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Jaclyn "Megan" Sions, PhD, PT, DPT, OCS, CEEAA

Physical Therapist, Research Scientist and Clinical Instructor
Delaware Spine Studies,
Sports & Orthopedic Clinic, Neurologic & Older Adult Clinic
University of Delaware
160 STAR - Health Sciences Complex
Newark, DE 19713
Ph: (302) 831-7142
E-mail: megsions@udel.edu

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6 Licensure/Certifications 5 Education 4 Current Appointment
3 Professional History 2 Professional Organizations 1 Continuing Education
3 Professional Activities/Community Service     1 Presentations

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS

Delaware Physical Therapist License #J1-0002171

  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), Summer 2010-present
  • Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor, October 2009-present
  • Responsibility & Integrity in Science & Engineering (RAISE) educator, Spring 2009-present. 
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist, June 2008-June 2018
  • Licensed as a State of Delaware Physical Therapist, January 2007-present
  • Licensed as a West Virginia Physical Therapist, August 2004-present
  • Emergency First Responder through the American Red Cross, August 2007-present
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, August 2007-present
  • Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer, August 2007-present
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training, August 2007-present
  • Certified Clinical Instructor, November 2006-present
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor, April 2006-present
  • Certified Strength Training Specialist, February 1006-January 2008
  • WV Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist, August 2005-December 2006
  • BLS Healthcare Certified through the American Heart Association, December 2006-December 2008

EDUCATION

School Degree Year Program
University of Delaware Post Doc 2012-2013 Biomechanics and Movement Science
University of Delaware PhD 2008-2012 Biomechanics and Movement Science
Temple University DPT 2009 Physical Therapy
West Virginia University MPT 2004 Physical Therapy
West Virginia University BA 2003 Human Performance and Health

CURRENT APPOINTMENT(top)

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic

  • Part-time physical therapist in the University of Delaware Sports & Orthopedic and the Neurological & Older Adult Clinics
  • Faculty member of Geriatrics, Orthopedics, and Sports Physcial Therapy Residency programs
  • Development of Amputee Clinic with Independence Prosthetics, Dr. Frank Sarlo, MD, and Tara Manal, DPT, OCS, SCS
  • Student clinical instruction and mentorship
  • Orthopedic/vestibular/concussion/musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging consultations

Department of Physical Therapy

Teaching

  • Functional Biomechanics: Posture, Spine, TMJ
  • Spine Management: course coordination, lecturer, and laboratory instructor
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation: Spine
  • Clinical Gross Anatomy: Osteology and Palpation

Research

  • Independent Research
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Ultrasound imaging of the hip joint and adjacent muscles
    • Ultrasound imaging of the low back muscles
  • Collaborative Research
    • R01 Trial/Study Coordinator for Dr. Gregory Hicks, PhD, PT, University of Delaware
    • Magnetic resonance imaging collaborations with Dr. Gregory Hicks and Dr. James Elliott, PhD, PT, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
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PROFESSIONAL HISTORY (top)

   
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Clinical Research Scientist, Newark, DE, September 2013-present
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Newark, DE, September 2012-September 2013
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, PhD Researcher, Newark, DE, January 2008-August 2012
  • University of Delaware, Sports and Orthopedic Clinic, Residency, Newark, DE, January-December 2007
  • Therapy Services LLC, Morgantown, WV, August 2004-December 2006
   

CONTINUING EDUCATION (top)

Research

    • Grant Writing Workshop: University of Delaware: Newark, DE: January 2013
    • Sonography for Common Lower Extremity Orthopaedic & Sports Conditions: Chicago, IL: February 2012
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging: Newark, DE: November 19-20, 2010
    • Responsible Conduct of Research: Newark, DE: January 28-29, 2009
    • Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: Lumbopelvic Region: September 2008

Clinical Instruction

    • PT 2013: Annual Conference & Exposition of the APTA: Residency Track: Salt Lake City, UT: June 2013
    • Can You Hear Me Now: Optimizing Communication in Clinical Education: Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium: Chester, PA: April 2012
    • Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program: For the PT: October 2-3, 2008
    • Using the APTA Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument for Students: October 2008
    • APTA CI Education and Credentialing Program: November 2006

