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APTANJ Member is First to Complete Advanced Competency in Home Health Program

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Daniel Klim
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Section Welcomes First Member Certified in the Advanced Competency in Home Health Program

The Home Health Section is pleased to announce that Section member Francine Hepler, PT, DPT of Pilesgrove, New Jersey is the first individual to be certified in the Advanced Competency in Home Health program.

A physical therapist for 34 years with 25 years of experience in home health care, Dr. Hepler’s other areas of special interest include geriatrics, education, and clinical instruction. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1983 and an Advanced Master of Science in Physical Therapy Education in 1991. She graduated with a DPT in May 2017.

Dr. Hepler’s background in physical therapy is diverse and includes work in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing environment, and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience in the educational setting and was responsible for the development of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Delaware Technical Community College. Responsibilities in this position included the development of the curriculum and all course materials and assisting with initial Accreditation status as well as maintaining Accreditation with the CAPTE. In addition to coordinating the PTA program, she was a primary faculty member, student mentor, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, and Clinical Instructor.

Francine, from South Jersey, is an active member in her local community, an avid distance runner, and group exercise instructor. She enjoys teaching and promoting physical therapy within her rural environment.

The Home Health Section’s Advanced Competency in Home Health program synthesizes current evidence-based practice and tailors it to the unique physical therapy setting of home health. This program enables home health physical therapists to enhance efficacy and efficiency of treatment of their home health patients and clients.

Congratulations from all of us at APTANJ!


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