APTA Michigan Clinical Educators’ Professional Development Day

September 23, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Group Meeting Description: Clinical education is an important component of the professional preparation of student physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.  This course will provide participants with information related to (1) Facilitating Self-Reflection to Enhance Student Learning and Performance in a Clinical Education Setting; (2) Strategies for Effective Feedback in Clinical Education; (3) The Next Generation of Physical Therapists: Generation Z; and (4) Exploring the Iceberg of Clinical Education in a Specialized PT Setting.

Speaker Information/Bio:

David George, PT, MS is the Outpatient Physical Therapy Student Coordinator for Corewell Health West and Program Coordinator for the Corewell Health West Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.  He has served in the role as SCCE since 2008.  He graduated from Grand Valley State University (BS, 1997 and MS, 2001) and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting as a physical therapist for Corewell Health since 2001.  He has been an active member of the West Michigan Clinical Education Forum (WMCEF) since 2013, serving on multiple committees.  He currently serves as the WMCEF chair and on the board of the APTA Michigan Clinical Education Consortium.  Awards related to clinical education include a Spectrum Health Achieving Continuing Excellence Award in 2018 for his team’s process improvements in the Rehabilitation Clinical Education Program and the APTA Michigan Norene Clouten Outstanding SCCE Award in 2020.

Caroline Gwaltney, PT, DPT, CWS is an Assistant Professor and Regional Clinical Coordinator in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Central Michigan University.  She teaches in the program’s satellite location on the campus of Michigan Technological University and supervises students who complete clinicals in the Upper Peninsula and out-of-state locations.  She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 1998 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 2017.  She is a board-certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management.  Caroline continues to practice in the acute care setting and mentor students during a weekly, pro-bono exercise class for people with Parkinson’s disease.  Her areas of research interest are the role of nitric oxide in wound healing and wearable technology for people with PD, both in collaboration with researchers at Michigan Tech.  Caroline is the current Chief Delegate of the APTA Michigan delegation to the APTA House of Delegates.  In addition, she has worked with multiple government agencies to promote ethical physical therapy practice.

Andrew Harrington PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) Outpatient Rehabilitation.  He graduated from Central Michigan University (BS, 2013 and DPT, 2016) and became a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2021.  In addition to practicing in a hospital-based outpatient pediatric setting, Andrew also practices within the multidisciplinary HDVCH Neuromuscular Clinic providing the standard of care and participating in research studies.  Andrew is passionate about physical therapy clinical education and is an APTA Level 1 and 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor.  He serves as a clinical education site lead to assist students and clinical instructors throughout their clinical rotations.  Andrew is a member of the APTA, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and the APTA Michigan Clinical Education Consortium.

Amy Salamasick PT, DPT, COMT is a physical therapist in home health for Corewell Health.  Amy graduated from Tennessee State University in 2010 and takes special interest in wound care, fall prevention, and quality with certification in process improvement.

Ashley Van Dam, PT, DPT graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 (BS in Health Science) and in 2010 (DPT).  Dr. Van Dam became a Board-Certified Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in 2022.  She served as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education for a large hospital system for 7 years prior to joining Grand Valley State University’s DPT program as the Associate Director of Clinical Education in 2021.  She is a Level 1 and Level 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor and is currently the Co-President of the APTA Michigan Clinical Education Consortium.

Kristin VanderArk, MS, PT is a graduate of Calvin College in 1996 and Duke University in 1998.  Since working in the field of physical therapy, she has completed a certification in  Neuro-Development Treatment, maintained annual requirements as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and then became an APTA board certified Neurologic Specialist in 2010.  Her clinical work setting is with Corewell Health at the Rehab & Nursing Center on Kalamazoo Avenue, working with a wide variety of patients and diagnoses, but with specialty programming for brain injury and stroke.  She has always enjoyed teaching in the clinical setting by being a clinical instructor for multiple students each year and has been the recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award from APTA Michigan on two occasions.  In addition, Kristin is the Regional Clinical Coordinator (RCC) for the Southwest Region of Michigan for Central Michigan University.  In the role of RCC, she meets with students and clinical instructors in the region during the final year of clinical experiences to facilitate positive learning experiences.

Ciera Ward, PT, DPT, PRPC is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist at Corewell Health West Women’s Health and Wellness Center.  She has been with Corewell Health since May 2018 after graduating from the University of Indianapolis with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She is actively involved in the pelvic health specialty as her role as Chair of the Pelvic Health Special Interest Group at Corewell Health and as a senior lab instructor for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.  In November of 2021, she earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through Herman & Wallace followed by her board certification in Women’s Health in July of 2022.

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