Outpatient Orthopedics

    • DPTA: Managing Ethical Slippery Slopes….We Have a Principle for That!: University of Delaware: July 2013
    • DPTA: Functional Limitation Reporting: Delaware Technical Community College: April 2013
    • DPTA Annual Conference: October 2012
    • West Virginia University Healthcare Spine Conference: October 2012
    • Management of Concussion/Mild TBI & the Emerging Role of the Physical Therapist.  12th Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture by Anne Mucha.  University of the Sciences.  September 2012  
    • Application of Thrust Techniques to the Cervical Spine: Bill O’Grady: West Virginia University.  August 2012
    • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) Course Series: III: June 19-20, 2010
    • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) Course Series: II: April 10-12, 2010
    • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) Course Series: I: November 21-22, 2009
    • Geriatric Orthopedics: Treating the Spine, Pelvis and Hip: September 11-12, 2009
    • Evidence-Based Examination and Management of Neck Pain: March 16, 2009
    • A System of Classification and Management for Low Back Pain: November 2008
    • Advanced Clinical Practice: Manual Therapy for the Lower Quarter: July 2007
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-Mobilization for the Cervical and Thoracic Spine and Ribs: October 2006
    • “Considerations for the Management of Neck: How to Not Treat the Neck”: September 2006
    • Manually Managing Pain: The Use of Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain: August 2006
    • Lymphedema: August 2006 
    • Patient Classification and Low Back Pain: August 2006
    • Management of the Individual With Pain: Parts 1 and 2: July 2006
    • The Integumentary System-Repair and Management: An Overview: July 2006
    • Guide in Action: Patient With Total Hip Replacement: July 2006
    • Clinical Decision-Making for the Orthopedic Clinician: “The Lower Quarter”: May 2006
    • Clinical Decision-Making for the Orthopedic Clinician: “The Upper Quarter”: March 2006
    • Typical Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome: It’s Not Always Typical: March 2006
    • Osteopenia Implications for Physical Therapists Managing Patients of All Ages: March 2006
    • Sciatica or Intermittent Vascular Claudication: March 2006
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Can You Identify the Contributing Factors: March 2006
    • The Female Athlete: March 2006
    • IWA: Strength Training Program Design: February 2006
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-The Basics of Sacroiliac Mobilization: November 2005
    • Integrated Approach to Physical Therapy Management of the TMJ: November 2005
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-Treatment of the Lumbar Complex: November 2005
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-Comprehensive Treatment of the Shoulder: August 2005
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-Treatment of Common Extremity Dysfunction Through Mobilization: July 2005
    • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-A Clinical Approach to Myofascial Release: June 2005

Balance Dysfunction and Fall Prevention

    • Vestibular Therapy Applications for Dizziness: Dr. Grace Ademski: September 2012
    • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Interventions for BPPV: March 2011
    • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy:  Practical Management of the Patient with Dizziness: September 2008
    • An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation: June 2006
    • Evaluation and Intervention Strategies of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: April 2006
    • Tai Chi for Balance, Fall Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation: March 2006
    • Current Concepts in the Management of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction: March 2006

Pediatrics

    • “Understanding Sensory Dysfunction.”  International Loving Touch Foundation: November 2009
    • “What Babies Want.”  International Loving Touch Touch Foundation: December 2008
    • Age Appropriate Play: Volume 1.  International Loving Touch Foundation:  December 2007
    • Neuro-Developmental Disorders: October 2006
    • WV Birth to Three: Team Facilitation: October 2006
    • Sense-ational World: An Introduction to Sensory Integration in Everyday Life: September 2006
    • NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child: September 2006
    • WV Birth to Three: Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers: August 2006
    • “He Just Bumps Into Things”: Recognizing and Reporting Signs of Child Abuse: July 2006
    • WV Birth to Three: Transition Training: July 2006
    • Pediatrics: Evidence-Based Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy: March 2006
    • SI for EI: February 2006
    • Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder and High-Functioning Autism: October 2005
    • Certified Infant Massage Training: October 2005
    • WV Birth to Three: Principles of Practice: June 2005
    • WV Practitioner/Service Coordinator Quarterly Meeting: May 2005
    • WV Birth to Three: Orientation to WV Birth to Three: August 2004

