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Megan Donaldson Named as Outstanding Physical Therapist for the State of Ohio

What's New, 2014-03-26

Walsh University’s Division of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Meagan Donaldson PT, DPT, PhD, FAAOMPT  was selected from over 8,000 other nominated physical therapists statewide to be named as the 2013 Outstanding Physical Therapist by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA). President Richard Jusseaume said “Dr. Megan Donaldson combines all he best qualities of a great educator — competent, articulate, compassionate, visionary, and committed.  She is a blessing to the Walsh University community and a role model for students.  We are indeed blessed to have her here at Walsh University.”

“Rarely, has someone’s contributions been as deserving of the recognition received. We are very proud of Dr. Donaldson and are truly blessed to have her as a colleague,” said Division of Physical Therapy Chair and Professor of Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT.

The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award criteria requires a physical therapist who excels as a clinician, in service, or in research. Donaldson has the unique capacity having excelled in all three areas and for this reason she was recognized by the selection committee.

Some of Donaldson’s accomplishments include that she is one of only a few fellowship-trained manual therapists in Ohio, and as part of that group she is one of only a handful of women. Donaldson conducts original research that is often selected for publication in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Currently, Donaldson is actively involved in a randomized controlled trial for low back pain that is multi-institutional.

She was a co-author on the AAOMPT/Dirk Erhard Excellence in Research Award for 2014 and received the PACE grant. She also is instrumental in managing the Walsh University annual Fit Family 5K Race and Kids’ Fun Run that raised funds for scholarships for physical therapy undergraduate students.  Donaldson and her husband reside in North Canton.  

Donaldson will be recognized by her peers and receive her award at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference this spring.