Physical Therapy Alumni
Seeking volunteer adjunct faculty to work with students in pro-bono clinics
- There is an excellent opportunity for alumni to assist students in providing care for the underserved in our community. We are looking for volunteers to work with students at the UNMC SHARING and/or GOODLIFE clinics.
- The SHARING clinic is located at 804 S. 52nd St.in Omaha. Physical therapy services are provided twice a month on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Typically there are 4 students and one physical therapist providing care at this clinic. Clients seen at this clinic have primarily orthopedic issues though this varies. It is an interdisciplinary clinic that is staffed completely by UNMC students from seven different disciplines (medicine, pharmacy, PT, etc.) with supervising faculty.
- The GOODLIFE clinic is a diabetic care clinic located at 5050 Ames Avenue in Omaha. Physical therapy services are provided once a month on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Typically there are 4 students and one physical therapist in this interdisciplinary clinic. Clients are seen for diabetes management and often for orthopedic related issues.
- Volunteers eligible to be considered for adjunct faculty status at UNMC, and if given an adjunct appointment would be covered under UNMC liability insurance while providing care at the SHARING and GOODLIFE clinics.
Please, contact Kris Lausterer PT, MHS, OCS at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in volunteering at one of these clinics or if you have any questions.
Physical Therapy Education begins Alumni Association
By now graduates of the UNMC Physical Therapy program have received an invitation to be an inaugural member of the new Physical Therapy Education Alumni Chapter. The process to develop an alumni association was initiated by the faculty to formalize the positive relationship that has historically existed between the Physical Therapy program and our alumni. The concept of an alumni association was initially presented to students participating in the provisional DPT program in April 2004. This group enthusiastically embraced the idea, formed a committee to investigate the potential for an alumni association, and recommended that the PT program proceed with the development of an alumni association. With administrative and financial assistance from the UNMC Alumni Affairs office, the Physical Therapy Education Alumni Chapter and Board of Directors was formally established in the spring of 2005.
The faculty and staff of the PT Program wish to thank the members of the Board of Directors for their commitment to establishing our alumni chapter. Members of the Board of Directors include graduates of the program from the past four decades, and represent the interests of both in-state and out-of-state alumni.
The SAHP Physical Therapy Education Alumni Chapter will foster a continued relationship between the school and its graduates, and provide an opportunity for alumni to support the professional growth and development of UNMC physical therapy students.
We invite all graduates to join and help make the UNMC Physical Therapy Education Alumni Chapter a great success!
Graduates of the UNMC Physical Therapy Program will be receiving mailings from the Alumni board as part of the membership drive for the Association.
The members of the inaugural Board of Directors include:
Michael Berlin, Class of 1977, Omaha, NE
Laura Bilek, Class of 1988, Treynor, IA
Margaret Jacobs, Class of 1990, San Antonio, TX
John Long, Class of 1994, Lincoln, NE
Eugene Svec, Class of 1996, Kearney, NE
Sarah Linderman, Class of 1998, Lincoln, NE
Heidi Longe, Class of 2000, Lincoln, NE
Robert Griese, Class of 2002, Lincoln, NE
Sara Macklin, Class of 2002, Lincoln, NE
Kevin O’Keefe, Class of 2003, Omaha, NE
GRAD 1990 Gail (Bray) McCorkindale and her husband Mark are the proud parents of Braydn Owen born October 20, 2004. He is welcomed by sisters Hannah and Sydney.
GRAD 1994 Susan (Batenhorst) Van Brocklin and GRAD 1995 Garret had their third child Anna Christine on November 6th, 2003. She joins brothers Ben & Zach. Garret is Director of Physical Therapy at Beatrice Community Hospital.
GRAD 1998 Allison Rankin gave birth to a baby girl Emma Noel on December 28, 2004, 7 lbs. 1 oz. 20” long. She is welcomed by Kayla (11), Laura (5) and Dalton (2).
GRAD 1998 Celeste Hendricks and husband Kelly moved to Kansas City where they had their first daughter, Kenna Summer, on January 6, 2005.
GRAD 1999 Dawn (Dvorak) Venema and her husband, Brady, are the proud parents of Drake Christian born on June 8, 2005, 7 lbs. 15 ozs. 22 1/4” long.
GRAD 2000 Renee Schroeder gave birth to a baby girl, Cameron Nicole, on August 31, 2004, 7 lb. 1 oz. 19” long.
GRAD 2001 Angie Ralston announced the birth of Camden Michael born July 21, 2004, 8 lbs. 4 ozs., 21” long. Angie continues to staff the Balance & Mobility clinic at Immanuel Rehabilitation Hospital.
GRAD 2003 Tyler Sexson and his wife are the proud parents of twins, Grady 4 lbs. 11 ozs. and Natalie 5 lbs. 4 ozs. born April 13, 2005.
David Potach, PT, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT (Class of 1998) recently received the 2005 National Strength and Conditioning Association Sports Medicine Specialist of the Year Award at the NSCA convention in Las Vegas. David is the owner of Omaha Sports Physical Therapy.
Lauren Potach, PT, BCIAC-PMDB (also Class of 1998) and Julie Bartels-Hiscock, PT, BCIAC-PMDB (Class of 1989) are opening WellSpring Physical Therapy, where they will specialize in women’s health. Congratulations to these UNMC alumni!