Student Physical Therapy Association
The Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Association is a graduate student funded and operated Organization established by the Physical Therapy students of Sacred Heart University to function as the representative advocate and resource for all members of the Sacred Heart University physical therapy graduate population. The Student Physical Therapy Association shall pursue continuous improvement of all aspects of the graduate physical therapy education and University life experience through open dialogue and constructive and positive interaction within all areas of the University community.
In keeping with the philosophy, overall mission and traditions of Sacred Heart University, the Student Physical Therapy Association shall seek to embrace all physical therapy students and encourage participation and development within Sacred Heart and local communities.
SPTA Officers 2014
Anthony Guarini, President, originally from Massachusetts, earned his B.A. in Medical Biology from the University of New England and is a current member of the Sacred Heart University DPT class of 2015. After his involvement with Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living; a program designed to instruct and motivate the residents of an assisted-living facility in exercise participation, Anthony decided to pursue a continuing education in Physical Therapy. Anthony is currently a resident of sunny Florida and spends his free time training with local running clubs and racing triathlons.
Timothy McArthur, Vice President, is a first year DPT student. Tim graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in athletic training in 2012. Tim is originally from Stamford, CT. He is very excited to be a part of SPTA while pursuing his doctorate in physical therapy. After working for a year as an athletic trainer at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for the baseball team, Tim was accepted to the Sacred Heart DPT program. He looks to pursue a career in sports medicine. In his free time Tim enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole DelGreco, Secretary, is a second year DPT student who completed the 3+3 program at Sacred Heart University for her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Biology. In high school she sprained her ankle playing on the tennis team which spawned her interest in making Physical Therapy a career for herself. She is fun-loving, kind hearted, and enjoys having a good time. On her free time she loves playing sports and as a result wanted to be able to help athletes even when she is at an age that participation is no longer possible. She is currently an active member of the Student Special Interest Group and American Physical Therapy Association.
Stephanie Walters, Junior Secretary, is a first year DPT student from Wanaque, New Jersey. She graduated from SHU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. During her last semester as an undergraduate, she took advantage of an internship opportunity to provide adaptive physical education to students with special needs through the Faroleto Children’s Development Center. She is excited to bring her passion for working with children with her after graduation by pursuing a career in pediatrics. She is excited to be a part of SPTA and is looking forward to planning fun and exciting events for her classmates. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys swimming, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Marykate Gallagher, Treasurer, is a second-year DPT student at Sacred Heart University. She received her B.S. in Allied Health Science from Bloomsburg University. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She really enjoys studying orthopedic physical therapy and hopes to one-day work for the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) organization as their head physical therapist. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, working out, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers.
Jodie McGinlay, Junior Treasurer, is a first-year DPT student at Sacred Heart University. She grew up in Sandy, Oregon and received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2011. Jodie worked as an Aide at an Outpatient Orthopedic clinic in Portland, Oregon for two years between her undergraduate and graduate education. In 2010, she spent a semester abroad in Queenstown, NZ and Australia studying Sports Ethics and Sports Management. She is very interested in traveling and hopes to one-day work as a Physical Therapist internationally. In her free time, Jodie enjoys cheering on the Oregon Ducks football team, spending time with friends and playing hockey.
Danielle French, External Liaison, is from Northport, NY, and became interested in physical therapy when she was in high school. While completing required volunteer hours for her high school senior year theology class, she fell in love with learning about physical therapy and helping people return to activities that they love to do. She graduated with honors with her Athletic Training degree from Sacred Heart University, and then continued on to the Sacred Heart University DPT program. She is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
JoAnn Devany, Junior External Liaison, is a first year DPT student at Sacred Heart University. JoAnn is originally from Marion, Ohio. For her undergraduate education she traveled to the East Coast to attend St. Peter’s University, in Jersey City, NJ. She graduated from there in 2011 with a degree in Biology. JoAnn loves spending time at home in Ohio with family and friends, and visiting New Jersey and New York City whenever she gets the chance. She hopes to one day be a pediatric physical therapist so she can spend her days helping children, the age group to whom she relates the best!
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
The association's aim is to provide pre-physical therapy students with information on the graduate program, volunteer opportunities and to set up a mentorship with graduate level students.