS: A STUDY OF PHYSICAL FUNCTION AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Authors: Robin Hursley SPT, Colt Marion SPT, Sue Leach
East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy

6.THE COMPARISON OF THE EFFECTS OF A LUMBAR MOBILIZATION THERAPY TECHNIQUE AND A SACROILIAC MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUE AND THEIR OUTCOMES IN PATIENTS WITH SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION
Authors: Jean Kelly SPT, Sarah Johnson PT DPT, Ali Omahen SPT
East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy

7.THE ACUTE EFFECTS OF EXERTION ON RUNNING MECHANICS AND PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN
Authors:Justin Loss SPT, Olivia Ratcliff SPT, John Willson PT,PhD,
East Carolina University, Department of Physical Therapy
2013 Student Poster Presentation Award Winners – 1st Place

8.BODY MASS AND MOTOR SKILL PERFORMANCE IN CHILDREN 7-9 YEARS
Authors:Danielle McKinnis SPT, Rachel Webb SPT, DuBose KD, Maeda H, Amy Gross McMillan,PhD, PT
Dept. of Physical Therapy and Dept. of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

9.THE EFFFECTS OF EXERCISE ON SKELETAL MUSCLE IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Authors:Caitlin Myers SPT, Sandy Urko SPT, Allison Sloan SPT, Katie Thomas SPT., Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D., Terry Jones, PhD, MS
Department of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Effects of Exercise on Skeletal Muscle in Alz. Disease

10. THE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE ON INFLAMMATORY MARKERS IN CHILDREN THAT ARE LEAN AND OBESE
Authors: Morgan Pearce SPT, Kristin Lattimore SPT, Hickner R., Terry Jones, PhD, MS
Department of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

The Effect of Exercise on Inflammatory Markers in Children that are lean and obses

11.The IMPACT OF EXERCISE ON SKELETAL MUSCLE IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Authors:Jonathan Poplin SPT, Greyard M., Allison Sloan SPT, Katie Thomas SPT, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D., Terry Jones, PhD, MS
Department of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Jonathan Poplin

12. Title: THE EFFECTS OF DISMINISHED PLANTAR TACTILE SENSATION ON STANDING POSTURAL CONTROL
Authors: Keith Sales, PT, DPT,Richard Alexander PT, DPT, Bruce Albright, PhD, PT
Department of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

13. CTIVATION OF GSK3β TO REDUCE BELOW LEVEL HYPERALGESIA FOLLOWING SPINAL CORD INJURY
Authors: Katie Thomas SPT, Allison Sloan SPT, B. Whitfield, M. Shipman, K. Brewer, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Therapy and Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, N




15th Annual Neuroscience Symposium: Catalyst for Collaboration 
Presented by: The Eastern Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience 

The symposium was held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Several of the Physical Therapy Faculty and PT Students participated in this event. 

1. Changes in Blood Biomarker Profiles Following Exercise in a Triple-Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease Morgan Haskins, Terry E. Jones, Morgan M. Pearce SPT, Tuan D. Tran, Qun Lu, and Sonja K. Bareiss 

2. GSK-3β Activation for Modulation of Abnormal Neuronal Sprouting and Chronic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury Lindsey Cannon SPT, Heather Lauth, Kori Brewer Ph.D. Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D. 

3. Results of Functional Capacity Evaluations in Chronic Pain Patients Following Temporary Placement of a Spinal Cord Stimulator. Clay Self SPT, Michael Odom SPT, Jacob N. Thorp, C. Ervin Davis, Brandon N. Kyle. *Clay Self SPT and Jacob N. Thorp won the Outstanding Poster Award. 

4. Effect of increasing gait velocity on the regularity of center of mass movement. Cora E. Scruggs, John D. Willson, Douglas W. Powell 

5. Increasing Treadmill Velocity Does Not Evoke Unique Responses in Ankle Joint Mechanics in Males Compared to Females during Level Walking. Douglas W. Powell, Cora E. Scruggs, John D. Willson 


Sarah Johnson Awarded
Dr. Johnson Awarded Excellence in Clinical Practice award

Sarah Johnson, PT, DPT was presented the Excellence in Clinical Practice of the Year award by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association this past weekend at the fall meeting in Asheville, NC.  Dr. Johnson is a 2006 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ECU.  She previously received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from ECU in 2005.  Since 2010 she has served as a clinician in the ECU Physical Therapy Clinic seeing a wide variety of patients.










