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    Gibsonia Resident Recognized With 2011 Clinical Award

    Dr. Martha Somers, assistant professor of physical therapy, was presented with the 2011 Clinical Award from the Therapy Leadership Council of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals on Sept. 7 at the academy’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The Clinical Award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated:

    • outstanding clinical contributions in the area of spinal cord injuries and disorders
    • knowledge and expertise in spinal cord injury and disorder therapy practice through advanced training and mentoring others
    • creativity in providing rehabilitation to individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders through program development as well as outcome assessment
    • distinguished advocacy for persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders
    • collaboration with other health care professionals in providing optimal care, achieving excellence in the health care of persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

    Somers is a faculty member of the physical therapy department at Duquesne University’s John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences. A licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, primarily in inpatient adult rehabilitation. Somers’ areas of clinical expertise include spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics.

    At Duquesne, Somers teachers courses on foundational skills, prosthetics and orthotics, and clinical neurologic science. She is the author of Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation, and her works have appeared in journals including Physical Therapy and Neurology Report. Somers has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Earlham College, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University.

    Somers resides in Gibsonia.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.