Maura Iversen

Welcome from Maura Iversen, Chair

Here in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, we have much to celebrate. Outstanding students. Trailblazing alumni. World-class faculty. Internationally renowned researchers. And a top-notch educational experience, which includes the only PT cooperative education (“co-op”) program in the country.

The department has gone through tremendous changes in the past five years. We not only began offering a Certificate of Advanced Study in Orthopedic Physical Therapy for licensed PTs, but also launched our innovative new master’s degree in Occupational Ergonomics and Worker Wellness. In June 2013, our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was successfully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for another 10 years. And through dynamic growth in research funding (our faculty have received more than $6 million!) and nine new research labs, we are expanding the boundaries of knowledge in the movement and rehabilitation sciences.

To reflect our broad approach, new academic offerings, and to honor our roots in Bouvé, we formally changed our department name in fall of 2013. Now, we look forward to celebrating our centennial anniversary—that’s right, 100 years!—on Saturday, November 7, 2015. More information is forthcoming.

It is my sincere hope that you will stay connected with us and the university. Check back on the department website regularly for information on lectures, student events, colloquia, or look for our biannual department newsletter. You can also stay connected by emailing your alumni news to [email protected] or making a gift to continue our growth and support our students at Further, you are always welcome to come back to visit! I hope you enjoy this newsletter.

Alumni News

Carl Gustafson

Carl Gustafson, PT, LATC, CSCS (‘87) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA). The private practice has 15 locations in the greater Boston area in addition to the original location in Wellesley. He continues to support the Physical Therapy program at NU by employing many co-op students and alums at his facilities. For example, Alicia Molloy, Kristen Batista, Peter Givens, Danielle Gorman and Justin Dichio are employed in the Wellesley location where Carl works. Congratulations on the 20th anniversary!

Kevin Avilla

Kevin Avilla, ATC, DPT (‘12) is now employed by the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, Atlanta, GA. They are owned by the same family business that operates the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. This is an advantage for staff and clients as they are able to draw on the team’s extensive experience in sports rehabilitation to provide state of the art care.

Darryl Elliot

Darryl Elliott, PT (‘90) is now President of the Private Practice Special Interest Group at the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. He formerly worked at Bay State Physical Therapy and is the owner of the newly opened private practice, Elliott Physical Therapy.

Attention Alumni

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