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Physical Therapy Program Hosts 2017 Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series

Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Sc.D., will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy. Dr. Snyder-Mackler will give her presentation, That’s Eureka Redux: Training Rehabilitation Clinician-Scientists, on Thursday, March 23 from 5:30 – 7 PM in the Allied Health Building Room 1043 on Saint Louis University’s South Campus.

Dr. Snyder-Mackler is an internationally recognized clinician and clinical researcher in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation. She is a board-certified physical therapist who maintains an active sports physical therapy practice at the University of Delaware and serves as a rehabilitation consultant to collegiate, amateur and professional teams. Dr. Snyder-Mackler served as Head Athletic Trainer for the beach volleyball venue at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

She concentrates her clinical practice and research in the areas of knee and shoulder rehabilitation and electrical stimulation of muscle; she has authored over 200 research publications and regularly speaks to national and international audiences about these topics. Dr. Snyder-Mackler’s research has earned her several major awards. Perhaps most notably, Dr. Snyder-Mackler was named the American Physical Therapy Association Mary McMillan Lecturer for 2015 – the association’s highest honor.

Saint Louis University Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy Dave Gutekunst, MS, PhD, is very excited to have Dr. Snyder-Mackler as the featured speaker at the Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series.

“Dr. Snyder-Mackler is a leader in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences – in every sense of the word,” Dr. Gutekunst said. “She is a highly respected clinician, a highly successful research scientist and a very thoughtful, engaging speaker who advocates for patients and clinicians alike.”

Dr. Gutekunst went on to explain that students from any discipline stand to gain insight from attending the lecture.

“Whether a student is a budding scientist interested in learning about cutting-edge research, a future clinician curious about how a clinician-scientist successfully balances practice with research or merely an engaged citizen who wants to know how scientific evidence informs medical care, there will be something for everyone,” Dr. Gutekunst said. “The Ruebling Distinguished Speaker event is something that all members of the SLU community can be proud to host.” 

The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honor of Irma Ruebling – former chairperson of the Program in Physical Therapy. Ruebling had a vision to bring nationally renowned speakers to Saint Louis University to present current physical therapy scholarship and how it relates to clinical practice. In addition to meeting with faculty and clinicians in the community, each year’s distinguished speaker leads a question-and-answer session with the Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

For more information about the Program in Physical Therapy, click here.