NEUROLOGIC PHYSICAL THERAPY RESIDENTS 2017-2018

Harris Health System NEUROLOGIC PHYSICAL THERAPY RESIDENTS

CHRISTEN JOHNSON, PT, DPT

Neurologic Physical Therapy Resident

Hometown:Perry, OK

About: Christen was first introduced to physical therapy after witnessing her grandfather’s rehabilitation from a series of falls. After seeing the potential physical therapy had to empower and positively affect people’s lives, she knew Physical Therapy was the profession for her.

Christen earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at Abilene Christian University, and then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. While in PT school, she discovered through her experiences at clinical rotations in a brain injury outpatient clinic and an inpatient rehab facility that she had a passion for people who had neurological conditions. Through her completion of research on the feasibility and effectiveness of a community wellness program for people with chronic stroke, Christen developed her interest for self-efficacy and community participation centered outcome measures.

Christen decided to pursue a neurologic residency at Harris Health System because of its diverse patient population, commitment to serving the under-served, and dedicated, hard-working team of therapists. After finishing residency, Christen plans to become NCS certified. She would like to pursue a clinical position that has opportunities for community education/outreach and continue research on the role of physical therapy in the community.

Hannah Bowen, PT, DPT

Hometown: Bath, NC

About: Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Hannah was exposed to physical therapy at 14 years old while recovering from a spinal fusion. However, Hannah’s interest to pursue physical therapy was not from her own rehabilitation, but instead from her memories of another patient in the outpatient clinic re-learning to ambulate following a cerebral vascular accident (CVA). She received her Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy in May of 2015 at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, NC and went on to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy at WCU, graduating in May of 2018.

While in PT school, Hannah was a graduate assistant and a supplemental instructor, tutoring students in the class below her in Neuroscience. Hannah also has a vast experience of volunteer work including: leading group exercise classes in the community for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and working at a Pro bono PT clinic. She presented her doctoral research on the impact of focus of attention strategies on seated trunk control in individuals with chronic CVA via a poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans in March 2018. Hannah graduated with certifications in LSVT BIG and Power Moves, which are exercises specifically designed to address common impairments in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Since her first day of physical therapy school, Hannah knew she wanted to pursue a neurologic residency. Following graduation from the Harris Health System Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program, Hannah plans to become a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She hopes to give back to the community by organizing a local Probono clinic focusing on the needs of individuals with neurologic conditions. Hannah has been a member of the neurologic section of the APTA for the past 3 years, however, plans to seek out a more active role in the upcoming future.

NEUROLOGIC RESIDENCY GRADUATES

2011-2012

  • Winnie Powell, PT, DPT, NCS
    Texas Woman’s University
  • April Wesley, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Texas Medical Branch

2012-2013

  • Karen Hasson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Angelo State University
  • Vanessa (Potts) Thomas, PT, DPT, NCS
    Sacred Heart University

2013-2014

  • Alexis English, PT, DPT, NCS
    Sacred Heart University
  • Zahra Kadivar, PT, PhD, NCS
    Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

2014-2015

  • Jill Jackson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Idaho State University
  • Megan Krueger, PT, DPT, NCS
    Texas Woman’s University

2015-2016

  • Alicia Danto, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Kelsey DeLave, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Pittsburgh

2016-2017

  • Rashi Agrawal, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Southern California
  • Daniel Schaeffer, PT, DPT, NCS
    Emory University

2017-2018

  • Martin Castaneda, PT, DPT
    Texas Woman’s University
  • Jamie Dolley, PT, DPT
    University of South Florida - Tampa