Miscellaneous

    • Demyelinating Diseases: Central and Peripheral: August 2006
    • Pilates on the Ball: June 2006
    • The Obesity Epidemic: Health Consequences and Implications for Physical Therapy: March 2006
    • Seating and Mobility for Adults: October 2005
    • Partial Weight-Bearing Gait Training Seminar: July 2005

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/SOCIETIES (top)

  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts [applied June 2013]
  • Section of Geriatrics: State Advocate: September 2012-September 2014
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists: 2012-present
  • Imaging SIG of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association: 2012-present
  • Research Section of the American Physical Therapy Association: 2010-present
  • Geriatrics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association: 2008-present
  • Orthopaedics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association: 2006-present
  • The Vestibular Disorders Association: May 2006-present
  • American Physical Therapy Association: 2002-present

PUBLICATIONS(top)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Sions JM, Tyrell C, Knarr B, Jancosko A, Binder-Macleod S. Age- and Stroke-Related Skeletal Muscle Changes: A Review for the Geriatric Clinician. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2012 Jul-Sep; 35(3):155-61.
  • Sions JM, Hicks GE.  Fear Avoidance Beliefs are Associated with Disability in Older American Adults with Low Back Pain. Phys Ther. Apr 2011;91(4):525-34.

Reviewer

  • American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting 2014: Orthopaedics Section: Abstract Review, June 2013
  • American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting 2013: Orthopaedics Section: Poster Review, January 2013
  • Geriatric Nursing, July 2013-present
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, August 2012-present
  • Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, December 2012-present

PRESENTATIONS(top)

