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Celebrating 40 Years: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Forty for 40

When MGH Institute of Health Professions approached the 40th anniversary of its 1977 founding, it was obvious that every one of the school’s almost 7,200 graduates has a story to tell of how they are making a difference in the world of health care and beyond.

It’s about volunteering in underserved communities, conducting breakthrough research, developing pioneering innovative patient care delivery approaches, leading teams of health professionals.

It’s also about the myriad interactions with patients, clients, and their families—many of which go virtually unnoticed—that mark the impact of our alumni.

The speech-language pathologist helping a person with aphasia relearn how to speak or a pupil overcome reading difficulties. The registered nurse assisting a family whose loved one is gravely ill. The physical therapist urging a person recovering from a knee replacement to finish the day’s rehab by taking just one more step. The physician assistant developing a treatment strategy before a patient returns home. The occupational therapist showing an elderly person better ways to negotiate a new apartment. The nurse practitioner performing a check-up on a youngster or prescribing medicine to an adult.

To all our alumni and current students, we hope you see a little part of yourselves in these 40 profiles. So many of these successes are built on the MGH Institute’s commitment to excellence and interprofessional care. To our friends and supporters, we hope you gain a better understanding of how everyone in the IHP community is making a significant impact in the overall quality of life of patients in the communities in which we work and live.

As we celebrate our first 40 years throughout 2017 and look to the future, it’s clear the MGH Institute is poised to continue its mission of educating tomorrow’s health care leaders.

Featured Alumni in the DPT Program

Forty for 40

Janet Callahan, PT, DPT ’13, MS ’00, NCS
Department of Physical Therapy

Janet Callahan already had developed a national reputation in vestibular rehabilitation by 2012 when she decided she wanted to help prepare the next generation of physical therapists and became an assistant professor at the MGH Institute. Full story.

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Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT ’03
Department of Physical Therapy

One could say that Dan Dyrek was as responsible for championships by Boston professional sports teams as the players themselves. Full story.


 

 

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Matthew Gallagher, PT, DPT ’08
Department of Physical Therapy

As a track and cross-country runner in college, Matthew Gallagher knew what it was like to need physical therapy. His experience as a patient motivated him to pursue a career where he could use his experience to help others recover from their injuries. Full story.


 

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Roya Ghazinouri, DPT ’07, MS ’99
Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Roya Ghazinouri has spent her professional life pioneering new programs and implementing innovative approaches to the delivery of health care, both in the United States and abroad since earning a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from the MGH Institute. Full story.


 

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Kathleen Gill-Body, PT, DPT ’02, MS ’86
Department of Physical Therapy

Athletes at Boston College are safer thanks to Kathleen Gill-Body and her colleagues at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Full story.


 

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Laura Gull, PT, DPT ’08
Department of Physical Therapy

Laura Gull is using the evidence-based education she received at the IHP to ensure that her team of physical therapists remain on the cutting edge of rehabilitation care. Full story.


 

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BA Harris, PT, DPT ’02, MS ’83
Department of Physical Therapy

BA Harris dedicated her entire 30-year career at the MGH Institute to ensuring physical therapy was integrated into the school’s original mission of interprofessional education. Full story.


 

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Rosanna Kirkendall-Azer, PT, DPT ’08, OCS, PCS
Department of Physical Therapy

Having run track and cross-country at California State University, Northridge, Rosanna Kirkendall-Azer has spent much of her career working with young athletes. Full story.


 

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Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT ’05, MS ’06, WCS, CLT
Department of Physical Therapy

Rebecca Stephenson has played a major role in improving the treatment of women with severe back and pelvic pain during the early stages of their pregnancy. Full story.


 

See all 40 of our featured alumni.