Cheryl I. Kerfeld, PT, MS, Ph.D

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It was a day like any other at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minnesota. The only difference? A bouquet of beautiful red roses. Cheryl I. Kerfeld, P.T., M.S., Ph.D., was a recent graduate of the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences now called the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences’ Physical …

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Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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Richard K. Shields: Path to Scientific Success The name Richard Shields is one of several that has become synonymous with research, and specifically with the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Richard Shields is one of the select few who not only earned an award from the Foundation early in their studies and career, but who to …

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Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD

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As a physical therapist (PT) researcher, Dr. Meryl Alappattu has long enjoyed the ability to design a scientific study and answer its questions with the hope of eventually changing how physical therapists practice and manage their patients. “For me, thinking about certain questions and developing ideas and testing them has really been what’s most fun …

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Jan Hughes-Austin, PT, MPT, PhD

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Jan Hughes-Austin: PT Patient Turned PT Prior to her first birthday, Jan Hughes-Austin, PT, MPT, PhD, had overcome more than what most people go through in a lifetime. At only four months of age, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and had to undergo surgery and radiation. As a result, she would later develop scoliosis and …

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