Brenau PT Student Selected for House Usher at APTA Conference

Jonathan Casas

Jonathan Casas, SPT, in the Department of Physical Therapy has been selected to serve as a House Usher at the 2019 House of Delegates session at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference. The conference is held June 12-15 in Chicago, Illinois.

This is a special honor for this well-deserving student and an opportunity to provide Brenau University national visibility. Congratulations, Jonathan!

Student elected treasurer of statewide Student Physical Therapy Network

Peter Chrysosferidis

The Brenau Department of Physical Therapy faculty and staff are proud to announce that Peter Chrysosferidis was elected by his student physical therapy peers across the state to the office of treasurer for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia’s Student Physical Therapy Network.

Founded in 1992, the SPTN is a component of PTAG that is organized by and designed for student physical therapists and student physical therapist assistants. Its objective is to identify and respond to areas of concern related to students, promote the role of students in PT practice, promote membership and participation in the American Physical Therapy Association and its many components, and assist PTAG in its objectives and functions.

As the newly elected treasurer, Peter becomes the first Brenau student to be elected as an officer on the SPTN board. Please join us in congratulating Peter!

Physical Therapy Students to present their Graduation Capstone Projects

The Doctor of Physical Therapy graduating class of 2019 invites all Brenau faculty, staff and students to join them from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Brenau Downtown Center Meeting Room C for the public viewing of their Capstone Posters.

Students will present the research they have completed on topics related to physical therapy in various areas of interest to all Brenau faculty, students and the community. Some subjects include: caregiver burden, animal assisted interventions, adolescent health and fitness, and effects of yoga, among many more.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Physical Therapy Students Honored at State Meeting

Two Brenau students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were awarded scholarships during the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia’s imPacT Awards Luncheon held at Georgia State University on March 23.

Jacob Weller received the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy/Team Rehab Scholarship award and Eva Blais received the Early Career/Student Scholarship for ImPacT 2019.

Congratulations Jacob and Eva!

Brenau Babies Help OT and PT Students in Lab

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

Kelly Peters's son, William, helping some students become more comfortable with their first pediatric evaluation.

Students from the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy came together Jan. 18 to learn pediatric motor development. Families from the Brenau community brought their infants to help provide an experiential learning moment for 58 students. The day was a collaborative effort by professors Celeste Alexander, Tammy Buck, Laura Carpenter and Stacey Hoffman.

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

OT and PT students analyzing DPT student Lee Parker’s son, Dru.

Staff Development Committee invites you to Ways to Wellness

The Staff Development Committee is excited to provide wellness activities to help you relax and plan for success! Join us for the following activities the week following Thanksgiving holiday break:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Trustee Library Quiet Zone
  • Let’s Get Organized: noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov 29, at The Sub.

See the 2018 Ways to Wellness flyer (DOCX) for all information.

Help Send Our Physical Therapy Students to Moultrie Farm

Brenau University’s Department of Physical Therapy has been accepted to be a part of a medical service trip for the week of June 24-29 of this year. The program is a multi-disciplinary trip to provide much needed medical services to migrant farm workers and their families in the Moultrie, Georgia area.

Twelve doctoral students will be going as part of a physical therapy team and will be joined by students from other universities in other disciplines such as nursing, dental hygiene and pharmacy. All the teams are supervised by qualified faculty.

The student team is soliciting donations to help defray the cost of the trip and are asking you to consider donating to this effort. All donations will go directly to defraying student costs such as lodging, meals and transportation. We are looking to raise $3500 and are about half-way there.

Please strongly consider supporting our team in this endeavor. All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If you would like to donate please follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Fill out the Donation Information form.
  3. Under the ‘Apply my donation to’ drop-down menu, select the last option titled ‘other designation (please specify in Additional Notes below).
  4. In ‘Additional Notes for Gift,’ type PT SERVICE TRIP.

This will specify that your donation will be used for our trip.

Thank you!

Participants Needed for a Group-based Exercise Study

Have you been a caregiver for a family member or friend in the last three years? If so, do you meet the following criteria:

  • Are you a caregiver for someone over the age of 60?
  • Are you at least 60 years old?
  • As a caregiver, have you experienced weight loss, felt depressed or lonely, or needed help yourself?

If these apply to you, please come join our 12-week exercise and education program! The program will last one hour, one day a week and will be located at Brenau University’s Downtown Center. The goal of this study is to provide a group exercise and educational program to caregivers.

For more information or to participate, contact Dr. Jeananne Elkins at 404-621-5119 or ude.uanerb@sniklej, or Dr. Tracy Wright at 404-455-4522 or ude.uanerb@5thgirwt.

Free Eight-Week Exercising Safely Course

Brenau student physical therapists are hosting “This is My Health: Exercising Safely,” a free eight-week course of basic health knowledge and supervised exercise to help you exercise safely. Coordinated and led by Dr. Kathye Light, this course will be two hours once a week on Wednesdays, beginning with a basic education section followed by supervised aerobic, strength and flexibility training.

The program starts Wednesday, June 6, 1-3 p.m. The course will be held at the Brenau University Downtown Center. You can park in the free parking deck and enter in the front doors.

If interested, please email Emily Stamps at ude.uanerb.regit@spmatsE.

Brenau Rehabilitation Practice Open House Oct. 12

Please join the Brenau Rehabilitation Practice at the Department of Physical Therapy for an open house on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This open house is available to all Brenau faculty, staff and students.

Take a tour of the clinic at the Downtown Center, meet the physical therapy faculty and staff, and learn more about the services Brenau Rehabilitation Practice has to offer. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you!