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KSPT’s Dr. Stacie Fruth honored at Indiana APTA Annual Meeting

Dr. Stacie FruthAt the Indiana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (IN-APTA) annual meeting earlier this month, Dr. Stacie Fruth, Chair of the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy, was awarded the Anthony D. Certo Award.

The award was created in honor of the late Anthony Certo, a former member of IN-APTA, to recognize his distinguished service the profession of physical therapy. Each year, a recipient is chosen who has made a significant contribution of time, energy, and expertise toward furthering physical therapy as a professional practice.

Fruth excels in the education of future clinicians, delivery of new services, and public relations and community service, said Dr. Emily Slaven, KSPT assistant professor. Slaven pointed to Fruth’s ability to engage students with creative teaching strategies and encouraging support that extends beyond the classroom. Fruth was the 2009 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year.

For more than 13 years, Fruth provided pro bono physical therapy services to underserved clients in Fountain Square. These services were not only greatly needed by the patients, but also provided excellent experience for doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students.

In addition, Fruth has been on the leading edge of promoting the use of physical therapy services in the emergency department. She has published research in this area, showing a growing acceptance by physicians who value the physical therapist’s contributions to musculoskeletal assessment, non-pharmaceutical pain management techniques, patient education about safety and injury prevention, and appropriate gait training.

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