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Two Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Physical Therapists from Philadelphia Receive Prestigious Certifications

Christine Malecka and Angela Meyers, a pair of physical therapists from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, recently received the Neurological Clinical Specialist Certification at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Combined Section Meeting in Boston, MA. This is a very prestigious certification that recognizes them as clinical experts in neurological physical therapy.

Malecka joined Magee in 2002 as a staff physical therapist. She currently serves as an Advanced Clinician of Magee's Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit. Among her responsibilities, she is the primary supervisor for new staff on the SCI Unit, including ongoing mentoring and performance evaluations. She is the coordinator for clinical skill building and staff development on the SCI Unit and evaluates and treats patients with neurological and orthopedic disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She is also a Clinical Researcher and Data Collector at Magee.

She is a member of the APTA and the Neurology Section and is a Licensed Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University.

Meyers, joined Magee in 2003 as a senior clinician and was promoted two years later to Advanced Clinician on the SCI Unit. Her responsibilities include assisting with daily scheduling of new patients and coverage for therapists, providing clinical mentorship for occupational and physical therapists and rehab attendants, assisting with performance appraisals, co-developing interdisciplinary rounds, and participating in respiratory rounds.

She is a Licensed Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She is an assessor of spinal cord injury outcome measures for the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley for an international multi-center drug research study.

She received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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