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ANNOUNCEMENTS

doi: 10.1097/01.PEP.0000072444.53166.46
SECTION INFORMATION: ANNOUNCEMENTS
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UPCOMING MEETINGS

Combined Sections Meetings

2004: Opryland, Tenn, February 4–8.

2005: New Orleans, La, February 23–27.

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Annual Conferences

2003: Washington, DC, June 18–21.

2004: San Francisco, Calif, June 18–21.

2005: Boston, Mass, June 8–11.

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GRANT AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH PROPOSALS

A research development award of $1000 is available to Section members to assist in the development of research proposals that will be submitted to an institution or public or private agency for funding. The purpose of the award is to fund consultants who will assist the section member to develop a competitive grant proposal. Consultants may be individuals with content or research expertise in the proposed area of investigation. Consultants may also be individuals with expertise in measurement, research design, or statistics. Consultants do not have to be physical therapists.

The research proposal that will be developed must have potential for providing information that is meaningful to pediatric physical therapy. Applicants should submit a research plan which includes: 1) a purpose statement, 2) rationale for the study, 3) an explanation of why consultation is being requested and how the consultant(s) will contribute to the proposal, and 4) where the proposal will be submitted for funding.

Include a budget indicating how the award will be spent, an abbreviated curriculum vitae of the primary investigator, and the consultant(s), and a letter from the consultant(s) agreeing to provide services that are requested. The budget may include consultation fees, travel expenses, and costs incurred in the consultation process such as long distance telephone conversations and sending printed materials.

Send four copies of your proposal to Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to David Embrey, PT, PhD, Research Program Coordinator, Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit, 407 14th Avenue SE, PO Box 1247, Puyallup, WA 98371-0192. Email: dembrey@u.wash.edu.

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CLINICAL RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS

Clinical Research Grant Awards are provided to Section members who have submitted research proposals that have potential for providing meaningful information relevant to improving the clinical practice of pediatric physical therapy.

The research committee will be accepting and reviewing grant proposals in 2003 with an April 1 and October 1 deadlines.

For 2003, the Section will be able to fund a minimum of four proposals with budgets of $1000 or less. The proposed study can be a thesis or dissertation. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. Budgets cannot include overhead or indirect costs.

To request application guidelines contact: Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: (800) 999–7282, ×2782; Fax: (703) 706–8578; E-mail: cindysliwa@apta.org.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to David Embrey, PT, PhD, Research Program Coordinator, Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit, 407 14th Avenue SE, PO Box 1247, Puyallup, WA 98371-0192. Email: dembrey@u.wash.edu.

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RESEARCH AWARD

The Research Committee of the Section on Pediatrics is pleased to announce a call for nominees for the Section’s Research Award.

The Research Award is to be given in recognition of a Section on Pediatrics member who has performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. Evidence must be giving that the published body of research material makes meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of pediatric physical therapy.

In addition, evidence of one or more of the following should be provided: 1) oral presentations and written articles of the research have been reported to the appropriate audiences, 2) there has been an active attempt to foster research of others, and 3) work has been recognized by receipt of grants.

Submit both the name and address of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 1. The research award is presented to the recipient at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during Combined Section Meeting. Nominations should be sent to Cindy Sliwa; Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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THESIS AND DISSERTATION AWARDS

The Thesis Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a master’s degree.

The Dissertation Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a doctoral degree.

Submit eight copies of the study abstract: seven (7) without name or address, and one (1) copy containing the name and address. Provide a cover letter with evidence that the thesis or dissertation was completed after January 2001, and a discussion of the relevance of the completed research to the practice of pediatric physical therapy. Research may be basic, clinical, or educational.

After screening, four (4) copies of the thesis or dissertation may be requested for review by the research committee. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 1. The thesis and dissertation awards are presented to the recipients at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during the Combined Section Meeting.

Submit abstracts to: Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to: David Embrey, PT, PhD, Research Program Coordinator, Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit, 407 14th Avenue SE, PO Box 1247, Puyallup, WA 98371-0192. Email: dembrey@u.wash.edu.

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APTA’s Hooked on Evidence Project Needs Your Help

APTA’s Hooked on Evidence project represents a ‘grassroots‘ effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on physical therapy interventions. The database currently under construction is available at the Hooked on Evidence website. It has grown to almost 400 “extracts” since it was activated in Spring 2002. An extract is a summary of critical information used to judge the effectiveness of an intervention. The Hooked on Evidence project was motivated by a concern that clinicians lacked access to the knowledge available from current research, thus hindering evidence-based practice. Contributions to the database have been received from physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and students. The efforts of many individuals have been responsible to the phenomenal initial growth of the project. Individuals who are interested in extracting articles related to pediatric physical therapy interventions are especially needed to assist with the project.

