Clinical education is an important component of the academic programs of student physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This course will provide participants with key updates regarding the current organizational structure for the Consortium for Clinical Education (formerly known as the APTA Michigan- Special Interest Group for Clinical Education) and will bring forward exploration participant interest in a new Northern Michigan Forum for clinical educators in the northern lower and upper peninsula of Michigan. This course will provide 3 PDRs related to clinical education as well as will meet the pain requirement for re-licensure requirements.
Course Schedule: Approved for 3 CEUs , including one CEU in Pain which will satisfy the license renewal requirement
- 9am-10am: Mentoring Professional Behaviors
- 10am-11am: Reducing Pain & Brain Retraining
- 11am-1130am: Meeting regarding development of Northern/UP District Forum
- 1130am-1230pm: 2:1 Senior/Junior Collaborative Clinical Education Model
Speakers: (bios further below)
Caroline Gwaltney, PT, DPT, CWS
Karen Grossnickle, PT, DHSc
Martha Schiller, PT, DPT, MSA
Jennifer Root, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
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. 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 2014. She is a board-certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management. Caroline continues to practice in the acute care and outpatient settings and also mentors students during a weekly, pro-bono exercise class for people with Parkinson’s disease. Her research focus is on the role of nitric oxide in wound healing in collaboration with researchers at Michigan Tech. Caroline is the current chair of the Upper Peninsula District of APTA Michigan and a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. In addition, she has worked with multiple government agencies to promote ethical physical therapy practice.
Karen Grossnickle, PT, DHSc is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis MSPT and DHSc programs in physical therapy. Karen holds additional post-graduate certificates in Women’s Health Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and Aging Studies from the University of Indianapolis. Karen presently is the Director of Clinical Education and an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Karen also practices clinically and is an active researcher. Her clinical practice is in the area of pelvic floor dysfunctions and her graduate and present research studies are in the area of chronic pelvic pain and pain neuroscience education. Karen has served as a board member for APTA Michigan and as the former Editor of Shorelines, the newsletter of APTA Michigan.
Martha Schiller, PT, DPT, MSA is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) and the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the Physical Therapy Program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has held many positions in the clinical and academic environments, including Physical Therapist, Clinical Instructor, Site Coordinator for Clinical Education, Team Leader, Supervisor and Director. She has been a trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) for over 20 years and teaches the Level 1 and 2 CCIP courses. Martha graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BSc in PT (1986), Central Michigan University with a MS in Administration (1993), and the University of St. Augustine with a DPT (2007). In addition to working as the DCE, she practices as a clinician in the WSU pro bono PT Clinic and until recently in the acute care environment (2020). She is the PT faculty liaison for the interprofessional Community Homeless Interprofessional Program and the SAY Detroit Physical Therapy Clinic, both student-run pro bono clinics. One of her research interests include interprofessional collaboration in a team environment.
Jennifer Root, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA has been a practicing physical therapist for 21 years and is currently a clinical supervisor with MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Her clinical practice focuses on oncology and lymphedema, as well as general orthopedics. She has a BA from Asbury University (1997), a MPT from the University of Puget Sound (2000), and a tDPT from the University of St. Augustine (2006), with an emphasis on manual therapy. She has a passion for clinical education and has served as a clinical instructor, site coordinator for clinical education (SCCE), adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at MidMichigan College’s PTA program, and is the clinical partner with Central Michigan University’s DPT program in the National Consortium of Clinical Educators. She has also served for several years as an Item Writer for the PT National Licensure Examination. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the APTA Michigan Clinical Education Consortium.