25th Anniversary PTA Continuing Education Program

A continuing education program is being held in recognition of the 25th anniversary of CCRI's Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Wellness through the Ages

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20
Newport County Campus
One John H. Chafee Blvd., Newport

The keynote speakers are Melissa Nassaney, DPT, MS; and Lisa Walkin, PT, MS, GCS.

Speaker biographies:
Melissa Nassaney ’98 is a graduate of CCRI's Physical Therapist Assistant program who works
in adult rehabilitative services at Rhode Island Hospital, where she is a senior therapist specializing in pelvic floor and orthopedic therapy. After her training at the college, she obtained a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in physical therapy from URI. She earned a doctorate of physical therapy from MGH Institute for Health Professions in Boston. The West Kingston resident's work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications and at national meetings, and she maintains an active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association. Nassaney established and chaired the Rhode Island Women's and Men's Health Special Interest Group in 2012, among other advocacy work at the local and federal level. Additionally, she assisted in creating and editing the R.I. Physical Activity Resource Guide as a member of the American Heart Association's Physical Activity and Health Committee. She received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the URI physical therapy program in 2012 and Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2010.

Lisa Walkin is a physical therapist with 20 years experience in adult and geriatric rehabilitation. A graduate of Simmons College with a bachelor of science in health sciences and a master of science in physical therapy, Lisa has worked not only as a staff therapist, but has also served as a rehabilitation director and as a regional area director. Teaching experience includes working as a clinical instructor, a supplemental lab instructor at CCRI and as a guest lecturer at URI. Lisa is an active member of the APTA, the Academy of Geriatric Rehab and the Falls SIG. Lisa has achieved additional recognition and awards including being an APTA board-certified physical therapy geriatric clinical specialist, the NEC award winner of a scholarship to represent New England clinicians at 2013 APTA ELC, and a recipient of U.S. Army Medal of Honor for being a supportive employer of a military family. A clinician devoted to clinical advancement of evidence-based practice, Lisa is certified in CPI and is currently enrolled in CEEAA 2015.

Come hear new information about the PTA profession, network with alumni and colleagues in the field, and tour the campus. Lunch is included.

Event is free to CCRI PTA students. General admission cost is $20. Those who would like to attend must register by June 12.

For more information, email krouillier@ccri.edu or call 401-851-1672. Attendees will be awarded three continuing education hours. This event is being sponsored by the CCRI Foundation and Alumni Association.

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Last Updated: 11/21/16