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We went LIVE to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a live show with faculty, alumni and students. Part 1 features Kate James, Sarah Oleksak, and Michael Rabel
Kate James is a Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor at UMES. Prior to joining the faculty full time in 2016, she worked primarily in the outpatient setting. Her current research interests are working to better understand the relationships between physical characteristics and golf performance in older female golfers and using sRPE to predict injury in runners. She also runs a small, mobile cash-based PT practice, Driven Physiotherapy.
Sarah Oleksak a practicing physical therapist of ten years, with over eight of those years, focused in a multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient clinic. She is a Pediatric Certified Specialist with extensive experience treating patients who have a variety of orthopedic and neuromuscular diagnoses from birth to age 18 years.
Beyond her primary employment, Dr. Oleksak is active in the community in a variety of ways and strives to represent the benefits of physical therapy for the youngest of patients. She serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the local physical therapist assistant program and she has also provided guest lectures on pediatric patient management for these students. Dr. Oleksak is a Clinic Instructor for physical therapy students completing clinical practicums or full clinical affiliations in the pediatric setting. Recently, she contributed to a soon-to-be-released position statement for the American Academy of Pediatrics on the use of infant carrying devices, alongside world-renowned physicians and researchers. In addition, in 2014, Dr. Oleksak founded and currently serves as the executive director of an international 501c3 non-profit organization that provides ergonomic infant carrying devices to children with disabilities. She is a Certified Babywearing Educator and she is currently developing a pilot study on the use of these infant carrying devices for children with torticollis and plagiocephaly.
Michael Rabel is the Department Chair and Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He possesses a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Science degree with a concentration in biomechanics and manual interventions. He was a Clinical Program Leader and Outpatient Coordinator at HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital and the Director of the Rehabilitation Services at McCready Health on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He became board certified in Orthopedics in 2004 and re-certified in 2014. He has taken many continuing education courses in order to become certified in vocational rehabilitation, ergonomic assessments, and manual therapeutic interventions (primarily through Michigan State University). He has been a member of the APTA House of Delegates for the Maryland Chapter and continues to serve as a clinical and administrative consultant.