Amanda Clarke, SPT | Candidate for EPSIG Director (2022-2024)

Based in Whippany, NJ. Graduating in May 2021.

I believe that the pelvic health niche of physical therapy is expanding and going places in 2021, and I am enthusiastic to be an integral part of this growth. We are empowered to make a positive impact in the lives of others through our practice, and I feel it is our role to provide our patients with the tools and education they need to live healthier lifestyles. Together, we have the capability to make this happen.

I would lead the SIG by increasing access to pelvic health resources by adapting to these ever changing times. COVID19 has posed many challenges for all, but it has also given us an opportunity to do things differently. From my experience as a SSIG director I understand that transitioning to a more virtual climate is challenging yet stimulating, and I look forward to assisting with continued networking and education through social media and virtual engagement. I am motivated, passionate and engaged in the pelvic health discipline which are qualities that are desirable for this leadership position. I look forward to fostering an environment where others are comfortable and enthusiastic to discuss and engage in pelvic health.

I feel that the Academy will continue to advance towards the goal of increasing accessibility to educational resources and networking opportunities. Within the last year, the Academy has worked diligently to provide virtual platforms and engaging opportunities to encourage practicing clinicians and students to get more involved. For example, the student SIG significantly expanded their membership by creating an Instagram platform. I believe that the combination of these resources with the willingness to adapt will lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the profession

Education

  • B.S in Exercise Science and Spanish minor, University of Delaware, 2018
  • DPT in Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University May, 2021

Current Practice

I am currently in my full-time clinical experience at Jefferson Rehabilitation working with pelvic floor dysfunctions, chronic pelvic pain, oncology and lymphedema management. I work as a PT tutor within my department for students in other classes. Since May 2020 I have been volunteering as a reviewer for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Practice Guidelines through the Research Section of the APTA. To further my involvement with my university, I work as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Thomas Jefferson University on-campus housing. Together, the RAs work as a team to foster community engagement through monthly programming and academic support.

Certifications

  • Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 Certificate
  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • Contributed as a writer to research study “Comparison of Inertial and Magnetic Sensors and Electromagnetic Tracking System for Measurement of Scapulothoracic Kinematics” which was conducted at Thomas Jefferson University. Subsequently, presented this research at MovePA PPTA Conference (Oct 2020).
  • APTA Pelvic Health Student Special Interest Group Director 2020-2021; Responsible for keeping minutes of all SSIG and Board meetings and makes notes available to the membership, helped host webinars to educate students about SSIG Board elections. Contributed to the Academy blog to express involvement and interest toward pelvic health PT.
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