Bette Ann Harris '83 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


2022: Naseem Chatiwala,  MSPT '04, DPT'07

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Naseem (Chalawalla) Chatiwala graduated from the Institute’s Master’s in Physical Therapy Program in 2004 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2007.  She is the founder and owner of Rehab Health 360 LLC, an outpatient clinic in Acton, MA offering premium physical therapy services to clients with neurological deficits. As a board-certified neuro clinical specialist and a certified vestibular clinical specialist, Naseem has been instrumental in developing the vestibular task force at Spaulding Rehab Network and the neuro and concussion program at The Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies at Emerson Hospital.  Educating the next generation of physical therapists is important to Naseem. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at both the Institute and at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Additionally, she is a course developer and instructor for Summit Professional Education, where she teaches in-person and online webinars offering continuing education courses to Physical and Occupational therapists on numerous neuro diagnosis. Naseem is actively involved in American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is currently a co-chair of the APTA Concussion Clinical Practice Guideline knowledge translation task force. Naseem has presented at various state and national conferences and has won awards for excellence in research for case study (poster presentations). She was awarded Emerson Rehab 2019-Excellence in Education Award and most recently received the APTA of MA 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice Award.


The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumnus who graduated ten or more years ago, and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, achievement, and service in advancing health care.

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