More than 100 groups have been formed to compile and analyze the published literature on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. Groups range in size from one to 80 individuals. These groups select articles related to a specific condition, intervention, and/or outcome to submit to the database. Participants summarize the data and findings from research articles using structured online extraction forms that can be found on the website. The experiences of contributors to date indicate that an extract takes between one and two hours to complete. The length of time can vary, however, depending on the quality of the original article and the experience of the contributor. The ability to save and return to an online extract is available for those who are not able to complete the extract of the article in one visit. Staff of APTA’s Research Services Department review each submission for completeness and provide feedback to the contributor. Feedback received from APTA members has been used to enhance the website through revisions to the extraction forms and provision of an online manual for extractors.

A basic Search function was added to the website in October 2002 to allow APTA members access to selected information from the extracts that have been published on the website, and the extracts of each article are link to PubMed abstracts. Searches in the Hooked on Evidence database should not be considered complete as only an estimated 10% of the randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and case reports of physical therapy interventions are currently included in the database. Enhancements to the Search function are planned as the database continues to grow.

Plans for Hooked on Evidence in 2003 include implementing a measure of effect size into the search results and making clinical recommendations for physical therapy interventions based on evidence. The Advisory Panel on Research along with expert consultants met in January to help guide these efforts. It is hoped that some of these enhancements will be in place prior to Annual Conference. In the mean time, additional contributors are being invited to form new groups or join existing groups to ensure the continued rapid growth in the size of the database.

The website is available to APTA members at www.apta.org/hookedonevidence/index.cfm. Your Member ID and Last Name are required to log in to the website. Once logged in, you may Search for extracts currently in the database, view a sample of the extract form, view existing groups, and sign-up to create a new group. Individuals who participate in extracting articles have access to additional areas of the site, including the extraction forms and the on-line instructional manual for extractors.

For more information on Hooked on Evidence, and to become an extractor, please contact David Scalzitti, PT, MS, OCS, Associate Director of Research Services at davidscalzitti@apta.org or by phone at (703) 706-8555.

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SPINA BIFIDA LAUNCHES GOT A MINUTE?

The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) has launched a new web initiative for health care providers called, Got a Minute? The theme of the web initiative is that it only takes a few seconds to help patients reduce their risk of spina bifida by quickly mentioning folic acid during a visit.

Got a Minute? encourages health care professionals to counsel their female patients about folic acid, the B vitamin that can reduce the risk of spina bifida—the most common permanently disabling birth defect occurring in one of every 1000 live births. The web initiative offers a short one-minute folic acid counseling tutorial, patient education materials, and quick facts in the ‘Did You Know’ feature.

“The overall goal of Got a Minute? is to increase provider awareness of the need to prescribe folic acid for women at risk for spina bifida recurrence. Currently, these women report that their health provider has only told them about their need for prescription strength folic acid 57% of the time,” said Adriane Griffen, Director of Public Health Programs for SBAA.

Got a Minute? shares the message that all women need 400 μg of folic acid everyday through a vitamin and that some women who are at increased risk for having a child with spina bifida need a prescription for 4000 μg (4.0 mg) of folic acid before trying to become pregnant. Got a Minute? is part of SBAA’s Recurrence Prevention Campaign, a national public awareness campaign for women and health care providers.

In the United States, there are 60 million women of childbearing age and each one is at risk of having a pregnancy affected by spina bifida. Daily consumption of folic acid has been shown to reduce the occurrence of spina bifida by up to 70%. Women who have a history of spina bifida need 10 times more folic acid, available by prescription, to reduce the risk of recurrence or having a future affected pregnancy. These women include those who have had an affected pregnancy in the past or have spina bifida themselves.

The Spina Bifida Association of America is the only national organization representing the spina bifida community through advocacy, programs, and comprehensive information services. For more information on Got a Minute?, please visit SBAA’s website at http://www.sbaa.org [http://www.sbaa.org/] or call (800) 621–3141.

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NEW CLINICAL SPECIALISTS HONORED

This year 59 new clinical specialsits were honored at the opening ceremony for the Combined Sections Meeting in Boston, Mass. Four hundred ninety-nine Pediatric Certified Specialists have been recognized to date. In addition, Nancy Brown, PT, MEd, PCS; Laura E. Case, PT, MS, PCS; Holly Lea Cintas, PT, PhD, PCS; Blanche Anne DuPont, PT, PhD, PCS (deceased); Mary Fournier, PT, MS, PCS; Michael G. Friedl, PT, MEd, PCS; Sharon J. Grady, PT, MS, PCS; Daphne R. Hinchcliffe, PT, MS, PCS; and Ann Smith, PT, MS, PCS were awarded recertification during 2002.

