Meet Our Researchers

From time to time, the Foundation catches up with our grant recipients to find out what they are up to and what Foundation funding has helped them accomplish.  Meet a few of our researchers below.

Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD

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Health Services Research on the Rise; Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD In the ever-changing world of health care policy, evidence is constantly needed to prove efficacy and guide legislation. The case is no different when it comes to policy relevant to the physical therapy profession. For so long, physical therapists relied on prescribing certain practices …

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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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