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08-13-2014

Clarkson University Clinical Assistant Professor Receives Neurology Specialist Certification

Clarkson University Clinical Assistant Professor Rebecca Martin received her American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists neurology specialist certification in June.

Rebecca MartinMartin now is one of approximately 1,600 people who are neurologically certified specialists. She is excited to have achieved this certification early in her career, she said, because it bolsters her qualifications in the classroom and the clinic. Clarkson's Department of Physical Therapy aims to graduate physical therapists who are autonomous practitioners and contribute to the profession, community and society through education, research and practice.

"I feel like it was very important for me to get the specialty certification because it instills confidence in my patients and also my students," she said.

Martin works with patients on neuromuscular physical therapy to help them move with more ease. She said seeing a patient with a diagnosis like Parkinson's disease make bigger and faster movements after therapy is rewarding.

"I enjoy working with these patients because I feel they are so thankful for anything you can do to help them," she said. "I feel like you get to give them their life back."

The American Physical Therapy Association is a national professional organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United States. According to the organization, the specialist certification programs allow physical therapists to build on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop advance clinical knowledge, experience and skills in a special area.

Martin recently was selected to be on the APTA scholarship awards committee, where she will help determine the winners of the APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award and the APTA Minority Scholarship Award for the next two years. She also is scheduled to give a presentation on effective cueing and feedback strategies for patient care in September at the Central District meeting for the New York Physical Therapy Association in Watertown, N.Y.

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.

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[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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