PT Faculty, Alumna Awarded Locally

Several Department of Physical Therapy and a physical therapy alumna were honored by the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS, assistant professor and  coordinator of the Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Program received the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) Achievement in Education Award.

The NPTA Achievement in Education Award recipient shall be a current member of NPTA and not a current member of the Executive Committee. The recipient’s achievement in education, practice, research and service to NPTA is widely known by the general membership or attested to by other NPTA members in leadership positions. The recipient shall be one who has made a valuable service contribution to physical therapy and to NPTA by developing quality education experiences that improve the profession of physical therapy through specific areas.

Julie Peterson, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD, assistant professor and director of Creighton Pediatric Therapy and Creighton Therapy and Wellness, received the NPTA Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award.

The Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Physical Therapy. Nominees must be persons who have engaged in the practice of physical therapy for at least ten (10) years, five (5) of which have been in the State of Nebraska. Nominees must be members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Nebraska Chapter. The personal resume of each nominee must present substantial evidence of major contributions in at least five of ten areas of professional practice, service and other achievements. This award is the highest award that NPTA recognizes.

Terry Grindstaff, PT, ATC, PhD, SCS, CSCS, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy was named as a Wayne Perdue Fellow by the Nebraska Physical Therapy Foundation.

The Wayne Perdue Fellow has been established as a memorial to Wayne as well as to recognize those members who have exhibited exceptional support to the Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy. The Foundation has grown greatly because of this support and recognizing those responsible is indeed most appropriate. The Foundation wishes to extend its appreciation for all the past and future support.

Alumna Victoria McHugh, PT, DPT’98, received the NPTA Clinical Practice Award.

The recipient shall be a current member of NPTA and a physical therapist who is well respected by his/her peers and is active in district or state activities and demonstrates contribution to physical therapy in one or more of the following areas: education, management, patient care, or research.