Boerger honored at conference

Staff report

VERSAILLES — Gina Boerger, a physical therapist on the staff of the Versailles Health Care Center, has won the 2016 Peter D. Mosher Education Leadership Conference Award.

The award was created in memory of Peter D. Mosher, who died in 2013. He was an assistant professor and director of clinical education at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. He was also the chairman of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs for Clinical Education, as well as an accomplished author and presenter in the profession of physical therapy.

This award was designed to recognize an individual who demonstrates the characteristics of compassion, excellence and a vision for physical therapy clinical education. Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and reimbursement for up to $1,000 to attend the annual APTA Education Leadership Conference.

Boerger was selected from among 13 candidates. According to the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs website, “The description of the portfolios (Boerger) has staff complete to establish their ‘compass’ and then model this concept for the students is extraordinary. Her mission statement is exemplary in describing attitudes of professionals who function at the highest level. The process she described as humbling and collaborative during development of residency programs and her description of future interprofessional opportunities, use of telehealth, fiscal accountability and APTA membership all set her apart.”

Boerger, who received the award at the Education and Leadership Conference in October in Phoenix, Arizona, said, “I am honored to receive this award. I feel lucky to have known and worked with Pete over the years. I knew him even before he was a DPT and I was always impressed with his intelligence, confidence and drive at such a young age — younger than I. In his short time, he did many great things. The application for this award was the easiest thing for me to write. I just really enjoy having students. Thank you for making me reflect on why I love working with them.”

Boerger, who has been a part of the Versailles Health Care Center team as a physical therapist since 2011, is certified in LSVT BIG Parkinson’s Treatment Program and leads Power Over Parkinson’s at Versailles Health Care Center. Power Over Parkinson’s is a monthly community event for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. She is also the VHCC clinical education coordinator. A resident of Fort Loramie, she received her degree in physical therapy from the Ohio State University in 2000.

Staff report