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Illinois Physical Therapy Association Award Winners

Since 1972, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association presents several awards to recognize the efforts of clinicians, educators and leaders toward the advancement of the physical therapy profession. Below is a list of alumni of the Physical Therapy Program and members of the RFU community who have been honored. 

  • 1979 Virginia Daniel, MA, RPT | Outstanding Physical Therapist
  • 1998 Beth Coulson, PT, MBA | Physical Therapist of the Year
  • 2003 James Dayhuff, MS | Outstanding Physical Therapist
  • 2005 Vicki Lee, PT ’79, MAPT, C/NDT | Physical Therapist of the Year
  • 2008 Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT '04, MS '02, CCS | Physical Therapist of the Year
  • 2009 Judith Stoecker, PT, PhD | Outstanding Physical Therapist
  • 2010 Giovanni Berardi, PT, DPT '10, PhD, OCS | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2010 Jeffrey Damaschke, PT, DPT '04, PhD, MS '03 | Emerging Leader Award
  • 2011 Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT '03, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP | Babette Sanders Leadership & Service
  • 2011 Kristen Smigelski, PT, DPT '11 | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2014 Joseph Hanley, PT, DPT '14, MHA | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2016 Meghan Simonetti-Deters, PT, DPT '14, MS '14 | Emerging Leader Award
  • 2016 Dawn Stackowicz, PT, DPT '14, MS, CCS | Clinical Educator of the Year
  • 2016 Lauren Toner, PT, DPT '16, OCS | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2017 Erin DeMarco, PT, DPT '17 | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2017 Julie Schwertfeger PT, DPT '16, PhD '20, MBA, CBIST | Babette Sanders Leadership & Service
  • 2017 K. Michael Welch, MB, ChB, FRCP | John Maselter Award
  • 2020 Sarah Haag, PT, DPT '07, MS '08 | Outstanding Physical Therapist Clinician Award
  • 2020 Jennifer Kehler, DPT '20 | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student
  • 2020 Dale Schuit, PT, PhD, MS | Babette Sanders Leadership & Service
  • 2021 Ann Jackson, PT, DPT '07, MPH | Societal Impact Award
  • 2022 Yvette Ramirez, DPT '22 | Outstanding Physical Therapist Student