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Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Oral History Project

Welcome to Conversations with Inspirations, the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Oral History Collection.

Every day, physical therapists are creating history - in what they accomplish with their patients, in their academic pursuits, and in their contributions to the profession.  The therapists that have led and supported the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy are a unique and remarkable group of people.  Memories of their professional lives and their role in the Academy provide a window into the history of our profession as it existed in the past and how it lives on today.

Anne Shumway-Cook Interview

Anne Shumway-CookMy name is Britta Smith, Historian of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and your host for an interview with Anne Shumway-Cook, PT, PhD.

Few individuals have the sustained and tangible accomplishments that have truly impacted the profession of physical therapy as Dr. Shumway-Cook. For over 25 yrs, she has advanced our understanding of the physiologic basis for abnormalities in balance and postural control. She has used her research and scholarly activities to always address real clinical problems. This body of work has influenced physical therapy provided to individuals with cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, vestibular disorders, as well as those at risk for falls. Her 2 books written in collaboration with Dr Marjorie Woollacott are used in physical therapy educational programs across the U.S. and the world. Many of us probably have one of books on our professional bookshelves, either The Development of posture and gait across the life span, or Translating Research into Clinical Practice. Her collaborative research publications - which include over 65 manuscripts and 17 Book chapters - have produced some of the seminal work in balance and postural control.

Joining me for this interview were: Kathy Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA,  Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at Univ of Southern California and former president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD - Associate Professor at Univ of Minn and Director of Research for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Teresa was instrumental in establishing the Anne Shumway-Cooke Translating Neurorehabilitation Research to Practice Lectureship at CSM in 2011.

It was truly an honor to have Dr Shumway-Cooke share with us remembrances about her career and her thoughts about the PT profession.

Let's go back to the Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago IL and listen to our interview held on Feb 11, 2012.

Interview Part I

Interview Part II

Martha "Marty" Wroe Interview

Martha Wroe

Preserving the memories and insights of our leaders and mentors is what the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Oral History Project plans to accomplish. Our first interview was with Martha "Marty" Wroe, PT, MA, FAPTA, a founding member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and one of its first board members. Listen and enjoy as Andrea Behrman, PT, PhD, FAPTA talk to Ms Wroe about her long career in Physical Therapy, including service in the Women's Auxiliary Corp, treatment of patients with polio, and her role in forming the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA.

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