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Alumni Faculty and Staff Updates

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Anne Thompson

Wow, have we really been at this for twenty years?  We recently pulled old pictures together for PT Month, and it prompted us to get back in touch with you all. AndiBeth is an excellent Department Head, but I am eager to get back to our faculty and students.  I've enjoyed my "leadership residencies" at Armstrong, but my happiest times are in our classrooms.  I've moved some teaching around, partially to accommodate administrative duties.  I still teach the capstone course in leadership and administration, as well as some modules in Lifespans.  I've also become the course coordinator for pediatrics, teaming up with colleagues at Memorial. I continue to work at Memorial in wound care and occasionally in acute care.  On the family side - Tom is the Department Head for Accounting at Savannah Technical College, and Kat is finishing up a dual MPA/MSW degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm surrounded by Tar Heels! Help me!We've been blessed with wonderful students over the years, and we love to hear about you, your families, and the exciting contributions that you're making to our profession.  Please stop by any time, and if you're going to PTAG or CSM - let's get together. Keep those Facebook posts and cards coming!

Andi Beth Mincer

Hi everyone, As you read, I’ve been trying to fill Anne Thompson’s shoes in the Department Head position for several months, and for the first time in my life I feel like my feet aren’t nearly big enough! I am thankful every single day to work with such a patient faculty and staff. My teaching responsibilities are much the same with the recent addition of some of the research content, and I am still conducting research in teaching and learning as well as in orthopedic assessment and patient perceptions. My professional goals continue to be a better teacher and to find time to write more. I am also thankful to still be able to hustle around the acute floors on my weekends practicing at Memorial. As tired as I am physically at the end of those days, I also come away renewed in my belief that PT is the best profession ever. In May, I was thrilled to make my first trip to England with my youngest daughter Lindsey, where we met my oldest daughter, Allison, who was taking a break from her Fulbright year in Bangladesh. She finished that assignment and came home a few weeks ago and is now interviewing for her first ‘real’ job after graduation from Georgia Tech in International Affairs. Lindsey, my ‘baby’ who’s not such a baby anymore, will graduate from UGA in the spring with her Gender and Women’s Studies degree, and is considering pursuing a nurse-midwifery degree sometime after that. I look forward to reading updates from many of you as well, and maybe even seeing some of you at CSM.

David Bringman

Dear Fellow Alumni,
Since joining the faculty in late 2009, I have tried to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Lander. I might not have her love of early morning classes, but I do have her love for Neuro. I have also stolen wound care from Dr. Mincer and all things SCI from Dr. Thompson. My affinity for speaking my mind has not gone unnoticed on the campus and has landed me in many other roles outside the department. When not teaching I am usually in one of many committee meetings. For some reason I keep speaking my mind and getting added to other committees as well. I currently sit on the Steering Committee for the Faculty Senate, am the faculty member for the Armstrong's Enrollment Management Council, Chair of the Student Activities Committee and a member on the Student Success and University Scholarship Committee. If anyone has a self-help book on how to say "No" please let me know. While not on campus my wife, Kelly, and I are trying desperately to keep up with our 8-year-old daughter, Milena, and 2-year-old son, Zebedee. Yes, we know it's a crazy name. We can usually be found tending to our brood of hens or homesteading on the acreage we just purchased. I look forward to hearing from many of you in the future and would love to have you come for a visit of the campus. So much has changed, but plenty has stayed the same.

George J. Davies

George J. Davies continues to chug along teaching at ASU, serving as the Assistant Director of the Biodynamics and Human Performance Center (we have been successful in getting numerous research abstracts presented at APTA, ACSM, NSCA as well as several publications), working as a clinician at Coastal Therapy during the academic year, working as a clinician and mentoring Sports Physical Therapy residents at Gundersen Health System during the summer, serving as the Associate Editor of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach,  presenting at various conferences throughout the year, and presenting numerous continuing education courses.

