All my greatest professional successes are built upon the foundation of my love of teaching. As a practicing physical therapist since 2001, I have had the opportunity to develop my skills and mentor others in successfully managing the care of patients with a range of complex neurologic diagnoses. Through serving in the role of Clinical Manager at a top rehabilitation center for over 12 years, I gained valuable expertise in the areas advanced clinical practice, professional collaboration, and leadership. My desire to educate developing physical therapy practitioners led to positions as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education and Neurologic Residency Program Director at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Throughout my career, I have been actively involved in clinical research and have presented locally and nationally on varied topics related to clinical education and management of neurologic clients. Participation in these leadership and teaching experiences solidified my desire to continue to cultivate the next generation of exceptional physical therapists through formalized education and mentorship.
My teaching approach is rooted within my innate passion for learning. I strive to make that commitment to lifelong learning infectious to students through actively engaging them in the process. My teaching style involves asking probing questions, promoting peer communication, pulling in information from varied resources, and challenging learners to rationalize their clinical choices. Through setting the expectation for initiative and preparedness on the part of the student, I seek to effectively guide the learner beyond foundational elements to focus on integration of information, complex problem solving, and critical reflection. I am committed to building for the future of the profession by growing the knowledge and skills of upcoming practitioners to positively impact the field of physical therapy.
- Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- Master of Science (MS), Ithaca College
- Bachelor of Science (BS), Ithaca College
- Snowdon L, Resnick A, Donnelly E, McClure I. The connection between residency and a ‘culture of excellence’ in a highly specialized area of rehabilitation. Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association, Education Leadership Conference; October 2019; Bellevue WA.
- Lis A, Snowdon L. Lessons learned from teaching the 5 steps of EBP: An assessment of student self-efficacy. Oral presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting; February 2020; Denver CO.
- Snowdon L., Schaub C. Flipping for self-directed earning: The link between the classroom and the clinic. Oral Presentation at: APTA Combined Sections Meeting; February, 2018; New Orleans LA.
- Snowdon L. Case Study 13: Patient with Stroke. In O'Sullivan SB, Schmitz TJ, eds. Improving Functional Outcomes in Physical Rehabilitation, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company; 2016: 404-408.
- Pinto Zipp G., Maher C., Donnelly E., Fritz B., Snowdon L. Academicians and neurologic physical therapy residents partner to expand clinical reflection using the SOLO Taxonomy: A novel approach. Journal of Allied Health. 2016 Summer; 45(2): e15-20.
- 2016 Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions' Distinguished Service Award
- 2011 Cathy Doetzer Kohlenstein Clinical Educator's Award