St. Dominic’s Physical Therapists Receive Neuro

Specialist Certification

 Three physical therapists employed at St. Dominic Hospital have received the American Physical Therapist Association’s (APTA) certification to become Neuro Certified Specialists (NCS). Rachel Jacobson, Teresa Ware and Wendy Barrilleaux are now three of only seven therapists in the state to become board certified clinical specialists in neurology.
“St. Dominic’s is fortunate to have three out of Mississippi’s seven NCS physical therapists working for our organization,” said Kimberly Willis, PT, DPT, clinical coordinator of neuro therapy at St. Dominic’s. “These therapists have a combined total of over 55 years working with the neurological patient population. Along with their experience, they now have the prestige of having passed the neuro certification exam.”
The APTA established the neuro specialist certification program in 1978. The process involves physical therapists building on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge related to neurologic clinic practice. The specialist program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in neurologic practice.
An NCS is a licensed physical therapist who has:
  • Completed over 2,000 hours of neurologic practice while working with individuals who have neurologic dysfunction.
  • Demonstrated competency in patient care, patient education, interpretation of research, administration and consultation.
  • Passed the Neurologic Certified Specialist Examination
  • Obtained certification Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

"I am so proud that St. Dominic's has three clinicians who have achieved such a distinguished level of specialty," said Cris Bourn, neuroscience/orthopedic service line administrator at St. Dominic's. "It really sets our program apart from other general physical therapy programs in the area."