Department of Physical Therapy and Atheltic Training
Phone: (314) 977-8756
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee- Chattanooga
Master of Physical Therapy
Saint Louis University
Bachelor of Exercise Science
Saint Louis University
Dr. FitzGerald teaches the Student Development courses, Basic Procedures, Concepts of Wellness and assists with the geriatric content throughout the curriculum She is also part of the Clinical Education Team and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor. Dr. FitzGerald is also a Board Certified Geriatric Specialist, Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. FitzGerald has clinical experience in geriatrics, mainly in sub-acute, outpatient and wellness settings.
American Physical Therapy Association
Missouri Physical Therapy Association
Clinical Education, Geriatrics, and Wellness
Dr. Blessing is a qualitative researcher interested in creating, developing and evaluating various aspects of innovative teaching strategies and models. She oversees all qualitative research studies conducted by undergraduate senior Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Investigative and Medical Sciences (IMS) students. She is also the program director of the new, innovative, research-intensive Doisy College Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree program and in that role will mentor Master's students who have a similar research interest.
Current Research Project
Development and assessment of student-created content review modules in Laboratory Medicine written in the form of stories
Laboratory Medicine Content Review Module Description
Each story is written in chapters that detail an interesting case study encountered by Laboratory Detective Driver. Interwoven into each story are pertinent patient history and symptoms and laboratory tests ordered with results when appropriate. Detective Driver's mission is to "solve the case." Questions for consideration by the reader are strategically incorporated into the stories for self-assessment. The ultimate goal is to assemble a group of such stories and combine them into an online and/or physical book.
Study Design: Qualitative Research
Example Research Questions
Example Data Collection Strategies
Current Status of the Project
Lieske C and Zeibig EA. Essentials of Medical Laboratory Practice, FA Davis Publishers, Philadelphia, PA
Publications Submitted and Under Review:
Breitbach A, Sargeant D, Gettemeier P, Ruebling I, Carlson J, Eliot K, Kienstra, Zeibig-Blessing E. From Buy-in to Integration: Melding an Interprofessional Initiative into Academic Programs in the Health Professions, submitted to the Journal of Allied Health.
Zeibig EA. Clinical Parasitology: A Practical Approach, 2nd Edition. WB Saunders Company, an imprint of Elsevier Publishing Company, Philadelphia PA. Expected publication- Fall 2012.
Johns G, Zundel B, Denesiuk L, and Zeibig EA. Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine: Principles and Practices, Pearson Prentice Hall-Expected publication- Spring 2013.