Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of North Georgia (UNG) volunteered at the National Amputee Coalition Conference in Tucson, Arizona, this summer.
"We were able to work alongside seasoned clinicians, our phenomenal faculty, and students from other physical therapy programs who all share the same passion for our profession," said Lisel Jones, a physical therapy student at UNG. "The experience further solidified my decision to become a physical therapist."
Dr. Carol Miller, professor of physical therapy at UNG, and colleague Karen Sullivan supervised the Gait Analysis Clinic at the conference, where therapists and students worked one-on-one with participants to evaluate and improve mobility. Miller and her team also assisted in the Ossur Mobility Walking and Running Clinics.
"Many have had little, if any, physical therapy services to assist them in enhancing their walking ability and quality of life," Miller said. "I am very proud of our alumni and student volunteers for their tremendous contribution to the success of these clinics. The comments from the participants reflect that our student volunteers are valued for their knowledge, skill, and especially for the time and caring attention they offered while providing personalized physical therapy."
Miller also serves on the coalition's Scientific Medical Advisory Board, and has organized and conducted workshops during the coalition's national conference for more than a decade.