The Ohio-Kentucky Consortium is excited to announce that the 2021 winners of the Karen O’Loughlin Clinical Instructor Credentialing Award are:
Dr. Stephen Brasko
Dr. Ashley Crow
Dr. Matthew Williams
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:
Stephen Brasko PT, DPT: Nominated by Youngstown State University. Dr. Stephen Brasko was born and raised near Newton Falls, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kent State University prior to graduating from Youngstown State University in 2016, where he earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Dr. Brasko has now been the owner and operator of Tri-County Physical Therapy Institute LLC. since March, 2018 with locations in Canfield, Ohio and Newton Falls, Ohio. Clinically, Stephen has worked in various settings including outpatient, acute rehabilitation, SNF, and home health, which has provided him with experience in treating a wide variety of conditions and medical diagnoses. Stephen utilizes many treatment approaches including dry needling, joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, therapeutic exercises, and muscle energy techniques to provide the highest quality care to his patients. Stephen has attended numerous continuing education courses including: joint manipulation techniques through Spinal Manipulation Institute, dry needling through Integrative Dry Needling, Mulligan manual therapy techniques, vestibular diagnosis and treatment, workplace ergonomics/workplace fitness screening, and workplace functional capacity evaluation training through WorkAbility Systems. Dr. Stephen Brasko is committed to continuing his education and furthering his knowledge to future physical therapy students. Since becoming a physical therapist, Stephen has been a clinical instructor for several students over the years. As a clinical instructor, Stephen’s highest priority is allowing each student to get as much hands-on and one-on-one experience as possible, focusing on having the students learn fundamental physical therapy techniques for the outpatient setting as well as various manual therapy skills. In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing golf, watching Ohio sports, traveling, and spending time with his family and dog. He currently has an 18-month-old son named Brooks with his wife expecting their second child in June 2021.
Ashley Crow, PT, DPT: Nominated by Ohio University. Ashley is a physical therapist at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital where she practices primarily in acute care. She has been a clinical instructor for over 10 years and regularly provides instruction for first, second, and terminal physical therapy students. Additionally, she has designed and provided content for remedial courses in clinical education in coordination with Ohio University. She also led a quality improvement initiative to reduce COPD readmissions that centered around a bedside pulmonary rehabilitation program which included a student designed home exercise program. With her mentorship, another student was able to analyze the data collected from this pilot program and present it at the Ohio Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Annual Conference in 2019.
Tressa Kemer, PT: Nominated by The University of University of Mount Union. Tressa graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She began my career with St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville, Ohio and moved on to the Cleveland Clinic in late 1998, averaging 1-3 students per year. In 2001, she moved on to Southwest General Health Center where she remains happily employed at this time. In early 2006, she accepted the role as SWG's inpatient, outpatient and rehab clinical coordinator. Throughout the years, Tressa has had the pleasure of not only coordinating the placements of PTA and PT students, but also teaching many of them. She implores every student to advocate for themselves and steer their own clinical by requesting additional encounters that both SWG and their instructor have to offer. Communication between student and CI is both expected and encouraged, which allows the student to practice interacting with supervisors in the real world. Accountability is paramount in our profession and students under her guidance find they are challenged academically, intellectually and professionally. They will not only engage personally with patients but with their family members, guardians and POA's. Therefore, students are not only taught to provide PT services efficiently and effectively, but to interact with life, illness, fear, death, optimism and grief all within their time spent with me. Her motto has always been, "I can teach you how to be an excellent, kind, compassionate and qualified physical therapist, but I can't teach you how to be a good human. You must seek out how to do that in your clinical with me." Beyond their clinicals, Tressa invites each student to keep in touch with her and routinely practices interviews and proofreads resumes. She has counseled them on their own matters concerning students and conflict within clinicals. Tressa is so proud to say that she works beside former students to this date from Gannon, Toledo, Chatham, Cincinnati, Tri C, LCCC, Remington and University of New England. She believes each of my students have gone on to be successful therapists and mature, confident and competent clinicians.
Matthew Williams, PT, DPT: Nominated by The University of Kentucky. Matt is a native of Hazard, KY and completed his undergraduate studies at Centre College in 2011 where he graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. In 2016, he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kentucky where he served as class president. Matt has been practicing as a clinician for almost 5 years, and his passions reside in orthopedics and sports medicine, most notably in the emerging field of performance rehab. He offers sports performance training for local middle school, high school, and collegiate athletes. Matt also serves as an Adjunct Professor at UK in which he offers an elective course, Intro to Performance Rehab, for third-year PT students. He also enjoys serving as a mentor for pre-PT students and as a clinical instructor for PT students.