Trine Opens Physical Therapy Clinic

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Trine University has opened a free clinic designed to provide physical therapy to uninsured, low-income people from the Fort Wayne area. The university says Carew Clinic will also allow doctoral students to treat patients under the supervision of licensed physical therapists.

The clinic was developed by the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences at the university Carew Street campus in Fort Wayne. It will be led by a committee of seven students from Trine's Doctor of Physical Therapy program with more than 40 student volunteers.

The university says the clinic will receive referrals from the Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic. Alexandra DeBoer, student director of Carew Clinic, says they were able to get the facility ready to see patients in quick form.

"Dr. (Max) Baumgartner, the director of our program, volunteers at Matthew 25 and recognized the large demand through the number of patients seen there. The Matthew 25 clinic was unable to follow up with patients for several weeks due to the large patient quantity," said DeBoer. "This is an excellent opportunity for students to obtain more hands-on experience and also give back to the community."

DeBoer says they hope to add physician assistant services to clinic once the university launches its master of physician assistant studies program next year. She says the goal is to add occupational therapy as well.

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