Vestibular Rehabilitation SIG:  A Survey of Entry-Level Physical Therapy Education Content for Vestibular Rehabilitation Episode #67

Host Puneet Dhaliwal, PT, DPT, NCS is joined by Drs. Anne K. Galgon, PT, MPT, PhD and Andrew E. Littman, PT, PhD. Drs. Anne Galgon and Andrew Littmann are a part of task force that published“A Survey of Entry-Level Physical Therapy Education Content for Vestibular Rehabilitation”. Task Force constituted of the following individualsGalgon, Anne K. PT, MPT, PhD; Roberts, Holly J. PT, PhD; Littmann, Andrew E. PT, PhD; Heusel-Gillig, Lisa L. PT, DPT; Dransfield, Lisa PT, DPT, MA; Plishka, Charles M. PT, DPT; Wrisley, Diane M. PT, PhD. 

Dr. Anne Galgon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Saint Joseph’s University.  Dr. Galgon is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy with advance training in vestibular rehabilitation. She has 35 years of experience as a physical therapist primarily managing patients with neurologic, vestibular and balance disorders. Over the past 21 years she held faculty positions in physical therapy at Neumann University and Temple University, and University of the Sciences where she taught courses in movement sciences, neurosciences, evidence-based practice and clinical management of neuromuscular and vestibular disorders. Her current research focuses on physical therapy management of vestibular disorders.

Dr. Littmann is associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, CO. He specializes in rehabilitation of neurological disorders and has practiced vestibular rehabilitation for the last 20 years. He is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and serves national roles on the APTA’s Council on Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and the vestibular special interest group. He was a member of the critical appraisal team for the recently published clinical practice guidelines for vestibular hypofunction.

This episode discusses task force’s journey in development of their survey, disparities in VR content, expected level of performance, and the amount of time dedicated to VR at Entry level Education in Physical Therapy programs.

The Vestibular Special Interest Group is apart of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy,