Asbury Opens Physical Therapy Clinic
February 28, 2017
WILMORE, Ky. — Taking a new step in innovation, Asbury University has opened its own physical therapy clinic, benefitting student-athletes, Exercise Science students and the entire campus community.
A fully functional outpatient clinic located in Asbury’s Luce Center, the Physical Therapy Clinic is currently open to Asbury students and student-athletes, and will serve faculty and staff in the near future.
The clinic is in network for all private insurance, and is open Monday-Friday by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the Luce Center: (859) 858-3511, x2563.
Prof. Elise Kearns, director of the PT Clinic and assistant professor of Exercise Science at Asbury, practiced physical therapy for 12 years in a variety of settings before coming to Asbury. Kearns says the clinic will provide a variety of services including but not limited to post-surgical rehabilitation, musculoskeletal pain treatment, and promotion of wellness including personalized exercise plans.
“Physical therapy is about much more than post-surgical treatment — it’s about wellness, too,” Kearns said, “If you have back pain, neck pain, or even if you just want to get in shape, physical therapy can be an option for you.”
The PT Clinic will be a major advantage for Asbury’s student-athletes, giving them access to on-site care that is unparalleled among peer institutions.
“This really sets Asbury Athletics apart from all other schools our size by offering such a service to our student-athletes, students, and staff of the university,” said Mark Perdue, Athletics Director at Asbury. “Most universities, if not all, offer athletic training services, but few offer an in-house physical therapist to evaluate and monitor athletic injury progress. Our goal is to make sure we are offering the best injury care for our student-athletes, and by having in-house PT services we have taken a huge step in achieving this goal.”
The PT Clinic offers academic benefits, as well. Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy students will have opportunities to be aides in the clinic and to complete practicum and internship credits. Graduate students from other institutions will also have opportunities to complete internships under Kearns’ instruction.
“The new Physical Therapy Clinic at Asbury will give students a first-hand look at how things really work in a physical therapy clinic,” said Dr. Vins Sutlive, chair of Asbury’s Science & Health department. “As the clinic grows, more of our students should gain important clinical experience right here on campus. That experience will support their applications to graduate and professional school.”