Frank A. Glenn

Dr. Glenn originally hails from Hattiesburg, MS. In 1986, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.  He then matriculated to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1988. Following graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and spent the next 26 years in various clinical, academic and leadership roles.  During this time he completed a Master of Science in Sports Physical Therapy in 1998 and his PhD in Allied Health Sciences w/emphasis in Sports Physical Therapy in 2004; both from the University of Oklahoma. As an Air Force PT, he spent 20+ years as a Direct Access Physical Therapist credentialed to perform evaluation and treatment without referral, perform spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation, order lab and radiology studies and prescribe medications. Of note, he was a 10-year member of the U.S. Olympic and Armed Forces Sports Volunteer Medical Programs as an Athletic Trainer. He ended his Air Force career as the Commander of the base medical facility at Hanscom AFB, MA. He is married to the former Laura Rice of Vacaville, CA and they have 2 sons, Dean 16 and Drew 12. Dr. Glenn joined the faculty at Armstrong in August of 2014 as the primary instructor for Gross Anatomy and Kinesiology.

David Lake

Two years ago when I was temporarily back in the role of Physical Therapy department head, I spearheaded the promotion of AndiBeth Mincer to Associate Professor. This year, when Anne Thompson again assumed a higher administrative position, it allowed AndiBeth to become the interim department head – relieving me of again returning to the department head role. That is a perfect example of a leader planning ahead – smart, huh?  So, this has allowed me to continue my innovative teaching with flipping all of my undergraduate classes, and I will be flipping my DPT class in Neuroscience next semester. The flipped classroom is having videos of all lectures online and using class time for discussion, projects and other active learning activities. Earlier this fall I gave a seminar on using the flipped classroom in graduate health professions program at the Murphy-Deming School of Health Sciences of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. In September, I also received the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Outstanding Service Award (which got me a trip to San Francisco). I am continuing my service as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with one visit this summer and two scheduled for Spring 2015 and as a leadership mentor for the APTA Educational Leadership Institute. This year I am also preparing for my next transition. I promised the Class of 2015 that I would graduate (that is retire) with them.  So I will be retiring this June to spend more time at the beach. Linda retired this past December, and I am getting jealous of all the time she has to do other things.  So with this year will end my 35 years of teaching physical therapy students at three different institutions during which I have taken part in the education of close to 1500 physical therapists. This May will be the last graduation ceremony (and my 66th) in which I will be participating. However, even though I will no longer be teaching PT students, I will continue to be active in my activities with CAPTE and APTA along with the other things I plan to do in retirement.

Kathleen Schaefer

Hello! Some of you know me; some do not. I graduated from Armstrong in 2001and took over Anne’s job as ACCE in 2008. This year we admitted 36 students to our newest class. Yes, this has made teaching more challenging, although the hiring of additional faculty has helped. I have just begun working on schedules for Case Management; we are having to create three clinics on each day (inside of two). I could be biased, but the largest change has been on clinical education. If you have an interest in being a clinical instructor for one of our students, please contact me! The members of the PT Club would like me to invite you to the monthly PT Pub Nights. If you are not already receiving emailed notices, live in the Savannah area and think you might be interested, let me know. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the PT community. I think it’s especially important for the students to hear the real-world stories of clinicians. Wishing you good health this year and next!

Julie Shappy

Greetings from South Georgia! My name is Julie Shappy and I have been teaching for 2 years in the PT program here at Armstrong. I am an Athletic Trainer, BS, a Physical Therapist, MPT and an Exercise Physiologist, PHD. I came to Armstrong in the Spring of 2012 and have been teaching the Pathophysiology and Clinical Medicine content as well as the Summer Cardiopulmonary courses. I have experience teaching in PT programs (Springfield College and Rockhurst University) as well as Athletic Training programs (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Springfield College, and The University of Northern Iowa). I have worked in various settings as both an AT and PT to include High School, Collegiate, Olympics and some with the Boston Celtics as well as clinically in orthopedics, nursing homes, home health, and both acute and subacute rehabilitation facilities. So as you can see I am a jack of all trades and a master of none. I am married to an Army officer and we have two children ages 7 and 4. Our family moves every two or three years (hence the above list of locations for employment from Massachusetts to Texas) and we are getting close to the end of our time here in South Georgia. Armstrong has been a great place to work mainly due to my incredible faculty comrades and the quality students the University attracts. As alumni you should know you have graduated from a quality program that is in good hands for a future of success.

