LEND Trainee Stories

Comments from former trainees

My LEND training at Vanderbilt has served me well. Since beginning my career as a Physical Therapist, I have been a part of evidence based practice groups writing and publishing clinical guidelines to guide our PT practice on body weight support locomotor training in children with a variety of diagnoses. I have been a lead PT with increased responsibilities of management. I have been a part of summer intensives offered by our department. My co-worker and I began Ballet Moves, a program at the Cincinnati Ballet Company for children with Down syndrome and this past year the first person with disabilities was cast in the CBC’s Nutcracker. Most recently I have partnered with our Colorectal Team to treat children with bowel and bladder dysfunction, a service that to my knowledge no other PT is doing in Cincinnati, OH. I attribute all of this to the foundation LEND provided me.
--Sarah Goodwin Fox, PT, DPT
2012 LEND Trainee/Physical Therapy

The LEND training at Vanderbilt helped me to see outside of the box of my own profession. It prepared me to have conversations around advocacy and public policy and to solve problems more creatively. I feel more capable to lead and support those around me as a result of my training at Vanderbilt.
--Michele Iemolo, PsyD, BCBA
2016 LEND Trainee/Psychology

I think the LEND program was one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. As a former academic educator, I could see how much careful preparation had been devoted to this program. If the quality of any program is a reflection of its faculty and administration, then in my opinion, the LEND program at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is of the highest quality that a graduate student can ever ask for.
--Jamshid Khoshnoodi, PhD
2016 LEND Trainee/Social Work

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