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Lakeland Physical Therapists Earn National Certification
Aug 19, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Cynthia Schlipp, a physical therapist with Lakeland Rehabilitation Services at the Health Park in St. Joseph, recently became one of only 35 physical therapists in Michigan to earn the Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Cynthia Shelley, a physical therapist with Lakeland Rehabilitation Services in Niles, also earned the APTA Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) designation becoming one of only 136 physical therapists in Michigan to do so.

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. An Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) is a licensed physical therapist with advanced training or practice in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease or injury of the musculoskeletal system. To earn either certification, therapists are required to pass a specialty examination of the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists (ABPTS), the governing board for the specialist certification program within the APTA.  

“Our team is proud to have physical therapists who offer specialized knowledge and skills to patients throughout southwest Michigan,” said Scott Nolte, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Lakeland Health. “This distinct certification shows the dedication of our care team to helping these individuals achieve the best quality of life possible through physical therapy.” 

Schlipp earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from California State University at Long Beach and joined the Lakeland Rehabilitation Services team in 1996. She is currently a member of the APTA and certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Cynthia-Shelley

A member of the Lakeland Rehabilitation Services team for more than four years, Shelley earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs. She has been a member of the APTA since 2014. 

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 20,000 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 Schlipp and Shelley, 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 Almeter and Shanti Dalson of Lakeland Rehabilitation Services at Longmeadow Medical Suites, Niles; and Scott Nolte, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Lakeland Health. Terri Anzures and Sheree Lane are certified Geriatric Clinical Specialists working with Homecare.

In addition, Leilani Bermeo and Vicki Yarbro of Lakeland Rehabilitation Services at Longmeadow Medical Suites, Niles, and Tish Sisamis of Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Health Park, hold the Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). 


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