Emory DPT alumnus, Ben Braxley (’06) was recently elected to the nominating committee of the APTA during the House of Delegates meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ben Braxley, PT, DPT

Ben Braxley, PT, DPT

Dr. Braxley currently works as a staff physical therapist in acute rehabilitation (acquired brain injury) at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He has been actively involved in national, section and chapter APTA activities since he was a Student Physical Therapist Delegate to the House of Delegates during his time at Emory.

Congratulations to Ben on his election to this committee.

Dr. Zoher Kapasi Officially Named PROGRAM DIRECTOR of the Emory Division of Physical Therapy

Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, has officially been named the next Program Director of the Physical Therapy Division of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory. According to Dr. David Burke, Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, “after a national search, it was clear that Dr. Kapasi has the credentials and vision to take this nationally recognized program to new heights.” Dr. Kapasi has been serving as the Interim Director for the past 16 months after Dr. Susan Herdman resigned from the position. Dr. Kapasi has been on the faculty since 1994.

The faculty, students and staff are excited to have Dr. Kapasi as the director of our program, and look forward to many wonderful years ahead. Congratulations, Dr. Kapasi.


Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, MBA, PhD Director, Emory Division of Physical Therapy

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, MBA, PhD
Director, Emory Division of Physical Therapy

Emory DPT Faculty and Students Volunteer in South Georgia

For two weekends in June, students from the 2nd and 3rd year DPT class volunteered their time with the South Georgia Farmworkers Health Project in Bainbridge and Valdosta, Georgia. Faculty members Sara Pullen, Kathleen Geist, Tami Phillips, Jeff Hoder and Professor Emeritus Susan Freed also volunteered their time during these weekends, as did alumnae Anna Fidler ’09 and Jaci Brandt ’11.

This project was established in 1996 when Emory physician assistant and medical students first took a caravan of cars down to southern Georgia to provide medical care to the workers who labor in the corn and bell pepper fields. The Farmworker project consists of traveling clinics, setting up each day at a new worker camp or mobile home community to attend to needs of this vastly underserved population.

The Emory DPT program has been involved with this project for four years and it is now under the direction of Dr. Sara Pullen. Physical therapy students work with trained physical therapists to evaluate and treat farmworkers for common injuries such as low back pain, knee and shoulder injuries. In addition, students conduct a “back class” on proper body mechanics for lifting, throwing and catching heavy boxes of farm produce. Clinics start early in the morning and run as late as midnight, with the clinic sites changing daily based on local needs. One group of students summarized their experience saying “We met wonderful people, and most importantly made an impact in the farmworkers’ lives; providing them care they were very unlikely to have access to otherwise.”

We hope the program will continue to grow in years to come. Working with an underserved population is an invaluable opportunity for any healthcare provider, and we enjoyed working with such a brilliant and dedicated group of PAs, MDs, and volunteers.


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Meet the Class of 2014

The Division of Physical Therapy faculty, students and staff welcomethe DPT Class of 2014. This diverse class includes 66 students, 42 females and 24 males, from 21 states and South Korea. They are represented by 48 universities and 26 majors.





Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2011

On May 9, 2011, the Emory DPT Program graduated the DPT Class of 2011. The Emory University graduation ceremony was held on the quad where U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered the keynote address. The Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program ceremony followed, and commencement speaker Dr. James Gordon, Associate Dean and Chair of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California encouraged the new grads with words of wisdom as they move forward to begin their careers as physical therapists. The DPT ceremony took place in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Auditorium, and a reception for students and their families, faculty and staff of the Division was held afterward on the plaza level.

The 2011 Student Marshall was Jessica Leigh Wallace and the Class Speaker was Timothy Carlton Lonergan. Please see the list below of students from the DPT Class of 2011.

Congratulations to all the 2011 Graduates!

Matthew Frank Annessi
Heidi Brown Atwood
Jaclyn M. Banker
Jaclyn Melissa Brandt
Erica Irene Breske
Sarah Elizabeth Caston
Bonnie Kathleen Clark
Kathryn Ann Cleveland
Deborah Lynn Cussen
Rachael Augusta Dalsing
Katie Elizabeth Dendy
Marti Elaine Ebert
Emily Roe Estes
Jonathan Trump Evans
Jessica Lea Farris
Dani Colleen Fennerty
Monica Moné Ferguson
Suzanne Marie Ginnow
Christopher Donald Greigo
Megan Anne Hollar
Ashley Renee Holmes
Tracie Lashelle Jackson
Kwaku Andrew Kankam
Jacqueline Leigh Kocken
Sara Susan Knight


Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Interim Director, gives welcoming remarks at the DPT graduation ceremony






Timothy Carlton Lonergan
Danielle Nicole Lorenz
Brian Joseph Maloney
Brita McKinnon
Megan E. McNicholl
Rozina Merchant
Taylor Joseph Mildenhall
Nisah Mohammed
Virginia Grace Mollohan
Megan Elizabeth Mortensen
Aimee Nichole Pascual
Ashley Marie Perry
Bridget Regan
Natasha Monique Richardson
Robert Ronald Riesing
Colleen Elizabeth Schwartz
Sara Elizabeth Servold
Jennifer Jane Sharp
Erica Lynn Silverman
Quana Nakia Trible
Jessica Leigh Wallace
Brittany Morgan Weeks
Ericka Denise Wigfall
Tyler B. Young


Dr. James Gordon delivers the commencement address


Congratulations! Emory University has won third place in the Pittsburgh–Marquette Challenge. Emory University raised a total of $23,819.14 in this year’s Challenge.

Students from 62 schools participated in the Challenge, with 6 reaching Award of Merit by raising at least $6,000 and 15 reaching Honorable Mention by raising at least $3,000. The grand total will be announced at the Foundation’s Gala, “National Treasures,” at National Harbor, MD on Thursday, on June 9. Students will be recognized during APTA’s Honors & Awards Ceremony that begins at 6:00pm in Potomac Ballroom A.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum has generously provided Dr Trumbower’s InSPIR laboratory nearly $200 in museum tickets for research participants.

Many of the lab’s research subjects are traveling from out-of-state (e.g., Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida) to participate in up to 5 consecutive days of testing. The tickets offer participants a fun activity while away from the lab.

Dr. Randy Trumbower Attends NICHD Scientific Vision Workshop On Plasticity


Randy Trumbower, MPT, PhD

This month Dr. Trumbower took part in the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Scientific Vision Workshop on Plasticity. The NICHD selected a group of researchers from the US and Canada to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to expand the scientific vision for the institute as defined, in part, by the most promising scientific opportunities in the area of plasticity.