World Physical Therapy Day

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Community.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,

for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” -Hebrews 13:16

September 8th is World Physical Therapy Day, an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about the contributions made by physiotherapists that keep people well, mobile, and independent. The 2020 theme of World Physical Therapy Day focuses on rehabilitation and COVID-19. (1)

Throughout the years, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, have developed a working relationship with Dominican College’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy faculty and students.

Each year, students with those majors would have the opportunity to work with sisters and help them improve their mobility, as well as their balance in a real-life clinical experience.

Sisters and Dominican College students and faculty gather together at the Motherhouse

“Our sisters value this service provided by the Dominican College students and faculty because they receive a proper evaluation of their physical needs,” shared Sr. Dorothy Maxwell, OP. “In addition, the students get a real-life experience working with our sisters to prepare for life after the classroom.”

This school year will be different for both sisters and students as they have to put their working relationship on pause due to the ongoing pandemic.

“This was a medical decision based on science, and unfortunately, we are still dealing with the pandemic. We have been able to keep our sisters safe and healthy, and will pray this continues to be the case.”

Even with this temporary pause, Sr. Dorothy looks forward to working together with the Dominican College students and faculty in the future.

“I am eager to continue this relationship between Dominican College and our sisters. We both benefit greatly from this experience.”

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