National

  • Platform Presentation: Ultrasound Imaging Guides Physician Injection and Return to Sport Progression after a Hamstring Injury: A Case Study.  Velasco T, Schmitt L, Sions JM.  CSM: Las Vegas, NV [accepted].
  • Platform Presentation: Comparison of Bilateral versus Unilateral Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: Differences in Muscle Size, Impairments, and Physical Functioning.  Sions JM, Velasco T, Hicks GE.  CSM: Las Vegas, NV [accepted].
  • Symposium: Low Back Pain and the Older Adult: Contributions of Comorbidity Burden to Physical Performance in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain.  Allen V, Sions JM. Hicks GE.  Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting: New Orleans, LA: 11/22/13 [accepted].
  • Symposium: Low Back Pain and the Older Adult: Potential Pathways to Address Functional Limitations.  A Trunk Muscle Training Program Augmented with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Appears to Improve Function in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pilot Randomized Trial. Hicks GE, Sions JM.  Gerontological Society of America's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting: New Orleans, LA: 11/22/13 [accepted].
  • Symposium: Low Back Pain and the Older Adult: Potential Pathways to Address Functional Limitations.  High Fear Avoidance Beliefs are Associated with Poorer Physical Function in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  Gerontological Society of America's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting: New Orleans, LA: 11/22/13 [accepted].
  • Poster Presentation: Ultrasound Imaging: A Comparison of Anterior and Lateral Trunk Muscle Thicknesses in Healthy, Older Males and Females.  Sions JM, Hicks GE. APTA: Salt Lake City, UT: 6/28/13.   
  • Platform Presentation: Inter-Examiner Reliability for Ultrasound Imaging of the Anterior and Lateral Abdominal Walls in Older versus Younger Adults.  Velasco T, Sions JM, Hicks GE.  CSM: San Diego, CA: 1/23/13.
  • Poster Presentation: Posterior Trunk Muscle Size and Activity in the Presence of Low Back Pain and Age-Related Changes.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  CSM: San Diego, CA: 1/22/13
  • Poster Presentation:   Criterion Validity of Ultrasound Imaging for the Assessment of Posterior Trunk Muscles among Older Adults with Low Back Pain.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  APTA: Tampa, FL: 6/8/12. 
  • Poster Presentation: Criterion Validity of Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging for the Paraspinal Muscles in Older Adults.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  CSM: Chicago, IL: 2/9/12.
  • Poster Presentation: Hip Manual Therapy for Older Adults with a Primary Complaint of Chronic Low Back Pain and Co-Existing Hip Impairments: A Case Series.  Velasco T, Sions JM, Hicks GE.  CSM: Chicago, IL: 2/8/12.
  • Platform Presentation: Chronic Low Back Pain and Performance-Based Function in Older Adults: A Case-Control Study.  Hicks GE, Sions JM. CSM: New Orleans, LA: 2/12/2011.
  • Platform Presentation: Asymmetry of the Lumbar Multifidi in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain as Compared to Healthy Controls. Sions JM, Hicks GE.  CSM: New Orleans, LA: 2/11/2011. 
  • Orthopedic Programming Series.  Challenging Ageism in Outpatient Physical Therapy Orthopedics: Applying Evidence to the Evaluation and Treatment of Older Adults with Low Back Pain.  Manal TJ, Hicks GE, Sions JM, Velasco T.  CSM: New Orleans, LA: 2/11/2011.
  • Poster Presentation.  Spatiotemporal Parameters of Gait in Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain.  Hicks GE, Sions JM, Velasco T.  Orthopedic Research Society.  Long Beach, CS: 1/2011.
  • Poster Presentation.  Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging of the Posterior Trunk Muscles in Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain: an Investigation of Measurement and Procedural Reliability.  Sions JM, Velasco T, Hicks GE. Orthopedic Research Society.  Long Beach, CA: 1/2011.
  • Poster Presentation: Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Are Associated with Disability in Older Adults with Low Back Pain.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference (EXPAAC): Indianapolis, IN: 07/29/10 AND Platform Presentation: CSM: San Diego, CA: 02/20/2010.
  • Poster Presentation: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation as an Adjunct to a Trunk Muscle Training Program for an Older Adult with Low Back Pain.   Velasco T, Hicks GE, Sions JM.  Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference (EXPAAC): Indianapolis, IN: 07/29/2010.
  • Poster Presentation: Reproduction and Treatment of Quadratus Lumborum Trigger Points in a Collegiate Pitcher Using Motor Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation.  Velasco T, Sions JM, Manal TJ.  APTA: Boston, MA:  06/17/2010. 
  • Poster Presentation: Lumbar Stiffness is Associated with Physical Health and Low Back Pain-Related Disability in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  APTA: Boston, MA: 06/17/2010.
  • Geriatrics Programming Series.  Treating Low Back Pain in Older Adults- Special Understanding of Epidemiology, Bone Related Changes, and Function Can Lead to an Improved Lifestyle.  Manal TJ, Hicks GE, Sions JM, Velasco T.  CSM: San Diego, CA: 02/19/2010. 
  • Poster Presentation: Reducing Chronic Shoulder Pain in a Throwing Athlete: the Role of the Thoracic Spine. Flug, J, Bell KA, Sions JM, Manal TJ.  APTA: Baltimore, MD: 06/12/2009.   
  • Poster Presentation: Treatment of Severe Spinal Stenosis Using 100% Body-Weight Mechanical Traction and Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training.  Sions JM, Manal TJ.  APTA: Baltimore, MD:  06/12/2009.
  • Platform Presentation: Physical Therapy Interventions for an Older Adult with Low Back Pain and History of Scoliosis.  Ciampa J, Sions JM, Ciolek C, Manal TJ.  CSM: Las Vegas, NV: 02/12/2009. 
  • Poster Presentation: Thoracic Manipulations may show Promise in the Conservative Management of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  Sions JM, Manal TJ.  CSM: Las Vegas, NV: 02/12/2009.
  • Poster Presentation: Combining Mobilization and Stabilization Clinical Prediction Rules Provide Relief for Patient with Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Low Back Pain.  Sions JM, Manal TJ.  CSM: Las Vegas, NV: 02/12/2009.
  • Electrical Stimulation Case Studies: Use of NMES to Augment Return of Wrist Extensor Strength in an Information Technologist.  Sions JM, Goodstadt NM, Manal TJ.  CSM: Nashville, TN: 02/08/2008.
  • Electrical Stimulation Case Studies: Can Electrical Stimulation to the Quadriceps Following TKA, Still Strengthen if Force Output Isn’t Measured?  Sions JM, Goodstadt NM, Manal TJ. CSM: Boston, MA: 02/16/2007.

State

  • Programming: Ultrasound Imaging of the Trunk: A New Way to View Patients with Low Back PainSions, JM.  DPTA: Wilmington, DE: 10/27/12. 

