Nazareth's physical therapy clinics are a unique collaborative effort to combine clinical learning and service. Designed to meet the needs of underserved individuals with movement disorders, clinical services are offered at an array of sites. Opportunities for students to learn through this clinic are integrated into coursework throughout the professional program.
The Nazareth College Physical Therapy Clinics operationalize the values of Nazareth College, its School of Health and Human Services, and the Physical Therapy profession. The clinics offer professional partnerships between students, faculty, clients and the community. The collaborative learning environment provides altruistic care to diverse, underserved populations and the Nazareth Community.
It is the clinics' aim to advocate for overall health and wellness, prevention, rehabilitation and research while creating and strengthening interdisciplinary and community links. The physical therapy clinics strive to provide high-quality care through continual pursuit of innovative opportunities.
Nazareth Clinic (On-Campus)
This clinic provides neuromuscular and musculoskeletal services to those not able to receive physical therapy elsewhere. Individuals with long-term movement dysfunction achieve success in this unique clinical environment, while students learn about clinical evaluation, intervention and applied clinical research. Both individual and group therapy is provided.
St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
Students, faculty, and practitioners provide services that address the needs of underserved individuals in the city of Rochester. Students are given the opportunity to implement newly-learned techniques while gaining an appreciation for the many challenges related to adequate health care access.
Hickock Brain Injury Center
Faculty and students direct recreational group sessions to meet the needs of individuals who have sustained a brain injury. These sessions provide individuals with chronic conditions an opportunity to maintain physical fitness through exercise and realize gradual positive progress.
"I treated a patient who had a chronic stroke and was apprehensive about walking without her cane. She told me that her youngest son was going to get married and that she really wanted to be able to dance with him at the reception. For the next four weeks, she and I learned to waltz. At the end of the month, she was able to dance with her son at his wedding. She was very proud of herself and I was, too."
- Gerry Gordon, student therapist, physical therapy clinic