The Department of Physical Therapy at Briar Cliff recognized 29 students on May 21 during the White Coat Ceremony, held in the Chapel of our Lady of Grace on campus.
The 29 graduate students received a white coat, which has historically been given to medical students upon their entry into clinical practice. Recipients during the ceremony took an oath, pledging to deliver humanistic and compassionate care.
White Coat Recipients:
Breanna Allen; Julia Black; Madison Clayton; James Critelli; Liam Curran; Adrianna De Jongh; Kylie Fox; Isaac Funke; Michael Gersky; Jordyn Grabowski; Alexandria Gudenkauf; Katlin Harm; Riley Hartman; Brandon Krantz; Jacob Lamoreux; Johnathan Laughlin; Liam Metzsch; Brian Murman; Alex Pickhinke; Samantha Protexter; Megan Sattler; Lucas Schwery; Lauren Tabbert; Matthew Turk; Riley Whitcomb; Dylan Wiese; Walter Wilczysnki; Patrick Woizeschlke; and Alexy Woodward.
The keynote speaker for the event was Cortni Krusemark OTD,OTR/L. A graduate from Creighton University in 2004, Dr. Krusemark worked in rural, outpatient, sub-acute, neurorehabilitation, acute trauma, and academics. She also practiced for 10 years as an occupational therapist as well as a clinical instructor serving all ages and various diagnoses at a Native American outpatient facility. In 2019, Briar Cliff University hired Dr. Krusemark to become the founding director of the Occupational Therapy Program. She also teaches courses within Briar Cliff’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.