The residency in neurologic physical therapy (PT) provides advanced, intensive clinical education and training in the management of adults with the following neurologic disorders:
The clinical practice opportunities extend across the continuum of care, including Shepherd Center's intensive care unit, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient and day program services.
"I believe the Mercer-Shepherd Center Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy (PT) is giving me a very unique and valuable opportunity to gain both experience and exposure to the entire spectrum of neurologic PT. It is also beneficial to have opportunities for research, teaching and exposure to additional clinics and discussions I may not have had the time to do otherwise. I believe it will give me great perspective as a clinician to know the challenges that patients and clinicians face in the continuum of care in both spinal cord injury and the acquired brain injury/NMD settings. I hope this will enhance my interactions with other clinicians and therapists in multiple settings, and that I will be able to be an asset in many areas of PT. I also hope it broadens my scope and "tool box" for patient care. It allows me to learn from experts and have time for significant mentor experiences, which are accelerating my experience and learning a great deal."
– Sarah Caston, 2011-12 Resident in Neurologic Physical Therapy
"This residency program is a great opportunity to develop advanced-practice clinicians here at Shepherd Center and for the healthcare community."
– Lauren Greenfeld, DPT, Acquired Brain Injury, Shepherd Center
"Shepherd Center is proud to offer a program that will advance the physical therapist's skills in providing patient care in the area of neurological rehabilitation."
– Sarah Morrison, PT, Director of Spinal Cord Injury Program, Shepherd Center
"The depth of current resident Sarah Caston's study and experience will assist her in becoming an advanced, evidence-based practitioner and a thoughtful consumer of evidence in clinical practice."
– Deborah Backus, Ph.D., PT, Associate Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research, Shepherd Center
"What an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself into the latest treatments and research of neurologic injury. Being hands-on in all phases of recovery is a great way to learn and make a positive impact on people's lives."
– Lauren Nieves, PT, Spinal Cord Injury Day Program, Shepherd Center
"The mentor sessions provided during the residency program are problem-based and provide a unique opportunity for treatment collaboration and advanced clinical inquiry."
– Jill Vaughn, MPT, NCS, Acquired Brain Injury, Shepherd Center