Lakeland Physical Therapist Earns Neurologic Specialist Certification
Aug 31, 2015 Share

(WATERVLIET) –  Keith Murray, a physical therapist with Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, recently earned the Neurologic Specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

A Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) is a licensed physical therapist who has advanced training or practice in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system and has passed a specialty examination of the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists (ABPTS), the governing board for the specialist certification program within the APTA. In the state of Michigan, there are only 25 certified Neurologic Clinical Specialists, and Murray is the first to achieve this certification in southwest Michigan. 

“Our team is proud to have someone with Keith’s specialized knowledge and skills working with patients with neurological issues,” said Elizabeth DeRosa, Director of Therapy Services, Watervliet, Lakeland Health. “The NCS certification shows his dedication to helping these individuals achieve the best quality of life possible through physical therapy.”  

A member of the Lakeland Rehabilitation Services team for more than three years, Murray earned his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. He has been a member of the APTA since 2005 and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Murray is also certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatments) BIG®, an international physical and occupational therapy program specifically designed to increase the size and quality of body movements in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  

APTA Certified Specialists at Lakeland 
The APTA, a national professional organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978 to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the healthcare community in identifying these physical therapists. There are more than 16,000 certified specialists nationwide in eight different specialty areas: cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiologic, geriatric, neurologic, orthopaedic, pediatric, sports, and women’s health. 

In addition to Keith Murray, patients can find a number of other APTA certified specialists at Lakeland Rehabilitation Services locations throughout southwest Michigan. Physical therapists with the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) designation include: Abby Dill, Cara Gillespie, Heidi Gonzalez, Phil Jasheway, Michael O’Hearn, and Todd Rose of Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy at the Health Park Medical Suites, St. Joseph; Greg Alameter of Lakeland Rehabilitation Services at Longmeadow Medical Suites, Niles; and Scott Nolte, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Lakeland Health. Three physical therapists at Lakeland Rehabilitation Services at Longmeadow Medical Suites, Niles, hold the APTA Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic): Leilani Bermeo, Kristine Horvath, and Vicki Yarbro. 

About Lakeland Health
Lakeland Health is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, a cancer center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. Lakeland has over 3,800 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout southwest Michigan, and partners with more than 500 affiliated physicians and other providers. For more information, visit 



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