• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

Physical Therapy Collaboration

I am currently out on my first clinical internship as a student of physical therapy in Fargo, North Dakota. The College of St. Scholastica’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program requires us to complete 4 clinical internships over the 33 month program. These internships help us apply the skills we have been learning in class and give us an opportunity to get some clinical experience. With each internship we try and get experience at a new setting such as, inpatient, outpatient, rural, etc. Currently I am working at a Sanford Medical Hospital that is considered inpatient/acute. The patient population that I am working with includes individuals who have traumatic injuries and require intensive therapy before/after surgery. I am on the acute general orthopedic floor and I also bounce around to the cardiac and neuro floors including the intensive care units (ICU’s) on each.

Today my CI was out of the office so I had the opportunity to follow a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who specializes in Neurology. It was really neat to see another discipline’s job in a patient care. I made the most of this experience by asking many questions and put my first year Neuro education to the test. This particular NP’s scope includes explaining to patients and their family the lab/test findings. It also includes deciphering drug/medication indications for specific diagnoses, not to mention diagnosing the cause of patient’s stokes, seizures, hemorrhages, etc. She does quite a bit of collaboration with physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, and nurses aides.

In the afternoon I was lucky enough to follow around two Speech Language Pathologists. This was really neat for me because I have very little experience in speech therapy. I was able to see two swallow studies done with x-rays that will help determine what kind of foods patients are able to eat, ie.) Can a patient have liquid, soft, or regular foods? Can a patient handle swallowing thick (honey), moderately thick (nectarine/orange juice), or water-like liquids? Individuals who have decreased motor control of the muscles that help swallow will have to have specific diets in order to keep patients food from going down the wrong pipe and ultimately causing diseases/infections such as pneumonia.

Overall, it was a wonderful day where I was able to see a bigger picture of patient care in the inpatient acute setting. As a student of physical therapy, I believe it is imperative to have this perspective in order to know the importance of collaboration with other health care providers and therapy disciplines. This knowledge helps not only the field of physical therapy, but also creates a more organized patient centered care.

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