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David Russak, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS, CSCS

Advocacy for Participation with NAPTA's Special Interest Groups

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Dr. David Russak identified his passion for neurologic PT while a student at the University of Southern California participating in Carolee Winstein's research lab.  He then furthered his education as a neurologic PT resident at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare.  This experience enabled him to treat patients in several different clinical settings, teaching students neurologic physical therapy at Western University of Health Science's Entry-Level DPT program, and designing and implementing various research projects that later became poster presentations at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Recently, Dr. Russak completed his term as the Vice Chair of the ANPT's Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group (DDSIG).  While on the board, he created the group's social media pages, helped to maintain the webpage, and spearheaded the DDSIG booth at CSM's Myelin Melter.
His current work as a board-certified neurologic physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente's Woodland Hills Medical Center in both the outpatient clinic and the inpatient acute care hospital settings includes patient treatment, education, and community outreach.  He has given in-services to both local Parkinson disease community support groups and to physicians on how physical therapists treat patients with Parkinson disease.

His advice to peers: "Neurologic physical therapy encompasses a vast group of various diagnoses, so we are fortunate that the ANPT already has several special interest groups. I want to encourage all neurologic physical therapists to get involved with the interest group of their principal neurologic interest. Whether your background is in treating patients, teaching students, or conducting research, by getting involved, we can identify those that share the same passion within the neurologic physical therapy umbrella to help further unite our profession and continue to move it forward."

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Contact information: Drussak8@gmail.com

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