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WITN highlights Alzheimer's walk funded through ECU grant work

A two-mile walk to benefit Alzheimer's research will take place tomorrow in Washington beginning at the Redmen's Lodge at 10:30am. The funds raised will contribute to the Alzheimer's North Carolina Program which recently awarded a $50,000 grant to the Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research at ECU. Dr. Sonja Bareiss from the physical therapy department is part of this grant which will fund the study of effects of physical and cognitive exercise on laboratory animals with symptoms of dementia and how certain drugs can mimic the effects. The research, grant and Alzheimer's walk was featured on WITN and can be viewed on the news station's web site via this link.


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Stacey Meardon, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS, assistant professor, has joined the faculty of East Carolina University in the Department of Physical Therapy. 

Stacey received a BS in biology from Wartburg College, a master's degree in physical therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and a PhD in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor control from Iowa State University. 

Her research examines neuromuscular and biomechanical factors influencing running injury with interests in bone health, factors influencing coordination of gait and factors influencing responses to footwear and orthotics. She and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of three children, Cate age 9, Luke age 5, and Finn age 1.



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Richard Willy, PhD, PT, OCS, assistant professor has joined the Department of Physical Therapy.  Willy received a Bachelor of Sport Science and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University and his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Willy has been a clinician for 13 years and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist.  His research focuses on the pathomechanics and treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome and the prevention of knee osteoarthritis in young, high-risk individuals. Dr. Willy and his wife Elizabeth are proud to be new members of the ECU community.

 

 




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The Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research at ECU has received a grant in the amount of $50,000 to advance the studies of Alzheimer's disease.  Sonja Bareiss, PhD, PT, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy is one of the lab researchers who will be participating in the study.

The money will be used to study the effects of physical and cognitive exercise on laboratory animals with symptoms of dementia and how certain drugs can mimic the effects.

The grant is the first to be awarded to the lab itself rather than to individual researchers.

Working with Bareiss are Dr. Qun Lu, director of the lab, and a scientist and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Brody School of Medicine; and Dr. Tuan Tran, an associate professor of psychology at ECU.

The Wooten Laboratory was established in 2008 by Dr. Harriet Wooten in memory of her husband, Dr. John Wooten, an orthopedic surgeon who died of Alzheimer's disease in 2004. More information about the Wooten Lab is online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/wootenlabhttp://www.ecu.edu/dhs/newsstory.cfm?ID=2798

Pictured above:  From left, Dr. Sonja Bareiss and Dr. Tuan Tran of ECU, Alice Watkins of AlzNC, Dr. Qun Lu of ECU, donor and AlzNC board member Laura Gaddis, AlzNC board chair J. Gregory Wallace and Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, were among those at the check presentation.


Students and faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy were featured in the summer 2013 edition of Ambucs magazine.  The story spotlighted the Eastern North Carolina chapter of Ambucs and the AmTryke therapeutic tricycle event held in Greenville in May.  Read the entire story HERE.

National AMBUCS™, Inc. is a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

June 2013



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Dr. Jacob Thorp, clinical assistant professor, recently passed his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). 

The OCS is the preferred clinical specialization for musculoskeletal physical therapy.  The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.

 


 

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The ECU Department of Physical Therapy would like to welcome Keith Sales, DPT, Clinical Instructor.

Sales received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from ECU in 2011.  His clinical interests encompass vestibular rehabilitation and interventions to improve balance and gait.  He will be working in the physical therapy clinic at the ECU Neurosurgery & Spine Center.

 

 

 




Four DPT student research projects were recognized by the university during Research and Creative Activity Week in April 2013. 

Graduate Human Health Poster Presentation Awards

  • Poster Title:  The effects of ankle mobilizations on hip abduction strength
    Zack Long
    Mentor:  Alex Durland, DPT
  • Poster Title:  The influence of foot type and gender on frontal plane motion a the hip during a single-leg jump landing.
    Elizabeth Kitchens
    Courtney Ross
    Hannah Bendahmane
    Eric Bourgeois
    Jessica Thompson
    Mentors:  Dr. Walt Jenkins and Dr. John Willson

Undergraduate Human Health Poster Presentation Award

  • Poster Title:  GSK-3β Activation as a Means to Reduce Maladaptive Neuronal Sprouting Associated with Spinal Cord Injury Pain
    Angela M. Korleski
    Renae Estes
    L Dugan
    KL Brewer
    Mentor:  Dr. Sonya Bareiss
  • Poster Title:  Exercise induced protection again Alzheimer's Disease
    Morgan Haskins
    Mentor:  Dr. Sonya Bareiss

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Angela Korleski, Elizabeth Kitchens, Courtney Ross, Zack Long                                                     Morgan Haskins


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