Occupational Therapy Chair and Associate Professor Elected to National Office

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Dr. Timothy Wolf, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the MU School of Health Professions, was elected to serve as Chair of the Volunteer Leadership and Development Committee (VLDC) for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in a national election.

The VLDC is a standing advisory committee of the AOTA Board of Directors and is responsible for promoting member participation and engagement, volunteer leadership development, and participation initiatives of AOTA.

As part of the VLDC, Wolf will ensure AOTA provides a clear path for volunteer leadership to its members. “This will be of benefit to our university and OTs in the state of Missouri, as I will be in a position to help all AOTA members be aware of opportunities within AOTA,” Wolf stated.

Service to the profession has always been a passion of Dr. Wolf’s and he attributes his professional growth to the continuous involvement in leadership positions he’s maintained since graduate school.

“I served on the committee that first recommended the creation of the VLDC,” Wolf said. “Since I always felt a connection with the work of this group, I wanted the opportunity to help continue its growth.”

Dr. Wolf will assume this three-year position starting July 1st, 2016.

Understanding, Predicting and Facilitating Language Recovery After Stroke.


Join Dr. Swathi Kiran for a presentation titled Understanding, Predicting and Facilitating Language Recovery After Stroke. The presentation is March 11, 2016, 1:30-2:30 pm in the MU Student Center’s Leadership Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Swathi Kiran is a Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Boston University and Assistant Professor in Neurology/Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to Boston University, Dr. Kiran was at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD from Northwestern University and her research interests focus on lexical semantic treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity following a stroke. She has more than 60 publications and her work has appeared in high impact journals across a variety of disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism.

Dr. Kiran is a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and serves on various journal editorial boards and grant review panels including at National Institutes of Health. Her work has been continually funded by the NIH/NIDCD and American Speech Language Hearing Foundation with awards including the New Investigator Grant, the New Century Scholar’s Grant and the Clinical Research Grant. She is the co-founder and scientific adviser for Constant Therpy, a software platform for rehabilitation tools after brain injury.

Five Health Sciences Students Selected as 2016 Summer Welcome Leaders

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Congratulations to the following health sciences students who were selected as 2016 Summer Welcome Leaders:

Bryce Bogart
Junior, Health Sciences
Kansas City, Missouri

Angela Campbell
Freshman, Health Sciences
Woodridge, Illinois

Emily Hartung-Gilbirds
Junior, Health Sciences
Kansas City, Missouri

Rachel Hensel
Freshman, Health Sciences (Pre-Physical Therapy)
St. Louis, Missouri

Aliyha Hill
Sophomore, Health Sciences
Carol Stream, Illinois

Summer Welcome is Mizzou’s advising, registration and orientation program for new or transfer students who will be attending classes in the fall semester, and their parents. It is an interactive session that introduces concepts of college culture and assists students in navigating buildings, residential halls, and dining services, to name a few.

These students will join 31 other orientation leaders and serve as Summer Welcome hosts, sharing their experiences with new students.

Congratulations to our students!

Calling OT Alumni: Meet-up in Chicago

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Mizzou OT alumni and students are getting together during the AOTA Conference in Chicago! Join us Friday, April 8, 7-9pm at the 720 Lounge at the Chicago Hilton. For more information or to RSVP contact Beth Voyles by email or call 573-882-3988. See you there!

MU Health Sciences and Nursing Students Study Abroad in India

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Seven health sciences and one nursing student recently returned from a study abroad trip to Pune, India. They were accompanied by assistant teaching professor at the School of Health Professions, Carolyn Orbann, PhD.

While in Pune, students were placed in various departments at KEM Hospital Research Centre including: Critical Care, Diabetes, and Nutrition, to name a few. They also participated in research on antibiotic use among rural populations and the efficacy of yoga therapies for hospital employee job performance.

As a part of the cultural experience, MU students and faculty visited the Aga Khan palace, where Ghandi was held as political prisoner, Hindu temples, a Sikh temple, and a cultural museum.

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OT Department Welcomes New Faculty Member

Dr. William Janes joins the School of Health Professions’ Occupational Therapy department as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Professor. He will conduct clinical research evaluating emerging rehabilitation technologies.

He earned his OTD and completed an NIH TL1 training program resulting in a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in 2011. He then joined the WUSM faculty as an Instructor in the Program in Occupational Therapy and Department of Neurosurgery. At that time, Dr. Janes’s research interests focused on biomechanics and participation following nerve injury and peripheral nerve transfer surgery. He also served as Student Activities Coordinator for three years.

