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2019 Awards

The Ohio-Kentucky Consortium is pleased to announce that the 2019 winners of the Peter D. Mosher Education Leadership Conference Scholarship are:

Chrindye Dietz, PT, SCCE

Emily Reynolds, PTA, SCCE

About the Award: This award has been created in memory of Peter D. Mosher, PT, DPT, OCS who was a former chair of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium as well as an accomplished author and presenter in the field of physical therapy.  This award was designed to recognize an individual who demonstrates the characteristics of compassion, excellence, and a vision for physical therapy clinical education. Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and reimbursement for up to $1000 to attend the annual APTA Educational Leadership Conference.  The nominations and selection procedures are as follows:​

  • Licensed PT educator who affiliate with at least one of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium member institutions

  • Self-nominate through an application process.

  • Have demonstrated the characteristics of compassion and excellence

  • Have a vision for physical therapy clinical education

About our recipients:


Chrindye Dietz, PT is a Senior Clinical Specialist PT and the SCCE at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health at Richard Jacobs Health Center in Avon.


Emily Reynolds, PTA is a Physical Therapist Tssistant and the SCCE at Novacare Rehabilitation in Partnership with OhioHealth at Powell, Ohio.




The Ohio-Kentucky Consortium is excited to announce that the 2019 winners of the Karen O’Loughlin Clinical Instructor Credentialing Award are:

Dr. Matt DeLange

Dr. April Ford

Dr. Zachary Hughes

Dr. Aaron Megazzi

Michael Thorn


About the award:  This award has been created to honor Karen O’Loughlin, PT, DPT, MA, one of the founding members of the consortium, and to promote the ongoing development and mentorship of clinical instructors in the Ohio-Kentucky region, which Dr. O’Loughlin is so passionate about. Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and reimbursement for up to $300 to complete either the Basic or Advanced APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP).  Each institution in the consortium is eligible to nominate one individual annually who meets the following criteria:

  • Licensed PT educator living and/or working in the Ohio-Kentucky area

  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Have demonstrated an interest in developing his/her clinical teaching skills

  • Show evidence of leadership in clinical education or the potential for becoming a future leader

About our recipients:

Matt DeLange, PT, DPT:   Nominated by Mount St. Joseph University.   Dr. DeLange started his career as a physical therapist in June of 2016.  He has had the opportunity to mentor, as either a primary or secondary clinical instructor, several students, as well as provide mentorship other clinicians as they take students for the first time.  He notes that as a clinician, he has had the unique experience of being included in several local news stories as well as one podcast about victims of gun violence, all featuring patients of his. He says, “These stories have each been so different but ones that I have felt incredibly privileged and honored to be a part of, including helping one patient with a spinal cord injury dance with his daughter at her wedding”. He hopes to use these experiences along with continuing education opportunities that he has attended to invest in the lives of students and help them grow in becoming a better physical therapy version of themselves.

April Ford, DPT:  Nominated by Western Kentucky University.  Dr. Ford currently works with the geriatric population in the long-term care setting.  She received a double major in biology and chemistry, and then pursued a career in the healthcare field by matriculating into WKU’s inaugural DPT class of 2016.  Dr. Ford is passionate about “taking an approach to each patient that accentuates their dignity and simply makes their day better”.   Dr. Ford’s goal is to pass on her passion to the students as a clinical instructor.

Zachary Hughes DPT:  Nominated by The University of Findlay.   Dr. Hughes is the owner and lead DPT for Unbroken Physical Therapy LLC, a Mobile Cash-based Outpatient Clinic. He is also a full-time employee with Encompass Care, in a Skilled Nursing Facility and a lab assistant for the University of Findlay. I received my Associates of Applied Sciences as a PTA from James A. Rhodes State College, and further earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from The University of Northwestern Ohio. In 2017, I transitioned to a Doctor of Physical Therapy, from the University of Findlay.  Dr. Hughes has a great passion for the field of Physical Therapy and is motivated in guiding future clinicians to be ambassadors of physical health and movement.

Aaron Megazzi, PT, DPT:  Nominated by The Ohio State University.  Dr. Megazzi has been practicing as a Physical Therapist for nearly six years, initially working in the outpatient setting in California before moving to Columbus, OH and practicing in the SNF setting for the past three years.  He has had the pleasure of taking DPT students from Ohio State University, as well as PTA students from various academic institutions.  In 2018, he was awarded The Emerging Clinical Instructor Award by The Ohio State University and has since become a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through APTA.  He says, “I love taking on students and having the opportunity to show them how important it is to extend empathy and compassion to patients while developing sound clinical reasoning strategies that will help them develop into competent clinicians.” 

Michael Thorn, PT, MPT:  Nominated by Walsh University.  Mr. Thorn holds several degrees, including two Associate Degrees from Akron University (one in Business Management and the other in Marketing and Sales), a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Walsh University, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, also from Walsh University.   He has worked in a variety of settings, including acute rehabilitation and outpatient, and currently works in a skilled nursing setting at Aultman Hospital at their Woodlawn facility.  His current setting allows him to work with a full spectrum of patients with a high medical complexity.  Mr. Thorn enjoys student education, especially with improving their confidence by connecting the classroom education to clinical application.  He says he tries to “lead by example while making students critically think about the patients they are seeing and make adjustments to the patients care”.

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