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SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences Partners with EmpowerMe Wellness to Expand Clinical Education Opportunities

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences is expanding its partnership with EmpowerMe Wellness to provide opportunities for students to obtain clinical experiences in Assisted Living, Independent Living and Memory Care communities nationwide.

Lisa Meyer and Dean Rousseau Shake Hands
EmpowerMe Wellness Senior Vice President of University Relations Lisa Meyer shakes hands with DCHS Dean Dr. Bernard Rousseau.

EmpowerMe Wellness provides fully integrated on-site treatment services, including physical, speech, and occupational therapy in Senior Living Communities. These services are designed to improve outcomes for seniors and enrich the communities they call home.

Senior Vice President of University Relations at EmpowerMe Wellness Lisa Meyer, MBA, PT, described why partnering with DCHS is such a good fit for EmpowerMe Wellness.

“Saint Louis University is very mission-focused, just like EmpowerMe. Our relentless pursuit of opportunities to improve the lives of seniors aligns with SLU’s philosophy of changing the world for a higher purpose and the greater good,” Meyer said. “Many of the services we provide are offered as educational programs at SLU, and we want to do our part to provide some of the clinical education to these students before they embark on their career.”

Meyer, an alum of the Physical Therapy Program at SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences, recently visited the college to provide an overview of EmpowerMe during an all-college meeting. The presentation was followed by a conversation with directors of clinical education in physical, speech, and occupational therapy. During her visit to the college, Meyer discussed how the positive experience that the organization has had with SLU students made expanding the collaboration an easy decision.

“As a 1986 graduate of SLU, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for their students, so when EmpowerMe decided to create a University Relations department, I knew that Doisy College was one of the first places to reach out to,” Meyer said. “We have many SLU alumni working for EmpowerMe and they bring a holistic approach to caring for their patients. Together, we work to serve the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.”

Lisa Meyer and Dean Rousseau in Lab
EmpowerMe Wellness Senior Vice President of University Relations Lisa Meyer talks with DCHS Dean Dr. Bernard Rousseau in a DCHS lab.

DCHS Dean Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D., MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, had this to say about strengthening the college’s partnership with EmpowerMe Wellness: 

“Strengthening our clinical partnerships in the region plays a key role in my vision for SLU DCHS. Our college is person-centered and excels in supporting our students in growing as reflective, person-centered care practitioners. EmpowerMe Wellness provides personalized therapy services that allows residents in Senior Living Communities to stay active, engaged, and achieve greater health and happiness. This partnership will allow us to deliver on our mission and aligns nicely with EmpowerMe Wellness’ vision to transform the way that therapy is delivered in senior living communities.”

About EmpowerMe Wellness:

Founded in 2017 and based in St. Louis, MO, EmpowerMe Wellness is an integrated healthcare organization that partners with senior living communities nationwide to offer onsite clinics with Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Diagnostics, Pharmacy and Primary Care services. EmpowerMe wellness is currently in 36 states, serving over 100,000 residents of Assisted Living, Independent Living and Memory Care communities nationwide. 

About SLU’s Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences:

The Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared healthcare professionals since 1929. The Doisy College of Health Sciences offers healthcare education at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels in a variety of health-related fields.

About Saint Louis University:

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.