After leaving WUSM, he worked as an Occupational Therapist at the SSM Day Institute in Florissant, Missouri, where he treated adults with complex medical and neurological conditions in an intensive outpatient rehabilitation setting.

In addition to his responsibilities at Mizzou, Dr. Janes is editor of the AOTA Technology Special Interest Section Practice Connection Newsletter, Section Editor for the International Journal of Telerehabilitation, and Clinical Director at Accelerated Rehabilitation Technologies.

Welcome, Dr. Janes!

MU Adult Day Connection Receives Funding to Implement Program for Participants with Early Onset Alzheimer’s

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In January 2014, a film titled, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” was released.

The documentary was about a social worker named Dan Cohen, who, through his nonprofit organization Music & Memory, advocates for the use of music therapy for dementia patients. He demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. There are also interviews with experts, such as renowned neurologists, who attest to the miraculous effects of reducing anxiety or depression.

According to research, the therapeutic benefits of these personalized playlists of music also include helping pain medication work more effectively, stimulating movement and providing comfort and enjoyment.

The powerful film and research findings moved Jerry Kiesling, Director of Adult Day Connection (ADC), to explore how a Music & Memory program could be implemented at their facility. Adult Day Connection is an organization that provides high-quality adult respite care in mid-Missouri.

After receiving a grant from the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5) in May 2015, ADC was able to purchase equipment for the program. It was decided that Caroline Anderson, Activity Coordinator for ADC, would lead the Music & Memory program initiative. Sathya Sai International Organization (Columbia) also gave a donation towards the program that went towards the purchase of more music.

MU ADC was among the seven local nonprofit organizations who received a 2015 competitive grant award from the Community Foundation of Central Missouri in mid-December. ADC received $500 in funding and was selected out of about 30 applications. The Foundation works to inspire charitable giving, foster partnerships, and connect donors to the causes they care about most to raise the quality of life in our communities. Their grants help provide a variety of needed and life-enriching services in central Missouri.

Kiesling said the grant money will go towards purchasing iPods and songs for the Music & Memory program. Participants will have music playlists personalized just for them. He anticipates that the program will be fully running by spring 2016.

To make a donation towards the program, contact Caroline Anderson via phone at 573-882-7070. For more information about Adult Day Connection, visit http://adcshp.missouri.edu/.

MU School of Health Profession Students Participate in Service Project Trip to Memphis, Tenn.

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Ten students from the School of Health Professions (SHP) participated in a service trip to Memphis, Tennessee coordinated by the Department of Health Sciences, in partnership with Mizzou Alternative Breaks. It involved five days of travel from November 20-24 and engagement in community outreach projects.

Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) is a student-led program on the campus of the University of Missouri that sends groups of 12 students across the country over spring, winter, and weekend breaks to work on various service projects. Through MAB, students are provided with the unique opportunity to gain a wider perspective of the world while immersed in a life-changing week of service to people and communities around the globe.

One of the students’ service project sites was Target House. Target House is a facility located near St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that gives patients and their families a home-away-from-home, at no cost, while undergoing treatment for more than three months. The house can accommodate up to 98 families at a time in apartment guest suites. The building of Target House was made possible by St. Jude’s partnership with Target Stores.

While at Target House, students served dinner to the resident families and spent quality time with the youth hosting fun activities such as a movie night.

Student volunteers took on other service projects in the Memphis area, as well. They organized non-perishable food donations into storage boxes at Mid-South Food Bank and served hot meals for families in need at First Presbyterian Church’s soup kitchen.

Not only did students engage in various community service projects, but they also spent a day discovering popular eateries and some of the fun activities that Memphis had to offer.

For more information about Alternative Break trips with the Department of Health Sciences, email umhsshpdhsaltbreaks@health.missouri.edu.


SHP Alumna recognized for achievement in physical therapy

mary sheidFor University of Missouri School of Health Profession alumna Mary Sheid, physical therapy is about more than providing excellent patient care, but about being a leader. In her involvement in the profession and the community, Sheid strives to continue to advance the field.

Recently, Sheid received the McKenzie Institute International Extension Award for outstanding service to the profession of physical therapy. The annual award nicknamed the “Bronze Lady” is awarded to an individual who has made contribution to education or research.  Sheid is the 11th American of the 30 recipients to receive the annual award.

The McKenzie Method is a consistent method of manual care for musculoskeletal disorders for the spine and extremities. Sheid owns two physical therapy practices based on the McKenzie Method, in West Plains and Mountain Grove, Missouri.

In addition to thriving practices that allow her to pursue both clinical and business excellence, Sheid is active in the PT industry. She is involved with the American Physical Therapy Association and has served on the Physical Therapy Commision for the Board of Healing Arts. Sheid has also won the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Service to Profession Award.