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Specialty Council is composed of Lynn Jeffries, PT, MS, PCS, Chair; Donna Bowers, PT, MPH, PCS; and Donna Muollo, PT, PCS. Beth McKitrick-Bandy, PT, MA, PCS serves as one of the nine members of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, which is the governing and decision-making body for the specialist certification process. The new specialits certified during 2001 include:

  • Kristine Albrecht, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Albrecht earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University in 1998. Ms Albrecht practices at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mary Alexander, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Alexander earned a master of science in health sciences from Seton Hall University in 1999. Ms Alexander works at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
  • Martha Bass, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Bass earned a master of science in Counseling from California State University—Fullerton in 1989. Ms Bass practices in Irving, Texas.
  • Nancy Beck, PT, PCS
  • Ms Beck earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1985. Ms Beck practices in Irving, Texas.
  • Paula Bell, PT, PCS
  • Ms Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Simmons College in 1986. Ms Bell practices at the U.S. Army Medical Unit in Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Susan Bessey, PT, MEd, PCS
  • Ms Bessey earned a master’s degree in health education from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 1992. Ms Bessey is a contract pediatric physical therapist and works part time for the Easter Seals Children’s Therapy Services in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Susan Bourque, PT, MHS, PCS
  • Ms Bourque earned a master’s of health sciences from the University of Indianapolis in 1995. Ms Bourque practices at the Kent Intermediate School District in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Kari Bradley, PT, PCS
  • Ms Bradley earned a bachelors degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 1989 and is currently working towards her master of science from Long Island University. Ms Bradley practices in New York, New York.
  • Deborah Bubela, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Bubela earned a master of science in disability related services from the University of Connecticut in 2000. Ms Bubela practices at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut.
  • Gina Clenney, PT, PCS
  • Ms Clenney earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1992. Ms Clenney practices at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia.
  • Jennifer Connors, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Connors earned a master of science in physical therapy in 1995. Ms Connors practices at the Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy Department in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Kathleen Coultes, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Coultes earned a master of science in physical therapy from Arcadia University (Beaver College) in 1995. Ms Coultes practices as a pediatric clinical specialist at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and as a part-time pediatric PT at Theraplay Inc in Darby, Pennsylvania.
  • Susan Cremeans, PT, PCS
  • Mrs Cremeans earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from California State University—Long Beach in 1975. She practices at the Placentia Medical Therapy Unit, Orange County California Children Services, in Placentia, California.
  • Carol Daly, PT, PCS
  • Ms Daly earned a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa in 1980. She is a supervisor and practicing physical therapist at St Luke’s Witwer Children’s Therapy Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Sandra Wright Davis, PT, MSW, PCS
  • Ms Davis earned a master of social work from the University of Georgia in 1984. She is clinical coordinator for pediatric rehabilitation services at West Care Health System in Sylva, North Carolina.
  • Johanna Deitz-Curry, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Deitz-Curry earned a master of science in physical therapy from in 1985. She practices in the Physical Therapy Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Mary Ann Delaney Tuttle, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Delaney Tuttle earned a master of science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1979. She practices as a self-employed physical therapist in Tolland, Connecticut.
  • Michele Dorame, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Dorame earned a masters degree in physical therapy in 1997. She practices at California Children Services in Fullerton, California.
  • Christie Dunn, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Dunn earned a master of science in physical therapy in 1996. She practices in Corrales, New Mexico.
  • Patricia Edwards, PT, PCS
  • Ms Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northern Illinois University in 1996. She practices at Mid Valley Special Education in Geneva, Illinois.
  • Elizabeth Ege, PT, DPT, PCS
  • Dr Ege earned a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 1999. She is an adjunct faculty member, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University.
  • Jean Flickinger, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Flickinger earned a master’s degree in physical therapy in 1995. She practices at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Lesley Freeling, PT, PCS
  • Ms Freeling earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Witwatersran in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964. She is the director of Therapy Solutions for Kids in Portland, Oregon.
  • Lou Ann Gouker, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Gouker earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. She practices as pediatric clinical supervisor of physical therapy at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dawn Hallwood, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Hallwood earned a master of science in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University in 1998. She practices at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Mardi Heiar, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Heiar earned a master of science in physical therapy in 1998. She practices at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
  • Sharon Held, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Held earned a master of science in health behavioral science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. Ms Held is an assistant professor at Daemen College and a practicing physical therapist in pediatrics and adult habilitation and rehabilitation at Sportsfocus Physical Therapy in Amherst, New York.
  • Steven Hoffman, PT, PCS
