Briar Cliff recognizes new DPT students at the White Coat Ceremony


The Briar Cliff Department of Physical Therapy recognized 29 students May 21 during the White Coat Ceremony, held in the Notre Dame de Grace Chapel on campus.

The 29 graduating students received a white coat, which has always been given to medical students upon entering clinical practice. During the ceremony, recipients took an oath, pledging to provide humanistic and compassionate care.

Beneficiaries of the white coat:
Breanna Allen; Julia Black; Madison Clayton; James Critelli; Liam Curran; Adrianna De Jongh; Kylie Fox; Isaac Funke; Michael Gersky; Jordyn Grabowski; Alexandria Gudenkauf; Katlin Harm; Riley Hartman; Brandon Krantz; Jacob Lamoreux; Johnathan Laughlin; Liam Metzsch; Brian Murman; Alex Pickhinke; Samantha Protexter; Megan Sattler; Lucas Schwery; Lauren Tabbert; Matthew Turk; Riley Whitcomb; Dylan Wiese; Walter Wilczysnki; Patrick Woizeschlke; and Alexy Woodward.

The keynote speaker for the event was Cortni Krusemark OTD,OTR/L. A 2004 graduate of Creighton University, Dr. Krusemark has worked in rural, outpatient, subacute, neurorehabilitation, acute trauma, and academic settings. She also practiced for 10 years as an occupational therapist as well as a clinical instructor serving all ages and various diagnoses at a Native American outpatient facility. In 2019, Briar Cliff University hired Dr. Krusemark to become the founding director of the occupational therapy program. She also teaches courses in Briar Cliff’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.


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