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Physical Therapists at The Community Hospital Fitness Pointe earn certification as clinical specialists in orthopedic physical therapy
MUNSTER — Three physical therapists at The Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Outpatient Physical Therapy Department have been certified recently as clinical specialists in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The physical therapists are: Cory Ingelse, Sarah Skinner and Latrese Smith-Wynn.
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to help people and the healthcare community in identifying these therapists.
According to a recent survey by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), almost three out of four of health care professionals surveyed report that specialization practice in physical therapy makes a difference in their referral patterns to physical therapists. Also, about half of those surveyed indicated that certified specialists manage patients with more complex conditions and have better diagnostic skills than their non-certified colleagues.
Ingelse, a physical therapist in Community Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy since 1999, received a master’s degree in physical therapy from Midwestern University. Skinner and Smith-Wynn, who earned doctorates of physical therapy from Northwestern University, have served as therapists in Community Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy since 2002.