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Help Us Build a House for Maria-Jose - 2020

Since 2010, doctoral students from the Marymount University Physical Therapy program have spent time in Central America (Costa Rica and more recently Nicaragua) providing physical therapy services to communities that do not have access to these services, and offering professional development to local practitioners.

While in Nicaragua in 2019, I had the privilege of meeting a very special young lady and her family. Maria Jose is a beautiful 7 year old with a smile that lights up the room.

She lives with her older sister and her parents in what can only be described as a transient dwelling. The structure is a single small room constructed of trees that are wrapped in thick plastic sheeting. The roof is corrugated tin set tentatively on the top.   


As you can see, their current home offers little comfort during the rainy season - the flimsy walls invite as much mud inside as there is outside. 

The Challenge - Raise $20k by 2020

In March 2020, the MU-DPT team will return to Nicaragua to continue clinic projects and professional training. In addition, the team intends to build a home for Maria Jose and her family. Students and faculty will serve as labor force for this project led by a local construction expert from Nicaragua. Will you join with us in this endeavor by donating what you can to help us reach our goal?

By clicking on the donate button below you can make a dedicated tax exempt donation to Marymount University that will 100% go to supporting this project.

You can make a difference, you just might need to use our hands and feet to do it.

For further information on this project, please contact Dr Jason A Craig.



2018 NEXT Conference Student Perspective

Read our students' perspective on the 2018 NEXT Conference here!

MU DPT Alumus and Faculty Recognized at the National Level

Three members of the Marymount University family were honored with awards June 28, 2018 during the American Physical Therapy Association Conference (APTA) and Exposition in Orlando, Florida:  

  • Dr. Diana G. Venskus, an associate professor of physical therapy, received the Humanitarian Award. The recognition honors individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the profession and actively demonstrate a commitment to humanity and selflessness in addressing health concerns. She directs the Physical Therapy Clinic at the Arlington Free Clinic, an academic-community service-learning partnership that integrates student-learning goals and community physical therapy needs in a pro bono service delivery model. She earned her bachelor’s degree at George Mason University, her master’s degree at George Washington University and her Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University. 
  • Secili DeStefano
An alumna, Dr. Secili DeStefano, ’01, ’07, who earned her master’s degree and doctorate from Marymount,  received the Lucy Blair Service Award, which honors members whose contributions to APTA are of exceptional quality or value. She works at the Reston location of Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy where she administers premium care to a large, diverse population of outpatient orthopedic patients. 

  • Dr. Rebecca H. Leonard, an adjunct faculty member, received the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award, which honors a physical therapy professional who embodies a commitment to developing physical therapy as a caring profession. The director and owner of Early Intervention Associates earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut, her master’s degree from Marshall University and her doctor of physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University.

MU DPT Student Wins Triathlon

MU DPT Class of 2020 student and member of the MU Triathlon team, Bryan Pashigian, placed first in the collegiate male division and 10th place overall at the USAT Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Regional Sprint (Smithfield Sprint Triathlon, April 7th, 2018, Smithfield, VA).
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