2022 Awards

The Ohio-Kentucky Consortium is pleased to announce the following 2022 awardees of the Peter D. Mosher Education Leadership Conference Scholarship:

Dr. Amanda George

Dr. Melissa Lippencott

Dr. Stephanie Westrick

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 $1,000 to attend the annual APTA Education 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: 

Amanda George, PT, DPT received her DPT degree from Mount St. Joseph University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from The Ohio State University.  She has spent her career focused in outpatient orthopedics, achieving her board certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2018, and completing her orthopedic residency with the Cleveland Clinic in 2020.  She is passionate about education and lifelong learning, is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, and currently serves as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education for the outpatient rehabilitation department at Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital.   Amanda has previously presented a case study on navigating student conflict and the role of the SCCE.  Her areas of clinical interest include, management of osteoarthritis, evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, and occupational rehabilitation and work retraining.

Melissa Lippencott, PT, DPT is SCCE for Summa Health. She has been a Physical Therapist in acute care for 18 years and a Clinical Instructor for over 15 years. She is very passionate about clinical education and considers herself a flexible and fair CI.  Melissa was recognized as the OPTA’s Clinical Educator of the Year in 2017. As the SCCE for Summa Health for the past 5 years, Melissa has streamlined the on-boarding process, modernized how students receive information about our site, and implemented site-specific objectives. This past year she has focused on a Midterm check-in with students, which is done through an electronic evaluation. She uses this evaluation to maximize the clinical experience and address any issues that may be occurring early on in the clinical. Melissa also implemented a Student of the Month Program to recognize exceptional students that come through Summa Health. Melissa has been attending ELC since 2017, with the exception of missing the 2021-year. She truly enjoys attending ELC to continue to not only be on the cusp of Clinical Education, but to network with multiple educators across the country. Each year, she looks to bring a new idea or improvement to the Clinical Education program at Summa Health.

Stephanie Westrick PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist who has been practicing for over 15 years. Stephanie currently works at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, Ohio and is a Site Coordinator of Clinical Education and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. As a Clinical Instructor, Stephanie has hosted 15 PT and 6 PTA students. As SCCE, has grown her PT clinical education program from taking 2-3 PT students and 1 PTA student annually to 12-15 PT and 1-2 PTA students each year. Stephanie also collaborated with clinical managers and local DCEs to develop a site specific "APTA CPI Guidelines for The Pediatric Clinical Rotation". Using verbiage directly from the CPI, this document gives students benchmarks to meet during their tertiary and final rotations by their final CPI review. It includes diagnoses that have been deemed by CCCHR Management staff as those that should be classified as "entry level" or "non-entry level" for a new PT graduate who is hired at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation. Stephanie's areas of clinical experience include early intervention pediatrics, outpatient pediatrics, geriatrics, and outpatient orthopedics. Her areas of specialty include manual therapy, therapeutic taping, clinical education and aquatic therapy. She has been a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Kinesio Taping course Lab Assistant since 2014. and in November 2017, she became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor and has guest lectured at universities and national conferences and taught continuing education courses both through live lectures and through online platforms.  Away from the clinic, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, James, her daughter Rachel and their dog, Cain.

 

 

The Ohio-Kentucky Consortium is excited to announce that the 2022 winners of the Karen O’Loughlin Clinical Instructor Credentialing Award are:

Dr. Benjamin Fannin

Dr. Terry Joliff

 

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 $200 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