Nancy Henderson (Wofford)

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Things have been busy around here, but lots of fun, as always. I am still teaching in the orthopedics curriculum, but am also now teaching modalities and some of the research content. As of June, 2014, I am officially a PhD candidate. I am beginning work on my dissertation and can truly sympathize with our students. Additionally, I have been involved with both student centered and independent research. This year, we successfully completed the first joint research endeavor between our department and the military. I am thankful to still practice clinic on a weekly basis and enjoy bringing my clinical practice to both the classroom and research. I hope to see you all soon!

Haley Worst

I am originally from Dahlonega, GA. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology followed by a Master of Science Degree in Physical therapy from North Georgia College & State University. I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University, and I’m a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. My husband is in the military, which has given me the opportunity to work in multiple different locations and settings. We have a 6 year old daughter, who is in kindergarten in Richmond Hill. I was a new addition to the Armstrong faculty in May 2014, and I love being part of such a great team.

Linda Wright

I am retired and spending my days reading, walking the beach & going to the gym. I am in several book discussion groups - mainly Neuro-related books (surprise!), and continue in one faculty book discussion group. I've taken a couple of online MOOCs - on philosophy, psychology, physics - from the University of Edinburgh and one from Princeton - they are wonderful! I'm still teaching the undergrad online research course (HLPR 2000). Dave & I have plans for several trips once he retires. We go to hear local bands in the area, and enjoy the Savannah and Charleston music & arts & wine festivals. I'm having a blast - I highly recommend it!

Linda Aimone

Howdy! Well, I'm truly enjoying life on my own time schedule. Thought it might take me awhile to get used to it, but after two weeks I was happily acclimated to being officially old! Been busy with house projects and still have a lot to do, but the holidays are slowing down the process.Have replaced the AC and the gas furnace so far and will start thinking about the roof in the spring. My grand kids will be here for Thanksgiving! Need to somewhat baby proof the house and hope that my cat doesn't "freak out" to badly since he has never been around kids, especially toddlers. I will be heading to Raleigh for Christmas and probably to DC in the early spring, maybe sooner. That is the extent of my retirement experience so far, and it is all good.  And for all of you who know about my aversion to doctors, you will be glad to know that I did go and get a pneumonia shot like a good girl o:) (it's a one time deal, so I could handle that).

Yuka Loveless

Yuka Loveless is an Administrative Assistant at Armstrong State University's Rehabilitation Services department where she has been working since August of 2014.  Prior to this, she worked for the United States Navy (from 1997 to 2014) as an Approving Official and Contracting Assistant, as well as an Administrative/Supply Assistant. During this time she was recognized as one of the most committed buyers under her contracting authority.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Language & Literature from Seisen University in Tokyo Japan. Yuka resides in Richmond Hill with her husband and daughter.

Holly Prescott

My name is Holly Prescott. I am originally from Delaware and moved to Georgia when I was in middle school. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. I moved to Savannah in June shortly before I got married to my husband who is an Army Ranger in 1st Battalion. I started working at Armstrong as an Administrative Assistant for the Physical Therapy program in August. I enjoy assisting in the admissions process, registering students for classes, interacting with current and prospective students, and learning more about the field. Moving to Savannah has been a blessing, as some of my favorite activities include trying new restaurants, running, and going to the park with my husband and our dog.

Elizabeth Varner

I joined the staff in January 2014 to assist Dr. Kathy Schaefer with the clinical education program. With the increase of our class size to 36 students per year, we are busy establishing and maintaining clinical sites and making placements for our students. We appreciate all of you who have served as a CI or recommended a clinical site! Prior to joining the PT program, I worked in the Career Services office at Armstrong, so I also provide resume and job search advice to our students. I have an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in College Student Development and am enjoying the opportunity to work with our students and clinical sites.