Health System Team Members Earns Orthopaedic Certification

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 30, 2010 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that team member Kimberly French, DPT, OCS, has completed her orthopaedic specialist certification. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 73,330 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice.

French, who began working at the Health System’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Center in April, earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The certification exam required eight months of study and to qualify to take the test, French had to have a least two years experience of working with orthopaedic patients. In addition to earning her specialized certification in orthopaedics, the native of Oswego, N.Y., is currently working on her orthopaedic manual therapy certification and expects to have it completed in early 2011.