University of Delaware

  • Poster Presentation: Criterion Validity of Ultrasound Imaging as Compared to Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Older Adults.  Sions JM, Hicks GE.  8th Annual Biomechanics Research Symposium.  Center for Biomedical Engineering Research.  University of Delaware.  5/13/11. 
  • Sports and Orthopedic: Integrated Clinical Experience.  University of Delaware, 2007-2012
  • Osteology and Palpation Labs.  Clinical Gross Anatomy, University of Delaware. Summer 2009, Summer 2010. 
  • Ergonomics: Evaluation and Fitting the Client.  Spine Management.  5/15/2008; 4/15/2009; 4/19/2010.
  • Introduction to Rehabilitative Ultrasound.  Spine Management.  03/16/2009, 03/15/2010.
  • Physical Therapy Ethics.  Special Interest Series.  11/02/2009; 11/09/2009; 11/16/2009.
  • Management of Orofacial Pain in a Biologist.  Grand Rounds.   02/20/2009.
  •  “Low Back Pain in the Elderly.” Case Rounds, University of Delaware, 9/9/2008; 9/15/2008.
  • Upper Extremity Case: A Diagnostic Mystery.  Grand Rounds. 06/15/2007.
  • Tempromandibular Joint.  Musculoskeletal Evaluation. Summer 2007.

       
Community

  • Manal TJ, Hicks GE, Reisman D, Hunter-Giordano, Sions JM, Coyle P.  G-Codes Implementation: Ammon Education Center: Christiana Health Care Center: 5/21/13
  • Osteoporosis & Vertebral Fractures: A Cause of Low Back Pain in Older Adults. Guest Speaker at the following locations:
    -Absalom Jones Community Center, Newark, DE: 3/7/13
    -Claymore Women’s Club, Wilmington, DE 3/6/13
    -New Castle Senior Center, New Castle, DE:  1/30/13
    -Marydale Retirement Community, Newark, DE: 8/12/10
  • Low Back Pain in Older Adults.  Guest Speaker at the following locations:
    -Oak Grove Senior Center, Elsmere, DE 4/10/13
    -New Castle Senior Center, New Castle, DE: 6/28/10; 8/15/12
    -Howard Weston Senior Center, New Castle, DE: 6/23/10
    -Clarence Fraim Community Center, Wilmington, DE: 2/22/10
    -Absalom Community Center, Wilmington, DE: 10/10/09
    -Sacred Heart Village, Wilmington, DE: 11/17/09
    -Marydale Retirement Community, Newark, DE: 10/8/09

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY SERVICE(top)

  • PTNow: Translation of Research to Practice: Neck Pain: Clinical Practice Guidelines: 2013 [submitted]
  • Spring Employee Health Fair: University of Delaware: 5/14/13
  • Luther Towers I Health Faire: Balance Screening: Wilmington, DE: 4/10/13
  • Shamrock & Roll Race: Physical Therapy Booth: Newark, DE: 3/16/13
  • Sellers Senior Center Health Fair: Balance Screens: Wilmington, DE: 2/14/13
  • Absalom Health Faire: Balance Screens: Wilmington, DE: 11/27/12
  • Newark Community Day: Newark, DE: 09/16/12
  • Newark Senior Center: Low Back Pain Table: Newark, DE: 10/11/11
  • Luther Towers Mini-Health Faire: Wilmington, DE: 9/16/11
  • Rodney Court Apartments Mini-Health Faire: Wilmington, DE: 7/8/11
  • Chelton Apartments Mini-Health Faire: New Castle, DE: 4/1/11
  • Newark Nite: “Ask the PT”: Newark, DE: June 6, 2009; 6/5/10
  • Seller’s Community Center: Low Back Pain Booth: Wilmington, DE: 10/8/09
  • Celebrating Life: 50+ Expo: Wilmington, DE: 5/19/09
  • Valero Health and Wellness Fair: Delaware City, DE: 5/7/09
  • Spring Employee Health Fair: University of Delaware: 4/7/09
  • Delaware Healthy Living Expo: University of Delaware Campus: 3/22/09
  • Volunteer at Multiple Sclerosis Walk: University of Delaware Campus: 5/20/07
   
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