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Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete capstone research projects
Posted 01/05/2018 01:36PM

Graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University recently presented their capstone research projects at the fourth Annual Student Research Symposium: Current Research in Physical Therapy in Insalaco Hall.

The 61 students either received their doctorate degrees at the seventh annual Misericordia University Winter Commencement Ceremony in December or will have them awarded during the 92nd annual spring commencement ceremony in May. The student researchers presented their work before an audience of clinical instructors on subjects that focused on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.

The two-day symposium provided participants with specific learning objectives on 15-student research groups that addressed topics such as the effect of posture on hip abduction strength, kinesiology taping in treatment of women with post-mastectomy lymphedema, effects of exercise on treating depressive symptoms in geriatrics and more. It also included discussions on the subject matter. Each participant earned continuing education credits for completing the symposium.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University is a 6½-year professional program in which students receive a bachelor's degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree. Undergraduate students complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree during their first 3½ years of study in programs like biology, business administration, health care management, psychology, sport management, and more. Students accepted into the Misericordia program as first-year students progress into the graduate program as long as they remain in good academic standing.

Misericordia also accepts transfer students into the doctoral program. Academically qualified students with a bachelor's degree can complete the doctorate degree in three years.

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to


Graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University presented their capstone research projects at the fourth Annual Student Research Symposium: Current Research in Physical Therapy. Participating in the program, first row from left, are Giuliana Mucaro, Howell, N.J.; Rebekah Evangelista, Hellertown, Pa.; Megan Lannigan, Paramus, N.J.; Heather Marsico, Duryea, Pa.; Corinne Walker, Parsons, Pa.; Alexa Yoder, Orwigsburg, Pa.; Danika Watto, Freeburg, Pa.; Aryn Zimmerman, Murrysville, Pa., and Kathryn Heffner, Summerset, N.J.; second row, Dr. Kristen Karnish, assistant professor; Dr. Maureen Rinehimer, assistant professor; Rachel Harding, Ringwood, N.J.; Rebecca Hindman, Sinking Spring, Pa.; Dayna Elhers, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; Nathalie Ruiz, Hicksville, N.Y.; Alyssa Lieberman, Hillsborough, N.J.; Jacqueline Pearson, Dallas, Pa.; Julianne Munda, Oxford, Conn.; Mara Danoski, Endicott, N.Y.; Kelsey Heller, Binghamton, N.Y.; Alexa Plevyak, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Melinda LaBarre Russell, Rome, Pa.; Victoria Adeyinka, Maplewood, N.J., and Dr. Kelley A. Moran, associate professor; third row, Dr. Nicole Evanosky, assistant professor; Kyle Bradley, Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Jessica Petz, Columbus, N.J.; Megan Lemoncelli, Scranton, Pa.; Sarah Hurley, Sayre, Pa.; Jessica Anderson, West Deptford, N.J.; Taylor Furry, Allentown, Pa.; Danielle Hesler, Leonardo, N.J.; Kaileen Metzger, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Jeffrey Dittmer, Garnerville, N.Y.; Alexander Pereira, Bath, Pa.; Jessica Raab, Pylesville, Md.; Brooke North, Denver, Pa.; Dr. Susan Barker, professor and chairperson, and Dr. Laurie Brogan, assistant professor; fourth row, Christopher Tiffany, Laceyville, Pa.; Thomas Machi, Mooresville, N.C.; Megan Smith, Elmer, N.J.; Johnna Miller, Mountain Top, Pa.; Aubrey Hegge, Bethany, Pa.; Emily Gherghel, Montgomery, Pa.; Alexa Croley, Pottsville, Pa.; Mia Mancuso, Old Forge, Pa.; Alexander Bair, Harrisburg, Pa.; Andrew Reynolds, Pine Brook, N.J.; Ryan Cannon, Milton, Del.; Jeffrey Smith, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Conner Campbell, Palmyra, Pa.; Dr. Wilton Remigio, assistant professor, and Dr. Heather Fritz, assistant professor; fifth row, Dr. Richard Haydt, associate professor; Bradford Thomas, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Sean Reid, Hopatcong, N.J.; Luke Atkins, Richland, Pa.; John Chillo, North Massapequa, N.Y.; Elizabeth Jackson, Lebanon, Pa.; Rachel Scanlon, Pittston, Pa.; Mary Shea, Binghamton, Pa.; Robin O'Dell, Bridgewater, N.J.; Anthony Goodall, Old Forge, Pa.; Joshua Brennan, Scranton, Pa.; Cael Evans, Nanticoke, Pa.; Aaron Blank, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jason Hunter, Mountain Top, Pa.; Benjamin Torres, Warrington, Pa., and Dr. Steven Pheasant, associate professor. Katerina Kindig, Mechanicsburg, is absent from photo.

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