The Sustainability Committee
Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS
Hometown: Bristol, TN
Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy. Since she participated in the Emory University faculty workshop, Piedmont Project in 2014, Dr. Blanton has been leading sustainability efforts within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She serves as faculty liaison for DPT class sustainability committees and is a member of the Woodruff Health Science Sustainability Task Force. She is currently team leader for the proposal Greening Physical Therapy website project funded by the Sustainability Initiatives Fund. Viewed as a formal establishment of the DPT program’s commitment to sustainability, Dr. Blanton anticipates that this website will become a compelling, effective and powerful mode of content delivery and scholarly exploration to further awareness of sustainability in the physical therapy profession.
Michael Borich, PT, DPT, PhD
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Michael Borich, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy. Principal investigator of the Neural Plasticity Research Library at Emory, his work centers around exploration of the adaptive capacity of the human brain in an effort to design novel rehabilitation strategies to mitigate the impact of neurologic injury and disease. He comes to Emory with both personal and professional experience in sustainable practices and was selected to participate in the 2015 Piedmont Project workshop. Dr. Borich serves as a faculty advisor for the DPT class sustainability committees and is committed to exploring novel ways to promote sustainability of PT outcomes by empowering patients to create enduring positive change, disability reduction and optimal quality of life.
Class Year: 2014
Carmen received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia with a major in Exercise Science. She graduated in May 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Carmen is a physical therapist at STAR Physical Therapy in Hermitage, TN. She performs lectures on injury prevention to a local running club.
Carmen had the privilege of assisting Dr. Blanton with developing the sustainability initiative for the Emory Doctorate of Physical Therapy program during her final year of physical therapy school. She was a Graduate Assistant and elected to be in a Directed Study course, which led to how sustainability could be incorporated into the PT curriculum. Carmen and Dr. Blanton recently presented a poster at CSM 2015 in Indiannapolis, IN on “Greening Physical Therapy”: Application of Sustainability Concepts Into a DPT Curriculum. They won an award for social responsibility from the Global Health SIG of the section “HPA – the Catalyst.”
During her free time, she enjoys playing in her garden, hiking with her two golden retrievers, deep sea fishing and traveling with her husband.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Class Year: 2017
Nathalie graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology & Human Biology and a minor in Dance in 2014. She is in interested in orthopedic physical therapy and dance medicine and is enjoying her time learning about field and scope of physical therapy. Her interests include the arts, travel and social justice. She first gained an interest in sustainable practices as an Emory undergraduate and looks towards helping Emory’s Physical Therapy program in their “greening” process.
Hometown: Apex, NC
Class Year: 2017
Amy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Athletic Training. Once graduating from Emory’s physical therapy program she plans to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy. Amy joined sustainability efforts because of her technology background and desire to fully integrate technology into the Department of Physical Therapy curriculum. She has now fully embraced other sustainability efforts and strives to help create a greener healthcare community.
Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Class Year: 2017
Kersey graduated from Oregon State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in General Science. After graduating from Emory’s DPT program she is interested in pediatric physical therapy, however wants to explore the field and learn as much as possible. Kersey joined the sustainability committee because sustainability has always been an important aspect of her life. Growing up in Oregon, she started learning about sustainability at an early age, later she worked for a conservation district which promoted the wise use of natural resources. These experiences have instilled the importance of being sustainable and she is excited about the changes being made toward a green Emory DPT program.
Lily Yu, SPT
Hometown: Austin, TX
Class Year: 2017
Lily graduated from Emory University in 2012 and became interested in physical therapy after suffering from running injuries during college. She is interested in orthopedic injuries and rehab for runners and athletes. Her interests include fitness, music, meditation, and happiness. She became interested in sustainability as an undergraduate at Emory because of how sustainability is largely integrated in the values and culture of Emory University. She practices recycling and carpooling, and constantly thinks about how she can change her habits in order to save energy and create more sustainable practices.