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Jennifer Mai

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Office: 112 CBH 
Mail Stop: 1712 
Phone: 8168 

What is your involvement in the Clarke PT program?
I teach the Adult Neuromuscular sequence, Cardiopulmonary PT, and Research courses.  I work at Finley Hospital in the inpatient and acute rehabilitation areas.  I am a Neurological Certified Specialist (NCS) and write items for the NCS board examination.  I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Iowa Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Neurology, Geriatrics, Education and Acute Care Sections of the APTA.  I have published several articles, presented research at the state and national level, and review textbooks.

Why did you choose Clarke?
At Clarke you are a person instead of a number. As a faculty member, I had the opportunity to be active on campus in addition to teaching courses that are in the area that I love.

What has been your greatest Clarke experience?
I am amazed by the amount of service students and faculty are involved with on and off campus.  My favorite activity is NeuroEx, where patients with neurological disorders work with our DPT students as part of our Neuromuscular sequence.

Why should students choose Clarke?
Clarke provides individualized attention to students and professors know the students by name. Our community at Clarke feels like a family away from home. In addition, physical therapy students are challenged to work with patients in the community throughout the curriculum to apply their newly acquired skills while being supervised by faculty. Working with actual patients challenges critical thinking and problem solving skills which are essential to physical therapist. Students also have the opportunity to interact with local clinicians to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the didactic portion of the curriculum.

What is your impact on students?
I have had new graduates send me messages thanking me for challenging them in the classroom. They have told me that it was hard work and they didn’t necessarily like it at the time, but easily transitioned to working with neurological patients and knew far more than they thought they did. Hearing that former students are receiving superior reviews from their employers in their first year is also very rewarding.

What are your extracurricular activities?
I enjoy spending time with my family. We like going to sporting events.  I am actively involved in my parish by participation in the Resurrection Parent Association, MOMS, and teaching Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Vacation Bible School.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and volunteering.

What is your favorite quote?
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt
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