Our Mission

The mission of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences and UNC Hospitals Rehabilitation Services Residency Programs is to provide a superior, comprehensive specialist training and mentorship to licensed clinicians to meet the health and wellness needs of the people of North Carolina and beyond. For the UNC Neurologic Physical Therapy residency, this mission is applied to physical therapists and their work with patients with neurologic conditions.

Residency Program Philosophy

The faculty and staff of the Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals are committed to developing residents who are recognized leaders within neurologic physical therapy. Residents will develop excellence in examination, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, teaching and the integration of best evidence into the patient care they provide. They will develop as a resource for the community in neurology and will contribute to the profession through entry-level and clinical teaching, writing, and leadership. Graduates of the residency program will be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) examination.

Program Structure

The program’s curriculum is designed in modules that address all areas of the Neurology Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). The modules include:

  • Academic mentorship in the topics of clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, teaching, and learning (~12 weeks)
  • Clinical mentorship in acute care (~12 weeks)
  • Clinical mentorship in acute inpatient rehabilitation (~12 weeks)
  • Clinical mentorship in outpatient settings (~12 weeks)

Additional mentored time is devoted to teaching and other areas of interest (service, research, etc.) as agreed upon by resident and his/her mentors. Didactic work is a combination of online study, small group modules with residents in other areas, and individualized face-to-face instruction by module mentors. Ongoing assignments and rotation-specific assessments provide the resident with regular benchmarks to ensure their learning progresses throughout the year. There are two written exams and two live patient exams administered at approximately the middle and end of the program. The resident is responsible for 30 hours a week of clinical work during the residency program in an outpatient setting, in addition to didactic, teaching and service responsibilities.

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Meet the 2019-2020 Resident

Kayla Chee
Kayla Chee

[This residency program] has improved my knowledge, skills, and clinical reasoning when it comes to evaluating and treating individuals with neurologic conditions. By working in multiple settings of acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient clinics, I have a greater understanding of rehabilitation across the care continuum and the importance of physical therapy at each stage along recovery. I had the opportunity to develop my skills with various neurologic conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and cerebellar degeneration; however, I feel the residency has considerably refined my abilities to treat individuals with concussion and has greatly improved my awareness on spinal cord care. Additionally, opportunities […] exposed me to clinical teaching, where I had a hands-on role in the classroom as well as with a student in the clinic. The mentors and managers across all settings of the residency were very approachable, and I felt comfortable asking for more support if needed. This program provided me with the tools and mentorship to become a more confident and experienced therapist in the realm of neurologic physical therapy.

Program Mentors

  • Elizabeth Dietra Buxton, PT, DPT
    Outpatient Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: UNC-Chapel Hill, Class of 2006. BS in Psychology and Minor in Spanish
  • Graduate school and degree: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, DPT
  • Certifications: LSVT-BIG, Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)
  • Areas of specialty practice: Vestibular Rehab, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Parkinson Disease
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with family, watching movies, doing yoga, cooking new foods

  • Audrey Czejkowski, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS
    Program Coordinator; Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, BSE Industrial and Operations Engineering, Minor in Spanish
  • Graduate school and degree: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, DPT
  • Certifications: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS), Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS)
  • Areas of specialty practice: SCI, CVA, MS, seating and mobility
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with my family, our two cats, and friends. I love CrossFit, running, biking, and hiking. Weekend trips to the mountains are also wonderful!

  • Thomas Furlong, PT
    Acute Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: Stony Brook University, BS Physical Therapy
  • Areas of specialty practice: Stroke, Neurosurgery
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Sailing

  • Catherine (CJ) Hamilton, PT, DPT, MSCS
    Outpatient Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – BA in Religious Studies, Minor in Spanish for the Health Professional
  • Graduate school and degree: UNC Chapel Hill- DPT
  • Certification: Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS)
  • Areas of specialty practice: MS, Vestibular/Concussion
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family outside especially hiking and biking, playing volleyball, and spending time at the beach when I can.

  • Sharon Kemps, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS
    Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: Boston University, BS in Athletic Training
  • Graduate school and degree: Boston University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certifications: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS), Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)
  • Areas of specialty practice: SCI, seating and mobility, gait training
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with friends and family, DIY home projects and general arts & crafts

  • Bryn Kennedy, PT, DPT
    Outpatient Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: Penn State University – BS Exercise and Sport Science
  • Graduate school and degree: Emory University – Masters of Physical Therapy , Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Areas of specialty practice: Wheelchair Seating, SCI, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, TBI, CVA and Postural Restoration
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? In my free time I enjoy running, swimming, biking, hiking, cooking and hanging out with my two amazing kids.

  • Courtney Matrunick, PT, DPT
    Outpatient Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: Elon College – B.A in psychology, Minor in Exercise Physiology
  • Graduate school and degree: Elon University – Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Certification: aquatic therapy (CAPTE)
  • Areas of specialty practice: SCI, stroke rehab, wheelchair clinic
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Being outside; biking, gardening, lounging in our hammock. Most activities center around my daughters at the moment

  • Vicki S. Mercer, PT, PhD
    Outpatient Mentor and Associate Professor at the Division of Physical Therapy
  • Undergraduate school and degree: University of Missouri- Columbia. BS in PT
  • Graduate school and degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS in PT; Washington University in St. Louis, PhD
  • Areas of specialty practice: fall prevention, stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson Disease intervention (Parkinson Wellness Recovery)
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? hiking, backpacking, bicycling

  • Patrick Moseley, PT, DPT
    Acute Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: University of Memphis, Bachelor of Music
  • Graduate school and degree: Boston University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certifications: CPI
  • Areas of specialty practice: Critical Care, Trauma, Orthopedics, Surgery/Trauma ICU, Acute SCI and TBI, Crisis Prevention
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy playing the guitar and running.

  • April Xayavong, PT, DPT, CBIS
    Acute Mentor
  • Undergraduate school and degree: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, BS Exercise & Sport Science
  • Graduate school and degree: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certifications: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
  • Areas of specialty practice: Adult Acute Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neuro ICU
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Hiking, being outside, spending time with family

Additional Program Contacts:

  • Neurologic Residency Director: Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, FAPTA, NCS(E)
  • Neurologic Residency Coordinator: Audrey Czejkowski, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS
  • Administrator Post-Graduate Programs: Kristel Maes, PT, DPT

Helpful Resources:

ABPTRFE Accreditation Status:

The University of North Carolina Neurologic Physical Therapy residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurologic rehabilitation.

 

Questions?

Be sure to check out the “Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Fact Sheet” under the helpful resources. Please contact Kristel Maes at clinicaledreq@unchealth.unc.edu if you have any additional questions.