Department News

  • July 2015

    Faculty News:

    We are pleased to welcome Rick Johnson, PT, EdD, to join the Gannon community in July as the Program Director of the new DPT program which is seeking candidacy for accreditation in Ruskin, Florida.

     Julie Hartmann, PT, DSc, GCS and Kris Legters, PT, DSc, NCS (Program Chair), participated in a national panel discussion at the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C., in July.  Dr. Hartmann will also be awarded the Excellence in Geriatrics Award from the PPTA Geriatric SIG at the PPTA Annual Conference this October.

     Andrea Kessler, DPT, OTR/L and Carolyn Galleher, PT, DHS, are continuing to grow our student-driven pro bono rehab clinic, which has ever-increasing community referrals and a newly-elected student board of directors.

     Beth Gustafson, PT, MSEd, participated in the Day on Capitol Hill and APTA House of Delegates meetings in June 2015.

     Student News:

    Congratulations Class of 2015: Of this class, four graduates were accepted into residency programs and two student research groups were accepted for publication (one in Gerinotes; one in Journal of Frailty and Aging).


    Steven Bitticker, PT, PhD, collaborated with the Biomedical engineering Program at Gannon (Davide Piovesan, PhD), who presented their research, "Lachmann's ACL Test: A Multibody Simulation Test" at the 41st Annual Northeastern Bioengineering Conference.

     Kate MacPhedran, PT, PhDc, CCS, presented a poster at CSM 2015 “Predicting Discharge Destination Following Hip Fracture Using Cumulated the Ambulation Score,” co-authored by four DPT Class of 2014 graduates. Along with 4 DPT Class of 2015 students, she presented their frailty research (poster) collaborated work at the 4th International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia in Boston, April, 2015.

     Pamela Reynolds , PT, EdD, presented at CSM 2015 two posters on her research, "The Influence of Extensive Curricular Integrative Service Learning on Post-graduation Roles and Professional Activities of Physical Therapist Alumni" and "DPT Students Link their Service Learning Experiences to Development of their Professional Social Responsibility Roles in Society."

     Kristen Snarski, PT, MS, PCS, presented a poster at CSM 2015, “The Effects of a Structured Gross Motor Program on the Cognitive Skills of Children Between the Ages of 14-32 Months," co-authored by four DPT Class of 2014 graduates.


    Galleher C, Foust A, Golebieski D. Greer L, Seitz B. The effects of a home program for core strengthening on the performance of a one repetition maximum military press. Orthop Phys Ther Pract. 2014:26(4); 232-237.


     Summer 2015 

    We are looking forward to welcoming the new DPT students as the Class of 2018! Orientation for them begins on August 24 and 25! We are excited to begin this journey with a new class!