By Ann Christenson

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The L-shaped, light-filled room is stocked with equipment — an anti-gravity treadmill, an elliptical machine, free weights, exercise balls, high and low tables — but only a few patients. It’s the end-of-semester lull for the Marquette Sports Rehabilitation Clinic.

Normally, says clinic director Jeff Wilkens, PT ’99, there wouldn’t be a piece of unoccupied equipment in the place.

Located on the second floor of Cramer Hall, the four-year-old clinic is a quiet campus success story. …

Resident. For many, the term conjures up images of overworked young medical professionals on TV shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, fraught with drama and filled with little substance. But for two of the top professional programs at Marquette — physical therapy and physician assistant studies — the reality is much different.

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These highly competitive post-graduate residencies prepare physician assistants and physical therapists for specialty practice by giving them advanced clinical skills and the significant hands-on experience they need before entering the profession.

“In today’s competitive job market, unique learning experiences like these can make the difference in the hiring…

By Martina Ibanez-Baldor

Danny Steeno, a senior majoring in biomedical sciences, was 8 years old when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, devastating the city of New Orleans. It was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, displacing hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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Danny Steeno

“I think I was too young to understand the gravity of what happened,” recalls Steeno. “It wasn’t until I went on my first MARDI GRAS trip to New Orleans that I actually learned everything that happened.”

Thirteen years later, Steeno acts as president of the Marquette student organization MARDI GRAS…

By Stephen Filmanowicz

Marquette’s unique summer brain course is an enlightening 3D journey through brain form and function — and a window into the college’s invaluable gross anatomy traditions.

It’s day one of Marquette’s summer brain dissection course, lunch time.

After a meal of lasagna and salad, Jessica Alva is no longer hungry, but a different sort of intellectual craving remains. The truth is she’s been gripped by a deep-seated curiosity for a while now. It’s what prompted her to sign up for this course back in April, the same week she learned of it — and what got her…

By Jesse Lee

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A decade ago, people with aphasia faced a long and difficult road to recovery. With advances in neuroscientific treatment, the Intensive Aphasia Program at Marquette is revolutionizing aphasia care.

Ashley Stich is a typical 17-yearold who loves to do traditional teen activities — she was a two-time academic all-state golfer, and she played basketball and ran track at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she recently graduated. She was active in the school band, playing the flute, piccolo and bass flute.

Ashley also loves to talk about movies.

“Mom and I went to the movie theater,”…

By Jennifer Anderson

Last year, Karene Boos, a 1995 physical therapy graduate who has served the people of Africa in myriad ways for more than 20 years, developed the idea for a physical therapy internship in Tanzania.

“There are so many benefits for students who participate in an international clinical experience,” says Boos, who is currently working in Tanzania on a Fulbright scholarship. “Anytime someone is forced outside their comfort zone, especially when there are language and cultural differences, criticalthinking skills are improved.”

Boos, together with Dr. Lawrence Pan, professor and chair of the Physical Therapy Department, and Dr. Danille…

By Jesse Lee

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — ANN FARESE

There are two reasons why Ann Farese, Med Tech ’74, attended Marquette: a renowned Jesuit education and a strong program in Medical Technology (now Clinical Laboratory Science). She says both contributed to her success in her life and her work.

Farese, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland, began her research career more than 20 years ago in the experimental hematology department at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. She has authored 36 peer-reviewed journal articles and six book chapters.

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“The Medical Technology program emphasized that, in…

Marquette physician assistants learn the intangibles of health care, including empathy and kindness, at the Repairers of the Breach clinic in Milwaukee.

By Allison Dikanovic

A man walked into the Repairers of the Breach community clinic on a Tuesday afternoon complaining that his feet were extremely sore. According to Pastor James West, executive director, it’s not uncommon for people to stop into the daytime shelter and resource center on West Vliet Street after walking for miles. Most of the people who frequent the center are experiencing homelessness.

Melissa Gorman, a student in the Physician Assistant Studies program, also walked to…

A trip to Tanzania provides two Marquette physical therapy students with invaluable clinical experience and lessons on the unstoppable human spirit.

By Jennifer Anderson

Last year, Karene Boos, a 1995 physical therapy graduate who has served the people of Africa in myriad ways for more than 20 years, developed the idea for a physical therapy internship in Tanzania.

“There are so many benefits for students who participate in an international clinical experience,” says Boos, who is currently working in Tanzania on a Fulbright scholarship. …

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By Jesse Lee

Jeannie Vodnik’s sweet smile lights up the room when she sees her two physical therapists, Dr. Kim DeChant, H Sci ’05, PT ’07, and Dr. Tina Stoeckmann, enter and greet her. DeChant and Stoeckmann sport identical golden angel pins — gifts from Jeannie and her husband, Tony — because Jeannie calls the two therapists “angels on her shoulder.”

“I first met Jeannie and Tony through (physical therapy chair and associate professor) Dr. Allie Hyngstrom,” says Stoeckmann, clinical professor and director of the Neurologic Residency Program in the Physical Therapy Department. …

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