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American Physical Therapy Association Honors Richland Township Resident

Dr. Martha F. Somers has been recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with its 2014 Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education. She will receive the national award at the combined sections meeting of the APTA on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Las Vegas.

Somers, who is a resident of Richland Township, is an assistant professor of physical therapy in Duquesne University's Rangos School of Health Sciences.

This award is presented by the APTA's neurology section to acknowledge and honor a member of the section whose clinical and/or academic neurologic educational contributions have been of exceptional value.

As part of the award's criteria, nominees must have contributed to the overall development of physical therapy as an autonomous, caring and scientific profession. In addition, nominees must demonstrate excellence in clinical education through teaching, writing, presentations and mentoring others.

At Duquesne, Somers teaches courses in clinical neurological science, foundational skills, and prosthetics and orthotics. An expert in spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics, Somers has published on these topics and has presented before numerous professional organizations, including the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

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