Currently, Sheid is Chair of Fundraising for the International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Research Foundation. Since 2008, she has helped raise half a million dollars to fund MDT research.

“In physical therapy it is really important to have evidence based outcomes,” Sheid said.  She said funding researching is important for the future of health professions.

Sheid received her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology witha minor in chemistry from Drury University before coming to MU to receive her professional degree.

When she graduated from MU she went to Ozark Medical Center in West Plains to practice as a full-time therapist and to develop the Physical Therapy department and related services, such as home health PT and nursing home contracts. Then in 1990, she opened her own physical therapy practice, and Sheid said peers and faculty from SHP were always very supportive and were a great resource.  “I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” Sheid said. “I was able to pick up the phone and they would help.”

MU did more than provide networking opportunities but provided the tools for Sheid to foster one of her biggest passions.  “Mizzou gave us leadership skills in addition to clinical skills,” Sheid said. “People are more confident to step out on their own if they have a support system.”

When Sheid first started in the field she said she was the only physical therapist in a ten county area. Now, there are 30-40 physical therapists. Sheid believes this increased visibility is vital to the growth and advancement of the profession. Now, Sheid is hoping to inspire future leaders in the field. “Women need to be in leadership roles in physical therapy – both in education and in practice,” Sheid said. “The more strong women that take on leadership, the easier it is for the next one to go through the door.” Sheid is passing on her experience even beyond her practice by teaching classes on risk management, compliance and private practice at Missouri State University.

Sheid involvement with her profession has taken her internationally to Copenhagen, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Africa and Jamaica. She has held positions on the Missouri State University Board of Governors and on the MSU Foundation executive board.

Despite the volume of involvement and achievements, Sheid is still going strong.Currently she is working closely with high schools near West Plains on health and wellness projects in the community.

Physical Therapy Professor Wins Award Named After Her Industry Icon

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“I thought it was a mistake,” exclaimed Dr. Teresa Briedwell, associate teaching professor, associate department chair and director of admissions and academic affairs in the School of Health Professions’ (SHP) physical therapy department. “I saw my name on the letter, but I still thought it was a mistake.”

It was no mistake. Briedwell, who was unaware that a nomination had been submitted on her behalf, was indeed selected as the recipient of Saint Louis University’s (SLU) 2015 Florence Kendall Award. The selection committee received Teresa’s nomination by way of a video and letter from SHP’s Physical Therapy (PT) Class of 2017. “The submission requirements did not call for a video,” Teresa noted. “The students told the committee, ‘Even if you can’t accept the video, please watch it in addition to reading our letter, to see why we believe Teresa Briedwell deserves the Florence Kendall Award.’” With the help of a few PT faculty members, the students compiled the supporting documents unbeknownst to Briedwell.

The Florence Kendall Award is an honor given to “an individual who, like Florence Kendall, displays a commitment to the physical therapy profession and exudes the notable characteristics she possessed such as being passionate, knowledgeable, innovative, as well as motivating and mentoring others.”

On September 27, at the historic St. Francis Xavier College Church on SLU’s campus, Briedwell was presented with an engraved glass clock during SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences’ White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is an induction of first year physical therapy students into the program. SLU’s physical therapy & athletic training department also had Teresa’s name inscribed on a plaque among former Florence Kendall Award winners. “I’m reminded of what an incredible profession I have the privilege to be a part of and the outstanding mentors we have within physical therapy who continue to keep Florence Kendall’s spirit alive through this award,” Teresa said.

Dr. Teresa Briedwell’s connection to the Florence Kendall Award goes deeper than the creative submission by thoughtful physical therapy students. Briedwell incorporates Florence Kendall’s, “Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain” into her class curriculum and shares with the students her high regard for Kendall’s knowledge of, passion for, and contributions to the physical therapy profession. Because of this affinity, upon hearing of Saint Louis University’s call for 2015 Florence Kendall Award nominations, the students eagerly submitted Teresa’s name.

The PT Class of 2017 presented Teresa Briedwell with the video and letter that was submitted with the 2015 Florence Kendall Award nomination packet. Teresa said, “It’s an incredible honor to receive an award in the name of someone whom you highly regard. I’m forever grateful to my students who took time to submit the nomination.”

Briedwell considers it a privilege to be a physical therapist and wear the many hats that she does within the physical therapy department at the School of Health Professions. “We have amazing students who make my job an absolute joy,” Teresa reflects. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the success of my students and making them as passionate about my profession as I am.”


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