  • Mr Hoffman earned a certificate of education in physical therapy from Cleveland State University in 1991. He is employed at the Holmes County Board, Holmes County Training Center in Holmesville, Ohio.
  • Joan Jacobs, PT, PCS
  • Ms Jacobs earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1961. She practices at the Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California.
  • David Johnson, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Mr Johnson earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 1991. Mr Johnson practices at the Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital in Pomona, California.
  • Jenifer King, PT, PCS
  • Ms King earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 1996. She practices as a clinical specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
  • Kymm Lee, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Lee earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 2002. Ms Lee practices at the Easter Seals of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Michelle Linehan, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Linehan earned a master of science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1993. She is the owner of Linehan Pediatric Therapy Services Inc in Albany, Georgia.
  • Cynthia Little, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Little earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1994. She is owner and practicing PT at Twin Acres Physical Therapy in Dutton, Alabama.
  • Heather Lowery, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Lowery earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She practices at the HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida.
  • Debra McSweeney, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms McSweeney earned a master of science in physical therapy from Simmons College in 1994. She practices as clinical faculty in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at New England Medical Center in Boston, and as a teaching assistant/lecturer at Boston University’s Physical Therapy Department.
  • Lauren McWhirk, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms McWhirk earned a master of science in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 1997. She practices at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Theresa Miller-Ferri, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Miller-Ferri earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duquesne University in 1994. She practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Kelly Nelson, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Nelson earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1999. She practices at the Monroe Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Patricia Ostertag, PT, PCS
  • Ms Ostertag earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse in 1981.
  • Katherine Parker, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Parker earned a master of science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1987. She has a small, private practice specializing in cerebral palsy, infants, and LE bracing/casting.
  • Eric Pelletier, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Mr Pelletier earned a master of science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1996. He practices at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Megan Peters, PT, MSPT. PCS
  • Ms Peters earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2001. Ms Peters practices at Putnam City Schools in Bethany, Oklahoma.
  • Teresa Petersen, PT, MS, PCS
  • Ms Petersen earned a master of science in physical therapy in 1974. She practices at Aquatic Physical Therapy LLC in Leawood, Kansas.
  • Lise Petricone, PT, PCS
  • Ms Petricone earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1985. She practices at Small Steps in Orangeburg, New York.
  • Nicole Polizzi, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Polizzi earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1997. She practices at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Jennifer Ryan, PT, PCS
  • Ms Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1995. She practices at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Barbara Sargent, PT, MEd, PCS
  • Ms Sargent earned a master’s in special education from Mount St Mary’s College in 1989. She is an instructor at Mount St Mary’s College and practices at the Children’s Hospital in Orange, California.
  • Thomas Schlitt, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Mr Schlitt earned a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1985. He practices at the Appalachian Therapy Center Pediatric Service in Maryville, Tennessee.
  • Susan Senti, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Senti earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 1991. Ms Senti has a private practice and works as a pediatric physical therapist at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, California.
  • Anne Sheridan, PT, PCS
  • Ms Sheridan earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1971. She practices at the Spina Bifida Clinic at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.
  • Daniel Sivan, PT, DPT, PCS
  • Dr Swan earned a doctorate of physical therapy, in 1999. He practices at California Children Services in North Hollywood, California.
  • Lisa Thornton, PT, MPT, PCS
  • Ms Thornton earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998. She practices at California Children Services in Mission Viejo, California.
  • Sandra Timok, PT, PCS
  • Ms Timok earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1998. She practices as the rehabilitation manager of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • Jessica Carlena Ward, PT, PCS
  • Ms Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1988. She practices in Infant and Child Development Services in the Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Penny Warren, PT, PCS
  • Ms Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas State University in 1975. She practices at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Kimberly Wesdock, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Wesdock earned a master of science in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997. She practices as a clinical and research physical therapist at Motion Analysis Laboratory in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Christina Withers, PT, PCS
  • Ms Withers earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in 1998. She practices at the Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Stephanie Yu, PT, MSPT, PCS
  • Ms Yu earned a master of science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1996. She practices at the North Hollywood Medical Therapy Unit of the County of Los Angeles California Children Services in North Hollywood, California.
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