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Bill O'Dell

Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy
Office: 117A CBH 
Mail Stop: 1712 
Phone: 6618 

What is your professional involvement?

I have been active in the Iowa Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), having served on the Board of Directors from 2001-2005 and on the Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2008. I currently serve as the Chair of the IPTA Communication Committee. I have organized and presented at numerous professional courses provided by Clarke University and have presented at IPTA State conferences. In addition, I have had several poster and platform presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. I have made medical mission trips to Haiti, working with disabled orphans, as well as people who have suffered strokes and amputations.

What has been your greatest Clarke experience?
My greatest experience at Clarke is watching the students grow into young professionals. Watching students interact with clients at the Kehl Center in our pro-bono Health and Wellness Practicum is a true joy. Many of the clients come back year after year because of the professionalism of our students. This program allows our students to interact with clients on a weekly basis during their first year in the program. The Clarke University Physical Therapy program won a “Creative Program Award” from the Iowa Association for Lifelong Learning in 2005 for this practicum.

Why did you choose Clarke?
Other than the focus on quality instruction to students, the core values of Clarke University are a major factor. Community service is encouraged and this has allowed me to participate in many charitable activities. Wheels for the World: collecting wheelchairs to be refurbished to sent to third world countries. Kids Against Hunger: raising money to purchase and package food to send to Haiti. Into the Streets: an event where Clarke students and faculty help out at numerous local organizations, nursing homes, and group homes.

Why should students choose Clarke?
I think students choose Clarke’s Physical Therapy program because of the personal interaction they have with our core faculty members.

What are your extracurricular activities?
I have been active over the years in the Dubuque Senior High School Music Booster, raising money to support musical events. I am active at church, running the sound system during services, attending bible study and serving on church council in various capacities. My family and I enjoy going to a lake in Michigan in the summer to do some ATV’ing, fishing, relaxing and catching up with the extended family.
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