Huntingdon Opens On-campus Physical Therapy Clinic
Montgomery, Ala.—A new health resource is available in the Huntingdon College Department of Sport Science and Physical Education: an on-campus physical therapy clinic has just opened. The clinic will serve Huntingdon student-athletes and any member of the Huntingdon or surrounding communities who has been referred by a physician. All major forms of medical insurance are accepted.
"An on-campus rehabilitation provider has been part of the department's strategic goal since the initial accreditation of our Athletic Training Education Program," says Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, chair of the department. The College has contracted with Pro-Impact Inc. to provide the on-campus rehabilitation services and to provide the certified athletic training resources necessary to the College's student-athletes. Montgomery-based Pro-Impact Physical Therapy and Sports Performance was established by long-time College associate Mike Ellis in partnership with Dr. Roxanne St. Martin, a Certified Athletic Trainer, doctor of physical therapy, assistant professor, and coordinator of the athletic training program in the SSPE department. About 20% of Huntingdon's full-time day students major in one of four areas of study offered by the department: athletic training, physical education, exercise science, and sport management. The on-campus clinic is the second Pro-Impact location for St. Martin and Ellis.
"This is especially exciting from the academic point-of-view," says St. Martin. "The on-campus facility will provide opportunities for observation and awareness and hands-on clinical hours for our athletic training majors and those interested in furthering their education in physical therapy. It will provide opportunities for our sport management and exercise science majors, as well."
Dorman is pleased with the new dimension the facility will bring to the department's offerings. "There is nothing like actual working experience for our students to learn not only how to assess and treat injuries and prescribe treatments, but also how to serve clientele, how to run a business, how to deal with various personalities, and the list goes on," says Dorman. "Hands-on learning is invaluable for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-life working situations."
The clinic is located in the Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Center for Human Performance and Teacher Education on Huntingdon's Cloverdale Campus, with available parking outside the door of its Navarro Street entrance.
St. Martin graduated in the Huntingdon Class of 1994 and, after completing advanced degrees and certifications and working with Ellis in physical therapy clinics in the Montgomery area, returned to Huntingdon to teach for the department two years ago. "I see this facility as another means for the department to offer added value to its students," says St. Martin. "The timing is right, the services are relevant, and the academic benefits for students who want to go on to careers in physical education teaching, coaching, or allied health are numerous."
To learn more about Huntingdon's Pro-Impact physical therapy clinic, contact St. Martin at (334) 833-4267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College offers The Huntingdon Plan, components of which include laptop computers provided for full-time students, theirs to keep at graduation; travel-study, internships, and service learning opportunities; an environment of small classes and personal attention to students’ needs; and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that prepares students to enter multiple career paths. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools well exceed national averages.