HSC01
clear graphic
clear graphic

Two physical therapy faculty receive national appointments

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 2


Myles Quiben, PT, Ph.D., D.P.T., GCS, NCS, CEEAA, is involved with education, clinical services and research. She has a special interest in frail elders, movement analysis, falls, geriatric health and wellness promotion.
clear graphic
Myles Quiben, PT, Ph.D., D.P.T., GCS, NCS, CEEAA, is involved with education, clinical services and research. She has a special interest in frail elders, movement analysis, falls, geriatric health and wellness promotion. clear graphic

Email Printer Friendly Format
 

By Rosanne Fohn

Myles Quiben, PT, Ph.D., D.P.T., GCS, NCS, CEEAA, an assistant professor, and Martha Acosta, Ph.D., PT, GCS, clinical assistant professor, in the Department of Physical Therapy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, have been appointed to posts with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Dr. Quiben is one of nine members from a national pool that oversees the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Specialist Certification Program and its processes.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the profession as a member of the ABPTS. As the representative from the geriatric specialty, I look forward to further contributing to enhancing clinical excellence in physical therapy through the specialist certification process. We are seeing more therapists seeking specialization in eight different areas of clinical practice and it is exciting to be directly involved in clinical specialization as a means of improving public health.

She previously served as chair of the board’s Geriatric Specialty Council.

Martha Acosta, Ph.D., PT, GCS, has worked as a physical therapist in various clinical settings for 35 years. She teaches foundational skills and aging across the life span.
clear graphic
Martha Acosta, Ph.D., PT, GCS, has worked as a physical therapist in various clinical settings for 35 years. She teaches foundational skills and aging across the life span.clear graphic

 

Dr. Acosta has been appointed to the Geriatric Specialty Council, which she will chair the final year of the appointment term.

“As a clinical specialist, the opportunity to contribute to the Geriatric Specialty Council is the pinnacle of clinical practice,” Dr. Acosta said. “It is the culmination of integrating clinical skills with knowledge-based evidence to ensure the integrity and expertise of future geriatric therapists who work with the older population.”

Clinical practice, research and education
Dr. Quiben joined the Health Science Center in August 2010 following appointments at the University of the Philippines and the University of Central Arkansas, where she also was active in clinical education. She has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from foundational sciences to higher-level coursework. Her current teaching responsibilities include movement science, neurorehabilitation, cardiopulmonary concepts and anatomy.

Her clinical and research interests are healthy and frail elders, movement analysis, falls, neuromusculoskeletal intervention, osteoporosis and geriatric health and wellness promotion.

Other leadership posts she holds include serving as an advanced item writer for the national physical therapy exam, basic and advanced trainer of clinical instructors for the APTA and member of the Exam Development Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She is board certified in two areas, geriatric and neurologic physical therapy.

Dr. Acosta focuses on clinical practice and education
Dr. Acosta has worked in the physical therapy profession for more than 35 years in a variety of settings including home health, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, psychiatric care, skilled nursing facilities and long-term care. She teaches clinical foundation skills for first-year physical therapy students and aging across the life span for third-year physical therapy students.

Before joining the UT Health Science Center as an assistant professor in 2007, Dr. Acosta taught at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is an item writer for the national Geriatric Board certification exam and is a member of the APTA Specialization Academy of Content Experts.

 
Share |

Top stories this week »



bottom bar

printer friendly format »
view more articles by issue »
search articles by keywords »
Arrow - to top
Arrow - to top