Monday, June 18, 2012

SBU Physical Therapy Professors Earn National Recognition by ABPTS

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. The Southwest Baptist University Department of Physical Therapy would like to formally announce that two faculty members have earned national recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Tom Sneed is now a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) and Dr. Layman is now a Board Certified Neurology Specialist (NCS). The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) has certified 11,527 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas [ ].

In order to earn this prestigious honor, candidates must submit a professional portfolio and application demonstrating advanced skill and clinical competence in the specific practice area. After review of the materials, the candidate is then either allowed to proceed to the examination phase or rejected. If allowed to proceed, the candidate must then sit for a specialist examination and must pass the examination before they can be recognized as a specialist.

With the formal recognition of Dr. Sneed and Dr. Layman by the ABPTS, the SBU Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty now has a complement that holds seven such specialist credentials and one fellow status as recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists [ ].

Tom Sneed, PT, DPT, OCS, is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and has been part of the SBU faculty since 1997. He has earned degrees from Oklahoma University, Chapman University and Creighton University. Teaching responsibilities for Dr. Sneed include content related to musculoskeletal dysfunction, kinesiology and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Sneed has led several evangelical health care mission trips for physical therapy students to India.

Joshua Layman, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and has been part of the SBU faculty since 2010. He has earned degrees from Ozarks Technical College, Missouri State University, and Southwest Baptist University (’01 and ’07). Teaching responsibilities for Dr. Layman include content related to neurological disorders and physical therapy clinical sciences. Dr. Layman has led an evangelical health care mission trip for physical therapy students to Peru.

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