Gannon University Professor Recognized at State Conference

Posted: November 23, 2015

Julie Hartmann, PT, DSc, assistant professor and director of clinical education for Gannon University's physical therapy program, was presented with the Geriatric Special Interest Group's Award of Excellence at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) from Oct. 23-25 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

Hartmann has been a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist since 2007. She received her Doctor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Hartmann began teaching physical therapy at Gannon University in 2004 after a 19-year career as a physical therapist in private practice and in various clinical settings.

"I'm humbled to be recognized in this way by my peers at PPTA," said Hartmann. "This is a very special honor and I'm grateful to everyone who made this possible."

In service to her community, she serves as vice president of the Independent Council on Aging, Inc., a nonprofit coalition of individuals, agencies, and businesses that provide services to seniors in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She is also a founder and co-director of the Erie County Chapter of the Twilight Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for deserving elderly, and a member of the Three Rivers Academic Consortium.

The PPTA is one of 50 state chapters within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and currently represents approximately more than 3,000 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant members and more than 1,000 student members statewide. The Geriatric Special Interest Group is one of six, such groups, including groups for physical therapists practicing in the areas of acute care, neurology, pediatric, physical therapist assistant and private practice.