Hospital physical therapists achieve Orthopedic Specialist certifications

Stevens Point, WI – Dennis Kaster and Stephanie Olson, both physical therapists at Saint Michael’s Hospital recently achieved certifications as Orthopedic Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

ABPTS has awarded specialist certifications to 835 physical therapists this year and since 1985 more than 8,400 physical therapists have achieved board certifications in the following specialty areas: cardiovascular & pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics and sports.

To obtain board certification, Kaster and Olson have completed rigorous written examinations, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in orthopedics and have submitted evidence of required clinical practice in the specialty area. They are two out of 96 therapists in Wisconsin to achieve this certification.

The APTA House of Delegates established specialist certification as a mechanism to formally recognize physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills. Physical therapists are health care professionals who evaluate and manage individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group offer a wide range of services to assist individuals of all ages with functional limitations due to disease and injury including: physical, occupational, speech services and Schroth method for scoliosis treatment. For more information call 715-346-5190.


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