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Elizabeth "Libby" Anderl, PT, DPT

Early Career Professional Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Anderl on being awarded the Early Career Professional Award.

In five years as a clinician, Dr. Anderl is active clinically, with program development, and with the Academy of Neurologic PT (ANPT).  Her service and passion are clear that she was a wonderful candidate for this award.

 

Dr. Anderl is so heavily quoted in this spotlight because her enthusiasm for client and professional success can’t be summarized as well as in her own words. 

 

She describes her clinical role as: “I am a full-time clinician at TIRR Memorial Hermann, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Houston, Texas, where I specialize in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. In my primary role, as a therapist on TIRR’s Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) team, I provide treatments to enhance consciousness. While I am a physical therapist, the body and mind cannot be separated in this type of rehabilitation. For example, after a severe brain injury resulting in impaired consciousness, voluntary movement is often limited by spasticity. If this is addressed and a patient’s movement is freed, their ability to communicate, interact with their environment, and exercise their mind may be restored. Those breakthroughs never get any less exciting or powerful for me and my teammates.”

Also, she is active with program development with the DoC program with DoC research funded by the TIRR Rehabilitation Innovation Grant Award, clinical education, pro bono work with the Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP), and teaching in TIRR’s Advancing Clinical Practice series and Examining and Expanding Mentoring Practices course.

With ANPT, she is active with membership in both the Core Outcome Measures CPG Knowledge Translation Task Force and the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE).

 

She is an advocate for early involvement with ANPT stating that: “Being involved in professional service early in my career has been invaluable. Who you surround yourself with is powerful, and I have grown so much by working alongside the other members of Core Outcome Measures CPG KT Task Force. These women are inquisitive, relentless, and positive, and they are now my colleagues, mentors, and friends. Clinicians early in their careers have a unique perspective, so do not question if you have something to offer. Throw your name in the hat and get involved…. The ANPT’s commitment to elevating practice is seen in the ANPT’s mission, vision, and actions. In my five years as a physical therapist, I have found that once you reach the nearest peak of practice, another will rise. The ANPT helps clinicians climb higher, and initiatives like the creation of clinical practice guidelines and knowledge translation (KT) efforts are the anchor, belay, and chalk to do so.”

 

 

Thank you for your service!

 

Recommended resources:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/hc-investigations/aliveinside/

https://www.aan.com/Guidelines/home/GuidelineDetail/926

 

Contact information: email

 

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