I believe that life-long learning is the most important attribute we can instill within our students. School can often be a hub for intellectual motivation and learning; however, learning should not be confined to an institution, time frame, or occupation. We need to equip our students with not just the knowledge of today, but with the skills, resources, and attributes to excel in the future as professionals and as citizens of this global society. Here at GSU, I can collaborate with my university colleagues and specifically our physical therapy team, in ways that elevate our mission and vision through teaching and research.
I started working as a full time clinician after I graduated with my Master of Physical Therapy degree (MPT) from Northern Illinois University. Always striving to better assist my patients, I went on to complete a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) and my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine, where I was later invited to complete a year-long fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy (FAAOMPT). I then completed my board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
While still a full-time clinician, I decided I wanted to do more than help one patient at a time. I wanted to teach students who could each help thousands of people, and I wanted to conduct research that could assist clinicians to help people with similar conditions all around the world. I therefore completed my Doctor of Health Science degree (DHSc) from the University of St. Augustine. I then found a home at GSU, where I have since been able to teach and conduct research at a place that matches my own mission and values.
Getsoian SL. Chapter 4 Body Mechanics. In: Fairchild SL, Kuchler O’Shea R, Washington RD, eds. Pierson and Fairchild’s Principles & Techniques of Patient Care. 7th ed. St. Louis MO: Elsevier Inc.; 2021.
Brinkman C, Chang J, Getsoian SL, Rylander T. Blood flow restriction training on lower extremity function: a scoping review of effectiveness, appropriateness, and implementation on muscle hypertrophy, and/or strengthening during rehabilitation. Poster presented at: Illinois Physical therapy Association (IPTA) Revitalize Conference; March, 2021. (Virtual).
Getsoian SL, Gulati SM, Okpareke I, Nee RJ, Jull GA. Validation of a clinical examination to differentiate a cervicogenic source of headache: a diagnostic prediction model using controlled diagnostic blocks. BMJ Open. 2020; 10: e035245. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035245