APTA Issues Outstanding Student PT Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 22, 2009 — American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member, Jennifer Zaleskie, a recent doctor of physical therapy (DPT) graduate of Quinnipiac University, is the recipient of APTA's 2009 Outstanding Student Physical Therapist Award.

Zaleskie is co-founder and former president of the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association's (CPTA's) Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) where she created the SSIG's first student newsletter. An active member of APTA, Zaleskie has been involved with the APTA Mentoring Program and volunteered at the APTA House of Delegates on the Election and Tellers Committee. A frequent participant at state and national conferences and meetings, Zaleskie is extremely focused on serving both her profession and the association.

Zaleskie is a two-time recipient of the CPTA's John O'Donnell Physical Therapy Student Scholarship Award and received APTA's 2007 Outstanding Student Liaison Award. In 2008, she earned the Quinnipiac University Carissa M. Neubig Physical Therapy Award and has been included on the university's Academic Dean's List every semester. She has served as the university's chair for the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge for three consecutive years and co-authored the University's Physical Therapy Doctoral Oath.

Zaleskie gives back to her community in numerous ways. She was part of a university delegation service trip to Nicaragua in 2008 and volunteered as a gymnastics official for the Special Olympics as well as the Special Olympics FUNfitness program. She plans to maintain her enthusiasm and dedication to the profession throughout her career.

Zaleskie will be serving as a delegate at the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Delegate Assembly in May. She is currently employed at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY and plans to further her education and pursue a specialist certification.

APTA's Outstanding Student Physical Therapist Award was launched in 1995, and allows for recognition of a student making strides in the Association and profession. Zaleskie received the award from the APTA Student Assembly, which presents it each year to one physical therapist student who demonstrates excellence in academic and clinical performance, leadership skills, and community activities.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility — in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

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