In addition to working as a Learning Architect with Physioplus, I am a full-time faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Baylor University, where I teach anatomy, clinical neuroscience, neuromuscular practice, and advanced patient management. This is a hybrid program, with didactic work occurring online both synchronously and asynchronously, followed by immersive, in-person lab experiences where the students practice their hands-on skills. I am proud to serve as faculty advisor to our student-led CARE Council, part of our initiative to support our students and to build our culture in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. My regard for increasing representation in our profession in the United States to match the diversity in our population has also led me to involvement in the APTA “PT Moves Me” Ambassadorship program and its efforts to connect with and attract youth from diverse backgrounds.
My clinical experience has involved a range of settings, including inpatient acute care, hospital-based outpatient, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, and private practice. Although I have worked with people managing a variety of health conditions that include musculoskeletal dysfunction, burns/wounds, and limb loss, from the beginning of my career I have been fascinated with and sought practice in the area of neurologic rehabilitation. I became board certified as a neurologic clinical specialist in 2013.
My experiences living and working in various locations around the world – Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Germany, and Kenya as well as the United States – have helped me form a broader perspective that I hope will be helpful in my current efforts. I am very excited at the potential of my work with Physioplus to impact the health and wellbeing of people around the globe. I like to believe that we are all in this together!
- Doctor of Health Science, Global Health, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, expected completion 2025
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 2011
- Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 1992
- Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1987
Publications/Presentations[edit | edit source]
- Puentedura E, Longbottom T. Pain neuroscience education: treating the brain in hip and knee pain syndromes. In: Hip and Knee Pain Disorders: an Evidence-Informed and Clinical-Based Approach Integrating Manual Therapy and Exercise. Slated for publication in 2022.
- Footer C & Longbottom T. Reimagining Neurologic Physical Therapy Education with a Hybrid Teaching and Learning Model. Platform Presentation, World Physiotherapy Congress 2021.
- Unverzagt C, Koppenhaver K, Walker M, Longbottom T, Adams K. Reliability of Asynchronous Admissions Interviews. APTA Education and Leadership Conference. Oct, 2020.
- Gagnon K, Young B, Bachman T, Longbottom T, Severin R, Walker MJ. Doctor of Physical Therapy Education in a Hybrid Learning Environment: Reimagining the Possibilities and Navigating a “New Normal”. Phys Ther. 2020;100(8):1268-1277. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzaa096
- Walser RF, Sorrells R, Crawford B, Rhodes D, Chyn D, Longbottom T, Barton O. Mobility improvement and rehospitalization risk following discharge from skilled nursing facility. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2020;36(2):132-137. doi:10.1097/tgr.0000000000000269
- Walser RF, Sorrells R, Crawford B, Rhodes D, Chyn D, Longbottom T, Barton O. Mobility improvement and rehospitalization risk following discharge from skilled nursing facility. Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2020.