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Mimi Vaassen

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Office: 117B CBH 
Mail Stop: 1712 
Phone: 6429 

What is your professional involvement?
I work at many area nursing homes as a clinician to remain active and current in the profession and continue my commitment to lifelong learning.  I am a certified lymphedema therapist and have a special interest in treating the geriatric population. I am a member of the APTA/IPTA as well as a member of the Geriatric, Women’s Health and Education Sections.  I have participated in presenting at the Combined Sections Meeting with 2 poster presentations most recently in 2012. I am active in bringing current continuing education courses to Clarke University for local/ regional clinicians.  

What has been your greatest Clarke experience? 
My greatest Clarke experience would have to be hosting and organizing a large continuing education conference by bringing Major Elizabeth Painter, chief amputee physical therapist at Walter Reed Medical Center to Clarke to present on advanced amputee rehabilitation.  I was proud to contribute to my department and local clinicians in providing an interesting learning experience.

Why did you choose Clarke? 
I was born and raised in Dubuque and have high respect for Clarke. I wanted to become part of strong well-respected physical therapy faculty and further my career by sharing my knowledge/ clinical experience to students.

Why should students choose Clarke?
When searching for a physical therapy program, students should be looking for a small class size, which Clarke offers. The faculty really cares about each one of our students and their success as future physical therapists. We are all very approachable and are willing to go the extra effort to make sure the student fully understands the concepts being taught.

What is your teaching philosophy?
I hope to show the students my passion for physical therapy through my instruction. I want to actively engage them in the classroom by helping them learn the professional skills necessary to become successful physical therapists. I have empathy and caring for my patients and my students, this is a difficult quality to teach, I hope by my example they can understand how this is crucial to the becoming an effective physical therapist. 
What are your extracurricular activities? 
My extracurricular activities revolve around my husband and kids. I have 5 children that are all very active in outdoor fun.  We like to hike, bike, canoe and camp, anything outdoors. 

What is your favorite quote?
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." –Benjamin Franklin
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