OLVH Rehab Director Earns Doctorate
Steve Seiberling, the director of rehabilitation at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley, has earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis. Steve also earned his Master’s of Physical Therapy from the College. Steve was able to continue working while he earned his degree. He says, “It was a distance program that had me on campus one day every three months and then doing assignments, research projects, and clinic-based projects on my own.”
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is a clinical doctoral degree. Steve said this type of program is meant to create physical therapists (PTs) capable of providing first access for healthcare patients seeking the services of physical therapy. Steve says today’s PTs are being trained to be better skilled clinicians with the abilities to:
- Utilize Evidence-Based Practice and best practices in their daily practice.
- Perform more comprehensive medical screens during the PT evaluation and ongoing PT sessions.
- Better understand a patient’s pharmacology and its effects on exercise and other PT modalities.
- Undergo training in diagnostic imaging for patient education and ongoing clinical correlation of symptoms.
- Be continual promoters of health and wellness in the patients and communities.
- Understand the importance of PTs as advocates for their patients through social justice and community service.
Steve said, “The skills that DPTs acquire will help equip PTs to properly handle the privileges of direct access to PT services without referral and interact more collegially with other more traditional healthcare providers.”
Steve has been with OLVH for 11 years. Another member of his department, Ashley Jannene, graduated in 2008 with her DPT.
Of their accomplishment, OLVH Vice President of Clinical Services Roxie Greene said, “We are very proud of our rehab department. It’s rare that a small rural hospital offers the kinds of services that we do, and for two of our staff members to have their doctorates really speaks to their level of commitment to their profession and their patients.”