Instructor, Physical Therapy Program
Office: M 145
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Though some might dare think to say, "Yo, Adrian!" if you want my attention, I answer to my middle name, Kate. As a two-time graduate of Gannon University, it seemed only natural to return to GU as I first did back in 2007, as adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, where I co-taught a three-month long cardiopulmonary course. I recently transitioned from adjunct to full time faculty at Gannon in January, 2012. I am a physical therapist with 23 years of clinical experience. In 2008, I obtained my board certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty (CCS), one of only 155 in the nation, and single-handedly my proudest accomplishment in my professional career! Prior to academia, I had been working full time for the past 14 years in a 465-bed hospital doing acute care physical therapy. I primarily treated status-post open heart patients and not surprisingly, this population had been my area of research for the last 2 1/2 years.
Outside of Gannon work, I empathize with our students as I am also a full-time student pursuing my PhD at Western Michigan University and commuting monthly 5 1/2 hours the past 2 1/2 years with a light at the end of the tunnel slowly getting brighter. I hope to seek doctoral candidacy by the end of this year and defend next summer...and hopefully my doctoral committee will see it the same way! I have stayed sane throughout this entire process with the support of colleagues, friends and family, most importantly my wonderful and creative son, Alex, a sophomore at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, and my ever-supportive mom and her husband Rob. The rare moments of down time I have, I take joy in playing piano, fly-fishing with my fella, or playing with my 3 grandkids, Bella, Iris, and Eli (from my step-daughter, Emily).