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PT faculty receive six awards

Cathy Ciolek, Joseph Lucca and Tara Jo Manal
4:59 p.m., Feb. 28, 2006--Three members of UD's physical therapy department have been honored with awards--including one named after the recipient himself. They are Tara Jo Manal, Joseph A. Lucca and Cathy Ciolek.

Manal, director of UD's physical therapy clinic, has been awarded the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopedic Physical Therapy Award from the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The international award, named for the founding co-editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, recognizes excellence in instructing orthopedic physical therapy principles and techniques.

The UD physical therapy clinic provides clinical education experience for UD physical therapy students, offers clinical research opportunities for faculty and students and provides service to patients in the University and local communities.

Manal has been treating patients at the clinic since 1993, and has a special interest in spine and knee rehabilitation. She has worked with dancers, gymnasts and figure skaters, including Olympic gold medalists Oksana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov.

Manal is completing her doctorate in biomechanics and movement sciences.

“We have known for years that Tara Jo has been an excellent instructor; now the entire orthopedic section of the APTA knows as well,'' Stuart Binder-Macleod, chairperson of the physical therapy department said after the award presentation this month.

Manal also received the Excellent Educators Award from the sports section of the APTA. Last month, UD's physical therapy department presented her with the Alumni Award.

Lucca, associate professor of physical therapy, is the first recipient of the Joe Lucca Service Award. The Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA) named the award in Lucca's honor to recognize his years of distinguished service to the field of physical therapy and to the DPTA.

Lucca has served as the association's president, vice president, treasurer, chief delegate, delegate and nominating committee member.

He also helped establish direct access to physical therapy service for Delaware patients and to limit ownership of physical therapy clinics to physical therapists.

Ciolek, associate director of UD's Neurological and Older Adult Physical Therapy Clinic, received two awards from APTA's geriatric section this month--the Excellence in Clinical Teacher Award and the President's Award.

Ciolek, who is DPTA president, is a specialist in geriatric physical therapy with an emphasis on balance, falls prevention and osteoporosis.

The teaching award recognizes outstanding work as a clinic educator in a geriatric health care setting. The president's award recognizes achievements in the geriatric physical therapy field and within the APTA's geriatric section.

Article by Kathy Canavan
Photo by Jon Cox

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