Summer Volunteer Opportunity — Special Olympics FUNfitness

Here’s a message from the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) about a great opportunity to help out at a Special Olympics event they’re having in Raleigh! If you’re in the area for the summer, give it a look!


Special Olympics FUNfitness
May 30, 2015
Raleigh, NC

Special Olympics FUNfitness!!


We need PTs, PTAs, and students (PT and PTA), to help with FUNfitness screenings at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games at NCSU in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, May 30th.

We also need non-clinical volunteers (friends, co-workers, family) to help with registration of the athletes and flow within the screening area.

This is the first screening that we will be doing not in conjunction with any competition. We will be providing screenings for delegations staying on campus Saturday night. We hope that this will allow for a bigger turn out and more screenings!

FUNfitness is a program developed by APTA for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative. All volunteers will receive a Healthy Athletes t-shirt and dinner! For more information, please click here.

We hope you can take part!  Also, licensed staff, you can enter these hours on your continuing competence reporting for North Carolina!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at
Thank you and hope to see you there!

Jen Roberts, PT and Katie Poole, PTA and Mike Moran, PT

Special Olympics of North Carolina FUNfitness Clinical Directors


EVENT: Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games

LOCATION: North Carolina State University Campus, Raleigh, NC

DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2015

TIME: 4pm – 9 pm (plus ~15-30 minutes after event for clean up)


Details, screening tips / instructions and directions will be emailed to all volunteers the week of the event.

Please email the following information below to Jen no later than May 24th.


(Cell/Preferred) PHONE:










Special Olympics Healthy Athletes FUNfitness North Carolina

Katie Poole, PTA

Mike Moran, PT

Jen Roberts, PT

November Events

Hey Pre-PT!  We have some great events planned for the month of November!  Here’s a little info about them, hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 30 — Panel Discussion with Duke Disability Alliance

Saturday, November 1 — Bridge II Sports Volunteer Opportunity

  • What: Bridge II Sports is hosting a wheelchair basketball tournament and is in need of volunteers to help teams get checked in, assisting players and visitors find where they need to go, and any other tasks that will help the event run smoothly.  Here is a link with more information about Bridge II Sports:
  • Where: Cary Academy (1500 N. Harrison Ave, Cary NC 27513​)
  • When: The event runs from 7:00am – 8:30pm, but has been split into 4 shifts.  Sign up for a shift at this Doodle poll:

Tuesday, November 4 — Pre-PT Bookbagging Help

  • What: Officers and upperclassmen in the Pre-PT Association will offer their help, advice, and ideas about pre-requisite classes for PT school and/or classes for your major!
  • Where: Von der Heyden in Perkins
  • When: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Thursday, November 13 — Double Dukie DPT Panel

  • What: A panel of graduate students from Duke’s physical therapy school will come to discuss their experiences as both an undergraduate and graduate student at Duke and answer any PT-related questions you may have!
  • Where: Social Sciences 107
  • When: 8:00pm

Physical Therapy Virtual Fair

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet representatives from physical therapist education programs in a live virtual setting! The Physical Therapy Virtual Fair is a great way to communicate with PT schools and get some of your questions answered in a comfortable and convenient setting. The virtual fair will be live all day on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Sept. 17, so login and chat with representatives whenever you have free time! If there is a certain PT program that you are especially interested in, I would encourage you to look at the fair schedule and find the time when they are live (since most programs will not have a representative active all day)!

If you haven’t registered yet, here is the link to do so:

Welcome Back! — Fall 2014 Upcoming Events

Welcome back, Duke Pre-PT Association members!

In case you missed our first general body meeting on 9/9, here is a list of upcoming events that we have planned for the fall semester:

9/16-17/14 – Physical Therapy Virtual Fair

9/23/14 – Duke Pre-PT Association General Body Meeting

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 7:00pm
  • Topic: Shadowing experiences

9/27/14 – Running Clinic at Duke Sports Medicine

  • Where: Duke Sports Medicine, 1st Floor (K-Lab)–Finch Yeager Building
  • When: 9:00am-12:00pm

10/1/14 – Namely Muscles (Experiential Anatomy) Workshop

  • Where: Hull Studio
  • When: 4:40-6:10pm

10/4/14 – Namely Muscles (Experiential Anatomy) Performance and Panel Discussion

  • Where: The Ark
  • When: 8:00pm

11/4/14  – Duke Pre-PT Association General Body Meeting

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 7:00pm
  • Topic: Bookbagging help and advice

11/18/14 – Duke Pre-PT Association General Body Meeting

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 7:00pm
  • Topic: Duke DPT Student Discussion Panel

We hope to see you at some of these events throughout the semester! We will post reminders and more information about the events as the date approaches. In addition, we are in the process of planning a PT Awareness Week in October (PT Awareness Month), so stay on the lookout for more information about that as well!

Medical School Panel

There will be a Duke Medical School Panel hosted by the Neuroscience Majors Union on February 19th at 7:00pm in Soc Psych 130. Claire Ober, a Duke alum and current Duke PT student, will be speaking on the panel as well as a few med students, PA students, and possibly nursing students as well.  While the panel will be geared mostly towards pre-med undergrads with a neuro background, everyone is welcome!

Residents Panel tonight at 7:30 in BioSci 113!

Hey guys!
Just a reminder that we are hosting a Residents Panel tonight at 7:30 in BioSci 113.
Featured panelists include Duke Physical Therapy Residents and Fellows:

Dr. Tassy Rufai ’04, Duke DPT ’12- Geriatrics Resident
Dr. Amanda Heath, Duke DPT ’13- Women’s Health Resident
Dr. Nikki Huffman, St. Augustine DPT ’12- Sports Resident
Dr. Karlyn Schiltgen, Mount St. Mary’s DPT ’08- Cardiopulmonary Resident
Dr. Mike Schmidt, Duke DPT ’12- Manual Therapy Fellow
Dr. Niles Fleet, MCG DPT ’12- Division I Sports Fellow

There will be free Enzo’s pizza!
Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events (October 5th – October 12th)

Hey guys! Check out these awesome events coming up in the next week!

Email with any questions.


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October 5th, 2013

9:30 – 11:30 A.M. – Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapy’s Running Clinic Educational Topics will include:

  • Observation of running mechanics and common deviations
  • Finding the right shoe
  • Common running injuries – Lecture
  • Treatment/Prevention exercises for common injuries – Interactive

Duke Sports Medicine, 1st Floor (K-Lab)
318 Finch Yeager Building, Frank Bassett Drive, Durham NC

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. – Physical Therapy for Dancers with Rosie Canizares

FREE workshop! Register online or when you get to class.
In this workshop, dancers will learn how physical therapy can help you dance without pain. Dance medicine physical therapist Rosie Canizares will take participants through a mock evaluation to demonstrate common muscles weaknesses that dancers have and can be addressed to prevent injury. Learn simple exercises that can help make you a stronger dancer with better technique

Location: ADF Studio off East Campus- 721 Broad Street

October 9th, 2013

7:30 PM Duke PT Resident’s Panel

Come hear residents from the Duke PT school speak about the application process into PT school and their work! The panelists who have confirmed so far include geriatrics resident and Double Duke alum Tassy Rufai, as well as the manual therapy fellow, and the residents in sports, women’s health, and cardiopulmonary. Don’t miss this informative event!!

Hosted by Duke Pre-Physical Therapy Association

Location: Duke West Campus, Bio Sci 113.