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USD Physical Therapy Department Chair and Professor Patti Berg-Poppe Completes Educational Program for Parkinson's Disease

Patti Berg-Poppe Patti Berg-Poppe completed the Parkinson's Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty program, which was conducted at Oregon Health and Science University.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Patti Berg-Poppe, P.T., Ph.D., professor and chair of the University of South Dakota Physical Therapy Department, has completed the prestigious Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty program.

This program trains a select number of physical therapy instructors from across the nation in the latest evidence-based findings and research about Parkinson’s disease so they can educate physical therapy students. Admission into the program – conducted at Oregon Health and Science University – is highly competitive.

It is important to expand Parkinson's disease physical therapy training and understanding because more than six million Americans now suffer from the disease, and it is expected that number will rise to about 13 million by 2040.

“This was an experience of a lifetime,” said Berg-Poppe. “Not only was I able to spend time with colleagues who have a passion for teaching and research in areas similar to mine, I was able to learn directly from experts and specialists at Oregon Health and Science University, where exciting new evidence for the treatment of movement disorders is emerging. I am eager to pass on what I learned to my students and colleagues at USD.”


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News