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02-03-2012

Clarkson University Physical Therapy Prof. Stacey Zeigler Recertified as Geriatric Clinical Specialist

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Clarkson University Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Stacey L. Zeigler was recently recertified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Stacey L. Zeigler She will be recognized at a dinner during the combined sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association on February 10 in Chicago.

There are only 1,252 physical therapists nationwide with a board certification in geriatrics with only 64 in New York state. Other than Zeigler, the nearest Geriatric Clinical Specialists to Potsdam are in Syracuse or Utica.

Zeigler was originally certified in 2002 and recently completed the requirements for recertification. Recertification includes achieving the required amount of direct patient care hours in geriatric care, as well as completing a professional development portfolio that encompasses evidence of continued competency, scholarship, teaching, and excellence in the assessment and treatment of older adults.

Zeigler has been a faculty member at Clarkson since 2003 and a licensed physical therapist since 1994. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy in 2005 from Simmons College and has 16 years of clinical experience, mostly in formal healthcare leadership roles and in geriatric care.

Zeigler performs clinical practice with Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and through her own business, Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C.

Zeigler has also built connections between the University, the profession of physical therapy, and the local community through collaborative research and presentations with faculty from Clarkson's Coulter School of Engineering, Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Science Technology, and School of Business.

“Stacey Zeigler is a leader in her field and exemplifies this spirit in her work for Clarkson,” says Associate Professor George D. Fulk, chair of Physical Therapy.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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