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.

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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Daniel White, PT, ScD, MSc

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National Arthritis Month Underscores Importance of Physical Therapy Research May is National Arthritis Month and it is estimated that 27 million Americans are living with the debilitating chronic condition of Osteoarthritis (OA), one of the most common forms of arthritis.1 Knee OA has the potential to impact and decrease the functional status and quality of …

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